V0098. IN MEMORIAM - FERRUCCIO TAGLIAVINI, featuring the first CD release of Tagliavini's most elusive 'V' discs, (with his various spoken introductions in [broken] English); the early 1940s Cetra 78s, incl. Arias from L'Africana, Rigoletto, L'Arlesiana, La Sonnambula, Falstaff, Barbiere, L'Elisir, Werther, Andrea Chenier, I Quattro Rusteghi, Manon, L'Amico Fritz, Martha, Tosca & Lucia; Ay, ay, ay (Freire); two songs from films La Donna è Mobile & Voglio Vivere Così; w.PIA TASSINARI: A la luz de la luna (from private acetate); w.MAGDA OLIVERO: L'Amico Fritz - Cherry Duet. (England) The Record Collector TRC 7. Transfers by Roger Beardsley. Long out-of-print, final copy! Extremely rare Private Issue!
"Ferruccio Tagliavini lost some of his best years to the war; but a compensation was that American GIs who heard him were in such rapture that by October, 1946, he was singing in Chicago, and the following January he moved to the Met. The first five tracks are V-Discs made for the American forces; and in his charming introductions, the tenor alludes [in broken English] to his fans among the military....excellently dubbed by Roger Beardsley."
- Tully Potter, INTERNATIONAL CLASSIC RECORD COLLECTOR, Summer, 1997
“One October day whilst at ‘I Pini’ [Rome] I received a telephone call from Florence. It was Mario Labroca who wanted me to hear a young tenor to whom he was thinking of giving a part in ASTUZIE FEMMINILI by Cimarosa in the edition revised by Respighi, which was to be staged at the ‘Teatro alla Pergola’ in May 1939….Naturally I went to Florence; the young singer in question was Ferruccio Tagliavini; he was then still a novice, but I was immediatley spellbound by the beauty of his voice which, without having the same volume, was like Gigli’s in quality, emission and phrasing. ‘He suits me fine’, I said immediately.”
- Elsa Respighi