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“Under 200 pages, which is the length of Darryl W. Bullock’s charming FLORENCE! FOSTER!! JENKINS!!!, is just about right for those who want to know more about the world’s worst opera singer but might not want to know absolutely every detail.
The story of Florence Foster Jenkins is quite astonishing. Born into a wealthy Pennsylvania family in 1868, she showed a strong early interest in music and the arts and succeeded in graduating from a music academy. She made an unsatisfactory marriage to a physician, and when this ended in divorce she enjoyed the life of a socialite in New York. After her father’s will ‘mysteriously vanished’ from his office safe, she succeeded, with her mother, to his extremely large estate and took up residence in a Manhattan hotel. There she conducted the life of a patroness of the arts, assisted and encouraged by an English actor, St Clair Bayfield, with whom she entered into what the couple described as a secret marriage.
Then the performances started in earnest, and over the years she established a considerable reputation for singing at the soirees of the various clubs and societies she supported, attracting an enthusiastic audience of well-heeled New Yorkers. They loved her. They loved her elaborate, ridiculous costumes; they loved her overdramatic gestures. They presented her with bouquet after bouquet as well as expensive jeweled trinkets to show how much they appreciated her efforts. But she couldn’t sing. She was gloriously, spectacularly, irredeemably out of tune.”
- Alexander McCall Smith, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 17 Aug., 2016
ERICH LEINSDORF Cond. Boston Symphony Orch.: 'Eroica' Symphony #3 in E-flat - Marche funčbre (Beethoven); Leinsdorf announces the assassination of President Kennedy; A few words by Henry B. Cabot - BSO President; w.IDIL BIRET (American Début): Piano Concerto #3 in d (Rachmaninoff). (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL T-380, Live Performance, 22 Nov., 1963, Symphony Hall, Boston. Transfers by Yves St Laurent. (C1458)
“Turkish pianist Idil Biret recorded a cycle of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas for her own IBA (Idil Biret Archives) label. She has appeared with most of the world's major orchestras and presented recitals in many countries, with a notable high point being a complete performance of Liszt's brutally difficult transcriptions of Beethoven's nine symphonies at the 1986 Montpellier Festival in France. Studio performances of those transcriptions were recorded for EMI and released on the IBA label. Biret was, in short, one of the world's top-rank pianists, not a star whose name was familiar even to casual listeners, but a versatile performer whose capabilities were well known to enthusiasts.
Born 21 November, 1941, in Ankara, Turkey, Biret was a classic child prodigy. Turks called her the ‘Turkish Mozart’, and when she was eight the financially strapped Turkish Parliament voted a special appropriation to make possible her musical education in Europe. Biret's first teacher in France was Nadia Boulanger, under whose tutelage she blazed through the curriculum at the Paris Conservatory. She took three first prizes there at 15 and began her professional career the following year. Biret later studied with German pianist Wilhelm Kempff, who called her his favorite disciple.
One major event of her early career was a series of concerts she gave in Moscow in 1960, organized by Russian pianist Emil Gilels. She would go on to play over 100 concerts in Russia. In 1963 Biret made her U.S. début [above] with the Boston Symphony in Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto #3, a trademark work in her repertoire.”
- James Manheim, allmusic.com
ZINO FRANCESCATTI, w.Robert Casadesus (Pf.): Sonata in g (Debussy); Berceuse sur le nom de Gabriel Fauré (Ravel); Sonata in A (Franck), all recorded 1946-47; w.Wallenstein Cond. Los Angeles Phil.: Concerto #1 in D -Allegro maestoso - Tempo giusto (Paganini), Live Performance, 27 Jan., 1946. (Canada) Yves St Laurent YSL 78-383. Transfers by Yves St Laurent. (S0697)
“Zino Francescatti (1902-91) was a musician’s musician who won over audiences more by charm than prowess. His unmistakably French manner was out of vogue in an era-dominated by Russian-trained violinists, but so much the better for him. He was trained by his father, a concertmaster in Marseilles, and performed in the Straram Orchestra of Paris before coming late to a career as a soloist and chamber musician. He was not the last French violinist standing, though in the 1950s it could seem that way.
While his repertoire was wide, Francescatti’s recordings naturally emphasized French music, where he figures as a latter-day Jacques Thibaud. He has the same rich, dark tone; but while his phrasing is also very lyrical, it tends to be more tempered and neoclassical. This seems more of a generational difference than anything else.”
