V1103. FRANCISCO VIÑAS: The Complete Francisco Viñas, incl. Songs by F. Caballero, Cotò, Gastaldón, Guetary, Chapí, Álvarez, Amadei, Gaztambide, Filiasi “dedicated to the celebrated artist by the composer”, Tirindelli & Mascagni; Arias & Duets (w. Maria Alessandrovich & Ester Mazzoleni) from Le Prophète, L’Africaine, Lorenza, Lucrezia Borgia, Aïda, Ballo, Otello, La Gioconda, Germania, Carmen, Mefistofele, Der Freischütz, Rienzi, Tannhäuser, Die Meistersinger, Tristan, Lohengrin, Die Walküre & Parsifal. 3-Marston 53006, recorded 1903-13. Transfers by Ward Marston. - 638335300627
"There are altogether far too many points of interest in this set to itemise them all – and that includes the three sides from Tannhäuser…and the four 1912 sides from Parsifal….Marston can always be relied upon to provide superb documentation with excellently produced photographic reproductions. The transfers are very forward…and the voice is therefore at the centre of the soundscape, to its benefit."
- Jonathan Woolf, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2007
"Viñas possessed a powerful, heroic-tenor voice that was beautifully focused with great warmth, which made him well suited for a wide range of roles including Wagner in Italian. Viñas (1863–1933) began his studies at the Conservatory in Barcelona, where he made his début in 1888. He quickly rose to great success in Italy and soon was engaged at opera houses around the world. He was especially loved at La Scala and was a popular member of the Metropolitan Opera from 1893–1897. This three CD set is the first complete Viñas edition ever assembled including some extremely rare Fonotipia titles. This set reveals a beautiful voice and consummate musician who was often referred to as the successor to the great Spanish tenor Julián Gayarré."
- Ward Marston