Magazine article Opera Canada

George London on Broadway

Magazine article Opera Canada

George London on Broadway

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Decca: 480 8163

JOSEPH ROULEAU SINGS FRENCH OPERA

Decal: 480 8174

These two familiar Canadian vocal names are featured in a 50-CD series of Most Wanted Recitals that mine the archives of the Decca and Philips labels from the late 1940s to the 1980s. Victor Suzan of Universal Music in Mexico conceived the set for his home market, but the discs are more widely available, separately and at mid-price. It's a treasure trove for lovers of vocal music, -featuring still-familiar names (Jose Carreras, Lisa Della Casa and Hans Hotter, for example) alongside others that have faded (tenor Eugene Conlon and basses Raphael. Arie and Arnold van Mill). Much material is appearing for the first tline since the original LP releases, which have all been treated to "Super Digital Transfer 24-bit.192 kHz." In practical listening terms, everything sound up-to-date sonically and quite natural. These releases come with little documentation--just track listings, basic recording data (where known) and reproductions of the original LP covers and label artwork. …

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