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The Complete Salomea Krushelnytska & Selected Recordings By Elena Ruszkowska

Krushelnytska
Release Date: 02/12/2006 
Label:  Marston   Catalog #: 52052  
Composer:  Arrigo BoitoIgnace Jan PaderewskiFrancesco Paolo TostiStanislaw Moniuszko,   ... 
Performer:  Salomea KruszelnickaElena RuszkowskaBianca Lavin de CasasCarlo Barrera,   ... 
Conductor:  Carlo SabajnoArtur Rodzinski
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Salomea Krushelnytska (1872-1952) and Elena Ruszkowska (1877?-1948) were among the more prominent Polish/Ukranian singers acclaimed in Russian and Italian opera houses a century ago. This valuable Marston release includes Krushelnytska's complete output, while the bakers' dozen of Ruszkowska selections includes some of her finest recordings, including a 1909 "Inflammatus" from Rossini's Stabat Mater, rightly admired for her dramatic rendition and brilliant high notes. That she wasn't just a belter is confirmed by a rather rough "Ernani involami" that nevertheless features some magnificent trills and a luscious decrescendo to pianissimo. Sometimes the recording horn exaggerates her vibrato, but that's a minor drawback, as Read more is the presence of supporting ensemble singers who were probably dragged in off the street to shout their parts.

Mention also must be made of Ruszkowska's Puccini recordings, especially a "Vissi d'arte" notable for the beauty of the voice, her luminous high notes, and touching phrasing enlivened by varied dynamics and rubato. On a similar level of excellence is her 1921 disc of "I wish I were a lark" from Moniuszko's Halka, made unforgettable by her expansive phrasing and lustrous voice.

Where Ruszkowska's selections are duplicated by Krushelnytska, I find myself preferring the former, good as the latter's are. The differences lie primarily in what I hear as a more compelling voice and phrase-shaping that strikes me as more emotionally powerful. But this is a minority view, and comparisons are invidious with artists of this caliber.

Krushelnytska recorded 18 songs and arias in 1902 and 1906, all accompanied by piano. Not until her 1907 sessions was she backed by the reduced orchestras that oom-pah-ed their way through the early acoustic era. Despite those limitations there's much to enjoy. Songs by Paderewski, Mlynarski, Tosti, and Quaranta, the latter's "Lasciali dir tu m'ami" made into a powerful dramatic scena, find her at her most moving.

Arias include roles from Brünnhilde (a rousing "Ho-jo-to-ho!" and a touching excerpt from "War es so schmählich" sung in Italian) to Butterfly to Wally, whose "Ebben? Ne andrò lontana" opens with a captivatingly darkened voice that captures the heroine's fragility. Krushelnytska's final sessions in 1928 were her only ones from the electrical era--a quartet of Ukranian folk songs with a folk ensemble. At 56 the voice was still in good shape, clearly older but with a fresh-sounding top.

Ward Marston's transfers of such ancient material continue to impress. Not only are the voices fuller and more colorful than anyone has a right to expect from the limited technology available to the original engineers, but even the piano accompaniments have tonal integrity, a rarity in transfers from such early 78s.

--Dan Davis, ClassicsToday
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Works on This Recording

