Early French Tenor Recordings - Scaramberg,  Cornubert  &  Leprestre   (2-Marston 52059)
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Early French Tenor Recordings - Scaramberg,  Cornubert  &  Leprestre   (2-Marston 52059)
V1400. EARLY FRENCH TENOR RECORDINGS, featuring the complete published recordings of  ÉMILE SCARAMBERG  &  PIERRE CORNUBERT, plus selected recordings of JULIEN LEPRESTRE.  2-Marston 52059, recorded 1905-08.  Transfers by Ward Marston. - 638335205922


“The wealth of fine tenors available in France preceding the First World War now seems astonishing considering the effort required today to think of single practicing example of this breed. The three heard here were born in 1863 and 1864 and added luster to a truly Golden Age of French Opera….Curiously, it is the almost unknown Leprestre who leaves the most enduring impression….his elegant, exquisitely sensitive traversal of Rodolfo’s ‘Che gelida manina’ is so effective as to make one hear it with fresh ears….These excellent transfers manage to minimise the extraneous background noise without compromising the brilliance of these voices. The erudite notes on the singers and their recordings by Vincent Giroud further enhance another really worthwhile issue from [Marston]. Highly recommended.”

- Vivian A. Liff, CLASSIC RECORD COLLECTOR, Autumn, 2008

“This release is the first of three double CD sets highlighting early French Tenors. Some of the artists included in these compilations will be well-known names to collectors, and others more obscure. Yet, all deserve a place in history. Émile Scaramberg, Pierre Cornubert, and Julien Leprestre are featured in this first volume. Émile Scaramberg (1863–1938) an important singer, first at the Opéra-Comique and later at the Opéra, sang the French repertoire and Wagnerian roles with equal expertise and elegance. His complete recordings, made for Fonotipia between 1905–1906, are presented in this volume. Pierre Cornubert (1863–1922) and Julien Leprestre (1864–1909) are both less-well known today than Scaramberg, perhaps because of the scarcity of their records. Cornubert débuted at the Opéra-Comique in 1887 but sang primarily in houses such as Rouen, Marseilles, and Montpellier. He recorded eight sides for Fonotipia, five sides for Disque Ultima, and two Edison cylinders, all of which are included here. Julien Leprestre made his début at Rouen in 1890 and subsequently appeared at La Monnaie. At the Opéra-Comique, he participated in several premières and created the role of Jean Gaussin in Massenet’s SAPHO. He recorded a few extremely rare discs for French Odéon in 1905–1907, a selection of which are included in this volume.”

- Ward Marston