Section III - Italian 78rpm records  Nos. N0505 – N0706

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Section III - Italian 78rpm records Nos. N0505 – N0706



N0505. AUGUSTO SCAMPINI: Otello – Niun mi tema / L’Africaina – O Paradiso! 11¾” etched label center-start H & D Pathé 84145/84150, recorded 1908, Milano. A-B, very decent copy has lt.rubs & minor grey on peaks. MB 15

N0506. AUGUSTO SCAMPINI: Il Trovatore – Di quella pira / AUGUSTO SCAMPINI & CELESTINA BONINSEGNA: Il Trovatore – Miserere. 11¾” etched label center-start H & D Pathé 84142/84141 (60274/60194, recorded 1908, Milano. A to M-A, superb copy; Sd.1 has hint of grey on peaks –to be expected. MB 25

N0507. AUGUSTO SCAMPINI & CECILIA DAVID: Les Huguenots – O ciel! O ciel! où courez-vous (in Italian). 12” red Milano Pre-Dog 054179 (1275c), POM-1907. A-, very decent copy has rubs, inaud. This plays as M-A. MB 25

“An outstanding Verdi tenor whose repertoire included about thirty roles, Scampini sang at the Teatro Regio in Turin where he had a resounding success in DON CARLO, thus he was hired for another eleven performances of his role. In the same season he debuted in the role of Riccardo in UN BALLO IN MASCHERA at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome. In the following years he achieved important successes in the international theaters of Spain , France, Germany, Russia, etc. Due to having a leg amputated during WW I, his singing career came to an abrupt end.”
- Wikipedia


N0508. GIUSEPPE CAMPANARI: Ballo – Eri tu. 12” brown shellac Canadian DeLuxe V 85001, only form of regular issue, 18 Sept., 1903, featuring the gold ring insert at center hole. A-B, very decent copy has rubs plus numerous wee ‘pimples’, endemic to this series. Very rare issue in a rarer pressing. Very brief Catalogue Life! MB 35

N0509. GIUSEPPE CAMPANARI: Rigoletto – Pari siamo (1903 Version). 12” DeLuxe V 85026, Orig. ‘A’ Plate Issue, only form of issue, 21 April, 1905. A, superb copy has wee pressing bumps at very beg., audible during initial turns. Very brief Catalogue Life! MB 35

N0510. GIUSEPPE CAMPANARI: Rigoletto – Pari siamo (1905 Version). 12” GP V 85079, only form of issue, 23 Nov., 1903. A to M-A, fabulous copy has very faintest rubs, inaud. MB 20

N0511. GIUSEPPE CAMPANARI: L’Africaine - Adamastor, roi des vagues (1903 Version) (in Italian). 12” DeLuxe V 85027, only form of issue, 23 Nov., 1903. A-B, very decent copy has rubs & minor scuff, inaud.; wee ec, both sides, far from grooves. Very brief Catalogue Life! MB 25

N0512. GIUSEPPE CAMPANARI: L’Africaine - Adamastor, roi des vagues (1905 Version) (in Italian). 12” GP V 85078, only form of issue, 21 April, 1905. A-, beautiful copy has very faintest rubs, inaud. MB 20

“If we are not as familiar with the Italian baritone Giuseppe Campanari as his talent would merit, it may well be because of the competition. Campanari was important enough to appear in 496 performances at the Metropolitan Opera between 1894 and 1912.

The voice was a lyric baritone, without the overpowering vocal heft of Amato and Ruffo, but Campanari sang with a strong personality and imagination. When he performed as Tonio in PAGLIACCI in New York with Hinrichs Opera Company in 1893, Campanari became the first singer to perform the role in America.”


- Henry Fogel, FANFARE


N0513. GIUSEPPE CAMPANARI: Pagliacci – Si puo?; Un nido di memorie (Prologo). 12” DeLuxe V 85028, Orig. ‘A’ Plate Issue, only form of issue, 23 Nov., 1903. A to M-A, fabulous copy has very faintest rubs, inaud. Brief Catalogue Life! MB 45

N0514. GIUSEPPE CAMPANARI: Gloria a te (‘Take’ 1) (Buzzi-Peccia). 12” DeLuxe V 85002, Orig. ‘A’ Plate Issue, only form of issue, 18 Sept., 1903. A, superb copy has faint rubs, inaud. Magnificent & rare; Very brief Catalogue Life! MB 65

N0515. MARINA CAMPANARI: Don Pasquale – Quel guardo il cavaliere / Rigoletto – Caro nome. 12” dark-blue Okeh 5003 (S-7314/7271B), POM-1920. [Giuseppe Campanari’s daughter who made very few records] M-A, superb copy has faint rubs, inaud. MB 15

N0516. ELDA CAVALIERI: L’ultima bacio (Tosti) / Non ti ricordi piu (Doda). 10” blue Pat.’08 V 45021, POM-27 Oct., 1906. A to M-A, beautiful copy has microscopic incipient hlc, visible Sd.1 only. MB 12

N0517. ELDA CAVALIERI: Andrea Chénier – La Mamma morta / Fedora – O grandi occhi. 10” blue Pat.’08 V 45019, POM-18 Oct., 1906. A to M-A, a beautiful copy! MB 20

N0518. ELDA CAVALIERI: La Traviata – Addio del Passato / Adriana Lecouvreur – Io son l’umile ancella. 10” blue Pat.’08 V 45018, POM-18 Oct., 1906. A to M-A, beautiful copy has, Sd.1 only, wee label nr & pinpoint nd only at beg, aubible a few turns during orchestral intro, not during performance. MB 15

N0519. ELDA CAVALIERI: La Boheme - Quando m'en vò / Manon Lescaut – In quelle trine morbide. 10” blue V 45020, POM-21 Sept. / 27 Oct., 1906. A to M-A, beautiful copy has microscopic incipient hlc, visible Sd.1 only. MB 15

N0520. ELDA CAVALIERI: Mefistofele – L’altra notte. 12” GP V 74049, POM-26 July, 1906. A-, lovely copy has faint rubs, inaud.; 2 tiny scrs, only one ever-so-slightly audible at very beg. MB 15

N0521. ELDA CAVALIERI: Aida – O patria mia. 12” GP V 74055, Orig. ‘A’ Plate Issue, POM-14 Sept., 1906. A-, lovely copy has faint rubs, inaud. MB 15

N0522. ELDA CAVALIERI: Forza – Pace, pace, mio Dio! 12” GP V 74050, Orig. ‘A’ Plate Issue, POM-26 July, 1906. A-, lovely copy has faint rubs & minor scuff, ever-so-faintly audible. MB 15

N0523. ELDA CAVALIERI: La Boheme – Mi chiamano Mimi. 12” GP V 74056, POM-26 July, 1906. A-, lovely copy has faint rubs, inaud. MB 15

N0524. ELDA CAVALIERI: Tosca – Vissi d’arte. 12” GP V 74054, POM-14 Sept., 1906. A-, lovely copy has faint rubs, inaud.; tiny label stkr. MB 15

N0525. LINA CAVALIERI: Carmen – Habanera / Hérodiade – Il est doux, il est bon. 11½” H & D grey paper label US-Pathé 62030, recorded 1918. A to M-A MB 15

N0526. ELDA CAVALIERI: La Gioconda – Suicidio! 12” GP V 74048, POM-26 July, 1906. A to M-A, beautiful copy has 2 minuscule pressing bumps, only one very ltly audible. MB 15

N0527. LUISA TETRAZZINI: Frühlingsstimmen (in Italian) (Johann Strauss). 12” pink London Pre-Dog 053197 (2586f), POM-1908, only form of regular issue. M-A, an extraordinary copy! MB 35

N0528. LUISA TETRAZZINI: Rhapsody (in English) (de Koven); Vergebliches Ständchen (in Italian) (Brahms). 12” Pat. ’12 Vla 88427, POM-19 Feb., 1913, Never Doubled. A to M-A, gorgeous copy has few faintest rubs, inaud. Very brief Catalogue Life! MB 25

N0529. LUISA TETRAZZINI: Tre giorni son che Nina (Ciampi). 12” V 88505, POM-11 May, 1914, Never Doubled. M-A, superlative copy! MB 15

N0530. LUISA TETRAZZINI: Aprile (Tosti). 12” Pat. ’08 Vla 88306 (3103f), POM-2 June, 1909. M-A MB 15

“If one were to listen to one of Tetrazzini’s records and one only, it might be her enchanting rendition of Tosti’s little song ‘Aprile’. Here, the best of her talents and the flawed middle (which one critic likened to ‘the wailing of a cross infant’) are neatly summarized in about three minutes of music. She sings the simple melody with great charm and feeling and adds a breathtaking (not for her) high B flat at the end, almost as if to dispel any doubt that this is the great Tetrazzini at work.”


