Aida Garifullina
ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
Cornelius Meister
Int. Release 03 Feb. 2017
1 CD / Download
0289 478 8305 0

Track List

Charles Gounod (1818 - 1893)
Roméo et Juliette, CG 9

Act 1

Léo Delibes (1836 - 1891)

Act 2

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844 - 1908)

The Snow Maiden


Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1893)
Shest' romansov (Six Romances), Op.63

Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov (1873 - 1943)
12 Songs, Op.21

Arr. Rot



Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1893)
Mazeppa, TH 7

Act 3

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844 - 1908)
The Golden Cockerel

Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov (1873 - 1943)
12 Songs, Op.21

Arr. Rot

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844 - 1908)
Four Songs, Op.2

Arr. Tarkmann


Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov (1873 - 1943)

Aida Garifullina, RSO-Wien, Cornelius Meister

Vasili (Pavlovich) Soloviev-Sedoy (1907 - 1979), Mikhail Matusovsky (1915 - 1990)
Aida Garifullina, Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra, Vitaly Gnutov

Total Playing Time: 58:51

. . . [an] impressive debut album . . . [when Garifullina] floats through Rachmaninov's "Vocalise", or the ecstatic, stratospheric climax to Rimsky-Korsakov's "Oriental Romance", you understand why she has the world at her feet. The burnished quality of her timbre, flawless from top to bottom, is thrilling.

Garifullina has a fine lyric coloratura voice with a surprising strength and vibrancy to it, so that the more coloratura items have a very particular quality to them which makes her performances very appealing. She also has a lovely secure technique and a nice evenness of tone from top to bottom . . . "Je veux vivre" from Gounod's "Romeo et Juliette" gives you the idea, with shapely phrases, technical security and great charm . . . [in "The Bell Song" from "Lakme"] we can again appreciate the beauty of sound allied to superb technical delivery . . . The big advantage of hearing Garifullina in this music is that she is able to combine a fine technique, with quite a full voice in just the way the roles require. She sings Tchaikovsky's "Serenada" from "Six Romances" and Rachmaninov's "Lilacs" from "Twelve Romances" with great style and engaging charm . . . There is a lovely lyric melancholy to "Maria's lullaby" from Tchaikovsky's "Mazeppa", and the two items from Rimsky Korsakov's "The Golden Cockerel" show the Queen of Shemmakha at her most langorously seductive . . . If you like beautiful singing, then this is the disc for you. In all the items on the disc, Garifullina shows herself to be a stylish, elegant performer with a supreme technique.

. . . [on the basis of this excellent debut disc Aida Garifullina] has a great future ahead of her . . . an alluring combination of well-known arias . . . The arias by Gounod and Delibes go well, whilst in the arias from her homeland, she is even more persuasive . . .

. . . ein warmer, runder, schöner Sopran, beweglich, sicher und voll jugendlichen Charmes. Das reicht bis übermorgen.