Great Combinations

30. September 2019 222241 0 Comments

Analogphonic S80710P

„Great Combinations“ Works by Handel, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Böhm, Offenbach, Massenet, a.o. – Marian Anderson (voc); Gregor Piatigorsky (vc); Robert Merrill (voc); Yehudi Menuhin (v); Jan Peerce (voc); Mischa Elman (v); Ezio Pinza (voc); Nathan Milstein (v); Risë Stevens (voc)
It used to be quite the vogue when the disk business was young to pair great singers with string players of equal renown. RCA Victor has revived the practice on this disk with what seems to be a ‚Potent‘ platter property, The diskery has the artists, and the album jackets almost seems to dare, »Can you match this?«. Here are the pairings: Marian Anderson and Gregor Piatigorsky, Robert Merrill and Yehudi Menuhin, Jan Peerce and Mischa Elman, Ezio Pinza and Nathan Milstein, and Rise Stevens and Elman. Selections, two by each combo, are all light and tuneful. In all, a sound commercial and artistic idea, finely executed.