Barbiere  (Samosud;  Mark Reizen, Ivan Kozlovsky, Vera Firsova, Ivan Burlak)    (2-Aquarius AQVR 201)
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Barbiere  (Samosud;  Mark Reizen, Ivan Kozlovsky, Vera Firsova, Ivan Burlak)    (2-Aquarius AQVR 201)
OP0034. IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA (in Russian), recorded 1953, w.Samosud Cond. Moscow Radio Ensemble; Mark Reizen, Ivan Kozlovsky, Vera Firsova, Ivan Burlak, Vladimir Malishev, etc. [An absolutely delightful, unforgettable performance! Reizen's 'La calunnia' alone is a supremely valid reason to have and love it!]. (Russia) 2-Aquarius 201. - 4607123630228


“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.”


“Ivan Burlak was a verismo-style artist with a light, bright baritone voice featuring an explosive high range, a member of the Bolshoi ensemble beginning in 1921.”

- Ned Ludd

“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

“Kozlovsky's voice was distinguished for its beautiful high register and rich palette of shadings. He sang more than 50 operatic rôles, and was especially famous as Lensky in EUGENE ONÉGIN. They say that Ivan Kozlovsky considered his voice as his one and only possession and prayed every morning thanking the Lord for the priceless gift He gave him.”

- Olga Fyodorova