V0267. ROSA PONSELLE: The Complete Victor Recordings, 1926 1929, incl. eight Unpublished. Songs by Rubinstein (Since I first met thee), Bach-Gounod, Dvorák (Songs my mother taught me), Massenet (Élégie), Tosti ('A vucchella, Luna d'estate, etc.), Schubert (Ständchen, w.Carmela Ponselle), Kahn & Rimsky Korsakov (The Nightingale and the Rose); Arias & Scenes (w.Martinelli, Elsie Baker, Pinza & Telva) from Il Trovatore, La Vestale, Ernani, Forza, Aïda & Norma. (England) 2-Romophone 81007. Transfers by Ward Marston. Elaborate booklet features discographic data, photos & extensive notes by Bill Park. Long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 754238100727
"On the second of these [above] discs Ponselle is joined by Martinelli and Pinza in what is certainly the best-sung and most exciting final scene from [Forza] that has ever been recorded; this alone is worth the price of admission. The sound is astonishingly good; there is almost no surface noise, the voice is clear and alive, and even the orchestra comes through reasonably well."
- Alexander Morin, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Sept./Oct., 1994
"For Romophone, 'complete' means just that. The Ponselle has every playable 'take' made in that period, issued or not, seventeen of them, all fascinating, many never available before and none so precisely pitched.... Ponselle's Romophone CD is self-recommending."
- Albert Innaurato, OPERA NEWS, Aug., 1994
"They're very collectable, these Romophone complete editions. Up they go on the shelves, and you know that there is another small but quite important area in the history of singing on records properly covered, ready for reference at any time, and reference that will be a pleasure because the standard of transfer is so reliable."
- J. B. Steane, GRAMOPHONE, Feb., 1995