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Alexander Pirogov

In the four decades following the departure of Feodor Chaliapin in 1919, two Russian basses dominated the stage at Moscow’s mighty Bolshoi. Tag Reizen, high and elegant, whose wonderful instrument acquired a Slavic advantage relatively softer than most, acquired but one rival. Alexander Pirogov, commanding and effective, owned a tone …

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