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A Survey Of European Zonophone Recordings 1901-1903


Release Date: 02/22/2005 
Label:  Symposium   Catalog #: 1281   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Léo DelibesGiuseppe VerdiGiacomo PucciniAmilcare Ponchielli,   ... 
Performer:  Catherine MastioAntonio Magini-ColettiBice SilvestriGiovanni Battista De Negri,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In the years 1895 to 1902, the gramophone grew from a noisy toy to an instrument capable of recreating and preserving serious performances of great music. At first, the field was occupied solely by Emile Berliner, its inventor, and his associates, but there were soon competitors. Thus, probably in 1899, the first Zonophone Record appeared. As with Berlinerís records, information was inscribed by hand direct in to the recording medium; sometimes made more legible by filling in with white paint. Soon both companies improved the appearance of their products with black paper labels printed in gold. Colored labels indicating higher status, at suitably higher prices, rapidly followed. Aggressive rivalry developed between Zonophone and the Read more Gramophone & Typewriter Company, as Berlinerís group had become. Zonophone was signing celebrity artists that G & T regarded as its own, Plancon and Caruso, for example, and was known to be negotiating with others, such as De Lucia and Tamagno. G & T responded by buying out Zonophone. This album offers a selection of operatic repertoire from Zonophoneís European catalog from the years 1901 to 1903. Most of the artists represented were regarded by Zonophone as worthy of issue with its higher-price pale blue labels (in France sometimes orange). Most of the records are of extreme rarity, a number of them very likely unique, thus the listenerís indulgence may be needed in a few cases where perfect copies are probably unknown. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Lakmé: Pourquoi dans les grands bois by Léo Delibes
Performer:  Catherine Mastio (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; France 
Notes: 1901 - 1903 
2.
Rigoletto: Pari siamo by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Antonio Magini-Coletti (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Notes: 1901 - 1903 
3.
La Bohème: Donde lieta uscì by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Bice Silvestri (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Notes: 1901 - 1903 
4.
La Gioconda: Ah! Pescator affonda l'esca by Amilcare Ponchielli
Performer:  Antonio Magini-Coletti (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Italy 
Notes: 1901 - 1903 
5.
Otello: Niun mi tema (Death of Otello) by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Giovanni Battista De Negri (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
Notes: 1901 - 1903 
6.
Samson et Dalila, Op. 47: Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Alice Cucini (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
Language: Italian 
Notes: 1901 - 1903 
7.
La sonnambula: Ah, non credea mirarti by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Giulietta Wermez (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Notes: 1901 - 1903 
8.
Mefistofele: Ave Signor degli angeli by Arrigo Boito
Performer:  Paolo Wulman (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Italy 
Notes: 1901 - 1903 
9.
Simon Boccanegra: Il lacerato spirito by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Giulio Rossi (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; Italy 
Notes: 1901 - 1903 
10.
Otello: Credo in un Dio crudel by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Tieste Wilmant (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
Notes: 1901 - 1903 
11.
La damnation de Faust, Op. 24: Une puce gentille by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Antonio Magini-Coletti (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; France 
Notes: 1901 - 1903 
12.
Faust: Ah! je ris de me voir si belle "Jewel Song" by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Jean-François Delmas (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Notes: 1901 - 1903 
13.
La Gioconda: Ebbrezza! delirio! by Amilcare Ponchielli
Performer:  Lucien Fugère (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Italy 
Notes: 1901 - 1903 
14.
Faust: Le veau d'or est toujours debout by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Jean-François Delmas (Bass Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Notes: 1901 - 1903 
15.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Deh vieni alla finestra [Serenade] by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Jean-François Delmas (Bass Baritone)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Notes: 1901 - 1903 
16.
Le Chant du Départ "La Marseillaise" by Etienne-Nicolas Méhul
Performer:  Léon Melchissedec (Baritone)
Period: Classical 
Written: France 
Notes: 1901 - 1903 
17.
Les Huguenots: Piff paff! Pour les couvants c'est fini by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Pol Plançon (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Germany 
Notes: 1901 - 1903 
18.
Faust: Vous qui faites l'endormie "Serenade" by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Pol Plançon (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Notes: 1901 - 1903 
19.
Carmen: Votre toast je peu vous le rendre "Toreador Song" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Pol Plançon (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Notes: 1901 - 1903
Composition written: France (1873 - 1874). 
20.
Philémon et Baucis: Au bruit des lourds marteaux by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Pol Plançon (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1860; France 
Notes: 1901 - 1903 
21.
Manon: Je suis encour tout étourdie by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Pauline Agussol (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1884; France 
Notes: 1901 - 1903 
22.
Sigurd: Au nom du roi Gunther by Ernest Reyer
Performer:  Rose Caron (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; France 
Notes: 1901 - 1903 
23.
Manon: Ah! fuyez, douce image by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Leon Laffitte (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1884; France 
Notes: 1901 - 1903 
24.
Les Huguenots: Plus blanche que la blanche hermine by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Leon Laffitte (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Germany 
Notes: 1901 - 1903 
25.
Parsifal: Des Sünders Reuetränen by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Giulio Rossi (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1882; Germany 
Language: Italian 
Notes: 1901 - 1903 
26.
Les rameaux by Jean-Baptiste Fauré
Performer:  Pol Plançon (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Notes: 1901 - 1903 

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