John McCormack, Vol. X          (Naxos 8.111401)
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John McCormack, Vol. X          (Naxos 8.111401)
V2240. JOHN McCORMACK, Vol. X: The Acoustic Recordings, 1923-24, incl. Songs by Schubert, Franz, Brahms, Wolf, Kramer, Sullivan, Lotti, Donaudy, Lockwood, Jones, Schertzinger, Levey, Wood, Walworth, Benham, Martin, etc.; ATALANTA – Care selve (Handel). (Germany) Naxos 8.111401. Transfers by Ward Marston. - 747313340125


“John McCormack’s remarkable versatility is demonstrated here in prime examples of his art. His rendition of Handel’s ‘Care selve’ [in English, as ‘Come, My Beloved’] is stylish, and his virtuoso technique is on show in Lotti’s ornate ‘Pur dicesti’. He does supreme justice to Kramer’s masterly and impressionistic ‘Swans’, and this version of ‘The Londonderry Air’ is his first and most poetic recording of one of the world’s most familiar folk songs. The three Brahms songs are of immense historical and musical value as McCormack received training from one of Brahms’ favourite singers, Sir George Henschel. Including two previously unreleased tracks and numerous popular songs of the day, this programme is a rich and varied serving of 'the McCormack magic’.

This is the only chronological survey of John McCormack’s recordings on the market. He was one of the great tenors of the twentieth century, and is still hugely popular.”

- Z. D. Akron