George London   (Sony MHK 62758)
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George London   (Sony MHK 62758)
V0225. GEORGE LONDON: Arias from DAS RHEINGOLD, DAMNATION DE FAUST, DIE WALKÜRE, FAUST & MEFISTOFELE; Song of the Flea (Moussorgsky) (w.MORALT Cond. Vienna S.O.; Arias from DEMON & PRINCE IGOR (w.KURT ADLER Cond. Metropolitan Opera Orch.; Arias from PATRIE, THAÏS, DON QUICHOTTE, THE EMPEROR JONES & BORIS GODOUNOV (w.JEAN MOREL Cond. Metropolitan Opera Orch. & Columbia S.O.). (Austria) Sony MHK 62758, recorded 1951-55. Gatefold Jacket has Brochure, w.archival photos; Disc features original Columbia LP label. Long out-of-print, Final Seal;ed Copy! - 074646275825

CRITIC REVIEWS:

“Mussorgsky’s harrowing song cycle ‘Songs and Dances of Death’ with piano accompaniment by Paul Ulanowsky [is the best on this issue]. Other than possibly the recording by Boris Christoff, this is the one to hear. London’s black, distinctive voice is fearsome, world-defying. What a performance!….He greets the city of Alexandria [in Thaïs] with sublime majesty….then follows it with a heart-breaking, tragic outcry in ‘Standin’ in the need of prayer’.”

- Charles H. Parsons, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Jan./ Feb., 2011





“In the many performances I have appeared in, there were many wonderful colleagues who had me in raptures. There were those with magnificent voices, or great musicians, wonderful actors or great personalities. But George London had it ALL. He was as impressive on stage as he was the wonderful colleague and friend in his private life.”

- Birgit Nilsson, as quoted in Leonardo A. Ciampa’s THE TWILIGHT OF BELCANTO, p.130





“George London was a dramatic and very expressive singer. In many roles he sang like a demonic panther with a sound of purple-black in color. London was a singer favoring the drama in a piece, varying color to suggest shifts of mood. His acting on stage was described as overwhelming. The special magnetism of this artist is documented on his great recordings. Every role he sang was sung with utmost expression and unbelievable commitment, truly a singing-actor!”

- Andrea Shum-Binder, subito-cantabile