- Andrea Shum-Binder, subito-cantabile


N0531. LUISA TETRAZZINI: I Puritani – Vien diletto. 12” S/S white label HMV Test Pressing for Mx.193Ho, POM-12 July, 1912. M-A MB 15

N0532. LUISA TETRAZZINI: I Puritani – Vien diletto / La Traviata – Addio del passato. 12” silver Victor IRCC 116, POM-12 July, 1912 / 26 Sept., 1913, (Neither Side ever issued USA in any regular series). Numbered Copy #69 of an extremely Limited Edition; Sd.2 label Autographed by Tetrazzini, to which her Photo is affixed. [On this evidence, it’s no wonder why Melba left town !!!] M-A, lovely copy has faintest rubs, inaud. MB 35

“At the Metropolitan in New York, management made the seemingly impossible mistake (in more ways than one) of letting Tetrazzini slip through their fingers and into the hands of Oscar Hammerstein at the Manhattan Opera. At the latter house, beginning in 1908, she was the toast of New York in her London repertoire and as Lakmé, Dinorah, Elvira in I PURITANI and other new interpretations.

Luisa Tetrazzini was truly an opera ‘star’ of international proportions, with an almost unflawed coloratura. She had a highly polished mastery of her art, with a sensational command of the most difficult and florid music ever composed for her type of voice. Her voice rang out brilliantly and firmly….Any modern day soprano might learn volumes by taking the time to study even a handful of her recordings. Fortunately, Tetrazzini made many recordings, and her voice seems to have taken well to the primitive techniques available in her day. It is probably fair to assume that we are left with an accurate sonic preservation of her voice, for her records confirm the finer aspects of her singing. Time and again, in excerpts from the coloratura soprano repertoire, she displays an amazing ability to attack the most soaring high notes dead center, hold them firmly and assuredly, seemingly with no effort at all, till she lets them melt away to a whisper. Somehow, the early recording processes vividly capture all of this. The best of the best can be described, but they need to be heard to be believed.”


- Andrea Shum-Binder, subito-cantabile


N0533. LUISA TETRAZZINI: Las Hijas del Zebedeo – Al pensar en el dueño (Carceleras) (Chapì). 12” Pat. ’08 Vla 88294, POM-18 March, 1911, Never Doubled, USA (other than in elusive HRS Series). M-A, gleaming copy has faintest rubs, inaud. MB 25

N0534. LUISA TETRAZZINI: Faust – Air des bijoux (in Italian) (1914 Unpublished Version [other than the vinyl Historic Masters special issue]). 12” S/S white HMV shellac pressing of Unpublished Mx. HO552c, POM-20 June, 1914. M-A, a gleaming copy. MB 45

N0535. LUISA TETRAZZINI: I Vespri Siciliani - Mercè, dilette amiche (1914 Version). 12” V 88504, POM-12 May, 1914, Never Doubled, USA. M-A MB 15

N0536. LUISA TETRAZZINI: Aïda - Ritorna vincitor! 12” S/S Special vinyl Pressing of Mx. 5170f, POM-11 July, 1911, (never issued USA in any regular series). MINT MB 20

N0537. LUISA TETRAZZINI: Ballo – Saper voreste (1909 Version). 12” brown shellac Canadian V 92068 (3076f), POM-25 may, 1909, Never Doubled. M-A, lovely copy has very faintest rubs, inaud. MB 25

N0538. LUISA TETRAZZINI: Hamlet – Ed ora a voi (Mad Scene) (in Italian)12” S/S white label HMV Test Pressing for Mx.1ai5180f, POM-14 July, 1911, issued UK only. M-A MB 20

N0539. ELVIRA TETRAZZINI & LUIGI BALDASSARE: L'educante di Sorrento – Un bacio rendimi / Banda Columbia: Guglielmo Tell: La calma, Pt. 3. [Elvira Tetrazzini, the sister of Eva and Luisa] 10” black Col. E 97 (10328/1129), POM-1904, Milano. A, lovely copy has faint rubs, inaud. MB 12

N0541. FERRUCCIO CORRADETTI: Pagliacci – Si puo?; Un nido di memorie (Prologo) / FERRUCCIO CORRADETTI, AIDA GONZAGA & GIUSEPPE de LUCA:Don Pasquale – Via, da brava. 12” Milano Fonotipia 74037/74023 (XXPh 2363-2 / 2388), POM-1907. M-A, lovely copy has faintest rubs, inaud. MB 25

N0542. FERRUCCIO CORRADETTI: Ernani – Lo vedremo / FERRUCCIO CORRADETTI, ERNESTINE TEBRO & ALFREDO CECCHI: O, sommo Carlo. 10¾“ Milano black Art-Label (girl at morning glory horn in window) Parlophon 37102/37063 (Xm 228/295), POM-1905. A to M-A, beautiful copy has faintest rubs, inaud. MB 15

N0543. MARIO del MONACO, w.Quadri Cond.: Lohengrin – In fernem Land (in Italian) / Andrea Chénier – Un dì, all’azzurro spazio. 12” LVDP DB 11320, only form of issue, 22 Nov., 1948. M-A, beautiful copy has very occasional faintest pap. rub, inaud. MB 12

N0544. MARIO del MONACO, w.Quadri Cond.: Otello - Esultate; Ora e per sembre addio / Dio, mi potevi scagliar. 12” LVDP DB 11337, only form of issue, 16 Jan., 1951. M-A, beautiful cop[y has very occasional faintest pap. rub, inaud. MB 15

N0545. MARIO del MONACO, w.Quadri Cond.: Pagliacci – Vesti la giubba / Otello - Niun mi tema. 12” HMV DB 21452, POM-5 / 7April, 1951. M-A MB 10

N0546. ARMANDO BORGIOLI: Lohengrin – Dank, König, dir / TANCREDI PASERO: Mein Herr und Gott (both in Italian). [A great baritone, Armando Borgioli was a favorite at La Scala and at the Met, frequently appearing at Covent Garden – thus the English issue of this recording. His career was ended prematurely when his train to to Bologna was bombed during WW II] 10” PW Eng. Col. D1653. M-A MB 15

N0547. FRANCESCO BATTAGLIA: Il Trovatore – Di quella pira / Ah! si ben mio. 10” red German Polydor 70700, only form of issue, 1925 [one of his 10 disks]. M-A MB 15

N0548. GINO BECHI, w.Olivieri Cond.: Signorinella (Bovio) / Signorinella mia (Marchesi). 10” LVDP DA 11309, only form of issue, 8 Oct., 1949. M-A MB 10

