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-Thorns 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
to optimum advantage in Mark Obert-Thorns 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
Dont hesitate even for a moment, such vocal beauty and artistry are priceless,
especially when enhanced by such excellent transfers.
Classical Express, March 1999