“That Prince Igor was my first opportunity for me to hear his beautifully rich bass-baritone in some detail. I was very impressed by his even beauty of tone, expression and characterization. I left the cinema wanting to hear more when, propitiously, along came this CD. … As far as I am concerned, Abdrazakov is the best Russian bass-baritone I have heard in this role since, dare I mention the name, Chaliapin. … He could dominate the role for the years to come if he chooses. … This disc has given me much pleasure. It is a tantalizing glimpse of a talent that could dominate this repertoire on the world stages, if the owner so chooses, in the coming years. … It is a long time since a record was issued of native Russian singing arias from that country’s rich operatic repertoire and with its distinctive patina. That Ildar Abdrazakov brings his characteristic beauty of tone and diction to the music is particularly welcome.” — Robert J Farr, MusicWeb International
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