N0549. GINO BECHI, w.Olivieri Cond.: Torna a Surriento (de Curtis) / Maria, mari (di Capua). 10” Swiss HMV DA 6059, w.contemporaneous Basel label stkr., POM- 21 Oct., 1949. M-A MB 12

N0550. GINO BECHI, w.Olivieri Cond.: Ricordati di me / Melanconica luna (both Bixio). 10” LVDP DA 5444, only form of issue, 8 Nov., 1945 / 12 Jan., 1946. M-A MB 10

N0551. GINO BECHI, w.Olivieri Cond.: Ernani - O de verd’anni miei / Rigoletto – Pari siamo. 12” LVDP DB 5368, only form of issue,1940. M-A MB 10

N0552. GINO BECHI, w.Quadri Cond.: Don Carlos – Io morrò / Guglielmo Tell – Resta immobile. 12” LVDP DB 11322, only form of issue, 7 Feb., 1949. M-A MB 10

N0553. GINO BECHI, w.Berrettoni Cond.: Il Trovatore – l balen / La Wally – T’amo ben io! 10” LVDP DA 5405, only form of issue, 1940. M-A MB 8

N0554. GINO BECHI, w.Berrettoni Cond.: Ballo – Eri tu / Rigoletto – Cortigiani. 12” LVDP DB 5369, only form of issue, 1941. M-A MB10

N0555. GINO BECHI, w.Cordone Cond.: Otello - Credo / Barbiere - Largo al factotum. 12” EL LVDP DB 5441, only form of issue, 1940. M-A MB 10

N0556. GINO BECHI, w.Votto Cond.: Otello – Era la notte / Credo. 12”HMV DB 6506, POM-1949. M-A MB 8

“[Bechi’s] was an immense talent, his voice in those days being large, beautiful and intensely dramatic, his stage presence nothing short of magnificent. When he had first appeared on the Italian scene, it had been like the arrival of a blazing comet. It was not easy to have to follow him in a place where he was regarded as a sort of king….”


- Tito Gobbi, MY LIFE, p.84


N0557. GILDA DALLA RIZZA: Andrea Chénier – La mamma morta / Mefistofele – L’altra notte. 12“ Milano Fonotipia 74914/15 (XXPh 5393-2) / 5437, POM-1924. M-A, splendid copy has, Sd.2 only, microscopic dust mks. MB 25

N0558. CARLO TAGLIABUE, w.la rosa Parodi Cond.: Otello - Credo / Carmen – Chanson du Toréador (in Italian). 12” Cetra BB 25102, only form of issue, 10 Aug., 1942. M-A MB 8 [NB: Please also note N 0750]

N0559. CARLO TAGLIABUE, w.Capuana Cond. La Scala Orch.: Rigoletto – Cortigani. 12” S/S shellac London Test Pressing IAR 339-1, POM- 31 May, 1946. M-A MB 8

N0560. CARLO TAGLIABUE, w.Berrettoni Cond. La Scala Orch.: Tannhäuser - O du mein holder Abendstern (in Italian) / Barbiere - Largo al factotum. 12” LVDP DB 11300, only form of issue, 6 Feb., 1946. M-A, superb copy has faintest rubs, inaud. MB 12

N0561. CARLO TAGLIABUE, w.Berrettoni Cond. La Scala Orch.: Rigoletto – Pari siamo / Il Trovatore – Il balen. 10” LVDP DA 5448, only form of issue, 31 May, 1946. M-A MB 8

N0562. CARLO TAGLIABUE, w.Berrettoni Cond. La Scala Orch.: Ernani - O de verd’anni miei / I Puritani – Or dove fuggio io mai. 12” LVDP DB 11303, only form of issue, 14 / 13 June, 1946. M-A MB 10

N0563. CARLO TAGLIABUE, w.Berrettoni Cond. La Scala Orch.: Les Pêcheurs de Perles – L’Orage s’est calmé (in Italian, 2s. 12” LVDP DB 05359, only form of issue, 6 Feb., 1946. M-A MB 10

N0564. CARLO TAGLIABUE, w.la rosa Parodi Cond.: Otello - Credo / Carmen – Chanson du Toréador (in Italian). 12” Cetra BB 25102, only form of issue, 10 Aug., 1942. M-A MB 8

N0565. CARLO TAGLIABUE & MARGHERITA CAROSIO, w.Patanè Cond. Royal Opera House Orch.: Lucia di Lammermoor – Appressati Lucia, 2s. 12” HMV DB 6358, only form of issue, 1946. M-A MB 6

N0566. CARLO TAGLIABUE & MARGHERITA CAROSIO, w.Patanè Cond. Royal Opera House Orch.: Barbiere – Dunque io son / Rigoletto – Ah! solo per me. 12” HMV DB 6387, only form of issue, 1946. M-A MB 6

‘Carlo Tagliabue’s debut was 1921 in Lodi as Amonasro. After several appearances in various theatres he came to La Scala in 1929 at Toscanini’s behest. He appeared in 39 different roles at La Scala alone. His conductors were de Sabata, Serafin, Guarnieri, Votto, Marinuzzi and Karl Böhm (who admired him as Wolfram). Further stations of his career were the Arena di Verona, Rio de Janeiro, San Paolo, Lisbon, Wiesbaden and Vienna. In 1936 he sang at Covent Garden in a Gala performance on the occasion of the coronation of George VI. For two seasons he appeared at the Met as Rigoletto, Amonasro and Marcello. His home remained La Scala, he belonged to its ensemble for more than 30 years until his farewell in a performance of LA TRAVIATA opposite Maria Callas and Gianni Raimondi in 1958. I admire the beauty and warmth of his voice and his phenomenal breath control. ‘Pari siamo’ and the PAGLIACCI Prologo are superbly sung.”


- Andrea Shum-Binder, subito-cantabile


N0567. MARGHERITA ALMANSI: Lucia di Lammermoor – Ardon gl’incensi. 10” dark-green Zonophone X-93021 (206I), POM-1904. A-B, very decent copy has lt.rubs, inaud.; light warp does not affect playing. MB 12

N0568. MARIO ANCONA: Chanson de l’adieu (Tosti) / L’heure exquise (Hahn). 11¾” etched label center-start H & D Pathé 4305/4300 (7819/23416), recorded 1905, Paris, both announced. M-A, a superlative copy! MB 35

N0569. MARIO ANCONA: Invano / Malia (both Tosti). 9½” etched label center-start H & D Pathé 4306/4307 (42535/34), recorded 1905, Paris, Sd.2 announced. M-A, beautiful copy has mere hint of grey on peaks. MB 35

N0570. MARIO ANCONA: Mia sposa sarà la mia bandiera (Rotoli). 12” RCA vinyl Special Pressing of Mx.C 6056-1, POM-26 March, 1908. M-A MB 25

N0571. MARIO ANCONA: Le Pardon de Plomerel (Dinorah) – Sei vendicata assai (Meyerbeer). 12” RCA vinyl Special Pressing of Mx.C 6044-1, POM-20 March, 1908. M-A MB 25

“Mario Ancona was another in the remarkable line of great baritones who flourished in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was in many ways an ideal Verdi baritone, with a clear, secure, full-bodied, well-focused voice and a warm, creamy legato that was effortlessly produced, but he also had enough strength and dramatic force for Rigoletto and Don Carlos. His voice was not flawless; he had an odd way with vowels, there was occasional strain at the top, and he sometimes sacrificed characterization for beauty of tone – but not always, as can be heard in his touching rendition of ‘Sei vendicata assai’ from Meyerbeer's Dinorah. An admirable singer.”


