Feodor Chaliapin (1873-1938) (bass) was in the opinion of many the greatest singing actor of the 20th century. Like Enrico Caruso, the name Chaliapin continued to be a household word long after his death. A case in point is that the Sobranie tobacco company continued to market their “Chaliapin”cigarettes into the 1970s. Producing a Chaliapin set has long been a desire of Marston, yet due to the size of the compilation, the production costs, and the time involved, this project has been pushed to the back burner time and time again. This year with the financial assistance of some of our generous supporters, we are able to announce that at the beginning of next year we will release a thirteen-CD set containing every known recording of Feodor Chaliapin numbering well into the two hundreds. This set will contain a substantial number of previously unpublished alternative takes, as well as all extant sides from the live performances at Covent Garden and the Royal Albert Hall that were recorded by His Master's Voice in 1926 through 1928. The booklet accompanying the set will include essays on Chaliapin and his records by Michael Scott and Michael Aspinall and a reprint of an essay by the great accompanist, Ivor Newton. The price of the set is $130 for preferred customers, $175 for single orders.
Track Listing coming soon!
Liner Notes coming soon!