During the 1950s, 60s and 70s Decca recorded several LPs of recitals by both well- and lesser-known opera singers of its day. This collection of famous opera arias, issued across two volumes, includes several of the singers known, in the main, to connoisseurs. The present volume features three singers represented by their 1950s recital discs: Flaviano Labo (1927–1991) – physically slight, but vocally a force to be reckoned with; Giuseppe Campora (1923–2004), who had a particular affinity with Puccini, which even informed his singing of music by the other composers on this recital; and Gianni Poggi (1921–1989), who was seen at the grat hope of Italian tenors in the 1940s, his intelligent phrasing allied to a brilliant voice and stunning high notes. Although previously issued on CD all the recordings have been carefully remastered for this release.
“Campora is a tasteful, musical singer … patently artistic intentions” Gramophone
“… the dark timbre and sheer prowess of [this] new voice. Both are impressive, individual and coarsely exciting” (Labo) Gramophone