There are countless recordings of "Cav and Pag" but few as special as these. Made in 1927, these were the first complete opera recordings made in the UK by the electric process. Quite simply, they still rank as among the best recordings of these popular short operas ever made, and are now issued on CD in fine restored sound for the first time.
“Now, miraculously, like a picture cleaned, Divine Art has put us in its debt by refurbishing [this set] in sound more than respectable for its day… Singers of opera in the vernacular today could learn a lot from the pristine diction heard here… fascinating experience of opera in a bygone age.”
“Divine Art are to be congratulated… the sound is about as good as we are likely to get. The [performers] include some of the finest singers on the British stage… to have Harold Williams is a real luxury.. to have Dennis Noble is almost as good..[Nash] manages the totally different demands of [his roles] with equal ease”
“...even after nearly eighty years [the distinguished singers’] efforts impress.. choral and orchestral forces are strong. Good transfers and informative notes.”
“...fine singing on excellent transfers. The clarity and immediacy of sound reveal performances which at best give pleasure by any standards… fascinating as period documents. Startlingly fine transfers.”
“...most worthwhile…credible and creditable vocal balance. Above all … Nash rises to the top by virtue of his virility, his elegant and passionate declamation and sheer beauty of tone. Good cast lists and libretto complete another welcome restoration”
“Historic treasures for opera buffs here. Sound is remarkably good, as is the orchestral playing. It is a thrill to hear singers whose names are part of English operatic history.”
“It is not a reproduction but the thing itself. Perfect in every detail"