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Victor Recordings 1904-1908 Import


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Audio CD, Import, August 12, 1997
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Disc: 1
1. La Traviata: Ah! Fors' E Lui...Sempre Libera
2. Voci Di Primavera [Fruhlingsstimmen]
3. La Sonnambula: Ah, Non Giuge
4. Standchen
5. Der Nussbaum
6. Zyczenie: [The Madien's Wish]
7. Faust: Ah! E Strano Poter Il Viso 'Air Des Bijoux'
8. Don Giovanni: Batti, Batti, O Bel Masetto
9. La Traviata: Ah! Fors' E Lui...Sempre Libera
10. La Traviata: Ah! Fors' E Lui...Sempre Libera
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Disc: 2
1. Alessandro: Lusinghe Piu Care
2. Home, Sweet Home
3. Home, Sweet Home
4. Martha: The Last Rose Of Summer
5. The Lass With The Delicate Air
6. Il Barbier Di Siviglia: Una Voce Poco Fa
7. Halka: Gdyby Rannem Slonkiem (If With Early Sunshine)
8. Martha: The Last Rose Of Summer
9. Hamlet: Doute De La Lumiere
10. Mignon: Connais-Tu Le Pays
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 12, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Real Sound
  • Run Time: 151 minutes
  • ASIN: B000001S3T
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #422,177 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By BDSinC on December 27, 2004
Firstly, this is again one of those albums where we are listening to music recorded long before the age of even electrical recording. We are treated to some rather interesting interpretations. Some pieces are recorded twice, and it seems some times with piano and then again with orchestra. It makes for an interesting comparision.

Marcella Sembrich was a great singer in the days of Patti, and often seen as some as her superior. The interesting thing about Sembrich was her skills in music were not limited to voice, and unlike many singers of then (and even some of today) she did read music and understood its notations. In point of fact, she was a gifted pianist and a violinist. It was not rare in any of her concerts to be treated to song, piano sonatas (and very difficult music to say the least), and a violin concerto by some great composer, or Rode's variations for violin. When she first did such a concert in America, the critics were very tongue in cheek BEFORE the concert, certain they would be indulging some Prima Donna whim. To their surprise and delight, not only did she sing magnificently, she played better than some well renouned pianists and violinist. Her concerts were a musical feast.

However, this recording seems only to provide us with her voice (unless it is she who is accompanying herself on the piano, but no notations of that are indicated). There is the usual overly quick very unreflective tempi used that were common at that time to capture a piece in the allotted time. There are also cuts to pieces. From her attack, I would assume she was a bit past her prime when she made these recordings, as high notes are often begun like "excited screams" rather than a smooth effortless attack; but even then, they are not unmusical.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mauro Sarnelli on March 4, 2013
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This double CD is really wonderful: Madame Sembrich is one of the most astonishing singers of the Golden Age of Opera.
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