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Release Date: 07/28/2010 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 459000   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Emile BerlinerCharles GounodGiuseppe VerdiMapelli,   ... 
Performer:  Emile BerlinerAlessandro MoreschiFrancesco TamagnoNellie Melba,   ... 
Conductor:  Bruno WalterArthur Nikisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Band of Coldstream GuardsBerlin Philharmonic OrchestraLondon Municipal Military Band
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Here is a potpourri of arias and instrumental tidbits, those featuring Caruso, Kreisler, Chaliapin, and castrato Alessandro Moreschi drawn from the Victor and HMV catalogs. There are even (virtually inaudible) the voice of Emile Berliner and two orchestral items, the widely circulated Berlioz Roman Carnival Overture recorded in 1920 by Nikisch and a 1924 Hebrides Overture of Mendelssohn with Walter, the latter sonically feeble even by "acoustic" standards but interesting for boasting a rhythmic steadiness not always typical of this conductor in his middle years...

-- Mortimer H. Frank, FANFARE [5/1999]
Here is a potpourri of arias and instrumental tidbits, those featuring Caruso, Kreisler, Chaliapin, and castrato Alessandro Moreschi drawn from the Victor and HMV catalogs. There are even (virtually inaudible) the voice of Emile Berliner and two orchestral items, the widely circulated Berlioz Roman Carnival Overture recorded in 1920 by Nikisch and a 1924 Hebrides Overture of Mendelssohn with Walter, the latter sonically feeble even by "acoustic" standards but interesting for boasting a rhythmic steadiness not always typical of this conductor in his middle years...

-- Mortimer H. Frank, FANFARE [5/1999]
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Works on This Recording

1.
The voice of Emile Berliner by Emile Berliner
Performer:  Emile Berliner ()
Date of Recording: c1897 
Venue:  ?USA 
Length: 0 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is an excerpt from a spoken letter to his sister-in-law Sara Hahn. 
2.
Ave Maria by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Alessandro Moreschi ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Date of Recording: 04/11/1904 
Venue:  Rome, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
3.
Otello: Esultate! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Francesco Tamagno ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1903 
Venue:  Ospedaletti, San Remo, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 18 Secs. 
4.
Otello: Ora e per sempre addio by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Francesco Tamagno ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1903 
Venue:  Ospedaletti, San Remo, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
5.
Ave Maria, for voice & piano by Mapelli
Performer:  Francesco Tamagno ()
Date of Recording: 02/1903 
Venue:  Ospedaletti, San Remo, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
6.
Auld Lang Syne by Traditional
Performer:  Nellie Melba ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Band of Coldstream Guards
Period: Classical 
Written: Scotland 
Date of Recording: 09/1905 
Venue:  London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
7.
La Bohčme: O soave fanciulla by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Enrico Caruso (), Nellie Melba ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/17/1907 
Venue:  New York, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
8.
La Bohčme: O Mimě, tu piů non torni by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Enrico Caruso (), Antonio [Baritone Vocals] Scotti ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/17/1907 
Venue:  New York, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
9.
L'Elisir d'Amore: Una furtiva lagrima by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  C.H.H. Booth (Piano), Enrico Caruso ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/01/1904 
Venue:  New York, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
10.
Pieces (2) for Piano, Op. 45: no 2, Guitarre by Moritz Moszkowski
Performer:  Alfred Grünfeld (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 1907 
Venue:  Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 5 Secs. 
11.
Arrangement for piano of Johann Strauss II's "Frühlingsstimmenwalzer, Op 410" by Alfred Grünfeld
Performer:  Alfred Grünfeld (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 04/29/1913 
Venue:  Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 
12.
Liebesfreud by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Haddon Squire (Piano), Fritz Kreisler (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 1911 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
13.
Liebesleid by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Haddon Squire (Piano), Fritz Kreisler (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 1911 
Length: 3 Minutes 38 Secs. 
14.
Boris Godunov: Proscháy, moy syn by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Feodor Chaliapin ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1874 
Date of Recording: 10/15/1911 
Venue:  St. Petersburg, Russia 
Length: 4 Minutes 48 Secs. 
15.
Un ballo in maschera: Alla vita che t'arride by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Heinrich Schlusnus ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1917 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
16.
Lieder (8), Op. 10: no 1, Zueignung by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Richard Strauss (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1921 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 
17.
Hebrides Overture, in B minor Op. 26 "Fingal's Cave" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1832; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 1924 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 9 Minutes 31 Secs. 
18.
Le carnaval romain Overture, Op. 9 by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Arthur Nikisch
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843-1844; France 
Date of Recording: 1920 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 53 Secs. 
19.
L' Africaine, grand opera in 5 acts: O paradiso by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Enrico Caruso ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864 
Date of Recording: 02/20/1907 
Venue:  New York, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
20.
Hail to the Spirit of Liberty by John Philip Sousa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Municipal Military Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 

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