V0507. MARK REIZEN: Arias from Rusalka (Dargomyzhsky), Faust, Barbiere, I Vespri Siciliani, Simon Boccanegra, Don Carlos, Boris Godounov & Die Walküre (Wotan's Farewell). (Austria) Preiser 89080, recorded 1948-53. Very long out-of-print, Final copy! - 717281890809
"Wotan's Farewell is written for a singer with a large, even range. It requires elastic breath and huge vocal resources. As ever, Mark Osipovich Reizen's execution of this monologue [at age 69] was an inspiration. The voice sounding amazing with a fadeless beauty."
- Natalia Shpiller
“Certainly one of the most sonorous, expressive and beautifully-controlled bass voices ever to have been recorded was that of Mark Reizen. He was a legend in his own lifetime in Russia and, at the age of 90, he was still able to make a remarkable stage appearance, singing Prince Gremin in EUGEN ONÉGIN….one of the greatest bass singers of the 20th century.”
- Alan Bilgora, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2010
“A superb singer and powerful actor with a highly expressive, rich voice of astonishing color and range, [Reizen’s] forte was legendary, but he also had a pianissimo so expressive it could stop a rehearsal to allow Natalia Shpiller singing opposite him to regain her composure, while the rest of the cast were drying their eyes.”
- Richard D. Sylvester, TCHAIKOVSKY’S COMPLETE SONGS