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The main contents of Volume 7 is comprised of the concerts recorded in 1954 – 1964. In this sense, the volume represents a continuation of the preceding volume, which included the concerts recorded in 1948 – 1954. Volume 7 contains a total of seven concerts. To note, one album is dedicated specifically to the concerts in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg). An additional album (CDs 7 and 8) includes the latest cycles of the radio studio recordings in 1962 – 1963 (romances by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff). We considered it very important to publish these cycles all together under one cover for the first time ever. Besides, taking into consideration the records issued in 1960s, it is worth mentioning that the Nighttime romance (Notch) on the verses by Y. Polonsky has never been published for some reason.

Additions to the concerts deserve special attention. A unique, never known before recording by Lemeshev made at the birthday of Olga L. Knipper-Chekhova is being presented for the first time ever. This is not a well know recording by Lemeshev and Kozlovsky, in which they congratulate Olga Leonardovna on the 50th anniversary of the Moscow Art Theatre (MKhT). On this recording, we can hear how Lemeshev sings several romances and songs to Knipper-Chekhova, and, besides, announces his numbers himself (!). The appearance of Lemeshev himself is being announced by Alexandra A. Yablochkina, the patriarch actress of the Maly Theatre and the then Chairwoman of the Russian Theatre Society (VTO). After Lemeshev’s appearance and in conclusion of the evening, Angelina O. Stepanova, the MKhT patriarch actress, reads aloud the letter from Knipper-Chekhova.

In addition, one can listen to four more excellent recordings on this disc from the Moscow radio studio stock. These are the romances recorded in 1950, which have never been published before in our collection.

The next album called “Leningrad” includes, along with the concerts at the BZP, or the Grand Hall of the Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg) Philarmonia, the rarest studio recordings being published for the first time ever. They were made on the Leningrad radio and were accompanied by the pianist E. Lebedev. Some other recordings were made together with S. Shaposhnikov (baritone). This small cycle of romances by Tchaikovsky, which was recorded in 1951, attracts everybody not only by their interpretation, but also by the unique version of the Usnee ("Do Fall Asleep") on the verses by Merezhkovsky. Its studio version is known in this cycle only, although there were two more concert recordings in Moscow, which were both issued earlier by our company for the first time ever.

As a supplement to the concerts, disc 5 includes two songs by Robert Schumann. It is worth mentioning that songs by Schumann are completely absent in Leveshev’s discography. In this case, we provide a fragment of one of the latest concerts, the records of which have not been preserved in the radio studio stock, but they have been luckily recorded on a tape recorder from the direct radio broadcasting. The same happened to the Okhotnik (“The Hunter”) by E. Grieg, a very rare song in Lemeshev’s repertoire. Also, in this disc and in the one that follows, we included two interviews with Lemeshev on the following subjects: “From the Song to the Opera” and “About the folk song in the Opera”.
                                                                                                              M. Nikiforov
translated by: Dr S. Balyakin ©, 2016, Orange County, CA, USA


CD1: The concert from the Columned Hall of the House of Unions 2nd March 1954

  1. The flying clouds begin to scatter (N. Rimsky-Korsakov)

  2. Yesterday we met (S. Rachmaninov)

  3. Fragment from A. Musset (S. Rachmaninov)

  4. The night is mournful (S. Rachmaninov)

  5. I was with her (S. Rachmaninov)

  6. Levko's song (N. Rimsky-Korsakov «May Night», act 1)

  7. Una Furtiva Lagrima (G. Donizetti «Elisir d'Amore», act 2)

  8. An die Musik (F. Schubert)

  9. Geheimes (F. Schubert)

10. Rodolfo’s aria (Quando le sere al placido) (G. Verdi «Luisa Miller», act 2)

11. Gamle Mor (E. Grieg)

12. På Skogstien (E. Grieg)

13. Rimpianto (E. Tozelli)

Bonus: Studio radio recordings, 1950

14. Elegy (M. Yakovlev)

15. The lonely sail shows up white (A.Varlamov)

16. Autumn (P. Tchaikovsky)

17. A little bird (A. Dubuc)

Performances from an evening dedicated to O. Knipper-Chekhova (All-Union Theatrical Society, 14th October 1955)

18. Welcoming remarks (S. Lemeshev)

19. I remember a wonderful moment (M. Glinka)

20. There's nothing swaying in the field (Russian folk song)

21. Amid gloomy days (P.Tchaikovsky)

22. Dunya the weaver (Russian folk song)

23. Closing remarks (A. Stepanova reads the letter by O. Knipper-Chekhova)

Presenters: V. Solovyeva (1-13), A. Yablochkina (18, 23)

