V1318. ROSA PONSELLE: American Recordings, 1923-29, incl. Songs by Rubinstein & Dvorák; Arias & Ensembles (w.Telva, Martinelli & Pinza) from Aďda, Il Trovatore, Ernani, Forza & Norma. (E.U.) Naxos 8.111141, recorded 1927-28, featuring alternative Unpublished ‘takes’. Transfers by Ward Marston. Final Sealed Copy! - 747313314126
“Described by Maria Callas as ‘the greatest singer of us all’, the American-born Rosa Ponselle is acknowledged as one of the outstanding dramatic sopranos of the twentieth century. Without any previous experience of the operatic stage, she made her Metropolitan début in Verdi’s LA FORZA DEL DESTINO opposite Caruso in 1918. With the revival of Bellini’s NORMA in the Met’s 1927-28 season Ponselle achieved perhaps the greatest triumph of her career. After the first performance on 16th November, Olin Downes, writing in THE NEW YORK TIMES, remarked that the opera’s success was due to Ponselle, ‘probably the most beautiful voice of any soprano of her generation’. This fourth and final disc of Ponselle’s 1923-1929 American recordings includes two sublime sets of takes of the Trio Finale from LA FORZA DEL DESTINO recorded with Giovanni Martinelli and Ezio Pinza in 1928. The 1929 NORMA recordings are Ponselle’s last commercial recordings before her retirement from the stage, and capture her voice in its prime.”
"...Ponselle, in her impulsiveness (incredibly controlled by technique and taste) singing every note and emotion with the freshness of youth in life's spring. This with the most glorious voice that ever came from any woman's throat in the Italian repertory, with a precocious sense of line, style, and emotional honesty...."
- Walter Legge, ON AND OFF THE RECORD, p.133