V0268. ROSA PONSELLE: The 1939 Victor and 1954 'Villa Pace' Recordings, incl. 21 Unpublished. Songs by Paisiello, Martini, Ciampi, Weckerlin, Delibes, Saint-Saëns, Bizet, Debussy, Chausson, Duparc, Paladilhe, Donaudy, de Fontenailles, Chopin, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Trunk, Wagner, Strauss, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tschaikowsky, Arensky, del Riego, Farley, Munro, Manning, Charles, Millard, Tosti, Sadero, Falvo, Denza, Persico, Buzzi-Peccia, Wolf-Ferrari, de Falla, Sandoval, Álvarez, Granados, etc.; Arias from Nozze, Amadis & La Molinara; Interview w.Ponselle & Ruby Mercer. (England) 3-Romophone 81022. Transfers by H. Ward Marston. Elaborate booklet features discographic information, photos & extensive notes by David Alexander Terry. Long out-of-print; Final copy! - 754238102226
"After [Ponselle] sang at the Republican National Convention in 1952, RCA brought a recording crew to her home, and over 5 days in October, 1954, accompanied by the young Russian pianist Igor Chichagov, she recorded the 51 selections that (along with the 1939 material) appear on these three discs. RCA released 32 of them, along with a promotional interview that also is on the discs; the others were known only from private recordings, and this is their first appearance on CD....all sung with musical intelligence, subtlety of phrase and inflection, and an exquisite mezza voce that is unmatched today. There is more vocal opulence and excitement in the earlier recordings, but in these later performances, Ponselle's artistry is compelling as ever."
- Alexander Morin, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, May/June, 1997
"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