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Geraldine Farrar - Berlin G&Ts 1904-1906, etc

Farrar
Release Date: 11/01/2003 
Label:  Marston   Catalog #: 52040  
Composer:  Giuseppe VerdiAmbroise ThomasFrancesco Paolo TostiHerman Bemberg,   ... 
Performer:  Geraldine FarrarWilhelm GrüningKarl JörnClaude Gonvierre
Conductor:  Walter Damrosch
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Geraldine Farrar was, for many years, the prima donna assoluta of the Metropolitan Opera. She is remembered as having one of the best soprano voices of her time and yet, those who know her through her recorded output on Victor, are missing the magic that is Farrar. This two CD set, instead, captures Farrar when she made her earliest, finest, and scarcest recordings for G & T (1904-1906). These rare and stunning recordings are fresh, exciting, and expressive and demonstrate Farrar in ?best voice.? This set also chronicles Farrar at the end of her career when technology provided an opportunity to hear her ?true? voice during the 1920s and 1930s. While none of these were issued at the time, these test pressings and unpublished Bell Read more Laboratory test-recordings of 1934 provide a glimpse of her brilliance. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. La traviata: Ah, fors' č lui...Sempre libera by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Geraldine Farrar (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1904 
2. Mignon: Connais-tu le pays? by Ambroise Thomas
Performer:  Geraldine Farrar (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; France 
Date of Recording: 1904 
Language: Italian 
3. Mattinata by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  Geraldine Farrar (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 1904 
4. Aime-moi by Herman Bemberg
Performer:  Geraldine Farrar (Soprano)
Date of Recording: 1904 
5. Manon: Je marche sur tous chemins "Gavotte" by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Geraldine Farrar (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1884; France 
Date of Recording: 1904 
6. Roméo et Juliette: Je veux vivre dans le ręve "Waltz Song" by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Geraldine Farrar (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; France 
Date of Recording: 1904 
7. Der Roland von Berlin: Elsbeth! Gott stehe allzeit by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  Wilhelm Grüning (Tenor), Geraldine Farrar (Soprano)
Date of Recording: 1904 
8. Der Roland von Berlin: Ich ihn lieben? by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  Geraldine Farrar (Soprano), Wilhelm Grüning (Tenor)
Date of Recording: 1904 
9. Der Roland von Berlin: Nun wohl! Dann hast du auch by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  Wilhelm Grüning (Tenor), Geraldine Farrar (Soprano)
Date of Recording: 1904 
10. Der Roland von Berlin: Ja! Dich nur liebe ich by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  Geraldine Farrar (Soprano), Wilhelm Grüning (Tenor)
Date of Recording: 1904 
11. Der Roland von Berlin: Fahr wohl! Trautgesell by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  Geraldine Farrar (Soprano)
Date of Recording: 1904 
12. Dear Heart by Tito Mattei
Performer:  Geraldine Farrar (Soprano)
Date of Recording: September 27, 1905 
13. Cherry ripe by Charles Edward Horn
Performer:  Geraldine Farrar (Soprano)
Date of Recording: September 27, 1905 
14. Mefistofele: L'altra notte in fondo al mare by Arrigo Boito
Performer:  Geraldine Farrar (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Italy 
Date of Recording: September 27, 1905 
15. Caro mio ben by Tommaso Giordani
Performer:  Geraldine Farrar (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Date of Recording: September 27, 1905 
16. Faust: Ah! je ris de me voir si belle "Jewel Song" by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Geraldine Farrar (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Date of Recording: September 27, 1905 
Language: German 
17. Mignon: Connais-tu le pays? by Ambroise Thomas
Performer:  Geraldine Farrar (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; France 
Date of Recording: September 27, 1905 
Language: German 
18. Le domino noir: Ines so schön by Daniel-François Auber
Performer:  Geraldine Farrar (Soprano)
Date of Recording: June 23, 1906 
Language: German 
19. Manon: Je marche sur tous chemins "Gavotte" by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Geraldine Farrar (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1884; France 
Date of Recording: June 23, 1906 
Language: German 
20. Roméo et Juliette: Je veux vivre dans le ręve "Waltz Song" by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Geraldine Farrar (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; France 
Date of Recording: June 23, 1906 