- David Radcliffe, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Sept./Oct., 2012
"Everything about Francescatti’s approach to every piece he plays is unique. He does not follow any ‘school’ of interpretation, and the only similarities that I noticed from piece to piece is that he is an impeccable violinist, and as a musician he stretches the boundaries of expression while always playing with exquisite taste. There is something regal about his playing, and at the same time there is a deep sense of musical integrity – a kind of moral directive from within that compels him to play beautifully and honestly for the sake of the music and the sacred nature of the performance."
- Elaine Fine, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Sept./Oct., 2006
JOSÉ ITURBI: The Complete Solo Repertoire on RCA Victor & HMV. (France) 3-Appian APR 7307, recorded 1933-52. Transfers by Mark Obert-Thorn. (P1241)
López-Chavarri: El viejo castillo moro; Mozart: Piano Sonata #11 in A major, K331 'Alla Turca'; Piano Sonata #12 in F major, K332; Paderewski: Minuet in G major, Op. 14 #1; Paradies: Toccata; Rachmaninov: Prelude, Op. 3 #2 in c sharp minor; Saint-Saëns: Allegro Appassionato in b minor Op. 43; Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata K27 in b minor; Keyboard Sonata K159 in C major 'La caccia'; Schumann: Arabeske in C major, Op. 18; Romance in F sharp major, Op. 28 #2; Tchaikovsky: The Seasons, Op. 37b: June (Barcarolle); November (Troika).
“Spanish pianist José Iturbi (1896-1980) was a pupil of Landowska and Victor Staub at the Paris Conservatoire, and after graduation in 1913 he began a successful career in Europe; however after a sensational US début in 1929 he worked more and more in the USA where he relocated. While continuing as a successful pianist he started a parallel career as a conductor and directed many American orchestras over the next 40 years. Perhaps his greatest claim to popular fame was his appearances in several Hollywood films, which has however tarnished his posthumous reputation, leading him to be dismissed as a ‘cross-over’ artist; this is to do him a disservice, however, as his music making retained the highest standards of craftsmanship. He made comparatively few solo recordings considering his wide repertoire but he excelled at the Spanish and French repertoire, both of which are well represented in these recordings.”
- Ned Ludd
MYRA HESS: The Complete Solo & Concerto Studio Recordings. (England) 5-Appian APR 7504, recorded 1928-57, American Columbia, English Columbia, HMV 78rpm & Long-Play. Transfers by Mark Obert-Thorn. (P1240)
DISC 1: The American Columbia Recordings, 1928–1931:
Bach/Hess, Bach, Scarlatti, Schubert, Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Palmgren, Ravel, Debussy, Griffes, de Falla.
DISC 2: The English Columbia Recordings, 1933:
Field, Chopin, Macdowell, Dvorák.
The HMV 78-rpm recordings, 1937–1949: Purcell/Hess, Scarlatti, Bach/Hess, Bach, Haydn, Brahms; w.Heward Cond. Hallé Orch.: Mozart - Concerto in C K467.
DISC 3: The HMV 78-rpm recordings, 1937–1949:
Schumann – Carnaval; w.Goehr Cond.: Piano Concerto; Variations symphoniques; Cameron Matthay - Album leaf, Elves.
DISC 4: The HMV 78-rpm recordings, 1937–1949:
Ferguson - Five Bagatelles, Sonata;
The HMV LPs 1952–1957: Beethoven - Sonatas Opp. 109 & 110; Für Elise, Bagatelle Op 126, #3; Mendelssohn - Song without Words. Op 102, #5
DISC 5: The HMV LPs 1952–1957: w. Schwartz Cond. Philharmonia Orch.: Schumann - Piano Concerto; Études symphoniques; Scarlatti, Granados, Brahms, Bach/Hess.
“In one disc after another you are drawn towards a deeply personal quality that endeared her to thousands...This set will prompt endless reappraisal as well as ample confirmation of Hess' enduring celebrity.”
"Myra Hess (1890-1965) was among an elite of pianists who approached their instrument as a means of conveying music as a spiritual experience. In her youth she was prepared by Tobias Matthay, who also instructed Clifford Curzon. Hess was in contact with violinist Jelly D'Aranyi, pianists Fanny Davies and Carl Friedberg, all acquaintances of Brahms. Her enlightened playing transformed even what sounded as passage work into significant musical statements. Her career began with a debut under Sir Thomas Beecham and made her an instant favorite with British audiences. Tours in the United States and throughout Europe endeared the public to her artistry. During the Second World War, the contents of London's National Gallery were emptied for safe-keeping during the threat of German air attacks. To bolster the public's morale, Hess organized and performed in hundreds of lunch time concerts at the Gallery. She was later ennobled for her efforts. Arturo Toscanini acknowledged her valiant effort by inviting her as one of the first European artists to perform in New York with his symphony after the war's end. It was a noble gesture, but the performance suffered from the Italian conductor's inability to allow the soloist to choose a proper tempo.