- Alexander J. Morin, Classical Net


N0572. MARIO ANCONA: Ballo – Eri tu / Faust – Avant de quitter ces lieux (in Italian). 12” red vinyl RCA 15-1002, POM-3 April / 27 Feb., 1907. MINT MB 6

N0573. MARIO ANCONA: Ernani – O de’ verd’anni miei / Faust – Écoute-moi bien (in Italian). 12” mauve & gold HMV AGSB 64, POM-6 March, 1907 / 6 Jan., 1908, [Sd.2 never officially released, its first appearance was on IRCC, as late as 1938! Since the above issue has the IRCC imprint in the shellac, Addison Foster (AGS) refused to permit its release!] MINT MB 25

N0574. MARIO ANCONA & BESSIE ABOTT: Rigoletto – Tutte le feste al tempio. 12” RCA red vinyl Special Pressing of Mx.C 4991-1, (w.RCA embossed spiderweb verso), POM-6 Jan., 1908. M-A MB 35

“Jean de Reszké rated [Ancona] the finest baritone after Lassalle, and the best schooled. He was still singing well when he retired in 1916….Records confirm Ancona’s voice, when he was nearly fifty, to have been fresh and mellow-sounding, the legato smooth and the high notes effortlessly produced.”


- Michael Scott, THE RECORD OF SINGING


N0575. ANGELO SANTINI: Cavalleria Rusticana - Addio alla madre. 10” black & silver Col. 10338, POM-1894, Milano. A-, lovely copy with faintest rubs, inaud.; minor scuff at very beg. is audible; various insignificant lams, inaud. Uncommonly bright label. MB 12

N0576. ANGELO SANTINI: Faust - Salut ! demeure (in Italian). 10” black & silver Col. 10384, POM-1894, Milano. M-A, beautiful copy with faintest rubs, inaud. Uncommonly bright label. MB 15

N0577. ANGELO SANTINI & ETTORE BRANCALEONI: Faust – O merveille! (in Italian). 10” black & silver Col. 10382, POM-1904, Milano. A to M-A, beautiful copy with very faintest rubs, inaud. Uncommonly bright label. MB 15

N0578. ETTORE BRANCALEONI: Il Trovatore – Di due, figli vivea. 10” black & silver Col. 10373, POM-1904, Milano. A-, lovely copy has faintest rubs, inaud. Uncommonly bright label. MB 15

N0579. ALBERTO DE BASSINI: Faust - Dio dell 'or [de Bassini’s name not on label]. 10” black & silver Col. 1237, POM-1904, Milano. A-, lovely copy has faintest rubs, inaud. Uncommonly bright label. MB 15

N0580. ROMEO BERTI: Cavalleria – O Lola (Siciliana). 10” black & silver Col. 10543, POM-1906, Milano. A to M-A, a remarkable copy for this vintage has microscopic ‘pimples’, endemic to this series. Uncommonly bright label. MB 15

N0581. ROMEO BERTI: Cavalleria – Viva il vino. 10” black & silver Col. 10528, POM-1904, Milano. A, lovely copy has wee nd near beg., ltly audible merely a few turns. Uncommonly bright label. MB 12

N0582. ROMEO BERTI: Tosca – E lucevan le stelle. 10” black & silver Col. 10525, POM-1904, Milano. A to M-A, remarkable copy for this vintage has faintest rubs, inaud. Uncommonly bright label. MB 15

N0583. ALFREDO CIBELLI: Maria, mari (di Capua). 10” black & silver Col. 1725, POM-1903, Milano. A-, lovely copy has faintest rubs, inaud. Uncommonly bright label. MB 15

N0584. GINA CIAPARELLI [VIAFORA] La Traviata – Ah! fors’ è lui. 10” black & silver Col. 3308, POM-1905, Milano. A to M-A, a remarkable copy for this vintage. Uncommonly bright label. MB 15

N0585. GINA CIAPARELLI [VIAFORA] La Boheme – Quando m’en vò. [During Viafora’s singng years at the Metropolitan Opera she married Italian photographer and caricaturist Giovanni Viafora who worked for major New York newspapers, including The New York Times] 10” black & silver Col. 3178, POM-1905, Milano. A-, lovely copy for this vintage has faintest rubs, inaud. Uncommonly bright label. MB 15

N0586. GINO MARTINEZ-PATTI & TAURINO PARVIS: Forza – Solenne in quest’ora / Le minacce e i fieri accenti. 10” pale-green ‘Flags Label’ Col. E2040 (10811/12), POM-c.1910-14. A to M-A MB 12

N0587. FRANCO de GREGORIO & TINA ALBANI: Rigoletto - E il sol dell'anima / Addio, addio. 10” dark-blue Beka 42043/44, POM-1909. A to M-A MB 12

N0588. LA BOHEME, Complete 1928 recording with Sabajno Cond. La Scala Ensemble; ARISTODEMO GIORGINI, ROSINA TORRI, ERNESTO BADINI, etc. 13-12” Orth Vla & Scroll V 9252/64, on ‘Z’ & ‘Z’-type shellac, in Orig. Album AM 35. M-A MB 65, the Set.

N0589. TITTA RUFFO: Merigatta (Leoncavallo). 10” pink Milano Pre-Dog 2-52685 (9224e), POM-24 Nov., 1908. M-A MB 8

N0590. TITTA RUFFO: Mia sposa sarà la mia bandiera (1904 Version) (Rotoli) / TITTA RUFFO & AMADEO BASSI: La Boheme – Ah Mimi, tu più non torni. 9½“ etched label center-start H & D Pathé 4213/4260 (44435/45225), recorded 1904, Paris. M-A MB 25

N0591. TITTA RUFFO: Mia sposa sarà la mia bandiera (1925 Version) (Rotoli) / Chitarrata Abruzzese (Tosti). 10” Vla 1076, POM-21 Jan., 1925. M-A, a choice copy! Exceedingly Elusive issue from very end of AC Era, in Catalogue only briefly! MB 20

N0592. TITTA RUFFO: Sei morta nella vita mia bandiera (1920 Version) / Munasterio (both Costa). 10” Vla 821, POM-13 May, 1920. M-A MB 12

N0593. TITTA RUFFO: Sei morta nella vita mia bandiera (Costa) / Tizianello – E canta il grillo (Billi) (1929 Versions). 10” Orth Vla 1460, POM-18 / 15 Feb., 1929. M-A, appears unplayed! MB 20

N0594. TITTA RUFFO: E la mia dama (Toscano) / Tizianello – E canta il grillo (1908 Version) (Billi). 10” Disco Grammofono DA 169, POM-21 / 23 Nov., 1908, w.contemporaneous Firenze label stkr. M-A MB 12

N0595. TITTA RUFFO: Torna a Surriento (1913 Version) (de Curtis) / Maria, Marì (di Capua) / 10” green Schall. Gram. 80037 (1911/12ah), POM-1913. M-A MB 10

N0596. TITTA RUFFO: Torna a Surriento (1929 Version) (de Curtis) / Il gitano re (Paganucci). 10” Orth Vla 1401, only form of issue, 20 March / 15 Feb., 1929. M-A, appears unplayed! Exceedingly Elusive! MB 25

N0597. TITTA RUFFO: Perjura! (de Tejada) / Lolita (Buzzi-Peccia). 10” Vla 1019, POM-12 Oct., 1922 / 27 Nov., 1923. M-A MB 15

N0598. TITTA RUFFO: Le Credo du Paysan (Goublier) / Lakmé – Lakmé, ton doux regarde se voile (both in French). 10” Vla 1070, POM-27 Nov., 1923, Neither side ever issued as S/S. M-A, a beauty! Exceedingly Elusive issue from very end of AC Era, in Catalogue only briefly! MB 20

N0599. TITTA RUFFO: Visione Veneziana (Brogi) / Suonno ‘e fantasia (Capolongo). 10” Orth Vla 1388, POM-15 Feb., 1929. A to M-A MB 15

N0600. TITTA RUFFO: Novembre (Trémisot) / Il guitarrico (Soriano). 10” Vla 820, POM-13 May, 1920 / 7 Jan., 1914. M-A MB 12

N0601. TITTA RUFFO: Hamlet – Apparizione dello Spettro (Spoken Monologue, in Italian). (Shakespeare). 10” Vla 955, POM-1914. M-A MB 25

“Ruffo must have thought highly of his diction, rightly so, to attempt this difficult speaking role, and to present a characterization which is moving even to those who cannot understand Italian.”


