V0977. FRED BORDON: Fédia (Erlanger); Arias from Zauberflöte, La Damnation de Faust, Faust, Griséledis, Thaïs, Don Quichotte & Boris Godounov; FRANÇOIS AUDIGER: Arias from Le Chalet & La Juive. (France) Malibran 619. - 3760003776193
“The French connection was a strong factor in Russian cultural history throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and it would not be surprising to find associations between two national schools of singing. In this collection, the sopranos, with Ninon Vallin as the best and best-known example, bear many similarities to the typical Russian in a comparable repertoire: both schools aim at brightness and clarity. The other immediately striking feature of the disc is that so many of its singers are unfamiliar to us, even as names. Fred Bordon, Pierre Nougaro, Claudine Boons, François Audiger; all, I must confess, are new to me. Of these, Bordon seems particularly interesting: his recording of Boris’ monologue is both well sung and vividly characterized. Of the others, Vanni-Marcoux (in the Coronation Scene) impresses with the personal quality that marks everything he did. André Pernet’s 'Clock' scene is quite wonderful, the voice (and such a beautiful one) infused with pain and horror. Jean Aquistapace is also remarkably successful in making the drama live within the constraints of recording out of context and outside the live theatre. Transfers are clear. Booklet annotation, with a photograph of each singer, is quite exceptionally good.”
– John Steane, CLASSICAL RECORDINGS QUARTERLY, Autumn, 2010
"Little is known about the French bass François Audiger. He belonged to neither the Opéra nor the Opéra-Comique troupe and sang chiefly in the provinces. Documented appearances include Phanuel in Massenet’s HÉRODIADE at Le Havre in 1931 (with John Brownlee as Hérod), Fafner and Hunding in the RING at Marseilles (the local premiere) in 1936, with José de Trévi in the main tenor roles and Marjorie Lawrence as the WALKÜRE and GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG Brünnhildes. His recorded legacy comprises only six sides for Polydor."
- Vincent Giroud, Program Notes to Marston's FIREBIRDS OF PARIS