The John McCormack Electric Edition (1925-42 & 1904)
The John McCormack Electric Edition is a limited-issue 16-CD deluxe box set. This superb memorial of his art comprises –
A limited-issue 16-CD deluxe box set
All 243 published recordings, 1925-42
His complete American and British radio broadcasts
Many unpublished recordings
The set contains a comprehensive booklet of essays and notes on the recordings by the leading authorities on John McCormack: Gordon Ledbetter, author of two books on the tenor, and Michael Aspinall, the world’s acknowledged expert on the art of bel canto, of which McCormack was one of the greatest exponents
As part of the set, Ward Marston has included 2 CDs of his new restorations of all 57 of John McCormack’s earliest recordings, made on cylinder and disc in London for the Edison and Gramophone & Typewriter Companies in 1904, following his victory in the Dublin Feis Ceoil national singing competition in 1903. These fascinating, if primitive, vocal documents allow us to hear the artist before his sojourn in Italy in 1905, when he trained under Maestro Sabatini.