Eugen Onegin   (Melik-Pashaev & Orlov;  Nortzov, Kozlovsky, Kruglikova)   (2-Naxos 8.110216/17)
Item# OP0146
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Eugen Onegin   (Melik-Pashaev & Orlov;  Nortzov, Kozlovsky, Kruglikova)   (2-Naxos 8.110216/17)
OP0146. EUGEN ONÉGIN, recorded 1937, w.Melik-Pashaev & Orlov Cond. Bolshoi Opera Ensemble; Panteleimon Nortsov, Elena Kruglikova, Ivan Kozlovsky, Maxim Mikhailov, Elizaveta Antonova, etc. (Canada) 2-Naxos 8.110216/17. Transfers by Ward Marston. Final copy! - 636943121627


“Thanks to the wizardry of transfer engineer Ward Marston, this historic Onégin is now widely available and in satisfying sonic form for the very first time….The transfers are amazingly vivid for a 1937 Russian recording….[Kruglikova’s] letter scene is one of the most moving and sweeping that I know of….As for Kozlovsky, it must be said that there is simply no one like him. His immediately identifiable timbre is particularly suited to this music, and to the character – and he exhibits utterly remarkable vocal control as he floats pianos and stretches phrases out with great beauty….The smaller roles are magnificently taken on this set, on a more consistently high level than any other recording of the opera of which I am aware.”

- Henry Fogel, FANFARE, May/June, 2003

“One way of dividing the world seems to be into admirers and detractors of Ivan Kozlovsky. For the former, the succulent, dripping sweetness of the Russian tenor provides a paragon of bel canto, exquisite, long-held soft head notes, phrases caressed and pressed out of familiar shape….the portrait of an extraordinary singer….”

- Max Loppert, OPERA ON RECORD, Vol. I, pp.29-30