21. La traviata: Sempre libera by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Geraldine Farrar (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: June 23, 1906 
22. Martha: Letzte Rose "The last rose of summer" by Friedrich von Flotow
Performer:  Geraldine Farrar (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: September 1906 
23. Tannhäuser: Gepriesen sei die Stunde by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Karl Jörn (Tenor), Geraldine Farrar (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Date of Recording: September 1906 
24. Rigoletto: E' il sol dell' anima by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Geraldine Farrar (Soprano), Karl Jörn (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: September 1906 
25. Faust: Es ist schon spät by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Geraldine Farrar (Soprano)
Date of Recording: September 1906 
Language: German 
26. Arminio: Pur dicesti, o bocca bella by Antonio Lotti
Performer:  Claude Gonvierre (Piano), Geraldine Farrar (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1714; Italy 
Date of Recording: January 11, 1927 
27. Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: E Susanna non vien...Dove sono by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Claude Gonvierre (Piano), Geraldine Farrar (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: January 11, 1927 
Notes: This is an abridged version of this work. 
28. Songs (6), Op. 34: no 2, Auf Flügeln des Gesanges by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Claude Gonvierre (Piano), Geraldine Farrar (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Germany 
Date of Recording: January 11, 1927 
29. Lieder (6), Op. 17: no 2, Ständchen by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Claude Gonvierre (Piano), Geraldine Farrar (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885-1887; Germany 
Date of Recording: January 11, 1927 
Language: English 
30. Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Non so piů cosa son, cosa faccio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Geraldine Farrar (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: January 12, 1927 
31. Frasquita: Rest with the dew of the dawning by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Geraldine Farrar (Soprano)
Date of Recording: January 12, 1927 
Language: English 
32. Midnight Bells [after Heuberger] by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Geraldine Farrar (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: January 13, 1927 
33. Humoresques (8) for Piano, Op. 101/B 187: no 7 in G flat major by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Geraldine Farrar (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: January 13, 1927 
Notes: Arranged: W. Creyke The vocal arrangement of this selection is titled "Christina's Lament."  
34. Hame to the Highlands by M. Gilmour
Performer:  Claude Gonvierre (Piano), Geraldine Farrar (Soprano)
Date of Recording: March 8, 1927 
35. Drowsy Poppies by M. Gilmour
Performer:  Claude Gonvierre (Piano), Geraldine Farrar (Soprano)
Date of Recording: March 8, 1927 
36. La serenata by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  Claude Gonvierre (Piano), Geraldine Farrar (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; London, England 
Date of Recording: March 8, 1927 
37. Arminio: Pur dicesti, o bocca bella by Antonio Lotti
Performer:  Claude Gonvierre (Piano), Geraldine Farrar (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1714; Italy 
Date of Recording: March 8, 1927 
38. Songs (6), Op. 34: no 2, Auf Flügeln des Gesanges by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Claude Gonvierre (Piano), Geraldine Farrar (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Germany 
Date of Recording: April 5, 1927 
39. The Old Refrain by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Geraldine Farrar (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: December 15, 1932 
40. Old folks at home by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Geraldine Farrar (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: December 15, 1932 
41. Love's Old Sweet Song by James L. Molloy
Performer:  Geraldine Farrar (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: December 15, 1932 
42. In Old Madrid by Henry Trotčre
Performer:  Geraldine Farrar (Soprano)
Date of Recording: December 15, 1932 
43. Gesänge (6), Op. 18: no 1, Marie by Robert Franz
Performer:  Geraldine Farrar (Soprano)
Conductor:  Walter Damrosch
Period: Romantic 
Written: c1860; German 
Date of Recording: October 28, 1934 
44. Heidenröslein, D 257/Op. 3 no 3 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Geraldine Farrar (Soprano)
Conductor:  Walter Damrosch
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: October 28, 1934 

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