Piano: S. Stuchevsky (1-13), A. Makarov (14, 15), N. Walter (16, 17), unknown (19-22)

CD2-3: Concerts from the Great Hall of the Leningrad Philharmonic

Concert from 19th December 1954

  1. An die Musik (F. Schubert)

  2. Geheimes (F. Schubert)

  3. Der Leiermann (F. Schubert)

  4. Du bist die Ruh (F.Schubert)

  5. Der Fischerknabe (F .Liszt)

  6. In fernem Land (R. Wagner «Lohengrin», act 3)

  7. Borte (E. Grieg)

  8. På Skogstien (E. Grieg)

  9. Gamle Mor (E. Grieg)

10. Una furtive lagrima (G. Donizetti «L'elisir d'amore», act 2)

11. Lilacs (E. Chausson)

12. Les papillons (E. Chausson)

13. Un bel dì vedremo (G. Puccini «Madama Butterfly», act 2)

14. Ein Traum (E. Grieg)

15. It was in early Spring (P. Tchaikovsky)

16. Kuma's Arioso (P. Tchaikovsky «The Enchantress», act 4)

17. Oh, if only you could (N. Rimsky-Korsakov)

18. Where thou art, my thought flies to thee (N. Rimsky-Korsakov)

19. Eastern song (N. Rimsky-Korsakov)

20. Song of the Hindu guest (N. Rimsky-Korsakov «Sadko», scene 4)

21. There's nothing swaying in the field (Russian folk song)

Vera Kudryavtseva, soprano (11-16), Simeon Stuchevsky - piano

  1. Forgive (duet) (N. Titov, arr. A. Dargomyzhsky)

  2. On Saturdays the weather is bad (duet) (Russian folk song)

  3. Dunya the weaver (Russian folk song)

Concert from 15th December 1954 (P. Tchaikovsky)

  4. I won't say anything to you

  5. Evening

  6. My garden

  7. Oh, if you only knew

  8. Amid gloomy days

  9. Stay a while

10. Nightingale

11. Night

12. Lullaby in a storm

13. We sat together

14. The fearful minute

15. Through the window in the shadows

16. I wish I could pour into a single word

17. My Lizzie-lad (Nursery song)

Bonus: 1951 studio recordings (Leningrad)

18. Fall asleep

19. Amid gloomy days

20. My Lizzie-lad (Nursery song)

21. Oh, if you only knew

22. We sat together

23. Why?

Vera Kudryavtseva, soprano (1, 2)

Piano - Simeon Stuchevsky (1-17), Eugeny Lebedev (18-23)

CD4-5
Concert from January 13th 1956

  1. The octave (N. Rimsky-Korsakov)

  2. Where thou art, my thought flies to thee (N. Rimsky-Korsakov)

  3. The rainy day has waned (N. Rimsky-Korsakov)

  4. Amid gloomy days (P. Tchaikovsky)

  5. O night, now show me in (M. Balakirev)

  6. The night is mournful (S. Rachmaninov)

  7. On the death of a siskin (S. Rachmaninov)

  8. I was with her (S. Rachmaninov)

  9. They answered (S. Rachmaninov)

10. A dream (S. Rachmaninov)

11. Yesterday we met (S. Rachmaninov)

12. In the mysterious silence of the night (S. Rachmaninov)

13. How painful this is (S. Rachmaninov)

Concert from April 9th 1956

14. Fall silent, canary bird (A. Varlamov)

15. Let others fall into reverie (A. Varlamov)

16. The lonely sail shows up white (A. Varlamov)

17. To Mary (A. Varlamov)

18. Oh, do not kiss me (A. Varlamov)

19. Adele (M. Glinka)

20. How sweet it is to be with you (M. Glinka)

21. Wilhelm's Romance (A. Thomas «Mignon», act 3)

22. I opened the window wide (P. Tchaikovsky)

23. Why? (P. Tchaikovsky)

24. Gamle Mor (E. Grieg)

25. På Skogstien (E. Grieg)

26. Borte (E. Grieg)

27. Pimpinella (P. Tchaikovsky, florentine song)

Piano - Olga Tomina

Presentor - Mikhail Balaksheev (1-13)