- Albert Wolf, TITTA RUFFO, AN ANTHOLOGY, p.181


N0602. TITTA RUFFO: Hamlet – Spettro infernale, immagin venerata / Spettro santo! 10” mauve & gold HMV AGSA 16, POM-1907. MINT MB 12

N0603. TITTA RUFFO: Malena – Ma tu sfiorata di rugiada gentil / Disse il saggio (Ettore Titta, Cond. by the Composer). 10” AC mauve & gold HMV AGSA 20, POM-1907. MINT MB 12

N0604. TITTA RUFFO: Thaïs – Toi qui mis la pitié / Va mendiant! . . . Voilà donc la terrible cité (in Italian). 10” Vla 934, POM-5 Jan., 1914. M-A, beautiful copy has pinpoint ‘blister’, Sd.1. momentarily audible. MB 15

N0605. TITTA RUFFO: La Favorita – Vien, Leonora / Le Pardon de Plomerel (Dinorah) – Sei vendicata assai (1914 Version). 12” mauve & gold HMV AGSB 91, POM-24 Dec., 1912 / 8 Jan., 1914. MINT MB 15

N0606. TITTA RUFFO: Don Carlos – Per me giunto / Le Pardon de Plomerel (Dinorah) – Sei vendicata assai (1904 Version) (Meyerbeer). 11½“ etched label center-start H & D Pathé 4211/12 (10249/8001), recorded 1904, Paris. M-A MB 25

N0607. TITTA RUFFO: Chatterton – Tu sola a me rimani (Leoncavallo). 10” pink Pre-Dog- 2-52686 (9228e), POM-25 Nov., 1908, Never Doubled US. M-A, lovely copy has faintest rubs, inaud. MB 12

N0608. TITTA RUFFO: Chatterton – Tu solo a me rimani (Leoncavallo) / TITTA RUFFO & ANDRÈS de SEGUROLA: I Puritani – Suoni la tromba. 10” white ‘Archive’ HMV VA 16, POM-26 Nov., 1908 / 1907. MINT MB 6

N0609. TITTA RUFFO: Il Trovatore – Per me ora fatale. 10” pink Milano Concert Gram. G.C.-2-52687 (9217e), POM-24 Nov.,1908. M-A MB 12

N0610. TITTA RUFFO: Rigoletto – Miei signori, perdono. 10” pink Milano Concert Gram. G.C.-2-52555 (4733h), w.contemporaneous Gram. label stkr., POM-1907. M-A MB 10

N0611. TITTA RUFFO & MARIA GALVANY: Rigoletto – Si, vendetta. 10” Milano G & T G.C. -54316 (4730h), , POM-1906, w.contemporaneous Ricordi label stkr. A to M-A MB 12

N0612. TITTA RUFFO: Forza – Urna fatale del mio destino / Il Trovatore – Per me ora fatale. 10” PW white & blue PW HRS 2015 (B15892-1/9217e), POM-24 Nov.,1908 / 14 April, 1915, Sd.1 from Unpublished Master, Autographed in dark-blue ink by Ruffo. Exceedingly rare issue! MB 85

N0613. TITTA RUFFO: Nabucco – Tremin gl’insani del mio furore / Forza – Urna fatale del mio destino. 10” mauve & gold HMV AGSA 10, POM-26 Feb., 1914 / 14 April, 1915, Sd. 2 from Unpublished Master. MINT MB 20

N0614. TITTA RUFFO: La Traviata – Di Provenza il mar (1904 Version) / Faust – Morte di Valentino. 11½“ etched label center-start H & D Pathé 4207/08 (24273/8002), recorded 1904, Paris, w.contemporaneous Siena label stkr. M-A MB 25

N0615. TITTA RUFFO: La Traviata – Di Provenza il mar (1907 Version). 10” Milano G & T G.C.-2-52529 (9060b), POM-1907. M-A, faintest rubs, inaud. MB 12

N0616. TITTA RUFFO & GRAZIELLA PARETO: Don Giovanni – La ci darem la mano. 12” pink Milano Pre-Dog 054229 (2728f), w.contemporaneous label stkr, POM-21 Nov., 1908. A to M-A MB 12

N0617. TITTA RUFFO & BENIAMINO GIGLI: La Boheme – O Mimì, tu più non torni / BENIAMINO GIGLI: Les Pêcheurs de Perles – Je crois entendre (in Italian). 12” mauve & gold HMV AGSB 56 (CVE-58119-3/37320-2), POM-17 Dec., 1926 / 18 Dec., 1929, both from Unpublished Masters. MINT MB 25

N0618. TITTA RUFFO & BENIAMINO GIGLI: Forza – Solenne in quest’ora / La Gioconda – Enzo Grimaldo, Principe di Santafior. 12” mauve & gold HMV AGSB 49, POM-17 Dec., 1926, both from Unpublished Masters. MINT MB 25

N0619. TITTA RUFFO & ENRICO CARUSO: Otello – Si, pel ciel (Verdi). 12” V 89075, POM-8 Jan., 1914. M-A, a spectacular copy! MB 15

“…no matter how one describes it, [Ruffo’s] instrument was a phenomenal one, sonorous, and overwhelming in its prime….It is a fact that these two artists never sang together at the Metropolitan….[Caruso] had a clause in his contract with the Metropolitan restricting Ruffo’s appearances to be pre- and post-season engagements when he was not singing.”


- Albert Wolf, TITTA RUFFO, AN ANTHOLOGY, pp. 179 & 182


N0620. TOSCA, Complete 1929 recording with Sabajno Cond. La Scala Ensemble; CARMEN MELIS, PIERO PAULI, APOLLO GRANFORTE, etc. 14-12” Orth Vla & Scroll & PW V 9758/71, on ‘Z’ & ‘Z’-type shellac, in Orig. Album M 84. M-A, Superb copy; Sd.5 only has superficial scr., inaud. MB 65, the Set.

"We can hear in Carmen Melis' Tosca, recorded complete in 1929, glowing tone and generous feeling....the best lyric soprano to be heard regularly in Italy until the advent of her own pupil, Renata Tebaldi."


