V1702. PAVEL LISITSIAN, w.Matvei Sakharov & Boris Abramovitch (Pfs.): Pavel Lisitsian in Concert, incl. Songs by Tosti, Borodin, Glazounov, Balakirev, Rimsky-Korsakov, Schubert, Schumann, Keil, Rachmaninoff, Rubinstein, etc.; Arias from Le Roi de Lahore, Ernani, Kaschei the Immortal, Nero, Pique Dame & Mazeppa;
w.Nina Pokrovskaya, w.Melik-Pashayev Cond. Bolshoi Theatre Orch. Aïda – Nile Scene, recorded 29 Dec., 1952.
(Austria) 2-Preiser 89243, Live Performances, 15 March, 1948 & 10 April, 1949. Long out-of-print, final copy! - 717281892438
“Lisitsian had a major career….enjoying three decades as a leading artist at the Bolshoi. He was the foremost interpreter of Tchaikovsky’s baritone rôles – perhaps the finest Onégin of his time. He also created several rôles in works by Prokofiev and was admired for his interpretation of leading rôles in the operas of Verdi, Gounod, Bizet and Puccini. The voice was a supremely beautiful instrument used with the phrasing and sensitivity of a fine instrumentalist. With his superb diction and remarkable variety of nuance he made listening to these two well-filled CDs a constant pleasure….This certainly deserves to win an award as the finest historical vocal reissue of the year. You must hear it.”
- Vivian A. Liff, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Jan./Feb., 2011
"This Armenian baritone remains one of the best-kept musical secrets of the old Soviet state. The voice was remarkably warm, bright, and well produced, with a faster-than-normal vibrato that was perfectly even and possessed no beat. He also had Schipa’s own gift for phrasing in an imaginative, highly musical fashion that breathed life into whatever he did; and he had the technique and breath control to support his ambitious efforts."
- Barry Brenesal, FANFARE, July/Aug., 2002
“The great name here for collectors is Pavel Lisitsian, born in 1911, who was probably one of the [last] century’s dozen best operatic baritones. To spend an hour or so with Lisitsian’s records is to be reminded what a joy it is to hear the work of a real master.”
- Will Crutchfield, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 29 July, 1990