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Lebendige Vergangenheit - Selma Kurz


Release Date: 11/28/2000 
Label:  Preiser Records   Catalog #: 89504   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Giuseppe VerdiGiacomo MeyerbeerAmbroise ThomasCharles Gounod,   ... 
Performer:  Selma KurzVasa Prihoda
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Recorded by Kurz, close to 50, there is much of touching beauty as well as great warmth and affection in these fine transfers.

Since first listening to this disc I met a veteran opera-goer who heard Selma Kurz at Covent Garden in 1924: ‘warm’ was his word. And looking back at the notes I had made, what was the first pencilled remark? ‘Most lovely warmth.’ This was of the recitative ‘Surta e la notte’ and its aria ‘Ernani involami’. ‘Pure quality’, my note continued, and then: ‘wouldn’t satisfy Italians’.

Kurz is now remembered for her trill, and there are plenty of examples of it in this collection. But there was more to her than that. The warmth is partly of timbre, partly of character. Second in the
Read more programme is ‘Caro nome’, and one can hardly think of a more affectionate version; the dreamy, delicate manner of Maria Ivogun is here, but with it a roundness of tone, token of a generous heart. And it is all very much in the German-Austrian tradition of the gentle maiden with ethereal head-tones rather than the Italian ideal of brilliance and challenge.

In earlier years the voice would swell with quite remarkable power; these recordings come from a time when she was approaching her 50th birthday. She had not been in the best of health or the most reliable vocal condition since an illness in 1921, yet much here is touchingly beautiful and all is the work of a genuinely distinguished singer. The songs include a verse of Jocelyn’s lullaby, sung with a purity matching that of Alma Gluck, and an arrangement of Kreisler’s Caprice viennois finds the voice as smooth and long-phrased as the violin itself. The transfers are finely done, and the only regret is that room was not found for other lovely things from that period, such as Handel’s Sweet Bird, the Chopin Nocturne and Reger’s Maria Wiegenlied. A further issue, perhaps, with the electrical recordings, which are much better than she thought them.'

-- John Steane, Gramophone [9/2000]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Ernani: Ernani, involami by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Selma Kurz (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1923 
2.
Rigoletto: Caro nome by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Selma Kurz (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1923 
3.
La traviata: Addio del passato by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Selma Kurz (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1923 
4.
Un ballo in maschera: Saper vorreste di che si veste by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Selma Kurz (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1923 
5.
Le pardon de Ploërmel "Dinorah": Ombre legère by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Selma Kurz (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1923 
6.
Mignon: Je connais un pauvre enfant by Ambroise Thomas
Performer:  Selma Kurz (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; France 
Date of Recording: 1923 
Notes: This selection begins with "Kam ein armes Kind von fern..." 
7.
Ave Maria by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Selma Kurz (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Date of Recording: 1923 
Notes: This work is based on J.S. Bach's Prelude no 1 in C from 'The Well-Tempered Clavier.' 
8.
Sérénade by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Vasa Prihoda (Violin), Selma Kurz (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; France 
Date of Recording: 1923 
9.
Jocelyn, Op. 100: Ah! ne t'éveille pas encor "Berceuse" by Benjamin Godard
Performer:  Vasa Prihoda (Violin), Selma Kurz (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; France 
Date of Recording: 1923 
10.
Caprice viennois, Op. 2 by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Selma Kurz (Soprano), Vasa Prihoda (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 1923 
11.
La sonnambula: Ah, non credea mirarti by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Selma Kurz (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1924 
Notes: This selection continues with "...Ah! non giunge uman pensiero." 
12.
I puritani: Qui la voce sua soave by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Selma Kurz (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1924 
13.
La traviata: Ah, fors' è lui by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Selma Kurz (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1924 
14.
Parla! by Luigi Arditi
Performer:  Selma Kurz (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 1924 
15.
Il bacio by Luigi Arditi
Performer:  Selma Kurz (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1860; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1924 
16.
Serenade, Op. 6 no 1 by Enrico Toselli
Performer:  Vasa Prihoda (Violin), Selma Kurz (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 1923 
17.
La Bohème: Donde lieta uscì by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Selma Kurz (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1924 
18.
Les Huguenots: A ce mot tout s'anime by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Selma Kurz (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1924 

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