Francesco Merli              (Preiser 89026)
Item# V1644
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Francesco Merli              (Preiser 89026)
V1644. FRANCESCO MERLI: Arias & Duets (w.Arangi-Lombardi & Vanelli) from Forza, Aïda, Otello, Cavalleria, L’Africaine, La Gioconda, Andrea Chénier, Pagliacci & Lohengrin. (Austria) Preiser 89026, recorded 1926-29. Long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 717281890267


“In Francesco Merli we have the near perfect tenore di forza: a large bright, intense, well-schooled, full and forward tonal emission….Merli’s voice contained a vibrato, which imparts an easy movement of tone….In assessing his recorded legacy, it is necessary to listen carefully to determine the reasons for some of the admiration and respect engendered in audiences….it is possible to hear how he places the tone and, in particular, how he deals with certain phrases that cause other tenors problems….With Pertile having been wooed away by Voce del Padrone, it seems obvious that the Columbia company considered Merli and Hipólito Lázaro…to be their star tenors representing the Italian repertoire….It would be fair to say that…Merli…displayed a solid technique combined with an honest and thrilling musical temperament that places him in the front rank of tenori di forza [in the 20th century].”

- Alan Bilgora, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 1998