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Nellie Melba - London Recordings 1904 [CD]

Charles Gounod , Claribel , Georges Bizet , Henry R Bishop , Herman Bemberg , et al. Audio CD

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1. La Serenata - Francesco Paolo Tosti
2. Je veux vivre dans ce reve from Romeo et Juliette - Charles Gounod
3. Chant Hindou - Herman Bemberg
4. Donde lieta usci al tuo grido d'amore from La Boheme - Giacomo Puccini
5. God Save the King - Dame Nellie Melba
6. Auld Lang Syne - Dame Nellie Melba
7. Come Back to Erin - Claribell
8. Old Folks at Home - Frank Foster
9. Good Night - Alfred Scott-Gatty
10. Away on the Hill There Runs a Stream - Landon Ronald
11. Sur le lac - Harvey Bamberg
12. Lo, Here the Gentle Lark! - Tom Bishop
13. Ah! Je Ris De Me Voir - Charles Gounod
14. Home Sweet Home from Clari, the maid of Milan - Dame Nellie Melba
15. Goodbye - Georges Bizet
16. Ave Maria, Op. 23, 2 - Johann Sebastian Bach
17. L'amour est pur comme la flamme from Elaine - Harvey Bamberg
18. Pastorale - Georges Bizet
19. Mi chiamano Mimi from La Boheme - Giacomo Puccini
20. Puisqu'on peut flechir ces jalouses gardiennes ... Vainement, ma bien aimee - Édouard Lalo

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3.0 out of 5 stars "I'm sorry .... my light has gone out." 15 April 2003
By John Austin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I met only one person who remembered hearing Melba sing. He had been present, as a young man, at a performance of "La Boheme". So perfect was her Mimi, he told me, that he never wanted to spoil his recollection by seeing any other soprano in the role.
Buy this second CD of her complete London Gramophone Company recordings and you'll not only hear her singing Mimi's two arias, you'll also see her on the cover carrying a candle holder with an unlit candle. Alas, the real thing is only faintly indicated. Mimi's first aria is truncated. The voice is recorded at very low volume with piano accompaniment that is barely audible. It is not a poor flower maker in an attic that we see on the CD cover, asking for assistance to relight her candle, it is a richly-dressed diva carrying a candleholder through an inner door of an elegant London apartment.
All of which typifies for me the disparity that I always find myself up against when exposed to the Melba of repute and the Melba of the Gramophone recordings. Did all sopranos in their mid-40s record as unsuccessfully as this in the years 1905 and 1906?
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a Singer! 28 Nov 2007
By James Moffat - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Say what you will about how poorly the early gramophone served sopranos - from a purely technical perspective, Melba survives as the greatest female vocalist on record. Hers was the most exact trill, the most even scale, the most ravishing phrasing. The 1906 recordings in particular are very good indeed - the aria from Le Roi d'Ys may well be my favourite vocal recording of all. (Okay, I know its meant to be a tenor aria, but if a soprano can sing it like this, why not?) Listen to how she modulates her voice in something as simple as Auld Land Syne. The excessive portamento is not flattered by acoustic recording, but it cannot disguise the beauty of her pianissimo singing.

Melba was a singer in the grand manner, and her aristocratic approach may be out of step with the 21st century. But like all singers on early recordings, an effort must be made to place her in context. For myself, I can listen to this disc over and over. Any young singer today could do worse than to buy this disc and cherish the lessons it contains.
0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "I'm sorry .... my light has gone out." 15 April 2003
By John Austin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I met only one person who remembered hearing Melba sing. He had been present, as a young man, at a performance of “La Boheme”. So perfect was her Mimi, he told me, that he never wanted to spoil his recollection by seeing any other soprano in the role.
Buy this second CD of her complete London Gramophone Company recordings and you’ll not only hear her singing Mimi’s two arias, you’ll also see her on the cover carrying a candle holder with an unlit candle. Alas, the real thing is only faintly indicated. Mimi’s first aria is truncated. The voice is recorded at very low volume with piano accompaniment that is barely audible. It is not a poor flower maker in an attic that we see on the CD cover, asking for assistance to relight her candle, it is a richly-dressed diva carrying a candleholder through an inner door of an elegant London apartment.
All of which typifies for me the disparity that I always find myself up against when exposed to the Melba of repute and the Melba of the Gramophone recordings. Did all sopranos in their mid-40s record as unsuccessfully as this in the years 1905 and 1906?
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