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Kelessidi, Elena - A Russian Romance

*** (top rating) Opera Now - John Steane - January 2009
 
International Record Review - January 2009
 
...Kelessidi responds to the Tchaikovsky pieces as winningly as those of his younger compatriot [Rachmaninov]..."The rose, the nightingale" concludes with Kelessidi soaring grandly on wordless melismata...Onyx must be thanked for supplying texts, as all companies should do.
 
Music Web International - Goran Forsling 17.12.08
 
...there is so much about her singing that is a pleasure to hear. There is no doubt that she is well inside the songs and throughout the recital she illuminates the poems through sensitive and expressive phrasing and shadings of tone. Her pianissimo singing is exquisite - just listen to how she floats the tone in the last bars of Rachmaninov's Oh, do not sing to me (tr 17) - and the soft singing in Rimsky-Korsakov's The Wind (tr. 12) is truly admirable. There is also glow and intensity in the more dramatic songs - Rachmaninov's In my garden at night (tr 20) is a splendid example....Malcolm Martineau accompanies extremely well and the recording can't be faulted.