With this CD, I want to share my vocal talents and the joy that music offers me, and that I can offer to you, the listener. Singing has always been my passion. I have now been inspired to create my own songs, writing music to the poetry of my Russian compatriots here in the United States. I was born in the Black Sea port of Odessa in the Ukraine. Odessa is a city of many musical traditions and a conglomeration of cultures. I cannot help but feel the tug of these traditions whenever I sing. Now my home is in Los Angeles, California. Just like Odessa, it's a multicultural city, and my creativity is infused by it's varied musical influences. RETURN is my second CD, and what makes it so special is that it marks my progression as a performer and as a human being. My heart has grown and matured, enriched by extraordinary life experiences and people. Now I am singing opera, along with standards from the American stage as well as the songs I have written. Whatever the musical style, I am an instrument to express the melodic and poetic context of a song or an aria, and to convey it's rich emotions. The songs I share with you come from the deepest place in my heart. And if I have succeeded in bringing out their true beauty and meaning, then I am happy. From my heart to yours. 1.Return (M. Kesler, B. Stein) 4:34 (???????????) This song is about the flight of maple pollen over the city of Moscow with it's famous landmarks. Like a flight over memories. It's as if I am flying over my native city of Odessa, Ukraine. Returning to a place that is close to one's heart, and that place welcomes you. Feeling at peace. And then moving forward. A rebirth. 2. Gypsy Romance (M. Kesler, B. Stein) 3:25 (????????? ??????) Inspired by watching the Spanish Gypsies dancing flamenco. Guitars singing. Fiery pasodoble movements, passionate gypsy music and rhythms. I am moved, excited, and ecstatic. 3. Carmen, "Seguidilla" (G. Bizet) 2:21 After Carmen is arrested for fighting another girl in the cigarette factory, the soldier Don Jose is assigned to watch her. Carmen sings this aria to seduce him into taking her to her friend Lillias Pastia's inn. 4. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (O. Harbach, J. Kern) 1:46 This song was composed for 1933 operetta "Roberta" by Jerome Kern, my favorite American Musical Theatre composer. 5. Waltz "Millennium" (M. Kesler, B. Stein) 2: 40 (????? '?????????') Poem for the New Year's Eve of 2000 expressing hope and the promise of peace for the new millennium. 6. Nella Fantasia (E. Morricone, C. Ferrau) 3:07 A beautiful, compelling song by the Academy Award winning composer Ennio Morricone. It's not a song about a perfect world. But a hymn for harmony. "Souls that are free like the clouds that are flying." 7. Misty (E. Garner, J. Burke) 3:16 Falling in love is not an act of being rational. It's about being vulnerable... It's about losing your head over someone... It's about listening to your heart. 8. Autumn (M. Kesler, B. Stein) 2:36 (?????) A melody in the tradition of Russian Romance. "There, where by the river bank burns the line of sunset, this woman is standing all wrapped in autumn." 9. Night (A. Rubinstein, A. Pushkin) 3:08 (????) Russian Art song featuring the poetry by famous Russian poet Alexander Pushkin reveals the passions and emotions awakened in the night. "Your eyes in the darkness are sparkling in front of me. They're smiling at me. I love. I'm yours." 10. Moonlight Lullaby (M. Kesler, V. Trosman) 2:37 (??????????? ??????? ?????) This ballad describes the mysteriousness of nature at night, and the romantic seduction of the moonlight. 11. Caro Mio Ben (G. Giordani) 2:53 An eighteenth century Italian art song. "My dear beloved, please believe me, my heart languishes without you." 12. Vittoria Mio Core (G.G.Carissimi) 2:53 An eighteenth century Italian art song. "Victorious is my heart. No more tears. My grief and suffering are far from my heart and mind. All chains of bondage are broken and gone." 13. Maid Of Orleans, Joan of Arc's aria "Farewell Ye Woods" (P.I. Tchaikovsky) 6:39 A young French girl sings good-bye to her beloved countryside, bidding adieu to the fields and hills where she spent her childhood and sets out to save France and become Joan of Arc, the martyred heroine. 14. Carmen, "Habanera" (G. Bizet) 3:04 "Love is a rebellious bird that no one can tame. Love is a gypsy child, it has never, ever, known law. If you love me not, then I love you; if I love you, watch yourself!" 15. When You Tell Me That You Love Me (J. Bettis, A. Hammond) 3:09 This contemporary ballad takes me to a place in the music where I feel my voice and emotions soar. "I'm shining like a candle in the dark." 16. Decembers (M. Kesler, B. Stein) 3:17 (???????) For me, winter is a time of fun and joy. December, my birth month. 17. Stay/(Love In The Heart) (M. Kesler, M. Kesler) 2:22 First song written in English and all by myself: lyrics and music.