Edmond Clement   -  Odeon & Victor         (Romophone 82002)
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Edmond Clement   -  Odeon & Victor         (Romophone 82002)
V0441. EDMOND CLÉMENT: The Complete Odéon 1905 and Victor 1911 - 1913 Recordings. Songs & Duet (w.Farrar) by Weckerlin, Pessard, Arcadet, Massenet, Bemberg, J.B. Faure & Schumann; Arias & Duets (w.Farrar & Journet) from Barbiere, Roméo, Manon, Le Roi d’Ys, Jocelyn, La Dame Blanche, Robert le Diable, Les Pêcheurs de Perles, Werther, Dante & Mefistofele. (England) Romophone 82002. Transfers by Ward Marston. Elaborate booklet features discographic information, photos & extensive notes by John Steane. Long out-of-print, final copy! - 754238200229


“There are those singers who, despite relatively ordinary careers, are remembered by posterity by dint of having made a few records. Because of their recordings, some artists of yesteryear are even more highly regarded nowadays than they were during their own lifetimes. Not so for Edmond Clément (1867-1928), the famous French tenor idolized by the audiences of the Paris Opéra-Comique….The many recorded documents of his work that we possess have not yet established his rightful place in our collective consciousness. While listening to Clément, one should not expect the immediate impact and solar timbre of a Caruso or a Gigli. Instead, one must go one step further and listen attentively to savor a ray of the moonlight that illuminates his voice, and to discover the poetry and charm of an exquisite artist.”

- Jacques Chuilon, THE OPERA QUARTERLY

"Edmond Clément (1867-1928) was simply the greatest French lyric tenor. Not that his light, clear voice is particularly remarkable. What IS remarkable is his manner, the wistful poetry of his phrasing, the ineffable taste of his interpretations, that crystal-clear, uncannily poised sense of the French language, every syllable perfectly perched within the musical tone. These records ought to be required listening for all those ill-trained and misdirected modern singers who simply fail to make any contact with this kind of music: it is not the music's fault, but theirs -- and their teachers'."

- Ned Ludd

"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