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Subject: Caruso records
From: Russ Geschke <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:02:29 -0500
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Listed below, in no particular order, are some Caruso records that those new to his recorded legacy may find to be particularly appealing and which represent him at his very best -- of course in my own opinion, but as an experienced collector:

Le Cid "O souverain, o juge, o pere" (rec. 1916);  "Les deux serenades" (actually, "Mon gentil Pierrot") (Leoncavallo) (1915);  "Si vous l'aviez compris" (Denza) (1915);  "Tarantella sincera" (de Crescenzo) (1912);  La Boheme "Io non ho che una povera stanzetta" (Leoncavallo);  La Boheme "Testa adorata" (Leoncavallo);  "Fenesta che lucive" (anon.; once att. to Bellini) (1913);  El Milagro de la Virgen "Flores purisimas" (Chapi) (1913); "Pimpinella" (Tchaikovsky) (1913);  Nero "O lumiere du jour" (Rubinstein) (1917).

There are no doubt others, these are just the ones that come immediately to mind.  All of these records are accessible via YouTube.    Considering the limitations of the acoustical recording process, it is amazing how well it managed to capture so much of his vocal opulence and ability to musically connect with his listeners, past and present.

Russ Geschke 

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