Elena Katulskaya        (Aquarius AQVR 323)
Item# V1750
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Elena Katulskaya        (Aquarius AQVR 323)
V1750. YELENA KATULSKAYA: Romances and Songs, incl. Songs by Chopin, Weckerlin, Monsigny, Rivière, Hahn, Chaminade, Delibes, Dvorák, Johann Strauss, Mendelssohn, Gurilev, Bulakhov, Alabieff, Varlamov, etc. (Russia) Aquarius AQVR 323, recorded 1912-48. - 4607123631058


“Katulskaya was remarkable in several ways. First, she was the possessor of a beautiful and appealing lyric voice, evenly produced throughout its range from a warm, firm lower register to a bright, easily–produced top voice. Second, she was a compelling artist who unfailingly communicated the essence of the material she was performing….The tone is immediately full and attractive, the vibrato firm, the legato exemplary….We are listening to a complete artist.”

- Mel Siegel, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2011

“This is an absolutely delightful recital to which I would give a very high recommendation….the transfers are excellent, with almost no surface noise….The latest recordings of [Katulskaya’s voice] date from about 1951 and, after a career of 44 years, her voice is in astonishingly good condition, with none of the expected frailty. She had a voice of exquisite quality, pure and evenly produced with a lovely line and she was a very musical singer. Her singing is full of light and shade, and detailed dynamic variety, with excellent enunciation of the text.”

- Paul Steinson, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2010

“Katulskaya made her début at the Mariinsky in 1909 and remained there until 1913 when she received a contract to appear at the Bolshoi in Moscow. She was a star performer, singing a wide variety of coloratura rôles in the Russian, French and Italian repertoires until 1945. Levik considered her voice as being superior in warmth and technique to that of Kuznetsova….Her singing [offers] a poised control and a beautiful timbre.”

- Alan Bilgora, Program Notes to Collectors’ Treasures, Vol. II