Like Artur Schnabel, Hess eventually modified her programs to dwell on the late sonatas of Beethoven, Schubert, suites by Bach, and Romantic era concertos. An avid chamber-music player, she collaborated with Pablo Casals, Pierre Fournier, Joseph Szigeti, and others. Illness in her last years curtailed her concerts but Hess was able to occasionally broadcast from the BBC studios. Hess hated to record but obliged and left several hours of disc recordings. Far more indicative of her playing are the radio recitals preserved and published on CD."
- Allan Evans
. . . repeated from the recent past . . .FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS, w.Cosme McMoon (Pf.): The Glory (????) of the Human Voice, incl. Songs by Liadov, McMoon & Bach; Arias from Zauberflöte, Lakmé, La Perle du Brésil & Die Fledermaus; Cosme McMoon interviewed by Chick Crumpacker; Jenny Williams & Thomas Burns: A Faust Travesty (in English). Sony 888837660020 (V2393)
“Mme Jenkins’ visits to the studio were a distinct and radical departure from the customary routines of the many artists for whom Melotone has recorded. Rehearsals, the niceties of volume and pitch, considerations of acoustics – all were thrust aside by her with ease and authority. The technicians never ceased to be amazed at her capacity for circumventing the numerous problems and difficulties peculiar to recording. She simply sang; the disc recorded.”
- Melotone Recording Studio, 1946 brochure
GIANNA PEDERZINI - Biography by Maurizio Tiberi. Roma, 2-TIMA Club, 2016. 439pp. in Two Volumes; Index; Exhaustive Chronology, 1923-72; Discography, 1928-49; Repertoire; copious Photos, many never before in print; Illustrated with concert & opera program reproductions, newspaper articles & reviews, plus delightful caricatures. (Italian Text) (Pictorial thick paper covers) (B1860)
ERNST LÉVY: Sonata #32 in c, Op.111, Live Performance, 6 April, 1952, M.I.T.; Sonata #31 in A-flat, Op.110, Live Performance, 16 Jan., 1955, M.I.T. (both Beethoven); Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel (Brahms), Live Performance, 20 Feb., 1955, Sanders Theatre, Cambridge, MA. St Laurent Studio YSL 33-358. Transfers by Yves St Laurent. (P1238)
"Lévy was more than a virtuoso pianist - though his technical prowess was staggering; he was an intellectual in the true sense of the word, and music was but one aspect of his creative life….Lévy's Beethoven is the pianistic equivalent of Furtwängler...."
- Allen Linkowski, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, May/June, 1998
DMITRI SHOSTAKOVITCH: Preludes, Op.34 - Recorded 1947 & 1950; Preludes & Fugues, Op.87 - Recorded 5 Feb., 1952; w.Dmitri Tsiganov & Sergey Shirinsky: Piano Trio #2 in e, Op.67 - Recorded 1946 (all Played by the COMPOSER). (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL 78-372. [A monumental issue in remarkably bright and clear transfers from the original 78s by Yves St Laurent.] (P1239)
“Dmitri Shostakovich began his career with hopes of becoming a professional pianist, and throughout his life he maintained a close association with the instrument. He enjoyed playing in private and in public, and recorded compositions of his own in the 1940s and 1950s….Yet, much of his piano music is not well known by the classical-buying public; and that applies whether we are referring to his various collections of epigrammatic character pieces or his two large-scale sonatas."
