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The Record of Singing - The Very Best of Vols 1-4


Release Date: 03/10/2009 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 28956   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Charles GounodVincenzo BelliniCécile Louise ChaminadeWolfgang Amadeus Mozart,   ... 
Performer:  Alessandro MoreschiAlfredo BariliAdelina PattiEmma Albani,   ... 
Conductor:  Josef PasternackWalter B. RogersRosario BourdonPiero Coppola,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  OrchestraLondon Symphony OrchestraBerlin State Opera Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 10 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 12 Hours 50 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In 1977 EMI issued the first of what eventually would be four boxed sets of LPs encompassing the history of singing on record from 1899 until the end of the shellac era. The label subsequently brought out an expanded version of Volume 4 on CD, while Testament reissued Volume 3 intact, with slightly improved sound and a few items restored to proper pitch. Volumes 1 and 2 never made it to CD (officially, that is), although EMI did refurbish Volume 1 in 1982 as "A Record of Singers" together with a supplementary LP. Here is a 10-CD overview of the four volumes.

It must not have been easy for producer Tony Locantro to pare down all four volumes and retain a judicious (if not appreciably comprehensive) mix of schools,
Read more styles, and temperaments. While John Steane's booklet notes attempt to put a positive spin on the set's inclusions and omissions, collectors invariably will carp. I wonder why Locantro left out Kirsten Flagstad and Maria Callas, yet kept in two Beniamino Gigli selections. Then there are tracks that offer more historic significance than artistic pleasure (baritone Édouard de Reszke and the notorious "last castrato" Alessandro Moreschi, for example). However, musical riches dominate.

Personal favorites include Fernando de Lucia with his prodigious breath control, Marian Anderson's goose-bump-inducing low D-natural in Schubert's Death and the Maiden, Mariano Stabile's natural speech/song fusion in the Honor Monologue from Verdi's Falstaff, the Carmen Habanera with Jennie Tourel in her prime, plus Pol Plançon heading a short list of singularly elegant French basses.

In short, there's ample opportunity to discover one's own obscure treasures and to reconnect with more familiar fare. For this reason, consider "The Very Best of Volumes 1-4" the ideal gift for a devoted opera lover who is not a specialist collector. Shall we anticipate a complete, digitally reasserted Record of Singing CD edition?

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Ave Maria by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Alessandro Moreschi (Castrato)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Date of Recording: 04/1904 
Venue:  Sistine Chapel, Rome 
2. La sonnambula: Ah, non credea mirarti by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Alfredo Barili (Piano), Adelina Patti (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1906 
Venue:  Craig-y-Nos, Wales 
3. L'éte by Cécile Louise Chaminade
Performer:  Emma Albani (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: c1904 
Venue:  London, England 
4. Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Sull' aria...Che soave zeffiretto by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Marcella Sembrich (Soprano), Emma Eames (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/25/1908 
Venue:  Camden, New York 
5. Les anges pleurent by Hermann Bemberg
Performer:  Nellie Melba (Soprano), Gabriel Lapierre (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 10/04/1913 
Venue:  Camden, New York 
6. Manon Lescaut: C'est l'histoire amoureuse by Daniel-François Auber
Performer:  Ellen Beach Yaw (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; France 
Date of Recording: 03/11/1899 
Venue:  London, England 
7. Mainacht by Berthold Goldschmidt
Performer:  Blanche Marchesi (Soprano), Bruno Seidler-Winkler (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 1906 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
8. Hunyadi László: Ah rebeges by Ferenc Erkel
Performer:  Lillian Nordica (Soprano), Romayne Simmons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Hungary 
Date of Recording: 05/23/1907 
Venue:  USA 
9. Mattinata by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  Geraldine Farrar (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 1904 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
10. Orfeo ed Euridice: Addio, addio by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Louise Homer (Alto)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/02/1903 
Venue:  New York, NY 
Language: English 
11. Simon the Cellarer by John Liptrott Hatton
Performer:  Charles Santley (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 06/08/1903 
Venue:  London, England 
12. Dichterliebe, Op. 48: no 7, Ich grolle nicht by Robert Schumann
Performer:  George Henschel (Baritone), George Henschel (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/19/1914 
Venue:  Hayes, Middlesex 
