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Subject: Mark Reizen concert from the Great HAll of the Moscow Conservatory 15th March 1958
From: Mike Weston <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Mike Weston <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sun, 19 Nov 2017 08:11:11 -0500

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To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the passing of the great bass Mark
Osipovich Reizen (3 July 1895 – November 25, 1992), Aquarius have released,
what is believed to be, the singer’s only surviving complete solo concert
(previously unreleased). Fragments of others are known to exist, as well as
joint concerts with other singers (a performance of Glinka’s “Doubt” from a
concert in memory of Antonina Nezhdanova on 12th May 1952 was originally
intended as the bonus item on this release). The entire repertoire performed
was also recorded in the studio at some point in his career.  The aria ‘E il
foglio io segnero’ from Gomes’s opera «Salvator Rosa» is of particular
interest. He first recorded the aria whilst on the UK leg of his European
tour (Paris, Berlin, Monte Carlo) at the EMI studios in Hayes, Middlesex and
represents the first three entries in his extensive discography. 
Reizen performed the role of Tsar Boris many times throughout his career. He
sang the role in both of the Musorgsky versions (1868 and 1873) in the Pavel
Lamm editions whilst engaged at the Mariinsky Theatre. It was on the
strength of his performances in the new production, at the Bolshoi Theatre,
which premiered on 20th June 1946,  that he was engaged to record the role
in the first complete studio recording.  Luckilly, for collectors, Reizen’s
studio performance did not meet with expectations and Alexander Pirogov was
recorded in a performance more acceptable to Soviet ideology. The Reizen
performance remained in the vaults until it was finally released in 1975.
This magnificent performance has been reissued on CD many times since.  In
the Spring of 1954, a small group of artists including Mark Reizen and
Sviatoslav Richter embarked on an Hungarian tour. The performance of ‘Boris
Godunov’ at the Hungarian State Opera in Budapest on 7th March 1954 (the
same year that Reizen retired from the Bolshoi Theatre) was thankfully
recorded and still survives in a few private copies. The bonus item, on this
CD, is from that performance and  begins at Boris’s final entrance through
to the end of the opera. The cast of the complete performance was:
              Boris Godunov—Mark Reizen 
	Shuisky— Endre Rösler
	Pimen— Oszkár Kálmán
	Grigori—Laszlo Nagypal
	Marina—Magda Rigo 
	Varlaam—Oszkar Maleczky
	Missail—Joszef Somlo
	Simpleton—Pal Fekete

 This complete recording represents one of only two complete, surviving live
performances with this great bass (The other being a performance of ‘Ruslan
and Lyudmila’ from the Bolshoi Theatre on 6th April 1951). Neither of these
has been released on CD.
Of special interest to collectors is the inclusion Oszkár Kálmán’s Pimen.
The extract represents a rare, live performance of the bass who created the
role of Bluebeard in Bela Bartok’s “A kékszakállú herceg vára” (‘Bluebeard's
Castle’) in 1917
The CD can be purchased direct by e-mailing Andrei at
[log in to unmask] or from 
Norbeck, Peters & Ford (
Although I do have an association with Aquarius, I do not receive any
payment for my work.

The Concert from the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory on March 15, 1958" 
  1. Doubt (M. Glinka) 
  2. Midnight review (M. Glinka) 
  3. Dusk fell on the earth (P. Tchaikovsky) 
  4. Frenzied nights (P. Tchaikovsky) 
  5. Amid the din of the ball (P. Tchaikovsky) 
  6. When to the sessions (D. Kabalevsky) (from the cycle «Seven Sonnets of
  7. E il foglio io segnero (A. Gomes «Salvator Rosa», act 2) 
  8. Die Krähe (F. Schubert, from the cycle «Die Winterreise») 
  9. An die Musik (F. Schubert) 
10. Wenn ich in deine Augen seh (R. Schumann, from the cycle «Dichterliebe») 
11. Ich hab' im Traum geweinet (R. Schumann, from the cycle «Dichterliebe») 
12. The goat (M. Mussorgsky) 
13. The Song of the Flea (M. Mussorgsky) 
14. La Calunnia (G. Rossini «Il barbiere di Siviglia», act 1) 
Piano - Abram Makarov 
Cello - Leonid Adamov (1) 
Presenter - Mikhail Balaksheev
15-17. M. Mussorgsky «Boris Godunov», the finale of the opera 
Boris Godunov - Mark Reizen, Shuisky - Endre Rösler, Pimen - Oszkár Kálmán 
Choir and Orchestra of the Hungarian State Opera, conductor - János Ferencsik 
Broadcast recording from the Hungarian State Opera (Budapest) on March 7th,

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