Mattia Battistini 1902-1913

Battistini's prestige and outstanding popularity with his contemporaries have led to his occupying a unique place in musical history. He became acquainted with the greatest composers of his time, who, along with that entire generation, considered him the most perfect descendant of the romantic bel canto tradition. An exceptional vocal technique led to his being able to sustain a long career.



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Review "Nimbus produce a different sound: by a fascinating paradox it makes one aware of the experience as valuably special, peculiar to old recordings, yet also helps one to hear the singer in perspective. Listeners differ sharply in their reactions to the Nimbus sound, so I had better express my reaction, personally; the main point being that having heard him in these transfers I feel more able to understand how Battistini sounded in the opera house or the concert hall." John B. Steane, Gramophone
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