13. La chanson de Fortunio: Vous croyez que je vais dire by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Emilio de Gogorza (Baritone)
Conductor:  Josef Pasternack
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 10/23/1916 
Venue:  Camden, New York 
14. Otello: Era la notte by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Victor Maurel (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/1904 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
15. Per valli, per boschi by Felice Blangini
Performer:  Charles Gilibert (Baritone), Nellie Melba (Soprano)
Conductor:  Walter B. Rogers
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 03/28/1907 
Venue:  Camden, New York 
16. Embarquez-vous? by Benjamin Godard
Performer:  Pol Plançon (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 08/1902 
Venue:  London, England 
17. Martha: Lasst mich euch fragen "Porter's Song" by Friedrich von Flotow
Performer:  Edouard De Reszke (Bass), Charles Adams Prince (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1903 
Venue:  USA 
Language: French 
18. Carmen: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle "Habañera" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Emma Calvé (Soprano), Remualdo Sapio (Piano)
Written: 1873-1874 
Date of Recording: 06/06/1916 
Venue:  Camden, New York 
19. Aida: I sacri nomi di padre, d'amante by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Félia Litvinne (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1905 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Language: French 
20. Le jongleur de Notre-Dame: Dame des cieux...Liberté! Liberté! c'est Elle by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Mary Garden (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; France 
Date of Recording: 03/21/1911 
Venue:  New York, NY 
21. Amour! Amour! by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  Mattia Battistini (Baritone), Carlo Sabajno (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; London, England 
Date of Recording: 06/02/1911 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
22. L'Elisir d'Amore: Come Paride by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Antonio Scotti (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/02/1905 
Venue:  New York, NY 
23. Adriana Lecouvreur: Bene! Benissimo! by Francesco Cilèa
Performer:  Giuseppe de Luca (Baritone), Francesco Cilèa (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/12/1902 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
24. L'Elisir d'Amore: Udite, o rustici by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Antonio Pini-Corsi (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1912 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
25. I due Foscari: Questa dunque è l'iniquia mercede by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Pasquale Amato (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/15/1911 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
26. Hamlet: O vin dissipe la tristesse by Ambroise Thomas
Performer:  Titta Ruffo (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; France 
Date of Recording: 1907 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Language: Italian 
27. Luna-lù by V. Ricciardi
Performer:  Fernando de Lucia (Tenor)
Date of Recording: 05/21/1909 
Venue:  Naples, Italy 
28. Paride ed Elena: Spiagge amate by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Alessandro Bonci (Tenor)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1770; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1905 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
29. Otello: Niun mi tema (Death of Otello) by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Francesco Tamagno (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1903 
30. Andrea Chénier: Un dì all' azzuro spazio "Improvviso" by Umberto Giordano
Performer:  Giovanni Zenatello (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/15/1906 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
31. L'Elisir d'Amore: Una furtiva lagrima by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Salvatore Cottone (Piano), Enrico Caruso (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/11/1902 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
32. Queen of Spades, Op. 68: Midnight is nearing (Lisa's Aria) by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Medea Mei-Figner (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1901 
Venue:  St. Petersburg, Russia 
33. Olga: E lo sapevi by Gianelli,
Performer:  Olimpia Boronat (Soprano)
Date of Recording: 1908 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
34. Cavalleria Rusticana: Voi lo sapete, o Mamma by Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  Gemma Bellincioni (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/1903 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
35. La Bohème: Mimì Pinson la biondietta by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  Rosina Storchio (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/02/1911 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
36. Mireille: O d’amor messagera by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Luisa Tetrazzini (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 07/05/1909 
