Songs and Dances of Death


  • Recorded: September 2017
  • Record Place: Dvorana Concert Hall in the Academy of Performing Art, Bratislava
  • First Release: 2019
  • (P) 2019 SUPRAPHON a.s.
  • Genre: Vocal


  • music by: Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky
  • original lyrics by: Arseny Arkadyevich Golenishchev- Kutuzov
  • bass: Jozef Benci
  • piano: Jana Nagy-Juhász


Jozef Benci, Jana Nagy-Juhasz

Russian Romances

Catalogue Number: SU 4262-2
Published: 14th June 2019
Genre: Vocal
Format: 1 CD
Jozef Benci - bass, Jana Nagy-Juhász - piano

In the 19th century, composers sought inspiration in poetry, the simplicity and modesty of folk songs. Romances reflecting on loneliness, betrayed love and the misery of the abandoned occupied a special position in Russian lyric poetry in the first half of the 19th century, represented by A. S. Pushkin and other writers. Based on the Romantic poets' works, composers expressed their own intimate feelings, as well as muted defiance. One of the first to have written romances was Mikhail Glinka, the founder of the Russian nationalist music school. A whole generation of his successors, including P. I. Tchaikovsky, embraced the genre, creating numerous romances, mainly set to contemporary Russian poetry. Especially noteworthy among such works is M. P. Mussorgsky's cycle Songs and Dances of Death, made up of four pieces depicting the horror and bizarreness of death, referred to by the composer as "danse macabre".
Jozef Benci is a highly esteemed opera and oratorio singer, a soloist of the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava, who has worked with the Czech Philharmonic and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jiří Bělohlávek, performed with Edita Gruberová and other renowned artists. Owing to his robust, yet highly sensitively led voice, a remarkable sense for songs' intimate nature, as well as an immaculate diction, he is a brilliant performer of Russian romances.

The profundity and emotionality of Russian romances encompassed in Jozef Benci's voice
Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka
Doubt 04:49
Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka
O do not tempt me 03:54
Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka
For Molly 03:48
Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka
Say not that your hearte is pained 02:27
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Don't ask me to speak 03:35
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Gentle stars were shining upon us 03:53
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
At Bedtime 03:40
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Nicht 05:01
Boris Sergeyevich Sheremetyev
I loved you 02:31
Aleksandr L'vovich Gurilyov
A little bird has flown away 01:38
Alexander Sergeyevich Dargomyzhsky
Deep Remembrance 03:32
Cesar Anrtonovich Cui
The Statue at Tsarskoye Selo 01:31
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky
Songs and Dances of Death
Lullaby 05:41
Serenade 04:32
Trepak (Russian Dance) 05:29
Field Marshal 05:55