V1794. A New Golden Age of Forgotten Tenors Active in Italy 1940 – 1955, Vol. I, incl. Mario Binci, Mario Filippeschi, Danilo Cestari, Amedeo Berdini, Licinio Francardi, Leonida Bellon, Amerigo Gentilini, Pablo Civil, Vasco Campagnano, Achille Braschi, Augusto Ferrauto, Giovanni Breviario & Franco Corelli. (England) The Record Collector 2-TRC 31, recorded 1940-55. Booklet offers full discographical information, plus brief biographies by Alan Bilgora. Extremely Limited Edition!
“This two-CD set is the first part of a series dealing with ‘forgotten’ Italian tenors who flourished in the period 1940-55….What the records reveal is the amazing array of talent that existed in those years. All the singers have strong, clear voices and secure techniques that would have been welcome in any opera house. They are also masters of the various styles concerned, not only bel canto and verismo but also the Classical style as is evident from Licinio Francardi’s singing of an aria from Il matrimonio segreto. Some are better than others and some can be criticised….The highlights for me included Binci’s ‘Nessun dorma’, Breviario’s ‘Niun mi tema’ (a true Otello voice), Campagnano’s ‘Celeste Aida’ (a real tenore di forza), and Francardi’s ‘Spirto gentil’, but there are many others.”
- Richard Gate, CLASSICAL RECORDINGS QUARTERLY, Spring, 2011
“A few [of the above] singers may be familiar from their activities in the LP era, but it is surprising to find how many of them had also made 78rpm recordings that have, for the most part, been extremely difficult to find. Subsequently, in their original form, they are now fetching extremely high prices on international dealers’ lists….many discs issued in Italy at that time and later, in the dying days of 78rpm recordings, have become extremely hard to find. In some instances they have proved to be of greater rarity than those earlier and now historic recordings made in that which has become euphemistically referred to as the ‘Golden Age of Singing’. These are truly ‘collector’s items’….none of the recordings being made available on this collection will in any way duplicate the contents on a Pearl CD set devoted entirely those tenors who recorded for Cetra up until 1950….Without doubt, these CDs should make a welcome addition to the collections of anyone interested in the vocal standards of ‘recorded vocal art’ in the middle of the 20th century and, in particular, to lovers of the tenor voice.”
- Alan Bilgora, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2010