Andrei Ivanov        (Aquarius AQVR 338)
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Andrei Ivanov        (Aquarius AQVR 338)
V1756. ANDREI IVANOV: Songs by Rubinstein, Varlamov, Gurilev, Dargomyzhsky, Ippolitov-Ivanov, Arensky, Cui, etc. (Russia) Aquarius AQVR 338, recorded 1947-52. - 4607123630952


“A redoubtable baritone was Andrei Ivanov (easy to confuse with Alexei Ivanov, also an interesting singer). His voice was weightier than Lisitsian's and not quite so seamless technically. But he is the best Igor on records, the most specifically inflected Mazeppa. His large, dark instrument sustains and shades Rigoletto's tessitura impressively, and he lightens the sound with a lyrical, conversational touch for his Onégin. Both vocally and interpretively, he is the finest Russian dramatic baritone of the past sixty years, at least on the recorded evidence."

- Conrad L. Osborne

“From 1934 to 1950 Andreii Ivanov sang at the Kiev Opera House, and from 1950-1956 was commissioned to sing with Lisitsian at the Bolshoi. He is not at the height of Lisitsian, but nevertheless offers a very interesting singing with some excellent moments. Do not confuse this Andreii Ivanov with Alexeii Ivanov, another baritone from the same period (4 years younger) and is a pleasant surprise. It is one of those examples of disciplined baritone, trained in the golden years Bolshoi Theatre, and does it all with a tone of remarkable quality, far superior to that of pure committment."

- Joaquín Martín de Sagarminaga