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3 American Sopranos

MR 52027 (2cd)

Three American Sopranos

Lillian Nordica, Olive Fremstad, Ada Adini

Opera arias and songs

Lillian Nordica, Olive Fremstad, Ada Adini, sopranos

Recorded 1903-1913


No singer has received more requests at Marston than Lillian Nordica (1857- 1914). The American-born artist mastered the entire soprano repertory from coloratura parts to Wagner roles. Like so many of the greatest singers on early records, Nordica is instantly recognizable; she for the lovely, individual timbre of her voice, the perfectly controlled emission of tone, and the accuracy of execution. Olive Fremstad (1871-1951) moved to the United States at the age of ten from Sweden. She received rave reviews for her 1906 Metropolitan Carmen and created the role of Salome at the American premiere of the opera of the same name. Her voice was rich and expressive. Ada Adini (1855-1924) spent most of her career outside of the United States. Her remarkable and versatile soprano voice is extant on five extremely rare Fonotipia sides. All five are presented on this 2 CD-set and for the first time, truly represent her beautiful voice.


CD1

LILLIAN NORDICA
Columbia Phonograph Company, New York City
1. LA GIOCONDA: Suicidio! ... In questi fieri momenti (Ponchielli) 4:01
    3 April 1906; (M-3-1) (30133-1) Published only as a dub on IRCC 232  
2. IL TROVATORE: Miserere (Verdi) 4:21
    with Marcello Reseninil, tenor
3 April 1906; (M-5-2) (Unknown) Published only as a dub on IRCC 237  
3. IL TROVATORE: Tacea la notte placida (Verdi) 3:42
    3 April 1906; (M-6-1) (30134-1) Unpublished  
4. IL TROVATORE: Tacea la notte placida (Verdi) 3:42
    3 April 1906; (M-6-2) (30134-2) Published only as a dub on IRCC 232  
5. DIE WALKÜRE: Ho-jo-to-ho! (Wagner) 2:45
    Early 1907; (M-95-1) (Unknown) Unpublished  
6. HUNYADI LÁSZLÓ: Nagy ég, mit akar mit akar velök akirály? (Erkel) 3:07
    23 May 1907; (30144-1) 30144  
7. Damon (Stange) 3:51
    29 April 1910; (30483-1) 30483  
8. From the land of sky-blue water (Cadman) 1:34
9. Mighty lak\' a rose (Nevin) 2:11
    29 April 1910; (30486-1) 30486  
10. LA GIOCONDA: Suicidio! ... In questi fieri momenti (Ponchielli) 3:51
    2 February 1911; (30133-2) 30133  
11. TRISTAN UND ISOLDE: Mild und leise [Liebestod] (Wagner) 4:27
    2 February 1911; (30652-1) 30652  
12. Annie Laurie {Traditional Scottish} (Douglass-Scott) 2:44
    2 February 1911; (30653-1) 30653  
13. Mandoline (Verlaine-Debussy) 1:50
    3 February 1911; (30657-2) 30657  
14. DIE WALKÜRE: Ho-jo-to-ho! (Wagner) 2:19
    3 February 1911; (30659-1) Published only as a dub on IRCC 95  
15. MIGNON: Oui, pour ce soir... Je suis Titania [Polonaise] (Thomas) 3:58
    3 February 1911; (30661-1) 30661/ Transposed down a semi-tone to A  
16. Ständchen, Op. 17, #2 (R. Strauss) 3:03
    16 February 1911; (30677-1) 30677  
17. SALVATOR ROSA: Mia piccirella (Gomes) 2:19
    16 February 1911; (30681-1) Unpublished  
The [Lionel] Mapleson Cylinders
Recorded in the Metropolitan Opera House, New York City
18. LES HUGUENOTS: Three excerpts from Valentine-Raoul duet (Meyerbeer) 5:59
    with Jean de Reszke, tenor
11 March 1901  
19. TRISTAN UND ISOLDE: Three excerpts from Love Duet, including a portion of Brangäne\'s Warning (Wagner) 6:10
    with Georg Anthes, tenor and Ernestine Schumann-Heink, contralto
9 February 1903  
20. TRISTAN UND ISOLDE: Excerpt from Liebestod (Wagner) 1:48
    7 January 1903  
21. TRISTAN UND ISOLDE: Excerpt from Liebestod (Wagner) 2:04
    9 February 1903  
22. DIE WALKÜRE: Ho-jo-to-ho! excerpt (Wagner) 0:35
    16 January 1903 or 12 February 1903  
23. DIE WALKÜRE: Ho-jo-to-ho! excerpt (Wagner) 1:24
    21 February 1903  
24. DIE WALKÜRE: Scene beginning "[O hehrstes] Wunder! Herrlichste Maid!" (Wagner) 1:47
    with Johanna Gadski, soprano; Marie Van Cauteren, soprano; Mathilde Bauermeister, soprano; Ernestine Schumann-Heink, contralto; Louise Homer, contralto; Camille Seygard, soprano; Marguerite Marilly, soprano; Marie Maurer, soprano; and Carrie Bridewell, soprano
21 February 1903  
25. SIEGFRIED: Two excerpts from Act III Finale (Wagner) 3:32
    with Georg Anthes, tenor
19 January 1903  