- J.B. Steane, THE GRAND TRADITION


N0621. PIERO PAULI: Ständchen (in Italian) (Richard Strauss) / PIERO PAULI & ADELAIDE SARACENI: Adriana Lecouvreur – No, la mia fronte. 12” LVDP DB 2012, only form of issue, 1932 / 18 June, 1933. Elusive Pauli! M-A MB 20

N0622. PIERO PAULI: Gianni Schicchi - Firenze come un albero / PIERO PAULI, NELLO PALAI, GUGLIELMO MASINI¬, LEONILDO BASI: La Boheme – Questa è Mimi. 10” LVDP DA 1204, only form of issue, 23 Jan., 1931/ 16 April, 1930. M-A MB 15

N0623. PIERO PAULI & PIA TASSINARI, w.Ghione Cond.: Faust – Il se fait tard (in Italian), 2s. 10” LVDP DA 1322, only form of issue, 1933. [another very moving ‘desert-island’ record!] M-A MB 15

N0624. PIERO PAULI: Falstaff - Dal labbro il canto / PIERO PAULI & ADELAIDE SARACENI: Manon – Nous vivrons à Paris (in Italian). 12” LVDP DB 1648, only form of issue, 25 April, 1930 / 1 Dec., 1931. M-A MB 15

N0625. PIERO PAULI: L'Arlesiana - E la solita storia / PIERO PAULI & ADELAIDE SARACENI: Manon - N'est-ce plus ma main (in Italian). 12” LVDP DB 2013, only form of issue, 1 Dec., 1931 / 18 June, 1933. M-A MB 15

N0626. PIERO PAULI & PIA TASSINARI: La Boheme - O soave fanciulla / PIA TASSINARI: Mefistofele - L'altra notte. 12” LVDP DB 1932, only form of issue, 1933. M-A MB 12

N0627. TITO SCHIPA: A Granada (Cancion Andaluza) (Palacios) / Guyana - Ay-Ay-Ay (AC Versions) (Freire). 12" Vla 6423, POM-31 May, 1923 / 28 March, 1922. M-A MB 12

N0628. TITO SCHIPA: A Granada (Cancion Andaluza) (Palacios) / Guyana - Ay-Ay-Ay (1926 Versions) Freire). 12" Scroll V 6601, on ‘Z’ shellac, POM-7 Sept., 1926. A to M-A, w.faintest rubs, inaud. MB 12

N0629. TITO SCHIPA: La Campana di San Giusto (Arona) / Mamma mia, che vo sapete! (Nutile). 12" Orth Vla 6629, POM-8/ 9 Sept., 1926. M-A MB 12

N0630. TITO SCHIPA: Liebesträume (in Italian) (Liszt) / Ave Maria (Sung by the Composer). 12” V 18068, Sd.1 being only form of issue, 11 April, 1941; Sd.2 recorded 15 Sept., 1938. M-A, appears unplayed! MB 15

N0631. TITO SCHIPA: Rosalinda (de Fuentes) / Mi viejo amor (Oteo). 10” Vla 1030, POM-14 May,1924. M-A Most elusive, late AC issue. MB 12

N0632. TITO SCHIPA: Pesca d’amore (1924 Version) (Barthélemy) / Serenata medioevale (Silvestri). 10” Vla 1063, POM-18 Sept. /16 May, 1924. M-A, superlative copy. Most elusive, late AC issue. MB 15

N0633. TITO SCHIPA: Quiéreme mucho (Roig) / A la orilla de un palmar (Ponce). 10” Vla 929, POM-12 March, 1923. M-A MB 10

N0634. TITO SCHIPA, w.Bervilly Cond.: Tre Uomoni in Frack – Canto per te / Quando (Caslar). 10” PW Disco Grammofono DA 1293, POM-11 Oct., 1932. A-, lovely copy has faint rubs, inaud.; tiny pressing bump, audible only a few turns. MB 35

TROIS HOMMES EN HABIT (Tre Uomoni in Frack) is a 1933 film in which Schipa is at his most caressing and works his magic. The plot: the tenor breaks on a high note because of stage fright. They boo him savagely and run him out of town, but in the end he sings a concert and subjugates them. Here we have one of the world’s leading tenors, one noted for a certain sobriety of approach and aspect in just about every segment of his very considerable art, and what is he doing? Headlining and fully entering into a slapstick farce of near-Marx Brothers proportions! Much of the film has been made in the manner of a silent, with sound effects and a wonderfully lively background score that seems to mirror musically every line of the script, and the pace is very much influenced by silent-screen comedy.”


- Stefan Zucker


N0635. TITO SCHIPA: Serenata matutina / Piedigrotta - Che bene voglio a tte! (Murolo). 10" Orth Vla 1668 (Ow1928-1/2035-4), POM-31 Aug. / 3 Oct, 1933. M-A MB 15

N0636. TITO SCHIPA: A Cuba (Sung by the Composer) / Jota (de Falla). 10” Vla 1031, POM-16 May, 1924, Most elusive, late AC issue, in Catalogue only briefly; Never listed in a pre-1931 US Catalog. A-, lovely copy has faintest rubs, inaud. MB 12

N0637. TITO SCHIPA: Santa Lucia. 11½” H &< D grey paper label US-Pathé 54049, recorded 1921, New York. M-A MB 15

N0638. TITO SCHIPA: Marechiare (Tosti) / Santa Lucia. 10” Pathé Actuelle 025063, recorded 1921, New York. M-A MB 8

N0639. TITO SCHIPA: Me so' mbriacato 'e sole / Anema e core (both D'Esposito). 10" LVDP DA 11320, only form of issue, 3 April, 1950. MINT Elusive, late Schipa! MB 20

N0640. TITO SCHIPA: Muso ‘e musso / Bello è papa (both Manlio). 10" LVDP DA 11318, only form of issue, 3 April, 1950. MINT, albeit faintest hlc appears Sd.2 only, inaud. Elusive, late Schipa – the sole copy ever to come through here! MB 15

N0641. TITO SCHIPA: Addio mia bella Napuli (Valente) / Mandulinate a sera (Panzuti). 10" LVDP DA 11322, only form of issue, 3 April, 1950. MINT Elusive, late Schipa! MB 20

N0642. TITO SCHIPA: Rondini del Gesu (Concina) / Non ti scordar di Napoli (Panzuti). 10" LVDP DA 11323, POM-5 April, 1950, issued Italy & Brazil only. MINT Elusive, late Schipa! MB 20

N0643. TITO SCHIPA: Primmamatina / Povero ammore mio! (both Oliviero). 10" LVDP DA 11321, only form of issue, 5 April, 1950. MINT Elusive, late Schipa! MB 20

N0644. TITO SCHIPA: Le Violette / Son tutta duolo (both Scarlatti). 10” Australian HMV DA 5362, POM-7 Jan., 1939. M-A, choice copy of preferred Australian pressing. MB 8

N0645. TITO SCHIPA: Sento nel cor (Scarlatti) / Orfeo - Che farò senza Euridice. 12” LVDP DB 1723, only form of issue, 9 May, 1932. MINT copy, quiet late pressing. MB 8

N0646. TITO SCHIPA: Falstaff – Dal labbro il canta estansinto. 11½” H & D grey paper label US-Pathé 54060, recorded 1921, New York. M-A MB 15

N0647. TITO SCHIPA: Falstaff – Dal labbro il canta estansinto / La Sonnambula – Prendi, l'anel ti dono. 10” Perfect 11505, recorded 1921, New York. M-A MB 15

N0648. TITO SCHIPA: Falstaff – Dal labbro il canta estansinto / La Sonnambula – Prendi, l'anel ti dono. 11½” H & D green paper label Pathé 0334, recorded 1921, New York. M-A MB 15

"Schipa was an aristocrat amongst tenors, an impeccable musician who never attempted to push his voice but used it with such skill that he enjoyed a far longer career than those whose valour on the stage or in the concert hall outruns discretion."


