V1602. RICHARD TUCKER, w.Santi Cond. Vienna Staatsoper Orch. & Allers Cond. New Philharmonia Orch.: Arias from Aïda, Simon Boccanegra, Il Trovatore, I Lombardi, I Due Foscari, Luisa Miller, Ballo, Forza, Rigoletto & I Vespri Siciliani; w.EILEEN FARRELL; Cleva cond. Columbia S.O.: Duets from Simon Boccanegra & Otello. (Austria) Sony MHK 62357, recorded 1961-66. Gatefold Jacket has Brochure, w.archival photos; Disc features facsimile of original Columbia LP label. Long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 074646235720
“Some people at Sony have used their ears and eyes wisely to come up with ‘Masterworks Heritage’, a mid-price reissue series drawing on treasures from the Columbia/CBS/Epic vaults and packaging them not in the usual fragile, space-consuming jewel boxes, but in slim, sturdy cardboard folders that suggest the sleeves of old. Furthermore, the funky charming cover illustrations and disc label art of the original 78s and/or LPs is reproduced as well.
Sony has chosen interpretations not previously available on CD, most from monophonic recordings of the 1940s and '50s.”
- Herbert Glass, LOS ANGELES TIMES, 5 Jan., 1997
"...for some thirty years, until his sudden death in 1975, Tucker's vocal security, boundless energy, unceasing enthusiasm, and thorough professionalism ensured a level of popularity that necessitated comparisons to some of his greatest predecessors....Tucker sang thrillingly and delivered the goods, communicating his own joy in singing to all who would listen....The attractive packaging for Sony's Masterworks Heritage series - with reproductions of the original LP covers, discs imprinted to suggest the original LP labels, photos, and background essays - is now a familiar and appreciated commodity."
- Marc Mandel, FANFARE, May/June, 1997
"Eileen Farrell is the greatest American dramatic soprano of modern times."
- Michael Mark, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, May/June, 2007