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Prima Voce - Prima Voce Party

Prima Voce Christmas Party / Various
Release Date: 04/16/1995 
Label:  Nimbus   Catalog #: 7839   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Felix MendelssohnMarcel DelannoyH. de FontenaillesMoritz Moszkowski,   ... 
Performer:  Richard TauberHugues CuénodRosa PonselleMiliza Korjus,   ... 
Conductor:  Frieder WeissmannMaurice JaubertBruno Seidler-WinklerLawrence Collingwood,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A magnificent, fascinating, compilation.

Prima Voce Party
DELANNOY Philippine – Complainte de l’homme a [3:15].
De FONTENAILLES A l’aimé b [4:00]
MENDELSSOHN Ich wollt’, mein Liebe ergösse dich, Op. 63/1c [3:06]
MOSZKOWSKI Cher petit Rossignol d [2:48]
DI CAPUA O sole mio e [3:13]
Read more color="#ff0000">ZELLER Der Vogelhändler - Nightingale Song f (sung in English)[3:40]
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Aimant la rose g [3:22]
YRADIER La Paloma h [2:09]
STRAUSS (arr. Bodenstedt) Wiener Bonbons i [2:26]
TCHAIKOVSKY None but the lonely heart j [3:37]
RASBACH Trees k [2:38]
COWARD Tonight at 8.30 – Shadow Play l [9:03]
FOSTER I dream of Jeannie m [3:16]
ARDITI Se seran rose n [3:14]
SULLIVAN The Lost Chord o [4:36]
BREWER Fairy Pipers p [2:30]
TRADITIONAL (arr. Diack, with apologies to Handel) Little Jack Horner q [2@35]
HAHN L’Heure exquise r [3:00]
HEUBERGER Der Opernball – Im Chambre séparée s [3:13]
TRADITIONAL O Lord, what a mornin’ t [3:19]. Sicilian Cart Driver’s Song (arr. Sadero) u [2:14]
bRosa Ponselle, dMiliza Korjus, fElisabeth Schumann, hAmelita Galli-Curci, jNina Koshetz, nNellie Melba, rMaggie Teyte (sopranos); uBlanche Marchesi (mezzo); pSigrid Onégin (contralto); a,tHugues Cuénod, cRichard Tauber, eBeniamino Gigli, gTito Schipa, iJoseph Schmidt, mJohn McCormack, oEnrico Caruso, sHerbert Ernst Groh (tenors); kPaul Robeson, qAlexander Kipnis (basses); lNoel Coward, lGertrude Lawrence (singers); bRomano Romani, hHomer Samuels, jNicolai Stember, mEdwin Schneider, qErnst Victor Wolff, rGerald Moore, tHughes Cuénod, uAgnes Bedford (pianos); orchestra/ aMaurice Jaubert, cFrieder Weissmann, dBruno Seidler-Winkler, e,i,k,o,punnamed conductor, fLawrence Collingwood, gCarlo Sabajno, nWalter B. Rogers; lPhoenix Theatre Orchestra/Clifford Greenwood; sOdeon-Künstler Orchester/O. Dobrindt.
rec. a19 November 1937; b31 October 1939; c11 March 1933; d,i1936; e26 March 1934; f1930; g24 April 1932; h5 September 1928; j1922; k1938; l16 January 1936; m24 August 1934; n23 August 1910; o29 April 1912; p1926; q30 September 1940; r17 April 1941; s1932; t c.1935; u c.1936. ADD
NIMBUS ALLIANCE NI 7839 [71:21]
 
What a remarkable track kicks off this compilation! Hugues Cuénod’s first, sustained tone of the Delannoy piece is infinitely arresting in its unique, ultra-beautiful sound and suave ease of delivery. The whistles at the end of the piece announce that we are, indeed, at a party, albeit with a difference. Cuénod’s exemplary diction is likewise worthy of note. No less impressive is Rosa Ponselle’s A l’aimé - piano accompaniment this time. Although recorded only two years after the Cuénod, the quality is significantly better: this is a Victor; the Cuénod was a Columbia. Ponselle’s honeyed voice is perfect for this slower number.
 
A multi-tracked Tauber duets with himself in the famous Mendelssohn “Ich wollt’, mein Liebe ergösse dich”. The accompaniment is orchestral, which in the present context adds to the warmth of it all. Great fun, but hardly as mesmeric as Miliza Korjus’s stratospherically high nightingale for the Moszkowski.
 
Gigli’s recording of “O Sole mio” seems remarkably true to the work’s geographical origins and avoids degenerating into Three Tenors overdrive. One just revels in the golden splendour of Gigli’s voice. Elisabeth Schumann nearly usurps him in her sung - and whistled (the documentation credits her with the whistles, too) - Zeller excerpt. What impresses most here is her sense of easy style. Pure delight; as is, by the way, Amelita Gall-Curci’s La Paloma (The Dove).
 
In total contrast comes Tito Schipa’s glorious, meltingly beautiful Rimsky excerpt: also known as “The Nightingale and the Rose”. Schipa’s subtle art is fully on display here, and the orientalisms from the oboe seem entirely in place.
 
The more than unfortunate circumstances of Joseph Schmidt’s life - he died aged 38 in a concentration camp - stand in high contrast to the joie-de-vivre of the delightful Strauss compilation. Schmidt’s high register is wonderfully free. Contrast the high spirits of this song with Tchaikovsky’s “None but the lonely heart”, memorably sung by Nina Koshetz on a 1922 Brunswick; there is also a cello obbligato, but the cellist is unnamed.
 
