Sydney Rayner      (2-Malibran 634)
Item# V1031
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Sydney Rayner      (2-Malibran 634)
V1031. SYDNEY RAYNER: Songs by Massenet, de Fontenailles, Leoncavallo, de Crescenzo, Mana-Zucca & Tosti; Arias from L’Africaine, Manon, Werther, Roméo, Carmen, Andrea Chénier, I Pagliacci, Tosca, La Traviata, La Boheme, Rigoletto, Aïda & Otello; w.Elisabeth Rethberg, Carlo Morelli, Irra Petina, Anna Kaskas, etc.;  Papi Cond.:   CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA, Live Performance, 10 April, 1937, Boston.  (France) 2-Malibran 634. Long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 3760003776346


“Rayner’s art and in particular that intensity of brilliant tone above the stave [are reasons why] his recordings are well worth a place in any collection….Rayner, surprisingly, competes with his American contemporaries Charles Kullman and Richard Crooks in a series of piano-accompanied well-known ballads, when we can hear him in sufficient form to control finely that more robust part of his voice…..[In] the ‘Improvviso’….he convincingly makes his points with a telling emission of the two well-placed and dramatic high B-flats that are contained in the aria and which are models of their kind.”

-Alan Bilgora, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2013