Mark Reizen;  Dmitri Kabalevsky      (Aquarius AQVR 308)
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Mark Reizen;  Dmitri Kabalevsky      (Aquarius AQVR 308)
V2452. MARK REIZEN: Songs by Moussorgsky, Rachmaninoff, Tschaikowsky, Taneyev & Kabalevsky (the latter's self-accompanied 'Seven Sonnets of Shakespeare'). (Russia) Aquarius AQVR 308, recorded 1946-79. - 4607123631522


“Here is another of Aquarius’ superb series of disks devoted to Mark Reizen…[In the songs which] date from 1979…the octogenarian…still has a responsive voice and rises to climaxes with much of his former ease….[In ‘Fate’] the 84-year-old maintains his model declamation and characterisation over an eight-minute span, running the gamut from falsetto to full voice to a half-muffled tone….Reizen finishes with seven of the splendid settings of Shakespeare’s sonnets by Kabalevsky….With Kabalevsky himself accompanying in 1954, these performances would be self-recommending even if they were not so comprehensively first-rate.”

- Tully Potter, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2016

“A superb singer and powerful actor with a highly expressive, rich voice of astonishing color and range, [Reizen’s] forte was legendary, but he also had a pianissimo so expressive it could stop a rehearsal to allow Natalia Shpiller singing opposite him to regain her composure, while the rest of the cast were drying their eyes.”


“Certainly one of the most sonorous, expressive and beautifully-controlled bass voices ever to have been recorded was that of Mark Reizen. He was a legend in his own lifetime in Russia and, at the age of 90, he was still able to make a remarkable stage appearance, singing Prince Gremin in EUGEN ONÉGIN….This material in its original 78rpm form will be very difficult to find, and this compilation is a worthy tribute to one of the greatest bass singers of the 20th century.”

- Alan Bilgora, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2010