V2615. CHARLES CAMBON: Le Chant de la mer; Les Rameux (J. B. Faure); Arias from Guillaume Tell, Benvenuto Cellini, Hamlet, Samson et Dalila, Henri VIII, Les Pêcheurs de Perles, Patrie, Thaïs, Hérodiade, Le Roi de Lahore, Sigurd, La Favorite, Faust, Il Trovatore & Rigoletto. (France) Malibran AMR 194, recorded by Polydor & LVSM 1931-57, partially Live & Broadcast Performances. [AMR titles are issued without rear tray-cards]
“In the firmament of model French singers, Charles Cambon figures amongst the greatest. Thanks to the good instincts of certain artistic directors, this voice of exceptional timbre, power and range has been preserved for us in all its splendour.
Charles Cambon joined the chorus at l’Opéra in 1923, making his solo début a year later in a small role in BORIS GODUNOV. He would remain thirty years in this illustrious theatre, making an impression as Amonasro, Valentin, Ottokar in DER FREISCHÜTZ, as Sylvio in PAGLIACCI and as the Dutchman. He appeared only once at l’Opéra-Comique as a memorable Zurga in LES PÊCHEURS DE PERLES. But it was radio and records that brought him fame. True opera-lovers never missed the broadcasts in which he starred, admiring his diction, his fearlessness, his fabulous top notes but also his sensibility and his dramatic instincts in the greatest roles: Rigoletto, Luna in IL TROVATORE, Athanaël, Iago and of course Hamlet.
Charles Cambon died in Paris on 17 September, 1965. He lives on, thanks to recordings, as one of the most admired baritones of the French vocal tradition.”
- Jean Ziegler