Alexander Kipnis 1945/6
"A compelling disc which should appeal to all lovers of great bass voices, especially those in Russian opera."
In the search for suitable and evocative words to describe a particular vocal quality, usually, for the bass voice one would expect of course adjectives like 'deep', 'black', 'sonorous', 'cavernous', 'thundering', 'impressive' or even 'noble'. Rarely is the word 'beautiful' used. However, in the case of Alexander Kipnis, it most certainly applies ...
This collection of all-Russian arias finds the celebrated Ukrainian bass just past his prime in his mid-fifties. By this time the voice has begun to loosen a little and occasionally sound a little rough. He had, after all, been singing an astonishing variety of heavy roles for thirty years.
Ralph Moore, Musicweb-international.com