Obukhova, Lisitsian, Richter, Oistrakh - In Memory of Igumnov   (Aquarius AQVR 386)
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Obukhova, Lisitsian, Richter, Oistrakh - In Memory of Igumnov   (Aquarius AQVR 386)
V2250. Concert in Memory of Konstantin Igumnov, incl. Nadezhda Obukhova, Pavel Lisitsian, Sviatoslav Richter, David Oistrakh, Sviatoslav Knushevitsky, Lev Oborin & Alexander Goedicke. (Russia) Aquarius AQVR 386, Live Performance, 4 April, 1949. [An outstanding event with salvos of audience response and applause . . . in remarkably good sound!] - 4607123631515


“Nadezhda Obukhova was one of Russia’s most beloved artists during the post-war years. Already aged 28 at the outbreak of World War I, she could well be expected to have recorded during the pre-electric period. Why she was not given the opportunity to do so, will probably never be known. Listening to her records of 1937 onwards you can hardly believe that this is the voice of a 51 years old singer! Hers was a light, lyrical and colorful mezzo-soprano, easily reaching into the low register but with a curiously light, almost soprano timbre in the middle register. She was one of the singers who always sang within their means. You will never hear her darkening the voice or making it heavier for effect which is certainly one of the reasons for her longevity. If you compare her earlier recordings of 1937 with her final recording of 1960 (which was the song ‘Kalinushka Malinushka’), breath and legato are not only intact but better than most singers half her age!”

- Andrea Shum-Binder, subito-cantabile

“The great name here for collectors is Pavel Lisitsian, born in 1911, who was probably one of the [last] century’s dozen best operatic baritones. To spend an hour or so with Lisitsian’s 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

“After Stalin’s death in 1953, the Soviet Union lifted a bit of the Iron Curtain to allow some major midcareer Russian artists to make debuts in America. Among them were the violinist David Oistrakh and the pianist Emil Gilels, both in 1955. Notably missing was the towering pianist Sviatoslav Richter, an artist of, in the best sense, demonic powers, whose performances combined stunning technique, myriad colorings and fierce integrity. Every time Gilels was lavished with praise by musicians in America, he would offer thanks, then add, ‘Wait until you hear Richter!’

…when Richter auditioned at Moscow Conservatory for the pianist Heinrich Neuhaus, who would become his most influential teacher, Neuhaus, deeply impressed, whispered to a nearby student that he thought young Richter a ‘musician of genius’.”

- Anthony Tommasini, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 24 Sept., 2015

“David Oistrakh is considered the premiere violinist of the mid-twentieth century Soviet Union. During the 1940s Oistrakh's active performing schedule took him across the Soviet Union but his international career had to wait until the 1950s, when the political climate had cooled enough for Soviet artists to be welcomed in the capitals of the West.”

- Blair Johnston, allmusic.com