-- Barry Brenesal, FANFARE
WILHELM KEMPFF: The Late Sonatas - Piano Sonata #24 in F sharp major, Op. 78, Recorded in 1932 (Polydor 90193); Piano Sonata #26 in E flat major, Op. 81a 'Les Adieux', Recorded in 1928 (Polydor 66687/8); Piano Sonata #27 in e minor, Op. 90, Recorded in 1928 (Polydor 62639 & 66712); Piano Sonata #28 in A major, Op. 101, Acoustic recording, 1925 (Polydor 66178/9); Piano Sonata #29 in B-flat major, Op. 106 'Hammerklavier', Recorded 7 & 25 January 1936 (Polydor 67077/81); Piano Sonata #30 in E major, Op. 109, Recorded 29 July, 1936 (Polydor 67091/2); Piano Sonata #31 in A flat major, Op. 110, Recorded 29 July, 1936 (Polydor 67088/90); Piano Sonata #32 in c minor, Op. 111, Recorded 31 July, 1936 (Polydor 67093/5) (all Beethoven). (France) 2-Appian APR 6018, recorded 1925-36. Transfers by Mark Obert-Thorn. (P1236)
WILHELM KEMPFF: Bagatelle in C Major, Op. 33, #5, Recorded c.1920 [Kempff’s 1st recording] (Polydor 62400); Ecossaises (6) in E flat major, Recorded c.1920 (Polydor 62400); ‘Rage over a lost penny' Rondo a capriccio in G major, Op. 129, Recorded 24 September 1937 (Polydor 62802); w. Paul Van Kempen or Peter Raabe Cond.: Piano Concerto #1 in C Major, Op. 15, Recorded September, 1925 (Polydor 69815/8); Piano Concerto #3 in c minor, Op. 37, Recorded 11 June 1942 (Polydor 67946/50); Piano Concerto #4 in G major, Op. 58, Recorded 19 March, 1940 (Polydor 67674/8); 'Emperor' Piano Concerto #5 in E flat major, Op. 73, Recorded 6 January, 1936 (Polydor 67082/6) (all Beethoven). (France) 2-Appian APR 6019, recorded 1925-42. Transfers by Mark Obert-Thorn. (P1237)
ARTUR RODZINSKI Cond. NYPO, w.NATHAN MILSTEIN: Violin Concerto #1 in g (Bruch); w.Temple Emanu-El Choir; Barbara Stevenson, Marcella Uhl & Neville Landor: ISRAËL Symphony (Bloch). (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL 33-357, both Live Performances, 31 Dec., 1944, Carnegie Hall. Also includes Rodzinski's recorded message to the Armed Forces, inviting them to send in their program requests for a forthcoming special Armed Forces Concert. Transfers by Yves St Laurent. (C1454)
BRUNO MADERNA Cond. Boston S.O., w.EARL WILD (Pf.): Piano Concerto #2 in f (Chopin), Live Performance, 11 July, 1971, Tanglewood; BRUNO MADERNA Cond. Cleveland Orch., w.EARL WILD (Pf.): Concerto for Piano & Wind Instruments (Stravinsky), Live Performance, 5 Aug., 1972, Blossom Festival. (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL T-374. Transfers by Yves St Laurent. (C1453)
ERICH LEINSDORF Cond. Boston Symphony Orch., w.MSTISLAV ROSTROPOVITCH: Cello Concerto in b (Dvorák); w.Samuel Mayes & Joseph de Pasquale: Don Quixote (Strauss). (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL T-379, both Live Performances, 23 Oct., 1965 & 29 Nov., 1963, Symphony Hall, Boston. Transfers by Yves St Laurent. (C1456)
PIERRE BOULEZ Cond. Cleveland S.O.: Symphony #5 in B-flat; Symphony #6 in C (both Schubert). (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL T-362, Live Performances, 12 March, 1970 & 19 Nov., 1967, both Severance Hall. Transfers by Yves St Laurent. (C1455)
LEONARD BERNSTEIN Cond. Boston S.O. & NYPO, w.Marc Blitzstein, Lotte Lenya, Jo Sullivan, David Brooks, Laurence Olivier, Nan Merriman, Jennie Tourel, Adele Addison, Irma Gonzalez, Raoul Jobin, Nicola Moscona, Lukas Foss & Leonard Bernstein (Pf.): Beethoven, Schumann, Mahler, Messaien, Copland, Ravel, Shostakovich, Bartók, Stravinsky, Weill, Harris, Piston, Fine, Chávez & David Diamond. (E.U.) 11-West Hill Radio Archives WHRA 6048, Live Performances, 1941-61, all Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood, Symphony Hall, Boston, Brandeis University or Private. Transfers by Lani Spahr. (C1345)
“A 12-CD set titled LEONARD BERNSTEIN: HISTORICAL RECORDINGS 1946-1961 contains an unexpected gem, an archival recording of the very first performance (in concert) of Marc Blitzstein's English adaptation of DIE DREIGROSCHENOPER at Brandeis University, 14 June 1952. Blitzstein's version, which made the work popular in the U.S. and U.K. and has been performed thousands of times, would soon break all the records for long-running musicals and establish off-Broadway theater as a cultural force in the U.S.
