Mattia Battistini, Vol. I - 1901 - 1911   (2-Romophone 82008)
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Mattia Battistini, Vol. I - 1901 - 1911   (2-Romophone 82008)
V2686. MATTIA BATTISTINI: The Complete Recordings, Vol. I, 1902 - 1911, incl. Songs by Gounod, Denza, Álvarez & Tosti; Arias from Don Giovanni, Maria di Rohan, Don Sebastiano, La Favorita, I Puritani, Zampa, Per la Patria, Barbiere, Marta, Ballo, Ernani, Tosca, Pagliacci, La Damnation de Faust, Hamlet, Werther, Thaïs, Faust, Tannhäuser, Eugen Onégin & Demon. (England) 2-Romophone 82008, incl. 2 Unpublished Versions. Transfers by Ward Marston. Booklet has discographic data, photos, & Essay by Michael Scott. Long out-of-print, Final copy! - 754238200823

CRITIC REVIEW:

“Battistini incontestably was the most noble ‘cavalier’ among all singers of his time. With the exception of a very few intimate friends, everyone called him Commendatore.…the last authentic representative of the era of florid singing, of real bel canto….An ideal technique in breathing and using head resonance made him a model for the messa di voce – the almost legendary art of crescendo and decrescendo on any tone. His coloratura and shake were unique His sensational career (forty-nine years) lasted even longer than that of Adelina Patti (forty-seven)….the noble timbre, the ease of singing, the sweet but manly mezza voce and piano, the vehement forte were evident until his last appearance.”

- Viktor Fuchs, OPERA NEWS, 25 Nov., 1957