V1008. RICHARD CROOKS, w.Frank La Forge (Pf.): DIE SCHÖNE MÜLLERIN (Complete Cycle, w.several Unpublished parts, 1933) (Schubert); Richard Crooks, w.Frederick Schauwecker (Pf.): Songs & Arias by Arne, Handel & Pessard, recorded 1940. (South Africa) Claremont GSE 78-50-67. Long Out of Print. Final copies!
"...Crooks'...voice was by far the most attractive among the American tenors of his generation, combining the sweet Irish lilt of a John McCormack with the weightier accents of a German lyric....he was a favorite with Toscanini, Walter, and Mengelberg - under the latter's baton, Crooks participated in the American première of Mahler's DAS LIED VON DER ERDE."
- Peter G. Davis, THE AMERICAN OPERA SINGER, pp.366-67
“Richard Crooks had a bright instrumental tenor voice, similar to that of John McCormack. His singing was characterized by his musicality, line and concentration of tone. His recordings are considered as examples of elegant singing culture.”
- Ned Ludd