V2102. SOUVENIRS FROM RARE FRENCH OPERA, Vol. I, incl. Korsoff, Scotti, Ghasne, Renaud, Caron, Escalaïs, Talexis, Namara, Carré, Muratore, Rousselière, De Lussan, Rappold, Ansseau, Féraldy, Albers, Dupré, Beyle & Affre: MONNA VANNA & GISMONDA (both Février); MESSALINE (de Lara); ROMA & ARIANE (both Massenet); POLYEUCTE, SIGURD (Reyer); ABEN HAMET (Dubois); LE TRIBUT DE ZAMORA & LA REINE DE SABA (all Gounod); L'ATTAQUE DU MOULIN & VIRGINIE (both Bruneau); HELLÉ (Duvernoy); LES BARBARES (Saint-Saëns); L'AIGLE (Nouguès); THAMARA (Ducoudray). Several never before issued by IRCC. IRCC 802, recorded 1902-28. Long out-of-print, final copy!
"IRCC provides brief biographical notes on the artists and informative plot summaries of the operas, as well as texts and translations. The transfers have been well done, there is a minimum of intrusive surface noise, and they have made efforts to determine that proper pitch has been attained. Recommended to collectors and those who have an interest in the rare and obscure works of this period."
- Bob Rose, FANFARE, July/Aug., 1995