- Ivor Newton, AT THE PIANO, THE WORLD OF AN ACCOMPANIST, p.208


N0649. TITO SCHIPA: Don Pasquale – Cerchero lontana terra. 11½” H & D grey paper label US-Pathé 54046, recorded 1921, New York. M-A MB 15

N0650. TITO SCHIPA: La Boheme - Che gelida manina (1919 Version).
11½” H & D grey paper label US-Pathé 54033, recorded 1919. M-A MB 15

N0651. TITO SCHIPA: Manon - Ah, fuyez (in Italian) / La Boheme - Che gelida manina (1913 Versions). 12” vinyl Historic Masters HMB 21, POM-10 / 14 Nov.,1913. [Schipa’s first two recorded sides] MINT MB 6

N0652. TITO SCHIPA: L'Arlesiana - E la solita storia / Manon – Le rêve (in Italian). 11½” H & D grey paper label US-Pathé 59007, recorded 1916. M-A MB 15

N0653. TITO SCHIPA: Tosca – O dolci mani (sung as a solo) / Pagliacci – O Columbina (Serenata d’Arlecchino) (1916 Version). 11½” H & D grey paper label US-Pathé 59009, recorded 1916. M-A MB 15

N0654. TITO SCHIPA: Manon – Le Rêve (in Italian) / Pagliacci – O Columbina (Serenata d’Arlecchino) (1926 Versions). 10” PW Electrola DA 875, POM-8 Sept., 1926. M-A, gorgeous copy of preferred Electrola pressing. MB 12

N0655. TITO SCHIPA: Tosca – E lucevan le stelle. 11½” H & D grey paper label US-Pathé 54032, recorded 1919. M-A MB 15

N0656. TITO SCHIPA: Faust - Salut! demeure (in Italian) / Lucia - Tu che a Dio. 10” LVDP DA 365, POM-26 / 12 Nov., 1913. MINT MB 8

N0657. TITO SCHIPA: Lucia - Tu che a Dio / GINO LUSSARDI: Cruda, funesta smania. 10" green Berlin Concert Gram.252142/136 (2894/2877ah), POM-12 / 4 Nov., 1913. M-A MB 15

N0658. TITO SCHIPA: Zazà – Ed ora io mi domando / TITO SCHIPA & GIUSEPPINA BALDASSARE-TEDESCHI: Tosca – Amaro sol per te. 11½” H & D grey paper label US-Pathé 59052, recorded 1916. M-A MB 15

N0659. TITO SCHIPA: Andrea Chénier - Come un bel dì di maggio / Marcella - Dolce notte misteriosa (both Giordano). 10” LVDP DA 5352, only form of issue, 15 April, 1938. [Schipa at his most poetic!] MINT MB 8

N0660. TITO SCHIPA: Mignon – Elle ne croyait pas / Adieu Mignon, courage (in Italian). 12” Vla 6465, POM-14 May, 1924. Extremely brief Catalogue Life! M-A MB 15

N0661. TITO SCHIPA: Cavalleria – Siciliana – O Lola (1919 Version).
11½” H & D grey paper label US-Pathé 54034, recorded 1919. M-A MB 15

N0662. TITO SCHIPA: Cavalleria – Siciliana – O Lola (1913 Version) / Viva il vino. 10” LVDP DA 364, POM-14 / 21 Nov.,1913. MINT MB 8

N0663. TITO SCHIPA: Rigoletto - Ella mi fu rapita. 12" S/S vinyl pressing of Mx.CVE 42942-2, POM-11 Sept., 1928, Unpublished 'Take' 2 (‘Take’ 1 is the published Version). MINT MB 15

N0664. TITO SCHIPA: Rigoletto - Ella mi fu rapita; Parmi veder le lagrime (the 1913 acoustic versions), 2s. 10” Vla 925, POM-14 Nov., 1913. Brief Catalogue Life; Never listed in a pre-1931 US Catalog. A to M-A MB 10

N0665. TITO SCHIPA: Rigoletto - Ella mi fu rapita (‘Take’ 1); Parmi veder le lagrime (the 1928 electric versions) / Luisa Miller – Quando le sere al placido. 12” PW HMV DB 1372, POM-11 Sept., 1928. [Sd.1 label Autographed in black ink by Schipa]. M-A MB 15

N0666. TITO SCHIPA: Rigoletto – Questa o quella / La donna è mobile. 11½” H & D green paper label Pathé 10316, recorded 1916 / ’19, resp. M-A MB 15

N0667. TITO SCHIPA: Rigoletto – Questa o quella /TITO SCHIPA & GIUSEPPINA BALDASSARE-TEDESCHI: Tosca – Trionfa di nuova speme. 11½” H & D grey paper label US-Pathé 59072, recorded 1916. M-A MB 15

N0668. TITO SCHIPA & TOTI dal MONTE: Don Pasquale – Tornami a dir / La Sonnambula - Prendi, l’anel ti dono. 10” LVDP DA 1351, only form of issue, 4 Oct., 1933. MB 8

N0669. TITO SCHIPA & EMILIO de GOGORZA: A la luz de la luna / Los rumberos. 10” Orth Vla 3049, POM-17 Feb.,1928. M-A MB 8

N0670. TITO SCHIPA & MAFALDA FAVERO: L'Amico Fritz – Suzel buon dì (Cherry Duet), 2s. 12” PW V 15837, POM-1937. M-A MB 8

N0671. TITO SCHIPA & AMELITA GALLI-CURCI: Don Pasquale – Tornami a dir / Rigoletto – È il sol dell’anima. 10” PW V 1755, POM-6 / 7 Sept., 1928. Sd.1 label Autographed in white ink by Schipa. A to M-A MB 8

N0672. TITO SCHIPA & AMELITA GALLI-CURCI: La Sonnambula – Son geloso del zefiro / Lucia - Verranno a te. 12” Vla 8067, POM-1 June, 1923 / 17 Sept., 1924. M-A MB 15

N0673. EZIO PINZA: L'ultima canzone (Tosti) / La Boheme – Vecchia zimarra. 10” LVDP DA 908, only form of issue, 17 Feb., 1927, although recorded USA, never issued there! M-A, superlative copy of preferred late Italian pressing. MB 10

N0674. EZIO PINZA: w.Gibner King (Pf.): Deep River (arr. Burleigh) / Thunderin' wonderin' (MacGimsey). 10” Col.17383-D, only form of issue, 30 Jan., 1945. M-A MB 8

N0675. EZIO PINZA: w.Gibner King (Pf.): Into the night (Edwards) / Do you remember? (Levitzki). 10” Col.17378-D, POM-30 Jan., 1945; issued USA & Australia only. [Two of Pinza’s most compelling and sensitive renditions!] M-A MB 8

N0676. EZIO PINZA, w.Fritz Kitzinger (Pf.): Songs & Arias by Monteverdi, Falconieri, Cavalli, Legrenzi, Sarti, Handel, Giordani, Buononcini, Torelli, Paisiello & Scarlatti, 6s. 3-12” PW V 17914/16, sole issue, 1940, in Orig. Album M-766, w.Brochure. M-A MB 25

"...The set of old Italian arias M-766 is a definite ‘must’....Some of [the arias] are hauntingly beautiful, especially the 'Oblivion soave' from Monteverdi's L'INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA and Falconieri's 'O bellissimi capelli'....a collector's item to be snatched up, if you manage to get hold of it."


- Leo Riemens, RECORD NEWS, Dec., 1950


N0677. EZIO PINZA, w.Johnny Green Cond.: Mr Imperium - Let me look at you / EZIO PINZA & FRAN WARREN: Andiamo (both Arlen). 10” EL RCA 10-3391, Original Issue, 21 Jan., 1951 / 15 Dec., 1950; Issued USA only. M-A, as unplayed! MB 12

N0678. EZIO PINZA, w.Johnny Green Cond., The Guadalajara Trio & Fran Warren: Mr Imperium – Yesterdays; Andiamo; My love and my mule; Knickerbocker Holiday – September Song; Let me look at you (Arlen); You belong to my heart (Lara). 3-10” RCA 10-3223/25, POM-1951. M-A, only one disk has faint rubs, inaud. MB 25, the Set.

