Emilio de Gogorza               (2-Nimbus 7922/23)
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Emilio de Gogorza               (2-Nimbus 7922/23)
V0917. EMILIO de GOGORZA: Songs by Scuderi, Giordani, Mattei, Weckerlin, Yradier, Paladilhe, Álvarez, Zapata, Mario, Nicto, Elgar, Debussy, etc.; Arias & Duets (w.Sembrich & Eames from Nozze, Don Giovanni, Faust, Hamlet, Hérodiade, Benvenuto Cellini, Le Roi de Lahore, Patrie, La Chanson de Fortunio, La Damnation de Faust, Rigoletto, Ballo, Pagliacci, Il Trovatore & Tannhäuser.  (England) 2-Nimbus 7922/23, recorded 1903-28.  Final copy! - 0710357792229

CRITIC REVIEWS:

“Every one of the records reproduced here will demonstrate authentic nineteenth century performance style, especially in matters of tempo rubato and portamento di voce, and so could serve as a model for those students wanting to learn how to perform not only what the composers wrote down in the score, but also what they did not write.”

- Michael Aspinall, 2011, Program Notes



“… a salutary lesson … an inspiration in its showing of what finished art, a comprehensive understanding of style, fine technical acquirements and understanding, persuasive in the pursuit of high artistic ideals, can accomplish. … Such a lesson and such an inspiration are needed in this day and generation … an unceasing delight from beginning to the end … on account of the beauty, the perfection of his performance.”

Aldrich reported that at about three quarters through the recital de Gogorza had asked the public to excuse him, since he had a cold. “There was very little or no trace of it in the singing. There was scarcely a cloud upon his tones; and the consummate skill of his mechanism was enough to get the better of any disorder.…The impeccable vocal production, the skillful use of diverse tonal qualities and colors, the beauty of phrasing and the finished enunciation that marked Mr. De Gogorza’s singing were a delight to his listeners. They and the intensely musical quality of his singing are such as only a great artist, a great master, can offer.”

- Richard Aldrich, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 22 Nov., 1920



“I sang with all the great people of the Golden Age but in some ways I think de Gogorza was the greatest artist of them all. And if you heard him in one of his recitals you were willing to think that this was quite possible.”

- Emma Eames, OPERA NEWS, Nov., 1937



“Probably [de Gogorza] was one of the greatest singers ever to have recorded; the critic W.J. Henderson in 1926 characterized de Gogorza as ‘the supreme artist of them all’.”

- John Stratton, SEVENTY YEARS OF ISSUES, p.IV