1.
Mefistofele: L'altra notte in fondo al mare by Arrigo Boito
Performer:  Salomea Kruszelnicka (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Italy 
Date of Recording: circa 1902 
2.
Lieder (6), Op. 18: no 2, The Piper's Song by Ignace Jan Paderewski
Performer:  Salomea Kruszelnicka (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886-1893 
Date of Recording: circa 1902 
3.
Ti rivedrò! by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  Salomea Kruszelnicka (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: circa 1902 
4.
Hrabina: Wake up from bad dreams by Stanislaw Moniuszko
Performer:  Salomea Kruszelnicka (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1860; Warsaw, Poland 
Date of Recording: circa 1902 
5.
Kolysanka: In my arms he rested by Emil Mlynarski
Performer:  Salomea Kruszelnicka (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: circa 1902 
6.
Song(s) by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  Salomea Kruszelnicka (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: circa 1902 
7.
Halka: Halka's Song by Stanislaw Moniuszko
Performer:  Salomea Kruszelnicka (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848/1857; Poland 
Date of Recording: circa 1902 
8.
Lasciali dir tu m’ami by Francesco Quaranta
Performer:  Salomea Kruszelnicka (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: circa 1902 
9.
Peer Gynt, Op. 23: no 18, Solvejg's Song by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Salomea Kruszelnicka (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874-1875; Norway 
Date of Recording: circa 1902 
10.
Tosca: Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Salomea Kruszelnicka (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Date of Recording: circa 1902 
11.
Mefistofele: L'altra notte in fondo al mare by Arrigo Boito
Performer:  Salomea Kruszelnicka (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/6/1906 
12.
Adriana Lecouvreur: Io son l'umile ancella by Francesco Cilèa
Performer:  Salomea Kruszelnicka (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/6/1906 
13.
Lasciali dir tu m’ami by Francesco Quaranta
Performer:  Salomea Kruszelnicka (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 11/6/1906 
14.
La forza del destino: Pace, pace, mio Dio by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Salomea Kruszelnicka (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/6/1906 
15.
La Wally: Ebben?... Ne andrò lontana by Alfredo Catalani
Performer:  Salomea Kruszelnicka (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/8/1906 
16.
Ti rivedrò! by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  Salomea Kruszelnicka (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 11/8/1906 
17.
Capelli d’oro by Oddone,
Performer:  Salomea Kruszelnicka (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 11/8/1906 
18.
Si dice by Francesco Quaranta
Performer:  Salomea Kruszelnicka (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 11/8/1906 
19.
Aida: Ritorna vincitor! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Salomea Kruszelnicka (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/11/1907 
20.
Adriana Lecouvreur: Io son l'umile ancella by Francesco Cilèa
Performer:  Salomea Kruszelnicka (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/12/1907 
21.
Adriana Lecouvreur: Poveri fiori by Francesco Cilèa
Performer:  Salomea Kruszelnicka (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/12/1907 
22.
Mélodies (20), Volume 1: Si mes vers avaient des ailes by Reynaldo Hahn
Performer:  Salomea Kruszelnicka (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888; France 
Date of Recording: 12/12/1907 
23.
Peer Gynt, Op. 23: no 18, Solvejg's Song by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Salomea Kruszelnicka (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874-1875; Norway 
Date of Recording: 12/12/1907 
24.
Loreley: Da che tutta by Alfredo Catalani
Performer:  Salomea Kruszelnicka (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 3/20/1912 
25.
Madama Butterfly: Un bel dì vedremo by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Salomea Kruszelnicka (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Date of Recording: 3/20/1912 
26.
Die Walküre: Ho-jo-to-ho! by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Salomea Kruszelnicka (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 3/20/1912 
27.
Die Walküre: War es so schmählich by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Salomea Kruszelnicka (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 3/20/1912 
28.
L'Africaine: Aria(s) by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Salomea Kruszelnicka (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Germany 
Date of Recording: 3/20/1912 
Notes: "Di qui si vede il mare"
"Quai soavi concenti" 
29.
Shepherd's Song by Traditional
Performer:  Salomea Kruszelnicka (Soprano)
Date of Recording: circa 1928 
30.
Beyond the orchard, the vineyard by Traditional
Performer:  Salomea Kruszelnicka (Soprano)
Date of Recording: circa 1928 
31.
Oh, you go, you leave by Traditional
Performer:  Salomea Kruszelnicka (Soprano)
Date of Recording: circa 1928 
32.
Oh, white geese were flying by Traditional
Performer:  Salomea Kruszelnicka (Soprano)
Date of Recording: circa 1928 
33.
Stabat mater: Inflammatus et accensus by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Elena Ruszkowska (Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlo Sabajno
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832/1842; Italy 
Date of Recording: 4/27/1909 
34.
La forza del destino: La Vergine degli angeli by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Elena Ruszkowska (Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlo Sabajno
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 4/24/1909 
35.
Ernani: Ernani, involami by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Elena Ruszkowska (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Italy 
Date of Recording: 4/23/1909 
36.
Aida: Ohimè! morir mi sento! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Elena Ruszkowska (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/1/1909 
37.
Aida: Fu la sorte dell'armi a'tuoi funesta by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Bianca Lavin de Casas (Mezzo Soprano), Elena Ruszkowska (Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlo Sabajno
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/1/1909 
38.
Aida: Fuggiam gli ardori inospiti by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Elena Ruszkowska (Soprano), Carlo Barrera (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Sabajno
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Date of Recording: 4/21/1909 
39.
La Gioconda: L'amo come il fulgor del creato! by Amilcare Ponchielli
Performer:  Bianca Lavin de Casas (Mezzo Soprano), Elena Ruszkowska (Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlo Sabajno
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/1/1909 
40.
Tosca: Non la sospiri la nostra casetta by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Egidio Cunego (Tenor), Elena Ruszkowska (Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlo Sabajno
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/2/1909 
41.
Tosca: Quagl' occhio al mondo by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Elena Ruszkowska (Soprano), Egidio Cunego (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Sabajno
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/2/1909 
42.
Tosca: Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Elena Ruszkowska (Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlo Sabajno
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/2/1909 
43.
Tosca: Senti l'ora è vicina by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Egidio Cunego (Tenor), Elena Ruszkowska (Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlo Sabajno
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/2/1909 
44.
Halka: Halka's Song by Stanislaw Moniuszko
Performer:  Elena Ruszkowska (Soprano)
Conductor:  Artur Rodzinski
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848/1857; Poland 
Date of Recording: circa 1921 
45.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9: no 2 in E flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Elena Ruszkowska (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
Date of Recording: circa 1921 
Notes: Arranger: Theresa Tosti. 

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