Venue:  London, England 
37. La dame blanche: Ce domaine by François Boieldieu
Performer:  Franz Naval (Tenor), Marie Gutheil-Schoder (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 1902 
Venue:  Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
38. Lucia di Lammermoor: Regnava nel silenzio by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Frieda Hempel (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/1907 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
39. Rigoletto: Caro nome by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Selma Kurz (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1905 
Venue:  Vienna, Austria 
40. Don Giovanni, K 527: Or sai chi l'onore by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lilli Lehmann (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 1906 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
41. Oberon, J 306: Ozean! du Ungeheuer by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Anna Von Bahr-Mildenburg (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825-1826; Dresden, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1904 
Venue:  Vienna, Austria 
42. Don Giovanni, K 527: In quali eccessi...Mi tradì quell' alma ingrata by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Johanna Gadski (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 09/21/1910 
Venue:  Camden, New York 
43. Dalibor, B 133/T 96: Jac je mi by Bedrich Smetana
Performer:  Emmy Destinn (Soprano)
Date of Recording: 1908 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
44. Leggero invisible "Bolero" by Luigi Arditi
Performer:  Ernestine Schumann-Heink (Alto)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/24/1907 
Venue:  Camden, New York 
45. Dalibor, B 133/T 96: Oh, didst thou hear it, friend by Bedrich Smetana
Performer:  Hermann Winkelmann (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865/1870; Czech Republic 
Date of Recording: 1905 
Venue:  Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
46. Die Königin von Saba, Op. 27: Magische Töne by Karl Goldmark
Performer:  Leo Slezak (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1875; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1905 
Venue:  Vienna, Austria 
47. Die Walküre: Leb' wohl..."Farewell and Magic Fire music" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Anton Van Rooy (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1902 
Venue:  London, England 
48. Golden Cockerel: Hymn to the sun by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Antonina Nezhdanova (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906-1907; Russia 
Date of Recording: 01/28/1910 
Venue:  Moscow, Russia 
Language: Russian 
49. The oprichnik: I swear before God and thee by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Nicolai Figner (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870-1872; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1901 
Venue:  St. Petersburg, Russia 
Language: Russian 
50. Dobrinja Nikitich: Flowers were blooming in the fields by Alexander Gretchaninov
Performer:  Leonid Sobinov (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 02/06/1910 
Venue:  Moscow, Russia 
Language: Russian 
51. Iolanta, Op. 69: O God, if I have sinned by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Lev Sibiriakov (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 1910 
Venue:  Russia 
Language: Russian 
52. Robert le Diable: Le rovine son queste by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Feodor Chaliapin (Bass)
Conductor:  Rosario Bourdon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; France 
Date of Recording: 01/03/1924 
Venue:  Camden, New York 
53. Dubrovsky, Op 58: O give me oblivion! by Eduard Nápravník
Performer:  Dmitri Smirnov (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; Moravia, Czech Repub 
Date of Recording: 10/19/1912 
Venue:  Moscow, Russia 
Language: Russian 
54. L'Africaine: O paradis sorti de l'onde by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Fernand Ansseau (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/21/1921 
Venue:  Paris, France 
55. La coupe du roi de Thulé: Il est venu ce jour de lutte by Eugeno Diaz de la Peña
Performer:  Dinh Gilly (Baritone)
Date of Recording: 08/24/1924 
Venue:  Hayes, Middlesex 
56. La reine de Saba: Sous le pieds d'une femme by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Marcel Journet (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; France 
Date of Recording: 01/11/1912 
Venue:  Camden, New York 
57. Monna Vanna: Ce n'est pas un vielliard by Henry Février
Performer:  Emile Vanni-Marcoux (Bass)
Conductor:  Piero Coppola
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 10/06/1924 
Venue:  Paris, France 
58. Louise: Depuis le jour by Gustave Charpentier
Performer:  Marie-Louise Edvina (Soprano)
Conductor:  Percy Pitt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; France 
Date of Recording: 11/05/1919 
Venue:  Hayes, Middlesex 
59. Antar: Air de l'Oasis by Gabriel Edouard Dupont
Performer:  Fanny Heldy (Soprano)
Date of Recording: 1921 
60. La reine Topaze: Carnaval de Venise by Victor Massé
Performer:  Gabrielle Ritter-Ciampi (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; France 
