V2203. VITALY KILCHEVSKY, w.Nebolsin Cond.Bolshoi Orch.: Songs by Varlamov, Cui, Bulakov, Barthélemy, Delibes & Gounod; Rusalka – Prince’s cavatina (Dargomyzhsky), Live Performance, 22 March, 1949, Moscow Conservatory; Songs by Mozart & Beethoven (the latter’s An die ferne Geliebte); Arias from The Slippers, Iolanta, May Night, Tsar’s Bride, Treason & La Boheme – recorded 1947-50. (Russia) Aquarius AQVR 375. - 4607123631409
“Vitaly Kilchevsky would appear…to have slipped through the net. This is a shame as he possessed a voice of considerable quality that at its best combined excellent musicality and charm. The bulk of this CD recital is from a very well-recorded (and transferred) concert given when he was nearly 60 years old….Although taste and musicality are demonstrated throughout, there is a noticeable gaining of confidence and vocal form as the recital progresses and he ‘warms up’….the ’Romance of the young gypsy ‘ from ALEKO, accompanied by the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra conducted by Vassily Nebolsin, shows his voice in its prime, with its bright, easily produced penetrating timbre, beautifully controlled dynamics and ringing high notes…alone is worth the price of the CD.”
- Alan Bilgora, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2015
“Vitaly Kilchevsky (1899-1986) was one of the famous Russian tenors of the Soviet period. For many years he sang as a soloist at theatres in Leningrad - Mikhailovsky (from 1936) and the Mariinsky (from 1944). In Moscow he performed at the Bolshoi between 1947 and 1955. He studied singing under the outstanding singer and teacher Sophia Akimova (wife of the great tenor Ivan Yershov) at the Leningrad Conservatory. One fellow student being the baritone Pavel Lisitsian.
Kilchevsky’s repertoire included many lyric tenor roles, such as Vaudemont and Lensky (IOLANTHE and EUGEN ONÉGIN), Alfredo, the Duke of Mantua, Faust (Gounod), Almaviva, Roméo, Gerald, etc. According to Ivan Petrov’s memoirs, Kilchevsky was an artistic singer, possessed of a lyric tenor voice which was particularly strong in the upper register. His most famous recordings are Tchaikovsky ‘s THE MAID OF ORLEANS (1946, the role of Charles VII) and Dargomizhsky’s RUSALKA (1948, the role of the Prince). His recorded heritage is also represented by operatic arias, duets, songs and romances, as well as recordings of recitals - V2515, V2307, V2203.”
- Z. D. Akron
“Aside from a possessing particularly beautiful voice with a vibrant top, Vitaly Kilchevsky’s artistic phrasing is a delight to both the ear and the heart! Highly reminiscent of Lemeshev, he offers cherished moments during which one holds one’s breath hearing his heavenly pianissimi! His very few recital CDs are all treasures and we are in Aquarius’ debt for making them available.”
- J. R. Peters