Bernstein was a close friend of Blitzstein, and he used the first Festival of the Creative Arts at Brandeis to showcase the new adaptation. The participants in the three-day festival read like a who's who of influential musicians, dancers, theater artists, and critics. THE THREEPENNY OPERA cast included Lotte Lenya and Jo Sullivan, both of whom appeared in the stage premiere in 1954; Blitzstein himself narrated, and Bernstein conducted. One could hardly ask for a more auspicious tryout.
The recording reveals some preliminary versions of lyrics that will intrigue philologists, one example being a line from Mack the Knife: ‘Have you noted Mackie's loaded’, later replaced by ‘And Macheath spends like a sailor’. Perhaps more interesting for those steeped in the original off-Broadway cast recording (1954), the new recording presents something much closer to Blitzstein's original conception. The ‘Tango-Ballad’, bowdlerized on the cast recording, is preserved here in its original form. Lenya's ‘Pirate Jenny’, her first performance anywhere of an English version, will not disappoint. After the performance, Bernstein wrote a note to Lenya: ‘I should be out there spreading roses at your feet for all you did for us at the Brandeis Festival. And it is you who have done the great service to Kurt's music, by being the archangel of a performance that could not have existed but for you. Genug. You’re a genius’.
The complete recording, a little over an hour, has been issued by West Hill Radio Archives (WHRA-6048) as the eighth disc of eleven (the liner notes are included as a PDF file on the twelfth CD). The set includes radio broadcasts and rehearsals in addition to previously unreleased live performances, and will form an essential part of any Bernstein lover's collection. Weill fans will be overjoyed to have a chance at last to hear this essential historical performance of THE THREEPENNY OPERA."
- The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music
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C1458. ERICH LEINSDORF Cond. Boston Symphony Orch.: 'Eroica' Symphony #3 in E-flat - Marche funčbre (Beethoven); Leinsdorf announces the assassination of President Kennedy; A few words by Henry B. Cabot - BSO President; w.IDIL BIRET (American Début): Piano Concerto #3 in d (Rachmaninoff). (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL T-380, Live Performance, 22 Nov., 1963, Symphony Hall, Boston. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
S0697. ZINO FRANCESCATTI, w.Robert Casadesus (Pf.): Sonata in g (Debussy); Berceuse sur le nom de Gabriel Fauré (Ravel); Sonata in A (Franck), all recorded 1946-47; w.Wallenstein Cond. Los Angeles Phil.: Concerto #1 in D -Allegro maestoso - Tempo giusto (Paganini), Live Performance, 27 Jan., 1946. (Canada) Yves St Laurent YSL 78-383. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
P1241. JOSÉ ITURBI: The Complete Solo Repertoire on RCA Victor & HMV. (France) 3-Appian APR 7307, recorded 1933-52. Transfers by Mark Obert-Thorn. - 5024709173075
P1240. MYRA HESS: The Complete Solo & Concerto Studio Recordings. (England) 5-Appian APR 7504, recorded 1928-57, American Columbia, English Columbia, HMV 78rpm & Long-Play. Transfers by Mark Obert-Thorn. Specially priced. - 5024709175048
COMPACT DISC 1: The American Columbia Recordings, 1928–1931:
Bach/Hess, Bach, Scarlatti, Schubert, Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Palmgren, Ravel, Debussy, Griffes, Falla
COMPACT DISC 2: The English Columbia Recordings, 1933
