V1713. COSTA MILONA: Pecchè? (Pennino); Arias from La Favorite, L’Africaine, Les Pêcheurs de Perles, Rigoletto, Dom Sébastien, L’Elisir d’Amore, La Gioconda, Cavalleria, Pagliacci, La Traviata, Tosca, La Boheme, Martha & Die Königin von Saba. (Germany) Truesound Transfers 3006, recorded 1922-25. Transfers by Christian Zwarg.
“Greek tenor Kostas Milonas remains a ‘mystery’ tenor, perhaps better known as Costa Milona ‘The pocket Caruso’. Biographical material on this remarkable voice is scare. Juan Dzazopoulos once wrote a biography for ‘The Record Collector’ and Dutch collector Peter Hulpusch wrote another - more extended -biography for the German record collector magazine ‘Stimmen die um die Welt gingen’. Milona spent the major part of his life in Berlin (1922-1945) where he also made all his recordings including sadly enough also Nazi inspired propaganda records. The last years of his life were spent in poverty and he ended up in London where he died of a heart disease. In spite of a practically non-existent stage career he nevertheless recorded quite a lot. These extremely rare recordings display a genuine mediteranean timbre and a tenore robusto with a rich middle register. There’s a splendid heroic ring to his singing but also some fine phrasing.”
- Ned Ludd
“[Truesound] transfers have been an absolute revelation to me….Amazingly, Christian Zwarg has managed to unlock the sound of these recordings in such a way as to present [voices] such as I have never heard before. Here the sound has a sheen and glow which is quite beautiful. It is as if an old masterpiece painting has been cleaned and restored, allowing rays of brilliant light to emerge….”
- Davyd Booth, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2012