V1497. PAVEL LISITSIAN: Romances and Arias (Tchaikovsky). (Russia) Aquarius AQVR 310, Live Performance, 24 Feb., 1951, Moscow. - 4607123630600
Lisitsian had a major career
.enjoying three decades as a leading artist at the Bolshoi. He was the foremost interpreter of Tchaikovskys baritone rôles perhaps the finest Onégin of his time. He also created several rôles in works by Prokofiev and was admired for his interpretation of leading rôles in the operas of Verdi, Gounod, Bizet and Puccini. The voice was a supremely beautiful instrument used with the phrasing and sensitivity of a fine instrumentalist.
- Vivian A. Liff, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Jan./Feb., 2011
"This Armenian baritone remains one of the best-kept musical secrets of the old Soviet state. The voice was remarkably warm, bright, and well produced, with a faster-than-normal vibrato that was perfectly even and possessed no beat. He also had Schipas own gift for phrasing in an imaginative, highly musical fashion that breathed life into whatever he did; and he had the technique and breath control to support his ambitious efforts."
- Barry Brenesal, FANFARE, July/Aug., 2002
The great name here for collectors is Pavel Lisitsian, born in 1911, who was probably one of the [last] centurys dozen best operatic baritones. To spend an hour or so with Lisitsians records is to be reminded what a joy it is to hear the work of a real master.
- Will Crutchfield, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 29 July, 1990