Lucrezia Bori, Vol. I              (2-Romophone 81016)
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Lucrezia Bori, Vol. I              (2-Romophone 81016)
V0060. LUCREZIA BORI: Complete Victor Recordings, 1914-25, incl. three Unpublished as Victor Issues. Songs by Arditi, Rossini, Granados, Yradier, Valverde, Sibella, Pagans, Pestalozza, del Fino, Marshall, Novello & Moore; Arias & Duets (w.McCormack, Gigli, de Segurola, de Luca, Schipa & Fleta) from Così fan Tutte, Don Giovanni, Nozze, Don Pasquale, Pagliacci, La Traviata, La Boheme, Rigoletto, L’Amico Fritz, Iris, Il Segreto di Susanna, Roméo, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Lakmé, Carmen, L’Amour Mouillé, Nina Pancha, La Revoltosa, El Puñao de Rosas & Snegoroutchka. (England) 2-Romophone 81016. Transfers by Ward Marston. Elaborate booklet featuring discographic data, photos & extensive notes by William Ashbrook. Long out-of-print, final copy! - 754238101625


“The Spanish soprano Lucrezia Bori (1887–1960) is an extremely interesting artist, in that she achieved stardom without a truly spectacular aspect to her singing. Her voice was apparently not large, her top was somewhat limited, and when you first hear it, your reaction might very well be something along the lines of ‘well, that’s pretty’. The more one listens, however, the more one appreciates Bori’s greatness as an artist. Throughout [her] fairly wide range of repertoire one is repeatedly impressed by Bori’s ability to convey tenderness and fragility as well as strength and even power, and she does it all through classically fine singing. Her intonation is flawless, her legato perfectly even, and her singing a consistent model of lyrical grace and elegance while never short-changing the dramatic moment. Bori’s singing is like a master class in how to phrase the aria and how to make every word mean something”

- Henry Fogel, FANFARE

"Ward Marston has done a remarkable job in remastering these selections. Apparently they were recorded at a variety of speeds below 78rpm, and by bringing them to their proper speeds, he has eliminated the shrillness that I remember from the original 78s and their LP transfers. What we hear is vivid and lifelike, with an unforced vitality that is immediately appealing. Bori's voice was consistently well-focused, her technique was secure, and there is subtlety, precision, and musical sensitivity in her interpretations."

- Alexander Morin, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Nov./Dec., 1995

"Lucrezia Bori was one of the loveliest sopranos of her time, and yet during these recent years, when the recordings of her contemporaries have enjoyed a new lease of life on CD, hers have been largely neglected. Romophone's complete edition of the Victor series has now made amends, and this Gramophone [1996] Award completes the job handsomely....the records...have come up wonderfully well in Ward Marston's transfers. She was a fascinating artist, patrician but very human, delicate yet possessed of an intense inner strength: not a singer to forget."

- J.B. Steane, GRAMOPHONE, Nov., 1996

"They're very collectable, these Romophone complete editions. Up they go on the shelves, and you know that there is another small but quite important area in the history of singing on records properly covered, ready for reference at any time, and reference that will be a pleasure because the standard of transfer is so reliable."

- J. B. Steane, GRAMOPHONE, Feb., 1995