Elena Katulskaya, w.Boris Yurtaikin (Pf.)       (Aquarius AQVR 406)
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Elena Katulskaya, w.Boris Yurtaikin (Pf.)       (Aquarius AQVR 406)
V2522. ELENA KATULSKAYA, w.Boris Yurtaikin (Pf.): Songs by Paisiello, Monsigny, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven, Kjerulf, Sibelius, Weckerlin, Delmet, Duparc, Massenet, Gounod, Berlioz, Tirindelli & Tosti. (Russia) Aquarius AQVR 406, recorded 1946-52. [Katulskaya's renditions of Kjerulf's 'Synnoves Sang' and Massenet's 'Enchantement' are but two of the great highlights of this recital - simply exquisite!] - 4607123631874


“Aquarius has again put us greatly in its debt by issuing a fourth recital record of this great Russian soprano….as far as I know, (and I have been working on a discography of Katulskaya for over ten years), none of these tracks has ever been published previously, so this CD adds enormously to our knowledge of the artist….Katulskaya was a great singer who is largely forgotten today; anyone who already knows her will certainly want this disc. If you are someone to whom she is, at best, just a name, try this CD – you won’t be disappointed.”

- Paul Steinson, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2017

“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

“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