V1126. AUGUSTO SCAMPINI: Arias from Guillaume Tell, I Poliuto, Saffo, Ernani, I Lombardi, Il Trovatore, La Gioconda & Ballo; GIUSEPPE TACCANI: Arias from Lucia, Carmen, La Gioconda, Il Trovatore, Manon Lescaut, Guglielmo Ratcliff & Silvano; ARISTODEMO GIORGINI: Arias from I Puritani, Don Pasquale, La Sonnambula, L'Elisir, La Traviata, Rigoletto, Mefistofele, Les Pêcheurs de Perles, Marta, La Boheme, Fedora & La Fanciulla del West. (France) 2-Malibran 656. - 3760003776568
“Augusto Scampini débuted in 1905 at Garlasco as Cavaradossi in TOSCA. In 1907 he guested in Teatro de l'Opera, Buenos Aires in Massenet’s HÉRODIADE. In the same year he sang in Teatro Massimo, Palermo as Radames in AÏDA and as Samson in SAMSON ET DALILA. Then he guested in the big theatres of Italy, Spain, South America and Russia with great success. In the 1910-11 season he appeared at La Scala in SIMON BOCCANEGRA and in Pacini’s SAFFO. In 1912 he sang at the Teatro Costanzi, Rome as Manrico in IL TROVATORE, in 1915 at Teatro Politeama, Pisa as Radames in AÏDA. In the 1913-14 season he sang at the German theatre, Prague. The critics called him successor of Enrico Caruso. In 1916 he sang in Spain and in Santiago de Chile. In the First World War he announced himself voluntarily to the Italian army and lost a leg. His career was finished, thus he taught in Barcelona.”
"Giuseppe Taccani not only deserves to be remembered, but much of his recorded legacy treasured….Taccani’s vocal prowess is abundantly evident when one listens to him on all those disks made during the first three decades of his career. These certainly show him to possess not only a voice of individual timbre but also one of exciting distinction and that he was without doubt an artist of outstanding dramatic and vocal excellence."
- Alan Bilgora, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2014
“Giuseppe Taccani débuted in 1904 at the Sociale of Lecco in MANON LESCAUT. In 1905 he appeared at the Politeama Azeglio in Bologna as Milio in ZAZA. Then he guested in Havana. He had a successful career in Italy and sang at the Teatro Regio in Turin and the Teatro San Carlo in Naples. In 1906 he appeared in Genoa in the premiere of Parelli’s HERMES. In 1908 he performed at the Politeama Argentino in Buenos Aires and in 1910 at the Teatro Khevidiale of Cairo. In the 1908-1909 season he was in the ensemble of the Manhattan Opera House in New York. In 1911 he made guest appearance at Teatro Regio in Parma as Enzo in LA GIOCONDA. In 1913 he performed at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome in the premieres of Monleone’s L'ARABESCA and Gasco’s LA LEGGENDA DELLE SETTE TORRI. In 1923 he appeared at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples in the premiere of Mario Persico’s MORENITA. In 1929 he performed at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples in the premiere of Felice Lattuada’s DON OF GIOVANNI. In spite of his great success in all major stages in Italy he sang at La Scala only in 1931, alternating with Francesco Merli the role of Radames in AÏDA. In the second part of his career he also appeared in Wagner's repertoire (TANNHÄUSER & SIEGFRIED). He appeared at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples in1925 as Tannhäuser, in 1933 in Venice, and at the Teatro La Fenice as Siegfried in Wagner’s SIEGFRIED. Taccani had a very long career that finished in 1949 with a performance of CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA at the Sociale of Savigliano. After retiring he opened a singing school.”
“The recordings of Aristodemo Giorgini give the impression of an ample lyric tenor of a size similar to, for example, that of the early di Stefano. Although he was trained in a period when established Italian tenors sang in a bel-canto style…with a full-throated forte and a range that encompassed an easy top C, must have made him an exponent of the bel-canto and lyric tenor repertoire.”
- Larry Lustig, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 1994