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Beniamino Gigli vol.1

RO 82003 (2cd)

Beniamino Gigli

The complete Victor recordings (1921-25)

My congratulations to engineer/producer Mark Obert-Thorn for bringing this collection to the market and to William Ashbrook for interesting and well-researched notes.”
ARSC Journal Spring 1997

“... devoted to Gigli’s recordings between 1921 and 1932, the period when he was at his vocal prime... he had one of the most beautiful tenor voices ever heard, with an innate sensitivity to the shape and sound of a phrase, and these songs and arias are quite wonderful.”
Classical disCDigest

“This extraordinary release from Romophone, presenting us with the singer in his youthful prime... And what a voice! Utterly secure, round and resonant, pure and unforced, with evenly produced lines, an exquisite mezzo voce and a liquid legato - it remains one of the vocal wonders of all time.”
Fanfare, March/April 1997

“The voice of this most expressive of great Italian operatic tenors, more admired for its intense lyrical qualities than any other, comes through marvelously well in Mark Obert-Thorn’s expert transfers... you will have to buy all three volumes yourself and indulge in their sheer luxury!”
ICRC, Spring 1997

“Gigli is one of the greatest tenors who ever lived. He possessed a great technique, a prodigious instrument, innate musicality, superior memory, direct communication with audiences and that elusive quality that some call ‘angel’.”
ARSC Spring 1997


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