V2609. ELENA SHUMILOVA: Songs by Glinka, Rimsky-Korsakov, Dargomyzhinsky, Tschaikowsky, Tanayev, Bulahkov, Glinka, Rachmaninov, Brahms, Liszt, Grieg, etc. - recorded 1948-54; Arias from Rusalka (Dargomyzhinsky), The Maid of Pskov, Ballo, L'Africaine, Prodana Nedvesta, The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia & Tannhäuser - recorded 1947-55; w.Altaev Cond. All-Union Ensemble, w. Shumilova, Kazanskaya, Ruban, Bunchikov, etc.: IN THE LAND OF THE BLUE LAKES (Arvids), recorded 1957. (Russia) 3-Aquarius AQVR 414. - 4607123632130
"With this three-CD issue Aquarius continues its sterling work in bringing out the work of singers from the Soviet era in whom no other company seems to have any interest....Shumilova [is] a singer of considerable quality [who] was at her finest in song....I found these CDs of great interest and in many places of great quality, so I can thoroughly recommend this issue."
- Paul Steinson, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2020
“Elena Shumilova’s creative career is inextricably linked with the history of the Bolshoi Theatre during the middle of the last century. At that time the roster of the Bolshoi Theatre could boast a unique collaboration of outstanding singers, dancers, conductors, directors and artists who left such a bright trace in art that after many decades their work still attracts much attention and encourages us to dive into the legacy left to us through the resource of archival recordings. Fortunately, Elena Shumilova’s recorded heritage, collected almost in its entirety in this album, makes it possible to get a fairly complete picture of the art of this wonderful singer of the Bolshoi Theatre of the 1940s and ‘50s. Elena Shumilova performed at the Bolshoi Theatre until 1959. The singer made many concert tours throughout the Soviet Union and abroad (Austria, Czechoslovakia, Romania and others). After leaving the theatre, she spent the rest of her working life engaged in teaching activities - first at the Gnesin Music and Pedagogical School, and between 1977-1994 - at the Moscow Conservatory.
Most of Elena Shumilova's recordings in this album were made for the radio in the 1940s and 1950s. With a few exceptions, these have never been published before. The recordings of opera arias by Shumilova, although not numerous, are extremely interesting and varied. The second disc contains the singer’s song repertoire. Finally, the third disc introduces the listeners to Shumilova’s operetta recordings. The basis of this disc is the first radio production of the Lithuanian composer Zilinskis operetta IN THE LAND OF BLUE LAKES.”
- Mike Weston