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This review is from: The Great Russian Tenor - Ivan Kozlovsky (Audio CD)
This tenor is the embodiment of emotion. Without bellowing the way Pavarotti and certain others sometimes tended to do as they aged, Koslovsky's voice is gut-wrenching to the point of tears.
He pulls out all the stops without gushing. He sings with refinement using a vast dynamic and tonal range without sacrificing his basic personal tone. His idiosyncratic voice never tires because of its variation.
When I first heard the Russian baritone, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, perform in Vancouver, BC, Canada, a few years ago, I asked him if he admired Koslovsky's voice. "No," he said. "Why not?" I asked. He shrugged. "He sings in the old style." When I asked him what he meant, he merely shrugged and repeated himself. Sensing he did not have time to explain further, I left him to his other admirers.
If Koslovsky sings in the "Old way," I want more of it.
I defy anyone with any musical sensibility in their soul to keep a dry eye during band 8: Lenski's aria.
This is bel canto singing at its finest. It deserves a much wider audience. PHENOMENAL STUFF.
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Initial post: 8 Jun 2011 14:28:04 BDT
Last edited by the author on 8 Jun 2011 14:29:57 BDT
M. S says:
The name of the item sold is not correct. Should be either "Soviet" or "Ukrainian".
With all due respect, Ivan Kozlovsky was a Ukrainian singer.
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