Alexander & Grigory Pirogov        (Aquarius AQVR 315)
Item# V1493
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Alexander & Grigory Pirogov        (Aquarius AQVR 315)
V1493. ALEXANDER PIROGOV: Arias from Boris Godounov, Rusalka, Faust, Prince Igor, Aleko, etc. – recorded 1930-40; GRIGORY PIROGOV: Arias from Faust, Lakmé, etc. - recorded 1910. (Russia) Aquarius AQVR 315. - 4607123630648


"Alexander Pirogov (1899–1964) studied in Moscow and joined the Bolshoi in 1924, where he was both preceded and succeeded by other brothers. A singer of great character he recorded the title rôle in Boris Godunov with Golovanov conducting in 1948, and participated in the 1953 Bolshoi première and recording of Shaporin’s The Decembrists, conducted by Melik-Pashayev.

Unlike Italy, which is traditionally famous for its magnificent tenors, Russia has always been famous for its astounding basses. Really, you can find excellent bass singers in just about every Russian opera company. And still, the bass singers who sang at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow during the Thirties, Forties and Fifties were absolutely one of a kind…

The Pirogov brothers stand out even from that stellar field of bass superstars, though.

Inheriting their thunderous voices from their grandfather, the brothers honed their God-given talent and eventually became exemplary singers. Of the three Pirogovs who sang at the Bolshoi, Alexander definitely stood out from the rest. His phenomenal vocal abilities were legendary with people saying his voice put out candles and shattered glass…

Tall, upright and handsome, Alexander Pirogov was the epitome of a glorious warrior or King… Little wonder that Czar Boris Godunov in an opera of the same name by Modest Mussorgsky was one of his very best stage works. They put the whole opera on film and showed it at an international film festival in Venice. The film won no prizes but Alexander’s performance created such a sensation that the Italians issued a special medal with his profile featured on its face.

At the Bolshoi Alexander Pirogov was taking turns with Mark Reizen singing Boris Godunov."

- Z. D. Akron