V0576. GREAT FRENCH HEROIC TENORS, incl. Affre, Imbart de la Tour, Orliac, Verdière, Luccioni, Franz, Granal & Vezzani. (England) The Record Collector TRC 19. Transfers by Roger Beardsley.
“Much of this disc presents the listener with a sound that no longer exists — that is, a thrusting, bright-toned tenor of dramatic weight, phrasing musically and eloquently in the French language. To realize what we have been missing for so many decades, try any of the three selections sung by Paul Franz. You'll come away distressed that France is seemingly incapable of producing such a singer today, but glad indeed that recordings of Franz and the others are available to us. Today's opera-company managers would kill to have just one of these gentlemen on their rosters.”
- Roger Pines, OPERA QUARTERLY, Vol. 19, #3, Summer, 2003
“At the beginning of the Twentieth Century the French school of singing produced some of the most exciting heroic tenors ever to tread the boards. The sound was unique from the dark but ringing baritonal quality of Agustarello Affre (said to be a rival to the great Francesco Tamagno), and the little known but equally impressive Georges Granal (the first time so many examples have appeared on CD) to the lirico-spinto, uniquely French sound of Luccioni, Verdière and Franz.”
- H. P. Casavant