Mark Reizen;  Dmitri Kabalevsky      (Aquarius AQVR 308)
Item# V2452
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Mark Reizen;  Dmitri Kabalevsky      (Aquarius AQVR 308)
V2452. MARK REIZEN: Songs by Moussorgsky, Rachmaninoff, Tschaikowsky, Taneyev & Kabalevsky (the latter's self-accompanied 'Seven Sonnets of Shakespeare'). (Russia) Aquarius AQVR 308, recorded 1946-79. - 4607123631522

CRITIC REVIEWS:

“Here is another of Aquarius’ superb series of disks devoted to Mark Reizen…[In the songs which] date from 1979…the octogenarian…still has a responsive voice and rises to climaxes with much of his former ease….[In ‘Fate’] the 84-year-old maintains his model declamation and characterisation over an eight-minute span, running the gamut from falsetto to full voice to a half-muffled tone….Reizen finishes with seven of the splendid settings of Shakespeare’s sonnets by Kabalevsky….With Kabalevsky himself accompanying in 1954, these performances would be self-recommending even if they were not so comprehensively first-rate.”

- Tully Potter, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2016



“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



“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….This material in its original 78rpm form will be very difficult to find, and this compilation is a worthy tribute to one of the greatest bass singers of the 20th century.”

- Alan Bilgora, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2010