Carmen  (Hasselmans;  Ponselle, Maison, Pinza, Burke)   (2-Eklipse CD 6)
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Carmen  (Hasselmans;  Ponselle, Maison, Pinza, Burke)   (2-Eklipse CD 6)
OP0734. CARMEN, Live Performance, 28 March, 1936, Boston, w.Hasselmans Cond. Met Opera Ensemble; Rosa Ponselle, René Maison, Ezio Pinza, Hilda Burke, Thelma Votipka, etc. (England) 2-Eklipse CD 6. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy. - 5019148601609

CRITIC REVIEWS:

"As to the vocal condition of the soon-to-retire soprano, [Ponselle] is in splendid voice, her tone all smoldering bronze....the emotional ad libbing against the orchestral background is generally abandoned in favor of grand vocal effects....The card scene represents the climax of Ponselle's farewell performance. Like an indomitable earth goddess she pours out her dark, lustrous tone in a undistorted, measured cadence. The registers are skillfully mixed; no shifting of vocal gears here....Like Carmen, Ponselle managed her exit with her pride intact."

- Paul Jackson, SATURDAY AFTERNOONS AT THE OLD MET, p.71



"In the pit is the masterly Louis Hasselmans. Listen to how beautifully he and the orchestra phrase....As to the vocal condition of the soon-to-retire soprano, [Ponselle] is in splendid voice, her tone all smoldering bronze....the emotional ad libbing against the orchestral background is generally abandoned in favor of grand vocal effects....The card scene represents the climax of Ponselle's farewell performance. Like an indomitable earth goddess she pours out her dark, lustrous tone in a undistorted, measured cadence. The registers are skillfully mixed - no shifting of vocal gears here....Like Carmen, Ponselle managed her exit with her pride intact."

- Paul Jackson, SATURDAY AFTERNOONS AT THE OLD MET, p.71