Performance Wednesday, March 27, 2013 | 8 PM

Dmitri Hvorostovsky
Ivari Ilja

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky “is redolent of luxury: beautiful tone, pinpoint intonation, elegant and impassioned delivery” (The New York Times). One of our true classical-music superstars, Hvorostovsky returns to Carnegie Hall with his frequent musical collaborator, Ivari Ilja.


  • Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Baritone
  • Ivari Ilja, Piano


  • RACHMANINOFF "Child, thou art as beautiful as a flower," Op. 8, No. 2
  • RACHMANINOFF "Morning," Op. 4, No. 2
  • RACHMANINOFF "At the gates of the Holy cloister"
  • RACHMANINOFF "In my soul," Op. 14, No. 10
  • RACHMANINOFF "Night is mournful," Op. 26, No. 12
  • RACHMANINOFF "Do you remember the evening"
  • RACHMANINOFF "Again I am alone," Op. 26, No. 9
  • RACHMANINOFF "How fair this spot," Op. 21, No. 7
  • RACHMANINOFF "The raising of Lazarus," Op. 34, No. 6
  • RACHMANINOFF "Lilacs," Op. 21, No. 5
  • RACHMANINOFF "I wait for thee," Op. 14, No. 1
  • SVIRIDOV Selections from "Petersburg"
    ·· "The weathercock"
    ·· "The golden oar"
    ·· "The bride"
    ·· "A voice from the chorus"
    ·· "I am nailed to a tavern counter"
    ·· "The breeze has brought from far away"
    ·· "Petersburg song"
    ·· "Those born in obscure years"
    ·· "The virgin city"

  • Encores:
  • RACHMANINOFF "In the Silence of the Secret Night"
  • TRAD. "Little Night"
  • TRAD. "Goodbye, Happiness"


  • Dmitri Hvorostovsky

    Internationally acclaimed Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky was born and studied in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. In 1989, he won the prestigious BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition, at which he received acclaim for his cultivated voice, innate sense of musical line, and natural legato. After his Western operatic debut at the Opéra de Nice in Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades, his career exploded, resulting in regular engagements at the world's major opera houses and appearances at renowned international festivals, including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; the Metropolitan Opera; Opéra national de Paris; Bavarian State Opera; Salzburger Festspiele; Teatro alla Scala; Vienna State Opera; and Lyric Opera of Chicago.

    A celebrated recitalist in demand in every corner of the globe-from the Far East to the Middle East, from Australia to South America-Mr. Hvorostovsky has appeared at such venues as London's Wigmore Hall and Queen's Hall, Moscow's Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Barcelona's Liceu, Tokyo's Suntory Hall, and Vienna's Musikverein. He regularly performs in concert with such orchestras as the New York and Rotterdam philharmonics, working with leading conductors who include James Levine, Bernard Haitink, Claudio Abbado, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Yuri Termirkanov, and Valery Gergiev.

    Mr. Hvorostovsky retains a strong musical and personal contact with Russia. He became the first opera singer to give a solo concert with orchestra and chorus in Moscow's Red Square; this concert was televised in more than 25 countries. He has gone on to sing a number of prestigious concerts in Moscow as a part of his own special series, Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Friends, featuring such celebrated artists as Renée Fleming, Jonas Kaufmann, Marcello Giordani, Sumi Jo, and Sondra Radvanovsky. In 2005, Mr. Hvorostovsky gave a historic tour of Russian cities at the invitation of President Vladimir Putin, singing for a crowd of hundreds of thousands to commemorate the soldiers of the Second World War. Mr. Hvorostovsky now annually tours the cities of Russia and Eastern Europe.

    Mr. Hvorostovsky's extensive discography spans recitals and complete operas. He has also starred in Don Giovanni Unmasked,   an award-winning film released by Rhombus Media based on the Mozart opera, in which he tackles the dual roles of Don Giovanni and Leporello.

    Recently, Mr. Hvorostovsky has established a new collaboration with popular Russian composer Igor Krutoy, performing successful concerts that feature Mr. Krutoy's work in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kiev, and New York. Recent recordings include In This Moonlit Night (songs by Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, and Taneyev) and Rachmaninov Romances, both with pianist Ivari Ilja; a DVD starring Mr. Hvorostovsky alongside Renée Fleming in a film set in St. Petersburg; and a CD and DVD recording of Verdi opera scenes with Sondra Radvanovsky and the Philharmonia of Russia conducted by Constantine Orbelian. All recordings have been met with much critical acclaim.

    The 2012-2013 season includes appearances at the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, Vienna State Opera, Santa Cecilia Rome, Arena di Verona, and Teatro Regio di Turin; as well as various concerts and recitals in Europe and Russia (including a Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Friends series in St. Petersburg and Moscow), and further recordings.

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  • Ivari Ilja

    Ivari Ilja was born in Tallinn, Estonia. He studied the piano at the Tallinn State Conservatory with Laine Mets, and at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Vera Gornostayeva and Sergey Dorensky.

    Mr. Ilja is an internationally recognized accompanist and ensemble musician. His collaborations with renowned singers Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Irina Arkhipova, Maria Guleghina, and Elena Zaremba have been particularly successful. As pianist for these singers, he has performed on many concert stages around the world, including Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Kennedy Center, Davies Symphony Hall, La Scala, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall, Bolshoi Theatre, Shostakovich Philharmonic Hall, Suntory Hall, Hamburg State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Musikverein, and Mozarteum. Since 2003, he has repeatedly toured with Mr. Hvorostovsky in the US, Europe, Hong Kong, and Japan.

    Mr. Ilja has also performed solo recitals in France, the UK, Germany, Estonia, Russia, Sweden, and Finland. He has been a soloist with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, and St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra under conductors Veronika Dudarova, Stephen Gunzenhauser, Eri Klas, Leo Krämer, Theodore Kuchar, Peeter Lilje, Roman Matsov, Andres Mustonen, Hannu Norjanen, Vello Pähn, Urs Schneider, and Arvo Volmer. Specifically with the Estonian National Symphony, he has performed as a soloist on several international tours to Germany, Sweden, Latvia, and Lithuania.

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Rachmaninoff's "In my soul," Op. 14, No. 10

At a Glance

On this evening's all-Russian program, we hear two giants of 19th- and 20th-century Russian song—one of them familiar, the other less so.

Sergei Rachmaninoff wrote 82 songs between 1890 (when he was only 17 years old) and 1916, one year before leaving Russia never to return. His compositional style is the epitome of late-Russian Romanticism.

The second half of the program features selections from a song cycle entitled Petersburg by Georgy Sviridov, one of Russia's most important composers in the last half of the 20th century. Set to texts by Aleksandr Blok, we hear songs that describe a near-mythic St. Petersburg, an apocalyptic future, Blok's muse-like "Beautiful Lady," and Russian mysticism—all in Sviridov's characteristic style, not avant-garde but idiosyncratically tonal.
Program Notes

Immediately following this evening’s concert, Ondine recording artists Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Ivari Ilja will sign copies of their latest recordings in the Rose Museum on the First Tier level.

CDs are available for purchase in the Carnegie Hall Shop (open one hour prior to the concert and during intermission). CDs are also available in the main lobby during intermission and in the Rose Museum after the concert.

Please note that Mr. Hvorostovsky and Mr. Ilja will only sign CDs.

This performance is part of Great Artists II, Vocal Trio, and Singers and Symphonies.