  1. I go out alone on the road (E. Shashina)

  2. Song of the solitary man (Russian folk song)

  3. Dunya the weaver (Russian folk song)

Concert from November 23rd 1963

  4. Gebet der Elizabeth (R. Wagner «Tannhäuser», act 3)

  5. Night (A. Rubinstein)

  6. The octave (N. Rimsky-Korsakov)

  7. Where thou art, my thought flies to thee (N. Rimsky-Korsakov)

  8. A Beauty (N. Rimsky-Korsakov)

  9. Levko's Song (N. Rimsky-Korsakov «May Night», act 1)

10. My spoiled darling (N. Rimsky-Korsakov)

11. Du bist die Ruh ( F. Schubert)

12. Barcarolle (F. Schubert)

13. Das Wandern (F. Schubert, from «Die schöne Müllerin»)

14. An die Musik (F. Schubert)

15. Why? (P. Tchaikovsky)

16. On this moonlit night (P. Tchaikovsky)

17. To Mary (A. Varlamov)

18. Lied (L. Beethoven)

Bonus:

19. Stille Liebe (R. Schumann)

20. Im wunderschönen Monat Mai (R. Schumann, from «Diechterliebe»)

21. Jegeren (E. Grieg)

22. From song - to opera (Sergei Lemeshev narrates...)

Vera Kudryavtseva, soprano (4, 5), Zara Dolukhanova, mezzo-soprano (22)

Piano: Olga Tomina (1-3), David Lerner (4-18), Natalya Rassudova (19-21)

Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, 17th December 1973 (19-21)

Radio broadcast, 4th December 1973 (22)

Presentors: Mikhail Balaksheev (4-18), Elena Dulova (22)

CD6: Concert from the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory 12th April 1964

  1. How sweet it is to be with you (M. Glinka)

  2. I love, was your assurance (M. Glinka)

  3. The Lark (M. Glinka)

  4. In the mysterious silence of the night (S. Rachmaninov)

  5. A dream (S. Rachmaninov)

  6. The night is mournful (S. Rachmaninov)

  7. How beautiful it is here (S. Rachmaninov)

  8. The Singer (A. Rubinstein)

  9. Azra (A. Rubinstein)

10. O night, now show me in (M. Balakirev)

11. Embrace, kiss (M. Balakirev)

12. A rendezvous (P. Bulakhov)

13. Shine, shine, my star (P. Bulakhov)

14. Don't awaken her at Dawn (A. Varlamov)

15. To Mary (A. Varlamov)

16. At sunrise (Russian folk song)

17. The coachman's song (A. Gurilyev)

18. Song of the singer off-stage (A. Arensky «Rafael»)

Bonus:

19. Farewell to thee, my joy (Russian folk song)

20. S. Lemeshev discusses Russian folk songs in opera

Piano - David Lerner (1-19), presenter - Mikhail Balaksheev (1-18)

Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, 24th December 1961 (19)

Radio broadcast, 5th March 1974 (20)


CD7-8
P. Tchaikovsky

  1. Mild stars shone down on us

  2. I won’t say anything to you

  3. Night (Dim grows the weak light of the candle)

  4. Through the window in the shadows

  5. Why?

  6. Don Juan's serenade

  7. Reconciliation

  8. Oh, if you only knew

  9. I opened the window wide

10. Amid the din of the ball

11. Pimpinella

12. Amid gloomy days

13. Frenzied Nights

14. Lullaby

S. Rachmaninov

15. How beautiful it is here

16. Fragment from A. Musset

17. They answered

18. A dream

19. Lilacs

20. The Isle

21. Do not sing to me, fair maiden

22. On the death of a siskin

23. The pied piper

Piano - Naum Walter. Recorded in 1962


S. Rachmaninov

  1. The migrant wind

  2. So long our love has known so little joy

  3. The night is mournful

  4. How painful this is

  5. In the mysterious silence of the night

  6. Yesterday we met

  7. Again I am alone

  8. I was with her

  9. Spring Waters

P. Tchaikovsky

10. We sat together

11. Night

12. The sun went down

13. Again, as before, alone

14. It was in early spring

15. To forget so soon

16. Nightingale

17. Say of what, in the shade of branches

18. Why?

19. Lullaby in a storm

20. The fearful Minute

21. No response, no word, no greeting

22. I wish I could pour into a single word

23. On this moonlit night

24. Passion has cooled (duet)

Vera Kudryavtseva, soprano (24)

Piano - Naum Walter (1-9), Berta Kozel (10-24)

Recorded in 1962 (1-9), 1963 (10-24)



Composers: Tchaikovsky P. I.
Performers: Lemeshev S. Y.