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Robert Hugill
MusicWeb International, May 2005

"The duet from Bizet’s Les Pecheurs de Perles was recorded twice in the same year, both times in Italian. There is certainly much to admire here as this sort of tenor role is ideal for McCormack’s lyric voice.

The two duets from Rossini’s Les Soirées Musicales are charmingly done, making one wish for more. But in the duet from Il Barbieri di Siviglia Mario Sammarco impresses but McCormack’s passagework is rather inadequate. The final item on the disc is something of a novelty nowadays, the wonderfully dramatic duet from Ponchielli’s La Gioconda.

The discs have all been re-mastered by the ever wonderful Ward Marston. Many people will want to collect this new McCormack Edition and as a record of some stunning singing this disc is ideal. Even if you are not taken with McCormack’s repertoire of sentimental songs, at Naxos’s super-budget price this disc is well worth acquiring as a record of one of the loveliest tenor voices of the early 20th century."

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