Brian Elias: Five Songs to Poems by Irina Ratushinskaya

Brian Elias: Five Songs to Poems by Irina Ratushinskaya

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Elias's acclaimed settings of the anguished poetry of exiled Russian author Irina Ratushinskaya are coupled with Laments, which sets traditional folk texts of loss and mourning in the nearly extinct Sicilian-Greek dialect, Grico.

Mary King mezzo soprano
Catherine Wyn-Rogers mezzo soprano
BBC Singers
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins conductor 
Tadaaki Otaka conductor



'Shot through with furious dark passion' The Sunday Times


Produced in association with BBC Radio 3


Recording date: 17-19 December 1997 (Ratushinskaya Songs), 26 November 1999 (Laments)

Recording venue: BBC Studio 1, Maida Vale, London (Ratushinskaya Songs), Royal Festival Hall, London (Ratushinskaya Songs)

Engineers: Mike Clements (Ratushinskaya Songs), Neil Pemberton
Producers: Colin Matthews (Ratushinskaya Songs), Ann McKay

(P) & (c) 2000 NMC Recordings Ltd

Catalogue number: NMC D064
Release Date: 1 November 2000