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Beniamino Gigli HMV 1918-32

RO 82011 (2cd)

Beniamino Gigli
HMV Recordings 1918-32

Opera arias, Songs

“...this newest entry from Romophone in their Gigli series is quite splendid. In these early years, Gigli was at his most youthful and fresh sounding. No other tenor has given comparable performances of ‘Dai Campi, dai prati’, ‘E lucevan le stelle’, ‘Lontano lontano’, or ‘O surdato ‘nnamurato’. In Obert-Thorn’s superb transfers, the 1931-32 series sounds better than ever, while the acoustics are exceptional. Anyone who doubts the technical ability of acoustics to reproduce the voice faithfully is urged to sample these great examples. Strongly recommended.”
James Camner, Fanfare Jan/Feb 99

“The first of these two CDs enshrines the golden youth of Gigli, and therefore some of the most beautiful tenor sounds ever committed to disc.... The ease and naturalness of the sound still have the power to amaze the ear...The transfers of the electrics are faultless.”
Alan Blyth, Gramophone Feb 99

“Many excellent CD compilations devoted to Beniamino Gigli (1890-1957) are now available, but this latest one from Romophone is especially desirable for the sweet tone the tenor displays in his 1918-19 acoustics … heard to optimum advantage in Mark Obert-Thorn’s state-of-the-art transfers”.
Opera News Feb 1999

“That Beniamino Gigli possessed the most beautiful lyrical tenor voice of the century is patently obvious when one hears this superbly engineered set…. Don’t hesitate even for a moment, such vocal beauty and artistry are priceless, especially when enhanced by such excellent transfers.”
Classical Express, March 1999

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