Originally posted by dai bread:
Ms Galli-Curci seems to be something of an exhibitionist.
I don't know enough to judge, but i might learn.
When did electronic recording come along? Some of these old records were mastered by shouting down a horn, loud enough to mechanically move a diaphragm at the bottom that in turn drove the cutting needle - no electronic amplification. I imagine that would put pressure on a performer to really proooo-ject.....
I hope i'm not boring you with this -- but i got a few more records from that box, mostly Victrola brand.
a few more of each: Alma Gluck, E Schumann-Heinck, Julia Culp,...
"Oh Dry Those Tears" by Sophie Braslau,
"The Lost Chord" and "Dreams of Long Ago" by Enrico Caruso,
"God My Father" by Emilio de Gorgoza,
I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen" by Clarence Whitehill,
"Silver Threads Among the Gold" by Harry Graham on Cornet, this one's on Pathe Freres label with a really cool red rooster trademark, will make good wall art,
"There's a Green Hill up in Flanders" by Alan Turner, presumably a WW1 tribute,
"Brazilian Nuts" by Mills Brothers (presumably not classical),
"Tosca-the Stars were Shining" in Italian by Benamino Gigli,
"There's Sunlight in your Eyes" by Reinald Werrenrath,
"Call me Back Pal o' Mine" by Charles Hart and Elliot Shaw,
"Sweet Little Buttercup" by Elizabeth Spencer & Shannon Four,
"Ben Bolt" by Geraldine Farrar
"America Forever" by Arthur Pryor's band.
All above look quite old - 1920's i'd guess.
Also brought home a colection of Victor Herbert on 78's that's probably from about 1940 hence not unusual. But their condition was pristine. Artists are Anne Jamison, Jan Peerce, Thomas L Thomas, and Wladmir Selinsky. These might be listenable for content because by WW2 recording had progressed to the point fidelity was getting almost decent.
If any of these names are familiar to anyone or you have an anecdote about them, I'd love to hear it. Please post. Or if i'm just cluttering the board please advise and i'll desist - i know musically i'm at or below dilettante level.
Cogito ergo doleo.