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|Leonard Warren, Giuseppe Verdi, Morris Levine|
Prima Voce: Leonard Warren
Genres: Folk, Special Interest, Pop, Classical
"Leonard Warren was the great Verdi baritone of our times." -- Tony RandallLeonard Warren (1911-1960) was the acknowledged Metropolitan Opera successor to the previous leading baritone, Lawrence Tibbett. He dominated th... more »
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"Leonard Warren was the great Verdi baritone of our times." -- Tony RandallLeonard Warren (1911-1960) was the acknowledged Metropolitan Opera successor to the previous leading baritone, Lawrence Tibbett. He dominated the Met stage, especially in Verdi roles, from 1938 until his death. Warren had one of the most operatic deaths in Met history. He was appearing in 1960 in Verdi's La forza del destino and had just begun to sing the aria "Urna fatale" ("Fatal urn of my destiny") when he suffered a heart attack and died on stage in front of a packed hall of horrified spectators. This two-disc compilation is the definitive overview of this great artist's legacy.
Great voice; good sound quality; complete with liner notes.
Joe Anthony (a.k.a. JAG 1) | Massachusetts, USA | 01/20/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"About 25 years ago, I went to a local record store that was owned by a nice elderly couple. They had been in the business since the 1920s and they still had some 78 rpm recordings that I bought out of curiousity. One such record was Leonard Warren singing "Blow the Man Down". I immediately became interested in Leonard Warren. However, for years could not find any other recordings on LP or later CDs, until I started ordering music on line.
This collection gives you over two hours of the great Leonard Warren, focusing in on his recordings of Verdi, but also includes more popular songs including "Blow the Man Down", "Battle Hymn of the Republic" and "America the Beautiful".
Despite the fact that these recordings were done during the 1940s and 50s, the sound quality is good (much better that my 78 recording). The CD comes with very informative and educational liner notes that gives the listener some basis to understanding an outstanding artist that can be considered relatively remote and obscure."