OP0247. PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE - Excerpts (Complete, as recorded in 1928), w.Coppola Cond.; Panzéra, Brothier, Tubiana & Vanni-Marcoux; CHARLES PANZÉRA: Songs by Debussy, Duparc & Milhaud. (England) Pearl 9300, recorded 1926-31. Transfers by Roger Beardsley. Very long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 727031930020
“Fauré had taken note of the young Panzéra while he was a student at the Conservatoire, and later entrusted him with the first performance of ‘L’horizon chimérique’ (May 13, 1922 at a concert of the Société National de Musique), subsequently dedicating the work to him. Hearing Panzéra in his own mélodies from a lifetime before, Duparc exclaimed, ‘Avec quel art admirable et quel coeur vous m’avez interprete!’. But quite apart from the presumption of authenticity, it is Panzéra’s artistry—the superb diction, metallically edged, carried upon a sensuous, richly resonant croon—which still commands our attention, is still revelatory, and still affords pleasure….From whatever provenance, Panzéra’s suave authority—nuance dimpled—is compelling….this album and its companion are indispensable to anyone who cares for Duparc, Fauré, or stratospheric vocal art.”
- Adrian Corleonis, FANFARE
"Collectors who date back to the adventurous twenties and the halcyon thirties will always gratefully remember the services of Charles Panzéra....The voice in its prime was a light, supple baritone, capable of a fine ringing climax, but most remarkable in mezza voce. He was long established in Paris as both opera and concert singer; among his many admirers was Debussy, who chose him as the ideal Pelléas."
- Philip L. Miller, VOCAL MUSIC