CD2

LILLIAN NORDICA
The [Lionel] Mapleson Cylinders (Continued)
1. GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG: Three excerpts from Immolation Scene (Wagner) 6:13
    28 February 1903  
2. GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG: Three excerpts from Immolation Scene (Wagner) 4:10
    23 January 1903  

ADA ADINI
Società Italiana di Fonotipia, ca. late 1904 to early 1905, Milan
3. AIDA: O cieli azzuri (Verdi) 2:05
    XPh 553-1; 39110  
4. AIDA: O cieli azzuri (Verdi) 2:06
    XPh 553-2; 39110  
5. IL TROVATORE: D\'amor sull\'ali rosee (Verdi) 3:03
    XPh 571; 39112  
6. La Serenata (Braga) 2:57
    with Anemoyanni, violin
XPh 579; 39211  
7. HÉRODIADE: Il est doux, il est bon (Massenet) 3:07
    XPh 580; 39216  
8. HISTOIRE D\'AMOUR: Grand Air (Samara) 3:00
    XPh 581; 39215  

OLIVE FREMSTAD
Columbia Phonograph Company, New York City
9. TANNHÄUSER: Dich, teure Halle (Wagner) 3:32
    21 January 1911; (30635-2) A5281  
10. LOHENGRIN: Einsam in trüben Tagen (Wagner) 4:25
    30 January 1911; (30645-1) A5281  
11. DIE WALKÜRE: Du bist der Lenz (Wagner) 2:00
    5 November 1913; (39081-1) A1451  
12. DIE WALKÜRE: Ho-jo-to-ho! (Wagner) 1:59
    28 October 1913; (39073-1) A1451  
13. TRISTAN UND ISOLDE: Mild und leise [Liebestod] (Wagner) 4:44
    5 November 1913; (30707-2) A5521  
14. DON CARLO: O don fatale (Verdi) 4:14
    7 November 1913; (36807-3) A5521  
15. TOSCA: Ora stammi a sentir (Puccini) 2:32
    23 October 1913; (39061-1) A1505  
16. TOSCA: Vissi d\'arte (Puccini) 3:38
    21 January 1911; (30644-1) A5282  
17. MIGNON: Connais-tu le pays (Thomas) 3:00
    23 October 1913; (39060-2) A1505  
18. CARMEN: Près des remparts de Séville [Séguedille] (Bizet) 2:17
    31 January 1911; (30646-2) A5282  
19. Les filles de Cadix (Delibes) 3:22
    31 January 1911; (30647-2) Unpublished  
20. Wiegenlied (Brahms) 2:22
    23 October 1913; (39062-1) A1488  
21. Ach, wie ist möglich (Thuringian Folk Song) 3:26
    28 October 1913; (39074-1) A1488  
22. Stille Nacht (Gruber) 3:23
    30 March 1911; (30708-1) 30708  
23. Annie Laurie {Traditional Scottish} (Douglass-Scott) 3:38
    21 January 1911; (30637-1) A5273  
24. Long, long ago (Bayly) 3:20
    31 January 1911; (30636-2) A5273

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