Jose Mardones            (Pearl  9127)
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Jose Mardones            (Pearl  9127)
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 one Unpublished Title.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


"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 19th century he mostly sang in Spanish opera houses and Zarzuela theatres. From 1909-1910 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 moved to the Met and appeared there until 1926 where he outshone Adamo Didur, Andréas 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. Although often described as a basso profondo, Mardones was in essence a powerful basso cantante….The delivery is always full of authority with a sense of the grand seigneur….There is always the smooth legato, the easy emission of dark-vowelled tone….His blackish tones make him almost ideal in his accounts of three Mefistos: Boito, Gounod and the unusual and interesting Corelli version….the finest of the Mediterranean basses…not equalled to this day.”

- Graham Oakes & Wayne Turner, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, Vol.51, #2, 2006