From her discography of about 200 items, Dr Robert Jones has here selected 20 non-operatic recordings made between the years 1925 and the early 1930s. In the Berlin of those years, her recording company Parlophon, seemed always to have inexhaustible resources to pour into their cheap label productions. There were arrangers to render popular instrumental works by Tchaikovsky, Grieg, Elgar, Waldteufel and Rubinstein into song; there was not only a chorus to add but also budding tenors like Herbert Ernst Groh; and there were conductors like Otto Dobrindt to direct it all. The records had wide appeal in their day, one critic asserting that Emmy Bettendorf's singing could "make men go weak at the knees".
With motherhood looming, Emmy Bettendorf retired in 1932. It is possible to find on the Internet a letter she wrote, in faulty English, after WW2 had left her in severely reduced circumstances, in which she lists some preferred items that might be included in food parcels. Her fortunes later revived when she became lecturer in drama at the Berlin Conservatory. She died in 1963.
I hope a track listing is provided to accompany this review.