Date of Recording: 1923 
61. Adriana Lecouvreur: Io son l'umile ancella by Francesco Cilèa
Performer:  Claudia Muzio (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/29/1921 
62. Manon: Ah, mi rendi il tuo cor...La tua mano non è by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Carmen Melis (Soprano)
Date of Recording: c1924 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
63. Isabeau: Questo mio bianco manto by Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  Gilda dalla Rizza (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911; Italy 
Date of Recording: c1915 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
64. La sonnambula: Come per me sereno...Sovra il sen by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Amelita Galli-Curci (Soprano)
Conductor:  Josef Pasternack
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1919-1920 
Venue:  Camden, New York 
65. La perla de Triana by Sebastián de Iradier
Performer:  Elvira De Hidalgo (Soprano)
Date of Recording: 10/16/1908 
66. Il segreto di Susanna: O gioia la nube leggera by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari
Performer:  Lucrezia Bori (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; Munich, Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/23/1921 
67. Mefistofele: Dai campi, dai prati by Arrigo Boito
Performer:  Beniamino Gigli (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/14/1918 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
68. I puritani: Vieni fra queste braccia by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Hipolito Lazaro (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/01/1916 
Venue:  New York, NY 
69. Carmen: La fleur que tu m'avais jetée "Flower song" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Miguel Fleta (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Sabajno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Date of Recording: 04/17/1922 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Language: Italian 
70. Andrea Chénier: Un dì all' azzuro spazio "Improvviso" by Umberto Giordano
Performer:  Bernardo De Muro (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Sabajno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/01/1912 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
71. Ernani: Mercè, diletti amici...Come rugiada al cospite by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Giovanni Martinelli (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/27/1918 
Venue:  Camden, New York 
72. La Favorita: A tanto amor, Leonora by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Renato Zanelli (Tenor)
Conductor:  Josef Pasternack
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/10/1919 
Venue:  Camden, New York 
73. Germania: Ascolta, io morirò by Alberto Franchetti
Performer:  Riccardo Stracciari (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/08/1909 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
74. Loreley: Ah! dunque ei m'amerà by Alfredo Catalani
Performer:  Frances Alda (Soprano)
Date of Recording: 04/04/1912 
Venue:  Camden, New York 
75. Canzonette "War schöner als der schönste Tag" by Carl Loewe
Performer:  Francis Lapitino (Harp), Alma Gluck (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Hageman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Date of Recording: 09/26/1916 
Venue:  Camden, New York 
76. Chanson triste by Henri Duparc
Performer:  Eva Gauthier (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1868; France 
Date of Recording: c1917 
77. L'éclair: Call me thine own by Jacques Halévy
Performer:  Mabel Garrison (Soprano)
Conductor:  Josef Pasternack
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Date of Recording: 02/18/1920 
Venue:  Camden, New York 
Language: English 
78. Ernani: Ernani, involami by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Rosa Ponselle (Soprano)
Conductor:  Rosario Bourdon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/11/1923 
Venue:  Camden, New York 
79. Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Florence Easton (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1918 
80. La Bohème: Che gelida manina by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Charles Francis Hackett (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/24/1924 
Venue:  London, England 
81. Her Bright Smile Haunts Me Still by W.T. Wrighton
Performer:  Edward Johnson (Tenor)
Conductor:  Josef Pasternack
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/08/1919 
Venue:  Camden, New York 
82. Silvana, J 87: Soll denn dies Herz nie Liebe finden by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Alfred Piccaver (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1808-1810; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/1920 
Venue:  Vienna, Austria 
83. Queen of the Earth by Ciro Pinsutti
Performer:  Joseph Hislop (Tenor)
Date of Recording: 06/18/1914 
Venue:  Hayes, Middlesex 
84. Morning Hymn by George Henschel
Performer:  Gervase Elwes (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 03/1912 
85. Songs (15), Op. 26: no 10, Before my window by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Edwin Schneider (Piano), John McCormack (Tenor), Fritz Kreisler (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; Russia 
