Beniamino Gigli vol.2
RO 82004 (2cd)
The complete Victor recordings (1926-28)
If by some magic one could conjure up the greatest lyric Italian tenor
of the recorded past to rescue our modern performances, Beniamino would be the
overwhelming choice, particularly the Gigli of the period represented in Volume
2 of Romophones survey of his Victor recordings. Since we cant have
him in the flesh, at least we have these twenty-seven fabulous recordings, among
the finest he ever made.
...... devoted to Giglis 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.
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 mezza voce and a
liquid legato - it remains one of the vocal wonders of all time.
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-Thorns expert transfers ...... you will have to buy
all three volumes yourself and indulge in their sheer luxury!
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.
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