Faust     (Nebolsin;  Ivan Kozlovsky, Mark Reizen, Ivan Burlak, Yelizavieta Shumskaya)     (2-Aquarius AQVR 178)
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Faust     (Nebolsin;  Ivan Kozlovsky, Mark Reizen, Ivan Burlak, Yelizavieta Shumskaya)     (2-Aquarius AQVR 178)
OP0164. FAUST (in Russian), recorded 1948, w.Nebolsin Cond. Bolshoi Opera Ensemble; Ivan Kozlovsky, Mark Reizen, Ivan Burlak, Yelizavieta Shumskaya, etc. (Russia) 2-Aquarius AQVR 178.


“This performance of the title role is a musical and dramatic miracle, with a degree of vocal control that is simply astounding. [Kozlovsky] sings with melting pianissimos, ringing fortes, and everything in between. It is that vast in-between range, with shades of mezzo-piano and mezzo-forte, and mezzo-mezzo that are beyond every other tenor, where Kozlovsky distinguishes himself. And nothing here is fussy or mannered. This is Faust brought to life – impetuous, head-over-heels in love, sacred, tender. Everything the role calls for is conveyed by Kozlovsky’s vocal color and shading, and his ability to vary vocal intensity….Reizen’s huge bass voice…has to be the kind of sound Gounod imagined for a devil, a thunderous sound used with intelligence and raw power. He manages to bring both dignity and overpowering presence to the role.”

- Henry Fogel, FANFARE, March/April, 2006

“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

“Vassili Vassilyevich Nebolsin (30 May 1898 – 29 October 1958) was a Russian conductor. He studied at the college of the Moscow Philharmonic and became conductor of the orchestra in 1918. He became choir master of the Bolshoi in 1920 and its conductor in 1922. He taught at the Moscow Conservatory from 1940 to 1945. The Stalin Prize was awarded him in 1950.”

-Zillah Dorset Akron