" ... this is as user-friendly a guide to Tchaikovsky song as the general reader could wish for... As for ... the CD? Well this captivating collection of 22 songs recorded by Russian artists between 1910 and 1979 is alone worth the cover price."--Classical Music 26 October, 2002 "This splendid cross-displinary publication deserves to be purchased not only by singers, scholars and university libraries, but also by all but the most unenterprising public libraries."--SEER, 81, 1, 2003
Besides his symphonies and concertos, operas and ballets, Tchaikovsky wrote 103 "romances," or songs, which are among his most popular works in Russia. The lyrics to these songs, by poets famous and obscure, have never been studied. All 103 song texts are collected here for the first time, in Russian, with transliterations and translations. The texts are illuminated by commentaries on the songs' historical context and performance histories, an extensive discography of singers and recordings, and a 73-minute CD including performances of 22 songs. For Tchaikovsky specialists, Tchaikovsky's "Complete Songs" provides significant new information. For vocalists and students of music, for the general audience interested in art songs and recordings of great singers, as well as for students of Russian language and literature, it offers a unique window into Russian musical culture. "It's not often that a book really does 'fill a long-felt want', but here is an example, and an outstanding one...Here is a book to enlarge that circle of admirers and to reward them deeply." - Gramophone, September 2002.