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Tikhomirov, Alexey - Bass

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D. Shostakovich’s 13th Symphony “Baby Yar”, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 2018
 
While “Babi Yar” delves deeply into the historic plight of the Jews, it is very Russian in its sound from the chimes of the Orthodox church bells, to the richly expressive bass voice of the physically formidable Alexey Tikhomirov, whose notable restraint only enhanced the gravitas of Yevtushenko’s words.
– Hedy Weiss, wttw.com, 24/Sep, 2018
 
[…] there were no doubts to be had about the quality of the evening’s performance or soloist. Alexey Tikhomirov was a supremely responsive advocate throughout, singing with a flexible, middle-weight bass. The Russian singer was a firm, stentorian presence in the declamatory passages without crossing the line to mere hectoring.  He was especially fine in the fleeting subtle moments, especially the introspective moments of “Fears” and “In the Market.”
 – Lawrence A. Johnson, chicagoclassicalreview.com, 22/Sep, 2018
 
With eloquent contributions from the splendid Russian bass soloist Alexey Tikhomirov and 62 male voices from the Chicago Symphony Chorus, the work gathered expressive strength across its five movements, at times hitting the listener in the gut with the force of a clenched fist. […] Tikhomirov’s declamation of the plain, syllabic vocal lines could hardly have been more eloquent in its natural feel for the musical shape and expressive weight of Yevtushenko’s words as transfigured by Shostakovich’s music. 
– John von Rhein, chicagoontheaisle.com, 23/Sep, 2018
 
Tikhomirov’s voice doesn’t have the dark, sepulchral color so typical of Russian basses, but its lighter texture brought a conversational quality to his Russian-language, long-lined melodies. In Yevtushenko’s images of a haunted ravine, weary women waiting in an endless food line and the antic figure, humor, Tikhomirov was a spell-binding storyteller.

– Wynne Delacoma, chicago.suntimes.com, 23/Sep, 2018