V0411. EMILI VENDRELL, Vol. 1: Songs by Vives, Pujol, Morera, Ventura, Ribas, Mestres, Nicolau, Toldrá, Álvarez, Longás, Bou, Millet, etc.; Arias from Barbiere, Manon, Lohengrin & Numerous Zarzuelas. (Spain) 2-Aria 1013, recorded1922-26. Elaborate 23pp. Booklet w.English, Catalan & Spanish Biography. Final copy!
“Vendrell began his career as soloist with Barcelona’s Orféo Catalá, and created a series of leading roles in Catalan zarzuelas (notably Morera’s ‘Don Joan de Serrallonga’) before coming to Madrid, where his stock rose rapidly. Guerrero tailored ‘Flor roja’ in ‘Los Gavilanes’ for his fluid tonal beauty, range of vocal colors and impressive dynamic control – three qualities which subsequent tenors found hard to emulate. He sang Fernando in ‘Doña Francisquita’ more than thirteen hundred times, and his recording of its great romanza remains a model of the singer’s art in its attention to verbal as well as musical nuances. Of his later creations, Rafael in ‘La Dolorosa’ was outstanding for its brooding intensity and tonal richness.”
- Christopher Webber, THE ZARZUELA COMPANION, p.312