Prima Voce: Great Singers 1909-1938
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||La Sonambula: Ah! Non Giunge||Luisa Tetrazzini||3:09||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Pagliacci: No! Pagliaccio Non Son||Enrico Caruso||3:27||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Lucrezia Borgia: Brindisi||Ernestine Schumann-Heink||3:04||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Don Giovannil: Mio Tesoro||John McCormack||4:16||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||I Puritani: Son Vergin Vezzosa||amelita Galli-Curci||4:05||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Il Barbiere Di Siviglia: Largo Al Factotum||Riccardo Stracciari||4:11||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Norma: Casta Diva||Rosa Ponselle||8:04||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||I Puritani: A Te O Cara||Giacomo Lauri Volpi||3:42||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Turandot: In Questa Reggia||Eva Turner||5:54||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Un Ballo In Maschera: Eri Tu||Lawrence Tibbett||4:38||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Carmen: Habanera||Concita Supervia||4:21||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||La Boheme: Che Gelida Manina||Beniamino Gigli||4:28||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Samson Et Dalila: Softly Awakes My Heart||Marian Anderson||5:02||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||L'Amico Fritz: Suzel, Buon Di||Tito Schipa & Mafaldo Favero||9:25||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Refice: Ombra Di Nube||Claudia Muzio||3:24||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Die Zauberflote: Dies Bildnis Ist Bezaubernd||Richard Tauber||4:02||$0.99||View in iTunes|
An excellent collection!
When confronted with a compilation of "great recordings" one is most often struck with a question like "why'd they pick that recording?" or some such. Here, the answer to that question is beyond obvious because all of these recordings are excellent representations of their respective artists. Some of these arias stand unsurpassed to this day for their sheer technical accomplishment (Tetrazzini, Galli-Curci, McCormack, Lauri-Volpi, Tauber), while others are awe-inspiring in other respects. Turner stands as the ultimate Turandot in the sheer scale of her singing, while Tibbett's singing should still stand as a lesson to all aspiring Verdi singers. It is unfortunate that there is only one duet here, but it is beautiful enough to forgive this small oversight. This release is an excellent primer for anyone interested in what all the fuss about when people talk of the fabled golden age of singing.