B0750. (WALTER WIDDOP) Michael Letchford. Walter Widdop – The Great Yorkshire Tenor – A Chronology & Selection of Reviews, 1923-38. U.K., Goar Lodge, Privately Printed by the Author, 2012. 224pp. Short Biography by Val Parker; ‘Life with my Father’ by Veronica Bott; ‘Yorkshire’s Pride – A Great English Tenor - The Recorded Legacy’ by Tully Potter; ‘Arthur Hinchcliffe Remembered’, Widdop’s teacher, by Michael da Costa - Hinchcliffe’ s last pupil; Index; Bibliography; Detailed Chronology, 1916-49; Exhaustive David Mason Discography; Photos; Illus. (Pictorial thick paper covers) Accompanied by bound-incover CD of recordings by Walter Widdop – recorded 1924-30. Transfers by Roger Beardsley. Final Copy! - 9780956479617
“For those devotees of ‘recorded vocal art’ and in particular those who are admirers of great tenor voices, at long last a testament to the talent of Walter Widdop has been published….It is an undertaking of considerable effort that should please all those who admired Widdop’s voice, and it brings him to notice of many who might not know his worth, as both a singer and theatrical artist….The book is accompanied by a CD that contains 19 of Widdop’s finest recordings, all of which have been outstandingly well transferred by the late Roger Beardsley. They demonstrate without doubt that Widdop possessed not only a great voice but also a very sound technique and musicianship….A bonus here is his previously unpublished version of ‘Where’er you walk’ from SEMELE, which is accompanied by Percy Kahn at the piano….a master class in the art of singing.”
- Alan Bilgora, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2013
"...Hall of Fame material for the singing of tenor Walter Widdop, one of the most underrated Wagner tenors of all time…."
- Lynn René Bayley, FANFARE
“Walter Widdop recorded between 1924 and 1930. His Wagnerian recordings opposite Frida Leider, Göta Ljungberg and Florence Austral belong to the most important Wagner recordings ever made. Widdop is equally fine in oratorio music; his singing can be smooth as well as forceful in just the right proportions.”
- Andrea Shum-Binder, subito-cantabile