Beniamino Gigli;  Enrico Sivieri,  Zoltan Fekete   (1953, Berlin)     (Myto 00146)
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Beniamino Gigli;  Enrico Sivieri,  Zoltan Fekete   (1953, Berlin)     (Myto 00146)
V1347. BENIAMINO GIGLI, w.Enrico Sivieri (Cond. & Pf.) & Zoltan Fekete Cond. RIAS S.O.: Songs & Arias. (E.U.) Myto 00146, Live Performance, 1953, Berlin. Long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copies! [An extraordinary surprise! Never before having listened to this exhilarating and beautiful recital, this far exceeded expectations - quite obviously those of the wildly enthusiastic Berlin audience as well! With Gigli's irrepressible sense of humor the connection with his audience is palpable!] - 8014399501460


“At first glance this recording does not present itself as an interesting proposition for the collector. Gigli…was already aged sixty-three at the time of this performance. Nevertheless he was apparently undaunted by the varied and challenging programme of nineteen arias and songs that he chose to present at the Berlin Sportspalast. Indeed, some of the arias would have tested a much younger voice….my initial apprehensions were largely dispelled and I remain pleasantly surprised, not least by the quality of the recording.”

- Norman White, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2015

“For a remarkably long period of time that spanned the second quarter of the 20th century…Beniamino Gigli was the most important Italian lyric tenor of the operatic world. Yes, there were others, notably Tito Schipa, but none with the breadth of repertoire and the career longevity of Gigli. And then there was that unique sound – melting, sweet, unlike any other….This is, without question, one of the most important and satisfying singers of the 20th century.”

- Henry Fogel, FANFARE, July/Aug., 2005