Date of Recording: 09/24/1924 
Venue:  Hayes, Middlesex 
86. Il Pompeo: O cessate di piagarmi by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Reinald Werrenrath (Baritone)
Conductor:  Ted Levy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1683; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/24/1914 
Venue:  Camden, New York 
87. Israel in Egypt, HWV 54: The Lord is a man of war by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Peter Dawson (Bass Baritone), Robert Radford (Bass)
Conductor:  George Byng
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1739; London, England 
Date of Recording: 01/05/1924 
Venue:  Hayes, Middlesex 
88. Fidelio, Op. 72: Abscheulicher!...Komm, Hoffnung by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Helene Wildbrunn (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1922 
89. Die Walküre: Ho-jo-to-ho! by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Gertrude Kappel (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1924 
90. Oberon, J 306: Ozean! du Ungeheuer by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Frida Leider (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825-1826; Dresden, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1921 
91. Mignon: Elle est là près de lui by Ambroise Thomas
Performer:  Claire Dux (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; France 
Date of Recording: 08/14/1911 
Language: German 
92. Rigoletto: Caro nome by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Maria Ivogün (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1917 
Language: German 
93. Ariadne auf Naxos, Op. 60: Es gibt ein Reich by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Maria Jeritza (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911/1916; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1913 
94. Lieder (5), Op. 41: no 1, Wiegenlied by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Elena Gerhardt (Mezzo Soprano), Arthur Nikisch (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/30/1911 
95. Die schöne Magelone, Op. 33: no 12, Muss es eine Trennung geben by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Julia Culp (Mezzo Soprano), Coenraad Bos (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1868; Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1914 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
96. Fidelio, Op. 72: Hat man nicht auch Gold beineben.... by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Richard Mayr (Bass)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805/1814; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1922 
97. Eugene Onegin, Op. 24: Prince Gremin's aria by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Alexander Kipnis (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1921 
Language: German 
98. Idomeneo, K 366: Fuor del mar by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Hermann Jadlowker (Tenor)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Munich, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1917 
Language: German 
99. Tannhäuser: Dir töne Lob! Die Wunder sei'n gepriesen by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Lauritz Melchior (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/29/1930 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
100. Die Walküre: Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Max Lorenz (Tenor)
Conductor:  Ernst Viebig
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/12/1928 
Venue:  Singakademie, Berlin 
101. Königsballade: Euren König will ich preisen by Rudolf Wille
Performer:  Helge Rosvaenge (Tenor)
Conductor:  Bruno Seidler-Winkler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/09/1937 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
102. Die Fledermaus: Dieser Anstand, so manierlich by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Vera Schwarz (Soprano), Richard Tauber (Tenor)
Conductor:  Frieder Weissmann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/29/1928 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
103. Der Evangelimann, Op. 45: Selig sind, die Verfolgung leiden by Wilhelm Kienzl
Performer:  Marcel Wittrisch (Tenor)
Conductor:  Cornelius Kun
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Bad Aussee, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/15/1932 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
104. Die tote Stadt, Op. 12: Glück, das mir verblieb "Mariettalied" by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Performer:  Joseph Schmidt (Tenor)
Conductor:  Otto Dobrindt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/24/1933 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
105. Der Wachtelschlag, WoO 129 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Bruno Seidler-Winkler (Piano), Karl Erb (Tenor)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1939 
Venue:  Electrola Studios, Berlin 
106. Hänsel und Gretel: Ach, wir armen, armen Leute by Engelbert Humperdinck
Performer:  Gerhard Hüsch (Baritone)
Conductor:  Hanns Udo Müller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/05/1937 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Notes: With unidentified soprano. 
