'There is no shortage of superb Russian singers right now, but Vassily Savenko is something rather special. Superb recital exploring a wide repertoire'

Michael Scott-Rohan, Classic CD

'Russian Song - from Glinka, Balakirev and Mussorgsky to Tchaikovsky, Medtner and Rachmaninov - by Vassily Savenko. This is a voice of great expressive eloquence and power, rich in sonority and depth'

Robert Layton, Classic FM Magazine

Savenko can turn his firm, strong voice around these eloquently, and he responds vigorously and without caricature to such as that old Chaliapin stalwart, Mussorgsky’s ‘Song of the Flea’ ‘Alexander Blok, a strong and sympathetic pianist throughout’


‘An equally excellent follow-up to the successful first disc. Vassily Savenko is a very special singer, his  powerful voice commanding expression and nuance in  the Western lieder tradition’ 

Michael Scott-Rohan, Classic CD

‘This second disc by Vassily Savenko contains many unusual songs. (He) has sung throughout the recital with sympathetic treatment of the musical settings. Alexander Blok proves to be a pianist of sensitivity and dexterity. This disc is particularly valuable for the Arensky, Taneyev and Mosolov songs’

International Record Review

‘Vassily Savenko invests every one of these romances with passionate urgency’

Martin Anderson, Fanfare

English Poets/Russian Romances: ‘This interesting new issue features Russian translations of English poets. From Glinka to Kabalevsky, Vassily Savenko brings out its variety using all the colours of his rich bass-baritone’

John Allison, BBC Music Magazine

‘This recital of Russian songs from Ukrainian bass-baritone Vassily Savenko and Muscovite composer- pianist Alexander Blok is even more impressive than their two previous collections. Vassily Savenko’s singing blends intelligence with beauty of tone. The voice may be big and commanding, but it has both that inspiring lightness and the hint of further reserves of power’  The alert accompaniment from Alexander Blok provides astutely Judged pacing.

Martin Anderson, Fanfare

RD CD 00116:

Oh, The Mist Has Fallen

In this recording VASSILY SAVENKO wishes to reflect the rich folk culture of Russia and Ukraine close to his heart...

DDD 0017 Sacred Chants

Vassily Savenko & Boyan Ensemble of Kiev

A disc reflecting the grandeur of Orthodox Liturgy: Vassily Savenko is the inspiring soloist.

VI CD 1405

The Troika Bells

‘A beautiful collection of Old Russian Romances, both moving and uplifting - I love this disc’.

Julian Millard

Arensky: Autumn

Tchaikovsky, My Genius My Angel, My Friend

Rachmaninov The Islet Op14 No2

Oh, the mist has fallen, Wind in the field, Ukrainian folk song

Nikolaev-Strumsky, Great Doxology

Fomin-Podrevsky - The Long Journey

Hyperion Records: CDA 67105:

Russian Images

Hyperion Records: CDA 67205:

Russian Images 2

Hyperion Records CDA 67274:

English Poets, Russian Romances

Toccata Classics TOCC 0039:

Russian settings of Robert Burns

Dynamic (Italy) CDS430/1-3:

Oprichnik - Tchaikovsky

Ukrainian bass-baritone Vassily Savenko combines a cavernous sound with the incisive diction and flair for drama that made him a compelling Iago for Gergiev at the Kirov opera’


Oprichnik: …The Cagliari Lyric Theater chorus and orchestra perform handsomely under master Tchaikovskian Gennady Rozhdestvensky's idiomatic conducting.

Victor Carr Jr

Ukrainian Boris Lyatoshynsky (1895–1968)

 studied with Glière at the Kiev Conservatory where he remained as a much loved teacher for the rest of his life.

His songs  melded intense Scriabinesque expressionism with elements of Ukrainian folksong.

Toccata Classics TOCC0053

Romances for low voice and piano  

Burns to set the heather afire... an exhilarating experience...performed by the high-powered partnership of Ukranian bass-baritone Vassily Savenko and concert pianist Alexander Blok

The Herald.

Mirare France MIR059

Nikolai Medtner Fairy Tales for the piano and Romances

Meridian Records CDE 84399:

Mussorgsky & Rimsky-Korsakov Songs



Track 03 The Horse

‘Savenko's smooth and attractive voice is well suited to this repertoire... Michael Dussek is an excellent accompanist’.

American Record Guide

“Vassily Savenko is a suave and

accomplished singer…and his phrasing

beautifully shaped’.

BBC Music Magazine, 09 1999

The Messenger Rimsky-Korsakov

Recurring Dreams

Sviridov, Robin Track 4

Boris Berezovsky piano, Yana Ivanilova soprano, Vassily Savenko bass