In April 2014 the series ‘Decca’s Most Wanted Recitals’ was launched: fifty albums by legendary singers, often never released on CD before. It’s a true treasure chest and it’s to be hoped that it is still available.
It was all the ‘fault’ of Victor Suzan. This employee of Universal Mexico went through the old Decca archives and lovingly restored no less than fifty albums never released on CD before. She digitized and remastered them, adding bonuses where possible and utilising the artwork from the original LP issues. Nostalgia at its bests, and moreover of the highest quality…
Fortunately, all Universal branches responded more than enthusiastically to her initiative. EDC/Hannover picked it up and so the series ‘Decca’s Most Wanted Recitals’ was born. The first batch consisting of twenty titles appeared on the market in early April 2014. Fifteen more titles followed in June and the last fifteen in September of that year.
These are treasures. Real treasures. For many, certainly younger voice lovers there is plenty to (re)discover. Enough also to shake up their world view, because in the fifties and sixties the word “crossover” did not yet exist and musicals were just as much appreciated as Wagner and Verdi.
I have selected ten titles from the collection and divided them into two parts in random order.
GEORGE LONDON (4808163)
Let’s start with George London. He was the very first American who sang Boris Godunov (in Russian!) at the Bolshoi in Moscow and was considered one of the best Wotans/Wanderers of his time. His Scarpia was also legendary during his lifetime.
Below is George London (in a perfect Russian!) as Boris, recording from a concert from 1962