Elena Frolova, one of my favourite
singers, is an actor of the Theater of Elena Kamburova and well-known among
singers-songwriters. She is not popular with wide audience, which is natural –
her songs do not belong to those rotated on FM-stations.
Why I think her CD can truly enrich your collection? Virtuoso guitar performance, playing the
the Russian psaltery - gusli and Scythian harp, miraculous voice and impeccable
taste – this is all about Elena Frolova. Being a prolific author, she releases
new CDs every year and every time the singer graces her audience with new
findings – self-written songs, Russian Silver Age poems set to music, Russian
folk songs, church verses performed on gusli. There’s a good chance to find
something to your taste.
I found out one wonderful thing about the
poems of Russian Silver Age poets (A.Akhmatova, O.Mandelshtam, M.Tsvetaeva,
A.Blok) and the modern poets (J.Brodsky and L.Gubanov and others)
set to Frolova’s music. I read some of them before but I rarely "felt”
them, frankly speaking I hardly knew them, just loved a few learnt by heart at
school. That is why Frolova’s songs turned out a new poetic treasure chest;
they discovered a new world of poetry for me. Moreover, they seem to sound "in
the right way” (if only you can apply such expression to the poems and music) -
the way, I think, the poets might have wished them to sound as if the poems
were originally written for the music.
However, if it were not for Elena’s voice,
you would never be captured by the whirlwind of emotions expressed. Her deep
voice is full of sadness, love, tenderness, hope, it takes your breath away and
touches you greatly. Besides, it is combined with flawless guitar performance.
If only poems could have their own sound, this voice would be perfect.
Don’t turn on Elena Frolova’s songs, if
you are bothered with some chores or want to relax. But if you can spare at
least 15 minutes, you will absorb in the charming world of the music "that
washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life” (Berthold Auerbach, German
novelist). Tune your mind to listening and you will hear the real MUSIC of