I am grateful to Naxos for letting this major singer hit my eardrums and my shelves for the first time. The voice is strong in all its range; technique is assured; enunciation is clear whether the language is French, Russian, Italian or English; and breath control and phrasing are exemplary.
When Tourel’s Rachmaninov recordings were first issued, the authors of “The Record Guide” wrote, “She sings these songs with complete authority, great feeling and a beautiful tone”. Comparing her Rossini arias with those recorded by Conchita Supervia, they wrote, “Jennie Tourel’s recordings give much less trouble to reproduce; they are also much less fun”.
Thanks to Ward Marston, the producer and restoration engineer of this 75 minute CD, everything here reproduces with no trouble at all; indeed, the sound quality, considering that the recordings date from 1945-1952, is stunning.