V0390. ALESSANDRO GRANDA: Arias from Iris, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, La Fanciulla del West, Turandot, La Gioconda, Rigoletto, Pagliacci, La Traviata & La Gioconda. (Italy) Bongiovanni 1152. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 8007068115228
"Alessandro Granda, a native of Callao in Peru, was born in 1898. After an enthusiastic reception for his first performances at Lima's Forero Theatre he trained in Milan and made his European début in Mascagni's IRIS in 1927. Selected by Toscanini for the Italian première of Kodaly's PSALMUS HUNGARICUS, Granda sang frequently at La Scala, including RIGOLETTO with Toti dal Monte. His developing career took him to Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Finland and Egypt. Having visited Chile and the USA in the 1930s he returned to Italy, retiring after the war to Peru, where he died in 1962.
Alessandro Granda displays a combination of lyricism and ardour far more frequently encountered in his own time than in ours. His singing is too little remembered these days, unfairly, for he was, as the music critic Herman Klein averred, 'the possessor of a remarkably fine tenor voice'."
- Andrea Shum-Binder, subito-cantabile