V2515. VITALY KILCHEVSKY: Songs by Cui, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tschaikowsky, Glazunov, Varlamov, Dargomyzksky & Ippolitov-Ivanov; Arias from Demon, May Night, Eugen Onégin & Dobryna Nikitich; w. Elizaveta Shumskaya: Duets from Faust & Iolanta; w. Andrei Ivanov: Duets by Ippolitov-Ivanov & Gretchaninov. (Russia) Aquarius AQVR 399, recorded 1947-53. - 4607123631799
“Here on this compilation we can now fully enjoy many recordings made when [Vitaly Kilchevsky] was in his early 40s and 50s and we can hear that his vocal tone is more finely-focused, with all the arias and songs showing the voice to be in its prime. They demonstrate a bright, attractive timbre, unforced and controlled top notes which have real squillo and, where required, a delicate, balanced mezza-voce….On the evidence of this compilation, Kilchevsky should be recognised as being among the top rank of Russian tenors of his generation."
- Alan Bilgora, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2017
“Vitaly Kilchevsky (1899-1986) was one of the famous Russian tenors of the Soviet period. For many years he sang as a soloist at theatres in Leningrad - Mikhailovsky (from 1936) and the Mariinsky (from 1944). In Moscow he performed at the Bolshoi between 1947 and 1955. He studied singing under the outstanding singer and teacher Sophia Akimova (wife of the great tenor Ivan Yershov) at the Leningrad Conservatory. One fellow student being the baritone Pavel Lisitsian.
Kilchevsky’s repertoire included many lyric tenor roles, such as Vaudemont and Lensky (IOLANTHE and EUGEN ONÉGIN), Alfredo, the Duke of Mantua, Faust (Gounod), Almaviva, Roméo, Gerald, etc. According to Ivan Petrov’s memoirs, Kilchevsky was an artistic singer, possessed of a lyric tenor voice which was particularly strong in the upper register. His most famous recordings are Tchaikovsky ‘s THE MAID OF ORLEANS (1946, the role of Charles VII) and Dargomizhsky’s RUSALKA (1948, the role of the Prince). His recorded heritage is also represented by operatic arias, duets, songs and romances, as well as recordings of recitals - V2515, V2307, V2203.”
- Z. D. Akron
“Aside from a possessing particularly beautiful voice with a vibrant top, Vitaly Kilchevsky’s artistic phrasing is a delight to both the ear and the heart! Highly reminiscent of Lemeshev, he offers cherished moments during which one holds one’s breath hearing his heavenly pianissimi! His very few recital CDs are all treasures and we are in Aquarius’ debt for making them available.”
- J. R. Peters