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Florence Easton - Absolute Soprano

Easton
Release Date: 06/01/2002 
Label:  Marston   Catalog #: 52033  
Composer:  Giuseppe VerdiAmbroise ThomasCharles GounodGeorges Bizet,   ... 
Performer:  Florence EastonGiulio CrimiFrederic FradkinMario Chamlee,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Florence Easton (1882-1955) claims a place of honor in the annals of opera. Few sopranos have sung a wider range of repertoire. Only a handful can match her uncompromising musicianship. None surpasses her ability to learn a role and perform it within hours. And yet, although colleagues and critics alike esteemed her artistry, few today rank Easton among the vocal elite. Perhaps she was a singer's singer: a consummate professional who one could count on for a faultless performance and yet, remains forgotten. This two-CD set, with notes by Robert Baxter, pays tribute to an indispensable hero of the Met whose artistry deserves remembering. Florence Easton (1882-1955) claims a place of honor in the annals of opera. Few sopranos have sung a wider range of repertoire. Only a handful can match her uncompromising musicianship. None surpasses her ability to learn a role and perform it within hours. And yet, although colleagues and critics alike esteemed her artistry, few today rank Easton among the vocal elite. Perhaps she was a singer's singer: a consummate professional who one could count on for a faultless performance and yet, remains forgotten. This two-CD set, with notes by Robert Baxter, pays tribute to an indispensable hero of the Met whose artistry deserves remembering. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. La forza del destino: Pace, pace, mio Dio by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Florence Easton (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Date of Recording: c1918 
2. Mignon: Connais-tu le pays? by Ambroise Thomas
Performer:  Florence Easton (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; France 
Date of Recording: October 1922 
3. Faust: Il était temps...O nuit étends sur eux by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Florence Easton (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Date of Recording: October 1922 
4. Faust: Ah! je ris de me voir si belle "Jewel Song" by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Florence Easton (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Date of Recording: May 1921 
5. Carmen: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle "Habañera" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Florence Easton (Soprano)
Written: 1873-1874 
Date of Recording: January 1922 
6. Carmen: Je dis que rien ne m'épouvante "Micaëla's Aria" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Florence Easton (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Date of Recording: January 1922 
7. Hérodiade: Il est doux, il est bon by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Florence Easton (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; France 
Date of Recording: c1918 
8. I Pagliacci: Qual fiamma avea nel guardo by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  Florence Easton (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
Date of Recording: March 1922 
9. La Bohème: O soave fanciulla by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Giulio Crimi (Tenor), Florence Easton (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: c1918 
10. La Bohème: Donde lieta uscì by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Florence Easton (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: December 1921 
11. Tosca: Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Florence Easton (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Date of Recording: May 1921 
12. Madama Butterfly: Un bel dì vedremo by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Florence Easton (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Date of Recording: May 1921 
13. Madama Butterfly: Con onor muore by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Florence Easton (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Date of Recording: c1918 
14. Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Florence Easton (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Italy 
Date of Recording: c1918 
15. Sadko: no 4, Song of the Indian Guest by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Florence Easton (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1896; Russia 
Date of Recording: February 1922 
16. Snow Maiden: Clouds plotted with thunder by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Florence Easton (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880/1895; Russia 
Date of Recording: February 1922 
17. El céfiro by Traditional
Performer:  Florence Easton (Soprano)
Written: Mexico 
Date of Recording: December 1922 
18. Preguntales a las estrellas by Traditional
Performer:  Florence Easton (Soprano)
Written: Mexico 
Date of Recording: December 1922 
19. Lieder (143), Op. 326: no 27, Stille wie die Nacht by Carl Böhm
Performer:  Florence Easton (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1913; Germany 
Date of Recording: October 1922 
20. Three Green Bonnets by D'Hardelot
Performer:  Florence Easton (Soprano)
Date of Recording: c1918 
21. Sing me to sleep by Maurice Greene
Performer:  Frederic Fradkin (Violin), Florence Easton (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: June 13, 1924 
