V2613. VERA DAVYDOVA: Songs by Shaporin, Rachmaninov, Liszt, Grieg & Mosolov. (Russia) Aquarius AQVR 417, Live Performance, 22 Oct., 1950, plus several recordings from 1947 & early '50s. - 4607123632192
“Anyone who has heard the Russian mezzo Vera Davydova in complete recordings of roles such as Amneris in AIDA or Lyubava in SADKO will agree that she was a major operatic artist with a perfectly equalized voice. And although she sang exclusively in Russian, she was also a refined recitalist as this recording of a concert in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory on 22 October, 1950, clearly demonstrates…She is compelling in the very last excerpt which dates from the final years of her career: ‘The guitar strings were tightened, sung with a vibrant intensity that recalls the Davydova of the operatic stage.”
- Stephen Hastings, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2020
“Shaporin wrote remarkable, beautiful Russian music. Besides, he was a very refined person, a true Russian intellectual, educated, with the knowledge of several languages. Shaporin knew the poet Alexander Blok and set a lot of his poetry to music. I still remember the performance of ‘Zaklinaniye’ (Incantantion). Davydova, who was a very beautiful woman, sang this exceptionally dramatic piece - based on the poem by Pushkin, with tremendous passion. My memory of this recital is still very vivid.”
- Nina Moznaïm Svetlanova
“Vera Davydova (1906-1993) was in her prime in 1937. She had a rich, darkly colored mezzo-soprano voice and was a leading singer at the Bolshoi, with a repertoire encompassing Carmen, Amneris, Marfa in KHOVANSHCHINA, and similar standard fare for the Bolshoi at that time....sung with a voice that is evenly produced from top to bottom and that is comfortable at all dynamics."
- Henry Fogel, FANFARE
“Vera Davydova made her début in 1929 at the Leningrad Theater of Opera and Ballet. From 1932 to 1956 she was a soloist at the Bolshoi Theater of the USSR. In 1959 she began teaching at the Tbilisi Conservatory, becoming a professor in 1964.
Davydova is a brilliant representative of the Soviet vocal school and has created realistic and truthful characters. Her roles include Liubava in Rimsky-Korsakov’s SADKO (State Prize of the USSR, 1950), Marfa in Mussorgsky’s KHOVANSHCHINA (State Prize of the USSR, 1951), the title role in Bizet’s CARMEN, Amneris in Verdi’s AÏDA, Aksin’ia in Dzerzhinskii’s THE QUIET DON, Nilovna in Zhelobinskii’s THE MOTHER, and Grunia in Chishko’s THE BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN. Davydova received the State Prize of the USSR for concert performances (1946) and has been awarded various medals.”
- Z. D. Akron