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4.0 out of 5 stars
Successful 78 transfers, 24 Mar. 2013
I still own a number of prime arias in 78 form from this set. I believe that this was a good recording for its time and was not difficult to play on the equipment then available. The sound quality achieved in the recording offered here is quite pleasing and seamless in the linking of the discs, and the subdued muffled sound often produced in dubbings of 78's is thankfully not evident. I think that Pertile was close to his best in this recording, and he is well supported by Granforte, Carena and Minghini-Cattaneo. This is an old recording (1930) and should not be compared with the sounds and performances enjoyed today but well worth hearing if only to have an insight into the styles and quality of pre-war opera performances. A bit of surface sound here and there, but play Pertile singing "Di quella pira!"and perhaps you will find that you hardly notice it after all! I have been familiar with this for 60 years but wonder whether a little more information concerning the performers might be a selling point whatever the price, and encourage current opera lovers to explore the past.