Franco Corelli: His Early Cetra Records

Most of
the time I think those people are simply not interested in what they are doing. They often churn
out big names without taking the pains of looking up what appeared on earlier issues (the
duplication between Preiser and Pearl is a prime example). Most collectors, of course, are not
very keen on buying a new issue that only has a few arias that are not to be found on other CDs;
and, therefore, they keep their money in their pockets. Firms then complain that there are no
customers for their magnificent CDs and don’t look for culprits within their own ranks. No firm
that I know off takes the pain to ask a few collectors what is already re-issued on other labels and
what is not.

The CD under review is another example. This is the fourth issue with some of Corelli’s Cetra
recordings. I cannot believe lovers of this tenor’s youthful exciting and virile singing have waited
for this issue to replace their worn LP’s. Moreover, Warner’s 2-CD set is almost complete and
gives the dates of recording or the names of Corelli’s partners, neither deemed necessary in this
careless CD. At the same time all the tenor’s many fans are still waiting for a firm that will at last
re-issue his very first recordings: Granada, Cancione Moresca, Lolita and Pecché ; four items that
never got on LP or CD. This is a superfluous recording therefore unless you cannot digest two CDs
of young Corelli (as all other labels offer them).

Jan Neckers

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Arias from Norma, Lombardi, Ernani, Rigoletto, Trovatore, Simon Boccanegra, Ballo, Forza del destino, Aida, Otello, Carmen, Mefistofele, Werther, Tosca, Turandot, Pagliacci, Andrea Chénier.
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product_id=Urania URN 22.293 [CD]