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  • Actors: Richard Tucker
  • Directors: Voice of Firestone
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Classical, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: KULTUR VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: April 29, 2008
  • Run Time: 36 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013N3LJA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,414 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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For more than thirty years, The Voice of Firestone brought the world's greatest artists into the homes of music lovers. Now, through a special arrangement with the New England Conservatory in Boston, Kultur is proud to make these rare telecasts available.

American tenor Richard Tucker was gifted with a bright, ringing tone, which he wedded to a technique so secure that in performance he could sing with the utmost abandon. Tucker died suddenly in 1975, just days before he was to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of his Metropolitan Opera debut. During those years, Tucker had sung nearly every important spinto and dramatic tenor role in the repertoire, combining his passionate emotionalism with scrupulous musicianship to create a great number of unforgettable portrays.

Selections:
Telecast of January 21, 1957:
Moyers: Song of Songs
Verdi: Celeste Aida (from Aida)
Herbert: Neapolitan Love Song from Princess Pat

Telecast of November 11, 1959:
Luters & Romberg: Medley from the Prince of Pilson and The Student Prince
Bizet: Flower Song from Carmen
Traditional: America the Beautiful
Young: Around the World in Eighty Days

Telecast of June 1, 1959:
Leoncavallo: Vesti la giubba from I Pagliacci
Howard Barlow, Conductor

Telecast of March 3, 1963:
Verdi: Questa o quella from Rigoletto
Verdi: La donna e mobile from Rigoletto
Emerson Buckley, Conductor

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steven A. Peterson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 16, 2008
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This DVD, with portrayals of Richard Tucker's performances on the old "Voice of Firestone," is a nice, dynamic introduction to his vocal art. Tucker was a force, as a tenor at mid-century. His tenor voice was made of steel. Later, his singing featured some annoying effects (catches and cries), but these affectations are not apparent on this DVD.

One interesting aspect of this product is its mix of popular and operatic works. It gives a sense of the sweep of Tucker's repertoire.

Let's take a listen to some of the cuts. . . .

"Celeste Aida" is a classic tenor work, but one that provides some vocal challenges. Tucker plays Radames, in love with Aida. Of course, the sound quality of this DVD is not so great, since it was a recording of televised programs from the late 1950s and early 1960s. One test: some tenors "scoop" when they sing the words "Aida" and "divina" at a couple points. No scooping by Tucker; he hits the notes dead on. Overall, a nice version (although the final note is what it could be).

Medley from Luders and Romberg. This represents a medley of songs about Germans, from operetta. The highlight is the inclusion of the "Drinking Song" from the "Student Prince" (one of my favorite operetta bon-bons). Kind of fun to listen to Tucker and the chorus go through these.

"America the Beautiful": Wow! This version is powerful and well worth listening to. Tucker's voice could (and did) overpower some popular songs (listen to his version of "What Now My Love!"). His powerful tenor voice does not overwhelm this iconic American song.

Then, to complete this review, two arias from "Rigoletto." Tucker's voice did well with Verdi; many of his best roles were in Verdi's operas (from "Simon Boccanegra" on).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. F. Rogers on July 28, 2008
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Very enjoyable. "Voice of Firestone" was a favorite of mine on the radio and, of course, when it ultimately appeared on TV. Merrill is an all-time great and, as a geezer, the 'old' black-and-white didn't bother me in the very least. Now, transfer that VHS of Jerome Hines to DVD!!!
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Robert Merrill is an artist from before my time, and although my Dad was crazy about him, I had him on a few old RCA Red Seals and frankly didn't know what all the fuss was about. Now, seeing him on video, I do understand the fuss :)

Robert Merrill is a joy to watch and listen to. I think he must have been very careful and conservative in studio recordings, because while of course he's totally competent in them, they just don't seem to have the same joy and sparkle that exudes from him here. To take just one example, his Largo al Factotum is SO much more exciting than his studio recording. Ditto the Toreador song.

In short this is a joy to watch and listen to, and I wish my Dad were still around to enjoy it. I am sure he watched the Voice of Firestone and saw these very scenes on live TV. Don't you wish they still had programs like this? (Of course, I'm sure they'd have a better chorus nowadays :)
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