V0327. FEODOR CHALIAPIN: Arias from Barbiere, Norma, Lucrezia Borgia, Robert le Diable, La Sonnambula, Mefistofele, Faust, Lakmé, Ernani, Don Carlos, Ruslan and Ludmilla & The Demon. (Austria) Preiser 89030, recorded 1907-12. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 717281890304
"Chaliapin will never die; for with his fabulous talent, this marvelous artist can never be forgotten... To future generations Chaliapin will become a legend."
- Sergey Rachmaninov
"During the Russian phase of his career, Chaliapin was confronted with strong competition from two other great Russian basses, the black-voiced Lev Sibiriakov (1869-1942) and the more lyrical Vladimir Kastorsky (1871-1948). The fact that Chaliapin is by far the best remembered of this distinguished trio is testament to the magnetic power of his performances on stage."
"Feodor Chaliapin's voice has a weight and force seldom equalled but with a baritonal vocal thread that allows his soto voce to make as powerful an impression as his full roar. He needs fewer of the histrionic effects than those who came after him, if only because he projects words with a force that comes with long-distilled dramatic truth."
- David Patrick Stearns, GRAMOPHONE, Aug., 2009