107. Das Nachtlager in Granada: Ein Schütz bin ich by Conradin Kreutzer
Performer:  Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender (Baritone)
Conductor:  Erich Orthmann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/18/1931 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
108. Schwanengesang, D 957: no 11, Die Stadt by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Herbert Janssen (Baritone), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/16/1938 
Venue:  No.3 Studio, Abbey Road, London 
109. Elijah, Op. 70: Lord God of Abraham by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Friedrich Schorr (Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/11/1931 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
Language: German 
110. Le Prophète: O prêtres de Baal by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Sigrid Onegin (Alto)
Conductor:  Rosario Bourdon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/21/1929 
Venue:  Liederkranz Hall, New York 
111. Marienlied by Joseph Marx
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano)
Conductor:  Karl Alwin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/15/1928 
Venue:  Vienna, Austria 
112. Tsar's Bride: In Novgorod by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Miliza Korjus (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bruno Seidler-Winkler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898-1899; Russia 
Date of Recording: 01/29/1936 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
113. Arias (3) nach Klopstock: Weine du nicht by Robert Oboussier
Performer:  Eta Harich-Schneider (Harpsichord), Hans-Walter Schleif (Oboe), Erna Berger (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Switzerland 
Date of Recording: 1937 
Venue:  Electrola Studios, Berlin 
114. Arabella, Op. 79: Mein Elemer...Nach dem Matteo by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Tiana Lemnitz (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bruno Seidler-Winkler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1929-1932; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/28/1940 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
115. La Bohème: Si, mi chiamano Mimì by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Maria Cebotari (Soprano)
Conductor:  Fritz Zweig
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/24/1932 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Language: German 
116. L'Africaine: Adieu, mon doux rivage by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Elisabeth Rethberg (Soprano)
Conductor:  Frieder Weissmann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Odeon Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; France 
Date of Recording: 04/22/1932 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Language: German 
117. Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59: Oh, sei er gut, Quinquin by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Lotte Lehmann (Soprano)
Conductor:  Manfred Gurlitt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 12/13/1927 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
118. Schlichte Weisen (60), Op. 76: no 3, Waldeinsamkeit by Max Reger
Performer:  Maria Müller (Soprano), Ivor Newton (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1912; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/24/1937 
Venue:   Road Studios, London 
119. Siegfried: Ewig war ich, ewig bin ich by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Nanny Larsen-Todsen (Soprano)
Conductor:  Eduard Mörike
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/07/1928 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
120. I zingari in fiera: Chi vuol la zingarella by Giovanni Paisiello
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonio Capdevila
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/04/1930 
Venue:  Barcelona, Spain 
121. I lombardi: Te, Vergin santa...Salve Maria by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Giannina Arangi-Lombardi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1934 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
122. La forza del destino: Pace, pace, mio Dio by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Dusolina Giannini (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/17/1928 
Venue:  London, England 
123. Siberia: Qual vergogna tu porti by Umberto Giordano
Performer:  Maria Caniglia (Soprano)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Antonicelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903/1921; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/10/1936 
Venue:  Conservatorio, Milan 
124. La Fanciulla del West: Laggiù nel Soledad by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Gina Cigna (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Italy 
Date of Recording: c1934 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
125. Madama Butterfly: Con onor muore by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Margaret Burke Sheridan (Soprano), Browning Mummery (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/07/1927 
Venue:  Conservatorio, Milan 
126. Manon Lescaut: In quelle trine morbide by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Licia Albanese (Soprano)
Conductor:  Dino Olivieri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1940 
Venue:  Conservatorio, Milan 
127. Il Guarany: Gentile di cuore by Antonio Carlos Gomes
Performer:  Bidu Sayao (Soprano)
Conductor:  Armando Giannetti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Brasiliana Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/1940 
Venue:  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 
128. Maori Lullaby by William Garnet James
Performer:  Toti Dal Monte (Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlo Sabajno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Australia 
Date of Recording: 11/21/1927 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Language: English 
129. Rigoletto: Caro nome by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Lina Pagliughi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlo Sabajno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/05/1929 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
130. Requiem Mass: Confutatis maledictis by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Ezio Pinza (Bass)
Conductor:  Carlo Sabajno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/05/1929 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
131. Crispino e la comare: Fermola!...Dapprima, figuratevi by Federico Ricci
Performer:  Irma Mion (Mezzo Soprano), Salvatore Baccaloni (Bass)
Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/1930 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
