Alfred Piccaver           (Symposium 1383)
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Alfred Piccaver           (Symposium 1383)
V0617. ALFRED PICCAVER: Woodford-Finden, Tosti, Marshall & Parker; Arias from Don Sebastiano, Mignon, Carmen, Manon Lescaut, Rigoletto, La Boheme, Les Contes d'Hoffmann, L'Elisir, Madama Butterfly, Turandot, Fanciulla del West, Fedora, Eugen Onégin, Lohengrin & Verdi Requiem. (England) Symposium 1383. Final Copy! - 760411383023


"[Piccaver] is one of those outgoing, all-embracing personalities, with a voice of apparently inexhaustible warmth and power....a singer of such strength and presence that it is a wonder that Piccaver's name is not better known....His voice communicates so directly that one understands immediately why he was so beloved."

- Patrick O'Connor, GRAMOPHONE, April, 1996

“…there is a recording to which I am particularly devoted – ‘Pale hands I loved’, one of Amy Woodford-Finden’s Indian Love Lyrics [above]….This is the real Piccaver timbre, call it creamy, call it velvety, or call it, as the tenor Helge Roswaenge did in his memoirs, ‘a shower of gold drifting gently down onto the public’. It is a sound like the sound of no other voice that I have ever heard, and a sound which lingers in the ear.”

- Nigel Douglas, LEGENDARY VOICES, Vol. I, p.173

"Piccaver’s voice was considered to be the most beautiful of any in his generation of tenors. When asked many years later about her favorite tenor, Lotte [Lehmann] unhesitatingly replied, ‘Oh Piccaver! It was like being surrounded with velvet....[the caressing velvet of his voice was so unbelievingly beautiful].’ The ardent quality of his voice matched hers extremely well; but it was his pianissimi and the perfectly placed top notes, combined with the marvelous lyricism that he expressed which made him the darling of Vienna…."

- Alan Jefferson, LOTTE LEHMANN, p.59