OP2172. HÉRODIADE, Broadcast Performance, 5 April, 1957, w.Albert Wolff Cond. Radio Netherlands Ensemble; Andréa Guiot, Mimi Aarden, Guy Fouché, Charles Cambon, Germain Ghislain, etc. (France) 2-Malibran 191. - 7600003771919
“This is a welcome addition to the material Malibran has retrieved from radio archives: a rare chance to hear an idiomatic performance of an attractive but neglected opera….Malibran is to be congratulated on locating and publishing this important recording in such good quality sound. This is one of the best versions of HÉRODIADE currently available, and it will be welcomed by anyone who wants to hear an authentic performance of a fine 19th century French opera.”
- Robert Bunyard, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2011
“Making his début at the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux in 1942 in LES PÊCHEURS DE PERLES, Fouché went on to sing at Toulouse, Marseille, Lyon, Lille, Nantes, Rennes , as well as cointinuing at Bordeaux from 1945-53. In 1953 he became first tenor at La Monnaie de Bruxelles.
In the firmament of model French singers, Charles Cambon figures amongst the greatest. Thanks to the good instincts of certain artistic directors, this voice of exceptional timbre, power and range has been preserved for us in all its splendour.
Charles Cambon joined the chorus at l’Opéra in 1923, amking his solo début a year later in a small role in BORIS GODUNOV. He would remain thrity years in this illustrious theatre, making an impression as Amonasro, Valentin, Ottokar in DER FREISCHÜTZ, as Sylvio in PAGLIACCI and as the Dutchman. He appeared only once at l’Opéra-Comique as a memorable Zurga in LES PÊCHEURS DE PERLES. But it was radio and records that brought him fame. True opera-lovers never missed the broadcasts in which he starred, admiring his diction, his fearlessness, his fabulous top notes but also his sensibility and his dramatic instincts in the greatest roles; Rigoletto, Luna in IL TROVATORE, Athanaël, Iago and of course Hamlet.
Charles Cambon died in Paris on 17 September,1965. He lives on, thanks to recordings, as one of the most admired baritones of the French vocal tradition.”
- Jean Ziegler