V2095. JOSE MARDONES: Songs by Anglada, Carelli, Ochoa, Fern ndez, Cortarelo, Alonso, Petrie & Fischer (the latter's 'In tiefen Keller’); Arias from Nabucco, Ernani, I Vespri Siciliani, Les Huguenots, Simon Boccanegra, La Gioconda, Mefistofele, Faust & Salvator Rosa. (England) Pearl 9127, recorded 1910-30, incl. one Unpublished Title. Transfers by Seth B. Winner. Long out-of-print, final copy! - 727031912729
"Here is a fine selection showing the glorious voice of José Mardones in the operatic repertoire which suited him best and also in songs and ballads, mainly from his own country. Mardones was a 'heavyweight' basso cantante with ringing high notes and an impressively sonorous lower register....The recording quality is very good and the issue is a splendid addition to the basso library."
- Wayne Turner, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 1995
"In 1891 José Mardones appeared for the first time at the Teatro de la Opera in Buenos Aires and at the Opera de Rio de Janeiro. Until the end of the century he mostly sang in Spanish opera houses and Zarzuela theatres. From 1909-1010 and 1913-16 he was engaged at the Boston Opera. In 1913 he was invited by Arturo Toscanini to sing the bass solo in Verdi’s REQUIEM. In 1917 he changed to the Met and appeared there until 1926 where he outshone Adamo Didur, Andrés de Segurola and Léon Rothier by the splendour of his voice. He sang in Spontini’s LA VESTALE opposite Rosa Ponselle who was deeply impressed by his voice. In 1926 he returned to his native country where he was active until the time of his death.
His voice is a sonorous basso profondo, its range extending more than two octaves to a phenomenal easy top (he was able to sing ‘Celeste Aïda’ in the original key!). You will notice a narrow vibrato which gives his voice a vibrant quality. He is at his best in Silva’s aria ‘Infelice e tuo credevi’ and in Zaccaria’s ‘Del futuro nel buio discerno’.”
- Andrea Shum-Binder, subito-cantabile