Ivan Susanin (A Life for the Tsar)  (Nebolsin;  Reizen, Nelepp, Shumskaya, Sokolova)  (2-Aquarius AQVR 351)
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Ivan Susanin (A Life for the Tsar)  (Nebolsin;  Reizen, Nelepp, Shumskaya, Sokolova)  (2-Aquarius AQVR 351)
OP2110. IVAN SUSANIN (A Life for the Tsar) - Scenes (Glinka), recorded 1950-51, w.Nebolsin Cond. Bolshoi Theatre Ensemble; Mark Reizen, Georgi Nelepp, Elizaveta Shumskaya, Irina Sokolova, etc.; Samosud Cond.: Forest Scene, Act IV, from 1942 Film; MARK REIZEN: Songs by Kalinnikov, Balakirev, Sakhnovsky, Koenemann & Tchaikovsky, recorded 1946-51. (Russia) 2-Aquarius AQVR 351. - 4607123631133


“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.”


“The Bolshoi had a remarkable dramatic tenor, Georgi Mikhailovich Nelepp, an artist of impeccable taste, with a beautiful, youthfully resonant voice. I have yet to hear a better Hermann in THE QUEEN OF SPADES. When I first joined the Bolshoi, we worked on FIDELIO together; that time ranks among the best memories of my career.”

- Galina Vishnevskaya, GALINA, pp.185-86

“Elisaveta Shumsyaya made a relatively late début on the leading stage of her home-town, but her success there was of all the greater duration. In the one and a half decades after the Second World War she developed into one of the most indispensable singers at the Bolshoi Theatre and also at the studios of the Russian record company Melodiya. With her light, easy but substantial soprano voice she participated in around a dozen complete opera recordings, mostly in works by Western European composers.”


“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.”

- Z. D. Akron