Field, Chopin, Macdowell, Dvorák
The HMV 78-rpm recordings, 1937–1949
Purcell/Hess, Scarlatti, Bach/Hess, Bach, Haydn, Brahms
Mozart - Concerto in C K467: Hallé / Heward
COMPACT DISC 3: The HMV 78-rpm recordings, 1937–1949 (continued)
Schumann - Carnaval, Piano Concerto: Orchestra / Goehr
Franck - Variations symphoniques: CBO / Cameron
Matthay - Album leaf, Elves
COMPACT DISC 4: The HMV 78-rpm recordings, 1937–1949 (continued)
Ferguson - Five Bagatelles, Sonata
The HMV LPs 1952–1957
Beethoven - Sonatas Op 109 & Op 110
Für Elise, Bagatelle Op 126/3
Mendelssohn - Song without Words Op 102/5
COMPACT DISC 5: The HMV LPs 1952–1957
Schumann - Piano Concerto: Philharmonia / Schwartz
Scarlatti, Granados, Brahms, Bach/Hess
Klaus Tennstedt (Bruckner 8th) (St Laurent Studio YSL T-332)
Otello (Uzunov, Milanov, MacNeil; Schippers) (2-HTM 65-001)
Norma (Sutherland, Horne, Alexander, Cross) (3-IPCD 1055)
Irene Jordan, Vol. II; MEDEAD (Giannini) - Paray (YSL T-343)
Jussi Bjorling; Bertil Bokstedt - Copenhagen Recital (JSP 682)
The Artistry of Virginia Zeani (9-Musique Aria 7648401)
Tristan (Bodanzky; Melchior, Flagstad, Thorborg, Huehn) (3-IPCD 1040)
Il Trovatore (Calusio; Bjorling, Greco, Castagna) (2-IPCD 1052)
Vocal Record Collectors' Society - 2015 Issue (VRCS-2015)
Raoul von Koczalski, Vol. II (3-Marston 53016)
Tannhauser (Szell; Traubel, Melchior, Kipnis, Thorborg) (3-IPCD 1053)
Claudia Novikova & Obukhova (Eclectra E CCD-2029)
Mignon (Tourel, Stevens, Tokatyan, Crooks, Pinza) (4-IPCD 1061)
Don Giovanni (Szell; Pinza, Steber, Resnik, Sayao) (4-IPCD 1059)
Aida / Carmen (Vickers, Zeani, Bumbry, Merrill) (4-IPCD 1056)
Offenbach - Hommage Mechanique (Music Box) (Malibran 214)
Verdi Requiem (Toscanini; Milanov, Roswaenge) (2-IPCD 1058)
Germaine Lubin; Lucienne de Meo; Gerard Souzay (2-Marston 52070)
The Chocolate Soldier (Pringle, Workman) (Palaeophonics 135)
Hullo America! (Janis, Chevalier, Lupino) (Palaeophonics 112)
Going Up (Joseph Coyne, Evelyn Laye) (Palaeophonics 131)
The Bing Girls are There (Nat D. Ayer) (Palaeophonics 136)
Ernani (del Monaco, MacNeil, Cavalli; Santini) (Myto 00337)
Il Tabarro; Don Pasquale (Albanese, Sayao) (3-IPCD 1057)
Contes d'Hoffmann (Beecham; Jobin, Singher, Pinza) (2-IPCD 1060)
As You Were (Alice Delysia) (Palaeophonics 139)
Rita Gorr (Malibran 782)
Leopold Stokowski; Birgit Nilsson, George London (Guild 2410)
Rosenkavalier (Ludwig, Della Casa, Soderstrom) (4-IPCD 1050)
Oberon (Cluytens; Araujo, Angelici, Nore) (3-Malibran 790)
Yes, Uncle! (Henri Leoni, Crawford, Griffin) (Palaeophonics 138)
The Shop Girl (Alfred Lester, Evelyn Laye, Bates) (Palaeophonics 132)
Conchita Supervia, Vol. V; Maria Barrientos (Marston 51010)
A–Z of Singers (4-Naxos 8.558097/100)
GIGLI (Leonardo Ciampa)
La Traviata (Zeani [debut], Prevedi, Merrill) (2-YSL T-267)
Charles Munch, Vol. VII; Addison, Gramm (2-YSL T-308)
Joseph Fuchs, V; Lillian Fuchs; Bernstein; Perlea (YSL T-331)
Mattia Battistini; Giuseppe Bellantoni (6-Marston 56002)
JENNIE TOUREL; Milanov, Rogatchewsky (3-IPCD 1048)
Gabrielle Ritter-Ciampi (Malibran 784)
Norman Dello Joio; Leonard Warren; Scherman (YSL T-318)
Charles Munch, Vol. VIII; Rudolf Firkusny (YSL T-312)
Arturo Toscanini, Vol. II (St Laurent Studio YSL 78-324)
Charles Munch, Vol. X; Alexander Borovsky (YSL T-315)
Charles Munch, Vol. XI; Margaret Harshaw (YSL T-335)
Bruno Maderna, Vol. II; Boston S .O. (YSL T-360)
Busch String Quartet, Vol. IV; Serkin; Kell (YSL 78-264)
Eleanor Steber (Marcia Sloat) (0-9634174-0-1)
Sergei Lemeshev, Vol. VII (8-Aquarius AQVR 400)