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MCCORMACK, John: McCormack Edition, Vol. 5: The Acoustic Recordings (1914-1915)

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Period(s) 20th CenturyRomantic
Genre Classical Music
Category OperaVocal
Catalogue 8.111315
Label Naxos Historical
Quality   320kbps
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Of the many singers who bridged the musical worlds of the Victorian era and the twentieth century, John McCormack was the most versatile, the most adventurous and the most modern. The excerpts from Aida, Rigoletto and La Traviata demonstrate that McCormack, with his clear, clarion delivery, was an exceptional Verdi tenor. In the selections from Victorian operas by Balfe, Benedict and Wallace, McCormack is the master of florid vocalism and the seamless line. The popular Irish and Irish-American songs are sung with a level of artistry and musical imagination that transcends their humble origins. With Luigi Denza’s Funiculì, funiculà we are returned to the threshold moment in McCormack’s career when the Italian composer adjudicated the 1903 Dublin Feis Ceoil

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Review By ,Scherzo,May 2007


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Review By David Denton, Naxos,September 2007

Born in Ireland in 1884, John McCormack became one of the most popular recording artists of his time. Originally self-taught he spent time being trained in Italy where he started his career in provincial opera houses. Returning to the UK he was taken into London’s Covent Garden opera house where he gained a considerable reputation as a lyric tenor. He was later to become an equal success in North America and particularly at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. He could not, however, shake off that particular Irish tang to his voice, and by his own admission he was a dreadful actor. The two combined to persuade him to draw his opera career to an early conclusion while still in his mid-thirties. From therein he worked in the concert hall, happy with the success

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