Another contrast comes in the form of Paul Robeson, with the much easier on the ear “Trees”. One just revels in the resonance of his bass voice, just as one revels in the period piece “Shadow Play”, deliciously rendered by Coward and Lawrence. McCormack is in fine voice for “I dream of Jeannie”, and is sensitively accompanied by Edwin Schneider on piano.
 
Interesting to compare the Nimbus transfer of Melba’s 1910 Victor version of “Se seran rose” with the Marston Romophone transfer (“Nellie Melba: The complete Victor recordings 1907-16”, 81011-2). The Nimbus is laudably clear, and we hear all of Melba’s ease and character, yet perhaps in the Romophone we hear a little more. The Romophone set (a three-disc box) also includes the more recessed, but still musically fresh, 1907 Victor version.
 
We have to wait until relatively late in proceedings before Caruso turns up, but when he does he makes it count with a glorious Lost Chord. Sigrid Onégin provides Christmassy, tinkly contrast with “Fairy Pipers”; hardly what one expects from this singer, but a marvellous success. Alexander Kipnis is likewise out of character in “Little Jack Horner”. To calm the senses, Maggie Teyte hypnotises in a Hahn song to words by Paul Verlaine.
 
From thence to operetta, a delicate “Im chambre séparée” on a 1932 Odeon courtesy of Herbert Ernst Groh, in smooth and charming voice. Cuénod returns for a Negro Spiritual, set so high initially this could be a soprano. He returns to his normal, lower voice for the second verse; note he also accompanies himself on the piano. Tender in the extreme, this is a lullaby par excellence. This is about as magical and as Christmassy as it gets. Finally, Blanche Marchesi. She was at the end of her career when she recorded this Sicilian Cart Driver’s Song and I remain unsure that this was the best way to end the disc, even if the final impression is haunting.
 
The witty and informed booklet notes tidily pull all the tracks together, adding commentary to each. This is a magnificent and fascinating compilation.
 
-- Colin Clarke, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Duets (6), Op. 63: no 1, Ich wollt' meine Lieb' by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Richard Tauber (Tenor)
Conductor:  Frieder Weissmann
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Germany 
Date of Recording: 3/11/1933 
Language: German 
2.
Philippine, operetta: Complainte de l'Homme - serpent by Marcel Delannoy
Performer:  Hugues Cuénod ()
Conductor:  Maurice Jaubert
Period: Modern 
Date of Recording: 11/19/1937 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
3.
A L'Aimé by H. de Fontenailles
Performer:  Rosa Ponselle ()
Date of Recording: 10/31/1939 
Length: 4 Minutes 0 Secs. 
4.
Ich wollt', meine Lieb', song for 2 voices & piano, Op. 63/1 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Richard Tauber ()
Conductor:  Frieder Weissmann
Period: Romantic 
Written: 12/03/1836 
Date of Recording: 03/11/1933 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
5.
Cher petit rossignol by Moritz Moszkowski
Performer:  Miliza Korjus ()
Conductor:  Bruno Seidler-Winkler
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 1936 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
6.
O sole mio, for voice & piano (or orchestra) by Eduardo Capua
Performer:  Beniamino Gigli ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1900; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/26/1934 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
7.
Der Vogelhändler: Wie mein Ahnl zwanzig Jahr "Nightingale" by Carl Zeller
Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann ()
Conductor:  Lawrence Collingwood
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1930 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 
8.
Songs (4), Op. 2: no 2, Enslaved by the rose, the nightingale by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Tito Schipa ()
Conductor:  Carlo Sabajno
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/24/1932 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
9.
La Paloma by Sebastián de Iradier
Performer:  Amelita Galli-Curci ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: Spain-Basque region 
Date of Recording: 09/05/1928 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
10.
Wiener Bonbons, Op. 307 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Joseph Schmidt (Voice)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1936 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
11.
Songs (6), Op. 6: no 6, None but the lonely heart by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Nina Koshetz ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1922 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
12.
Trees by Oscar Rasbach
Performer:  Paul Robeson ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1931 
Date of Recording: 1938 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
13.
Tonight at 8:30: Shadow Play by Noel Coward
Performer:  Gertrude Lawrence (), Noel Coward ()
Conductor:  Clifford Greenwood
Period: Modern 
Date of Recording: 01/16/1936 
Length: 9 Minutes 3 Secs. 
14.
Jeannie with the light brown hair by Stephen Foster
Performer:  John McCormack ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854; USA 
Date of Recording: 08/24/1934 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
15.
Se saran rose by Luigi Arditi
Performer:  Nellie Melba ()
Conductor:  Walter B. Rogers
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/23/1910 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
16.
The Lost Chord by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Enrico Caruso ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; England 
Date of Recording: 04/29/1912 
Length: 4 Minutes 16 Secs. 
17.
The Fairy Pipers by Herbert Brewer
Performer:  Sigrid Onegin ()
Date of Recording: 1926 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
18.
Little Jack Horner (with apologies to Handel), for voice & piano by J. Michael Diack
Performer:  Alexander Kipnis ()
Date of Recording: 09/30/1940 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
19.
Chansons grises (7): no 5, L'heure exquise by Reynaldo Hahn
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1893; France 
Date of Recording: 04/17/1941 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
20.
Der Opernball, operetta: Im Chambre séparée by Richard Heuberger
Performer:  Herbert Ernst Groh ()
Conductor:  Otto Dobrindt
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897 
Date of Recording: 1932 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
21.
O Lord What a mornin' by Anonymous
Date of Recording: 1935 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
22.
Amuri, amuri by Geni Sadero
Performer:  Blanche [Soprano Vocal] Marchesi (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 1936 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 

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