V0389. BENIAMINO GIGLI: The Complete HMV Recordings, Vol. IV, 1938 - 1940, Songs by Caccini, Schubert, Brahms, Yradier, Donaudy, Tosti, Bixio, de Crescenzo, di Chirara, de Curtis & Buzzi-Peccia; Arias & Duet (w.Cloe Elmo) from Fedora, Don Giovanni, La Traviata, Maristella, Manon Lescaut & Il Trovatore. (England) Romophone 82023. Transfers by Mark Obert-Thorn. Elaborate booklet features discographic data, photos & notes by Alan Blyth. Long out-of-print; Final copy! - 754238202322
“By 1938, Beniamino Gigli was a mature tenor and in his prime, and although there were other tenors who sang with more taste, restraint, and appropriateness of style, there were few who had a greater God-given voice. Gigli's singing touched the man in the street first and the connoisseur second, and when a new record of his came on the market, there was almost always someone on the block who would get it, even if he had never even been to a live opera. This collection of 23 tracks, ranging from Italian popular songs to arias from DON GIOVANNI, accurately represents him, even if it covers a period of only 26 months.”
- Raymond Tuttle, Classical.Net
“For a remarkably long period of time that spanned the second quarter of the 20th century…Beniamino Gigli was the most important Italian lyric tenor of the operatic world. Yes, there were others, notably Tito Schipa, but none with the breadth of repertoire and the career longevity of Gigli. And then there was that unique sound – melting, sweet, unlike any other….This is, without question, one of the most important and satisfying singers of the 20th century.”
- Henry Fogel, FANFARE, July/Aug., 2005
"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