N0679. EZIO PINZA, w.Norman Leyden Cond.: My Concerto (Alstone) / Paint Your Wagon – I still see Elisa (Loewe). 10” EL white vinyl Promotional Copy RCA 20-4313, only form of issue, 14 Sept., 1951. M-A MB 10

N0680. EZIO PINZA, w.Johnny Green Cond.: Knickerbocker Holiday – September Song (Weill) / Roberta - Yesterdays (Kern). 10” EL white vinyl Promotional Copy RCA 10-3256, POM-16 Dec., 1950, issued USA only. M-A MB 10

N0681. EZIO PINZA, w.Lehman Engel Cond.: Fanny – Welcome home / Love is a very light thing (Rome). 10” black ‘Shaded Dog’ RCA 20-6011, only form of issue, 21 Nov., 1954. Uncommon late 78-era issue. M-A MB 15

N0682. EZIO PINZA, w.Johnny Green Cond.: Strictly Dishonorable – I'll see you in my dreams (Jones) / Everything I have is yours (Lane). 10” RCA 10-3395, only form of issue, 7 May, 1951. M-A MB 8

[Pinza was] "...endowed with an unfailing ear and flawless musical taste [and exuded] a personal magnetism and sexual radiance unequalled since Valentino."


- Francis Robinson


N0683. EZIO PINZA, w.Cleva Cond.: L'ultima canzone (1945 Version) / Serenata (both Tosti). 12” Col.71687-D, only form of issue, 30 Jan., 1945. M-A MB 8

N0684. EZIO PINZA, w. Pelletier Cond.: Le Cor (Flégier) / Au Pays (Holmès). 12” Col.712751-D, only form of issue, 27 Dec., 1947. M-A MB 12

N0685. EZIO PINZA: Forza – Il santo speco / Norma – Ah! del Tebro (1923 Version). 10” Vla 1131, POM-10 / 12 July, 1923. A, lovely copy has faint rubs, inaud. MB 10

N0686. EZIO PINZA: Norma – Ah! del Tebro (1923 Version)/ EZIO PINZA & ROBERT d’ALESSIO: La Favorita – Non sai tu che d’un giusto. 10” PW HMV DA 566, POM-12 July / 20 June, 1923. M-A MB 8

N0687. EZIO PINZA: Norma – Ah! del Tebro (1929 Version) / Faust – Le veau d’or. 10” Orth Vla 3053, POM-8 April, 1929. M-A MB 6

N0688. EZIO PINZA: Norma –Ite sul colle, o Druidi / Forza – Il santo nome di Dio. 12” LVDP DB 1203, POM-27 Sept., 1929. M-A, exceptional copy of preferred late Italian pressing has faintly audible minuscule dust scr, Sd.2. MB 12

N0689. EZIO PINZA: La Juive – Si la rigeur (1923 Version) (in Italian) EZIO PINZA & ANNA MARIA TURCHETTI: Mose in Egitto – Dal tuo stellato soglio. 12” LVDP DB 698, only form of issue, 12 / 11 July, 1923. M-A MB 10

N0690. EZIO PINZA: La Juive – Si la rigeur (1927 Version) / Vous qui du Dieu vivant. 10” Orth Vla 1246, POM-22 March, 1927. M-A MB 8

N0691. EZIO PINZA: Don Giovanni – Deh, vieni alla finestra / Finch'han dal vino. 10” Orth Vla 1467, POM-28 March, 1930. M-A MB 6

N0692. EZIO PINZA: Lucia di Lammermoor – Dalle stanze / I Puritani – Cinta di fiori. 12” white ‘Archive’ HMV VB 70, POM-11 July, 1923 / 17 Dec., 1924. MINT MB 6

N0693. EZIO PINZA: Simon Boccanegra – Il lacerato spirito / Lucia di Lammermoor – Dalle stanze. 12” PW Disco Grammofono DB 699, POM-19 June / 11 July, 1923, never issued US. M-A MB 12

N0694. EZIO PINZA: Mignon – De son coeur j’ai calme la fièvre (Berceuse) (1927 Version) / Le Caïd – Enfin chéri (Air du Tambour-Major) (Thomas). 12” PW Czech Gramola DB 1086, POM-29 March / 14 April, 1927. A to M-A, lovely copy of preferred Czech pressing. MB 15

N0695. EZIO PINZA: Robert le Diable – Nonnes, qui reposez / Zauberflöte – O Isis und Osiris (both in Italian). 12” LVDP DB 1088, POM-22 March, 1927. M-A, lovely copy of preferred LVDP pressing. MB 10

N0696. EZIO PINZA: La Favorita – Splendon più belle (1930 Version) / Ernani – Infelice e tu credevi. 12” V 7552, POM-9 April, 1930 / 7 May, 1929. Sd. 1 label has Pinza’s Autograph affixed. M-A MB 20

N0697. EZIO PINZA: Zauberflöte - O Isis und Osiris (1928 Version, in German). 10” S/S vinyl Special Pressing of Unpublished Victor Mx. BVE-41299, POM-5 Jan., 1928. MINT MB 20

N0698. EZIO PINZA: Zauberflöte – O Isis und Osiris (1927 Version), in Italian) / Ernani – Infelice, e tuo credevi. 12” LVDP DB 5389, POM-22 March, 1927 / 7 May, 1929. M-A, exceptional copy of preferred late Italian pessing. MB 12

N0699. EZIO PINZA: I Vespri Siciliani – O tu Palermo / Don Carlos – Ella giammai m’amo; Dormiro sol. 12” LVDP DB 1087, POM-17 Feb., 1927, made by Victor for HMV. M-A, superlative copy has wee pressing bump. MB 10

N0700. EZIO PINZA, w.Frank Black Cond. CBS Orch.: Don Carlos – Ella giammai m’amo; Dormiro sol - announced. 10” S/S 33 1/3 rpm acetate of undated CBS broadcast performance. A-, very decent copy has lt.rubs, inaud. MB 20

N0701. EZIO PINZA, w.Cleva Cond.: Don Carlos – Ella giammai m’amo; Dormiro sol, 2s. 12” Col.72802-D, only form of issue, 22 March, 1946. M-A MB 8

N0702. EZIO PINZA, w.Voorhees Cond. Bell Telephone Hour Orch.: Xerxes – Ombra mai fu / RICHARD CROOKS, w.Barlow Cond.:L'Elisir – Una furtiva lagrima. 12” vinyl V Disc 327, only form of issue, NBC broadcasts 5 June / 1 May, resp., 1944. M-A, choice copy appears unplayed, albeit faint pap. scr, positively inaud. MB 20

N0703. EZIO PINZA & RISË STEVENS: Mignon - Légères hirondelles / La Gioconda – Bella così, madonna. 12” Col.72371-D, only form of issue, 7 Feb.,1947. M-A MB 8

N0704. EZIO PINZA & GIOVANNI MARTINELLI: Aida – Nume custode e vindici / Possente Fthà. 12” PW V 8111, POM-26 Nov., 1927 / 5 Jan., 1928. M-A MB 8

N0705. EZIO PINZA, ROSA PONSELLE & GIOVANNI MARTINELLI: Forza – Io muoio; Non imprecare, umiliati (Final Trio), 2s.. 12” LVDP DB 1202, POM-18 Jan., 1928. M-A, exceptional copy of preferred late Italian pressing. MB 12

N0706. EZIO PINZA, ELISABETH RETHBERG & BENIAMINO GIGLI: Attila – Te sol quest’ anima / I Lombardi – Qual voluttà trascorrere. 12” Orth Vla 8194, POM-31 Dec., 1930. M-A MB 8

“Without doubt, Pinza was the greatest basso cantante of the 20th century. His voice was truly beautiful, velvet-toned and of a rare and remarkable flexibility. Besides his handsome presence and engaging personality, he was a spirited and charismatic actor. He was equally gifted for comic, tragic or romantic roles. There is no recording of this singer which is not to be recommended.”


- Andrea Shum-Binder, subito-cantabile