132. Falstaff: L'onore! Ladri! "Ford's Monologue" by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Mariano Stabile (Baritone)
Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/03/1926 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
133. Zazà: Buona Zazà, del mio buon tempo by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  Apollo Granforte (Baritone)
Conductor:  Carlo Sabajno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/12/1929 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
134. Do not go, my love by Richard Hageman
Performer:  Ivor Newton (Piano), Dino Borgioli (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/20/1935 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studios, London 
135. Werther: Pourquoi me réveiller? by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Tito Schipa (Tenor)
Conductor:  Franco Ghione
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; France 
Date of Recording: 05/04/1934 
Venue:  Conservatorio, Milan 
136. Manon Lescaut: Donna non vidi mai by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Francesco Merli (Tenor)
Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/29/1928 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
137. Romanze (3): no 3, Aprile by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  Beniamino Gigli (Tenor)
Conductor:  Lawrence Collingwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; London, England 
Date of Recording: 05/12/1939 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studios, London 
138. Manon Lescaut: Ah! non m'avvicinate! by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Luigi Borgonovo (Baritone), Giacomo Lauri-Volpi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Franco Ghione
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/30/1934 
Venue:  Conservatorio, Milan 
139. Adriana Lecouvreur: La dolcissima effigie by Francesco Cilèa
Performer:  Aureliano Pertile (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Sabajno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/10/1930 
Venue:  Conservatorio, Milan 
140. Le rossignol by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Lily Pons (Soprano)
Conductor:  Gustav Cloëz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; France 
Date of Recording: 02/26/1929 
Venue:  Paris, France 
141. Les berceaux, Op. 23 no 1 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Ninon Vallin (Soprano), Marguerite Long (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; France 
Date of Recording: 06/12/1933 
Venue:  Paris, France 
142. Une jeune fille parle by Pierre de Bréville
Performer:  Claire Croiza (Soprano), Pierre de Bréville (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; France 
Date of Recording: 12/28/1928 
Venue:  Paris, France 
143. Sigurd: Le bruit des chants by Ernest Reyer
Performer:  Georges Thill (Tenor)
Conductor:  Eugène Bigot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; France 
Date of Recording: 07/07/1933 
Venue:  Paris, France 
144. La damnation de Faust, Op. 24: Esprits des flammes by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Charles Panzera (Baritone)
Conductor:  Piero Coppola
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pasdeloup Concert Association Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; France 
Date of Recording: 02/18/1931 
Venue:  Paris, France 
145. Aurore, Op. 39 no 1 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Pierre Bernac (Baritone), Francis Poulenc (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; France 
Date of Recording: 12/05/1947 
Venue:  London, England 
146. La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein: Dites-lui qu'on l'a remarqué distingué by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Yvonne Printemps (Soprano), Henri Busser (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 11/22/1929 
Venue:  Paris, France 
147. La boulangère a des écus: Les charbonniers et fariniers by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Reynaldo Hahn (Tenor), Reynaldo Hahn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 09/19/1927 
Venue:  Paris, France 
148. Falstaff: E sogno, o realtà? by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Lawrence Tibbett (Baritone)
Conductor:  Rosario Bourdon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/03/1926 
Venue:  Camden, New York 
149. Hamlet: O vin dissipe la tristesse by Ambroise Thomas
Performer:  John Charles Thomas (Baritone)
Conductor:  Nat Finston
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; France 
Date of Recording: 01/13/1934 
Venue:  Hollywood, California 
150. Il barbiere di Siviglia: Largo al factotum by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Dennis Noble (Baritone)
Conductor:  Clarence Raybould
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/24/1926 
Venue:  London, England 
151. Hamlet: Comme une pâle fleur by Ambroise Thomas
Performer:  John Brownlee (Baritone)
Conductor:  Georges Lauweryns
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; France 
Date of Recording: 03/06/1929 
Venue:  Paris, France 
152. Onaway, awake beloved by Frederick Hill Cowan
Performer:  Harold Williams (Baritone)
Conductor:  Clarence Raybould
Date of Recording: 11/11/1931 
Venue:  London 
153. La jolie fille de Perth: A la voix d'un amant fidèle by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Heddle Nash (Tenor)
Conductor:  Clarence Raybould
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; France 
Date of Recording: 09/09/1932 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studios, London 
154. Les contes d'Hoffmann: O Dieu! de quelle ivresse by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Charles Kullman (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 12/08/1931 
Venue:  Berlin 
Language: German 
155. Tosca: Recondita armonia by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Richard Crooks (Tenor)
Conductor:  Clemens Schmalstich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/01/1929 
Venue:  Singakademie, Berlin 
Language: German 
156. The Lost Chord by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Dame Clara Butt (Alto)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; England 
Date of Recording: 08/07/1930 
Venue:  Westminster Central Hall, London 
157. Der Tod und das Mädchen, D 531/Op. 7 no 3 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Marian Anderson (Alto), Kosti Vehanen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/13/1936 
Venue:  Studio Albert, Paris 
158. Psyché by Emile Paladilhe
Performer:  Maggie Teyte (Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 03/26/1941 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studios, London 

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