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Anna Netrebko’s new live recital album for DG

Anna Netrebko adds another recording to her Deutsche Grammophon catalogue with the release of In the Still of Night, a live recital album made with acclaimed pianist Daniel Barenboim at the Salzburg Festival in August 2009.  The recording, which was released at the end of March in Europe, comes out on April 27 in the U.S.  With this disc, her first piano-vocal recording, the Russian soprano focuses on two of her homeland’s principal exponents of art song: Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky.  While many of the works featured on In the Still of Night are still relatively unknown in the western world, the recording is a natural follow-up to Netrebko’s Grammy-nominated Russian Album (2007), which features highlights and rarities from the Russian operatic and orchestral song repertoire.

In his review of the disc, Geoff Brown of the Times (UK) wrote: “Netrebko’s voice, fuller in tone than it has been before, dapples these miseries of love with nicely varied colours and intoxicating shots of high drama. Heady stuff, this Russian gloom; so is her final encore, Strauss’s Cäcilie, given a very torrid reading.”

In its review of the live recital at the Salzburg Festival on August 17, 2009, the Süddeutsche Zeitung observed: “At the end, the entire audience in the Grosses Festspielhaus was on its feet, showering ovations on the singer… . What a wonderful concert!”  Die Welt also praised the performance, noting the “fullness and melting warmth of Anna Netrebko’s soprano and the artistry in her phrasing.”  Musical America’s George Loomis, who was also on hand to review the concert, wrote: “It was a pleasure to encounter the star soprano in Russian repertoire, especially with so accomplished a partner, with whom she had a fine rapport.  This was, incredibly, the first recital of her professional career, but the lovely voice takes very well to the song repertoire… . Netrebko’s ability to project the essence of a song resulted in much to enjoy.”

Visit the album’s microsite at for more information and to listen to sample tracks.

Netrebko recently reprised the Salzburg Festival recital program in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Berlin.  The Berlin recital, which she performed with Barenboim on March 29, will be broadcast by the German-French cultural television network Arte on April 18 at 19:15 CET as part of its program series Maestro.


In the Still of Night
Anna Netrebko, soprano; Daniel Barenboim, piano
Recorded live at the Salzburg Festival
U.S. release on April 27, 2010
Track list:
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844 – 1908)
1.    Four Songs, Op. 40, No. 3: “O chem v tishi nochey”
2.    Four Songs, Op. 27, No. 4: “Prosti! Ne pomni dney naden’ya”
3.    Vesnoy, Op. 43, No. 2: “Ne veter, veya s vïsotï”
4.    Vesnoy, Op. 43, No. 1: “Zvonche zhavoronka pen’ye”
5.    Four Songs, Op. 3, No. 4: “Na kholmakh Gruzii”
6.    Six Songs, Op. 8, No. 5: “V tsarstvo rozï i vina”
7.    Four Songs, Op. 26, No. 4 “Pesnya Zyuleyki”
8.    Four Songs, Op. 2, No. 2 “Plenivshis’ rozoy, solovey”
9.    Four Songs, Op. 42, No. 3: “Redeyet obklakov letuchaya gryada”
10.  Two Songs, Op. 56, No. 1: “Nimfa”
11.  Two Songs, Op. 56, No. 2: “Son v letnyuyu noch’”
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 – 1893)
12.  Shest’ romansov (Six Romances), Op. 57, No. 1: “Skazhi, o chom v teni vetvey”
13.  “Zabït tak skoro” (1870)
14.  Dvenadtsat’ romansov (Twelve Romances), Op. 60, No. 6: “Nochy bezumnïye”
15.  Shest’ romansov (Six Romances), Op. 6, No. 5: “Otchevo?”
16.  Shest’ romansov (Six Romances), Op. 63, No. 6: “Serenada”
17.  Shest’ romansov (Six Romances), Op. 16, No. 1: “Kolïbel’naya pesnaya”
18.  Sem’ romansov (Seven Romances), Op. 47, No. 7: “Ya li v pole da ne travushka bïla”
19.  Shest’ romansov (Six Romances), Op. 73, No. 5: “Sred mrachnïkh dnei”
20.  Sem’ romansov (Seven Romances), Op. 47, No. 6: “Den li tsarit?”
Antonín Dvorák (1841 – 1904)
21.  Ciganské melodie (Gypsy Melodies), Op. 55 (sung in German), No. 4: “Als die alte Mutter”
Richard Strauss (1864 – 1949)
22.  Vier Lieder, Op. 27, No. 2: “Cäcilie”
Anna Netrebko: upcoming performances
May 3, 6, 9, 12, & 15
Vienna State Opera
Carmen / Micaela
May 18 & 21
Vienna State Opera 
Manon / title role
June 22, 25, & 28; July 1, 4, 7, & 10
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London
Manon / title role
July 31; August 10, 13, 16, 20, & 23
Salzburg Festival  
Roméo et Juliette / Juliette

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