22. Over the Hills by Frederick K. Logan
Performer:  Florence Easton (Soprano)
Date of Recording: June 12, 1924 
23. Lohengrin: Einsam in trüben Tagen "Elsa's dream" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Florence Easton (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: October 24, 1928 
24. Tannhäuser: Allmächt'ge Jungfrau "Elisabeth's Prayer" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Florence Easton (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Date of Recording: October 24, 1928 
25. La traviata: Parigi, o cara by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Mario Chamlee (Tenor), Florence Easton (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: October 8, 1928 
26. Hérodiade: Il est doux, il est bon by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Florence Easton (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; France 
Date of Recording: October 10, 1928 
27. Cavalleria Rusticana: Voi lo sapete, o Mamma by Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  Florence Easton (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Italy 
Date of Recording: October 3, 1928 
28. La Bohème: Si, mi chiamano Mimì by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Florence Easton (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: October 3, 1928 
29. Madama Butterfly: Un bel dì vedremo by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Florence Easton (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Date of Recording: October 10, 1928 
30. Mademoiselle Modiste: Kiss me again by Victor Herbert
Performer:  Florence Easton (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; USA 
Date of Recording: September 21, 1928 
31. Rose Marie: Indian Love Call "When I'm calling you" by Rudolf Friml
Performer:  Florence Easton (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
Date of Recording: September 21, 1928 
32. My Laddie by William Armour Thayer
Performer:  Gerald Moore (Piano), Florence Easton (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; USA 
Date of Recording: 1933 
33. Original Canzonettas Book 1, H 26a: no 27, Pastoral Song by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Gerald Moore (Piano), Florence Easton (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794; London, England 
Date of Recording: 1933 
34. Zigeunermelodien (7), Op. 55: no 4, Als die alte Mutter by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Gerald Moore (Piano), Florence Easton (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 1933 
35. Ich bin eine Harfe by Wolff,
Performer:  Gerald Moore (Piano), Florence Easton (Soprano)
Date of Recording: 1933 
36. Alle Dinge haben Sprache by Wolff,
Performer:  Gerald Moore (Piano), Florence Easton (Soprano)
Date of Recording: 1933 
37. Italienisches Liederbuch: Hat dich die Liebe berüht by Joseph Marx
Performer:  Gerald Moore (Piano), Florence Easton (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907-1911; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1933 
38. L'honestà negli amori: Già il sole dal Gange by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Lester Hodges (Piano), Florence Easton (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1680; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: July 13, 1939 
Venue:  Juilliard School of Music, New York 
39. Lungi dal caro bene by Antonio Secchi
Performer:  Lester Hodges (Piano), Florence Easton (Soprano)
Date of Recording: July 13, 1939 
Venue:  Juilliard School of Music, New York 
40. Myrthen, Op. 25: no 3, Der Nussbaum by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Lester Hodges (Piano), Florence Easton (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: July 13, 1939 
Venue:  Juilliard School of Music, New York 
41. Myrthen, Op. 25: no 1, Widmung by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Lester Hodges (Piano), Florence Easton (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: July 13, 1939 
Venue:  Juilliard School of Music, New York 
42. Songs (5), Op. 105: no 4, Auf dem Kirchhofe by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Lester Hodges (Piano), Florence Easton (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Austria 
Date of Recording: July 13, 1939 
Venue:  Juilliard School of Music, New York 
43. Songs (4), Op. 96: no 1, Der Tod, das ist die kühle Nacht by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Lester Hodges (Piano), Florence Easton (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Austria 
Date of Recording: July 13, 1939 
Venue:  Juilliard School of Music, New York 
44. Lieder (5), Op. 48: no 2, Ich schwebe wie auf Engelsschwingen by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Lester Hodges (Piano), Florence Easton (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Germany 
Date of Recording: July 13, 1939 
Venue:  Juilliard School of Music, New York 
45. Schlichte Weisen (5), Op. 21: no 2, Du meines Herzens Krönelein by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Lester Hodges (Piano), Florence Easton (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1888; Germany 
Date of Recording: July 13, 1939 
Venue:  Juilliard School of Music, New York 
46. Die Legende von der heiligen Elisabeth, S 2: No peace to us is given by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Karl Fritz (Piano), Florence Easton (Soprano)
Date of Recording: February 10, 1940 
Venue:  New York 

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