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Ninon Vallin, Artur Rodzinski,

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  • NINON VALLIN, Vol. IV, incl. Songs by Duparc, Fauré, Nin (Accompanied by the COMPOSER) & de Falla (the latter’s Siete Canciones Populares Españolas); Arias & Duets (w.André Balbon & André Baugé) from El Amor Brujo, L’Enfant Prodigue, La Mascotte, La Fille de Mme Angot, Louise, Manon, Mignon, Les Noces de Jeannette, Mefistofele & Norma (the latter two being Vallin’s sole recordings in Italian). (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL 78-220, recorded 1927-31, Pathé & French Odéon. Transfers by Yves St Laurent. Great transfers from pristine 78rpm copies, the fourth in a YSL series of some of Vallin’s rarest records! (V2247)

    "During the period between the two world wars, Ninon Vallin was unrivaled as the leading lyric soprano in France. Very good technically, she had an admirable art of singing with a style full of inflexion and modulation and was adept at colouring her voice. That voice had a compass of an easy two octaves of the lyric soprano, with free and natural emission, excellent breath control and a very beautiful timbre….Hers was a perfect legato and she was a mistress of portamento.”


  • - Alfred de Cock, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2003


  • LEONARD BERNSTEIN, Vol.IV, Cond.New York City S.O., w.Charles Holland (T), Walter Scheff (Bar.), Robert Shaw (Narrator): Airborne Symphony (Blitzstein); Walter Scheff: Dusty Sun (Acc. by the Composer). (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL 78-216, recorded 1946. Transfers by Yves St Laurent. (C1285)

    The AIRBORNE SYMPHONY by Marc Blitzstein is both the most substantial male-chorus work in the repertory and the single most powerful American composition to emerge from the Second World War. Deciding to become a composer, he studied with Nadia Boulanger in Paris and Arnold Schönberg in Berlin. After a decade writing in an avant-garde idiom, with approaching fascism Blitzstein turned toward more tonal, populist music, especially theater. In works like the proletarian operas THE CRADLE WILL ROCK and NO FOR AN ANSWER, he found a larger public, without compromising his style or pandering to the lowest common denominator. Later works include REGINA, JUNO, and his masterful translation of THE THREEPENNY OPERA. The premiereof the AIRBORNE took place on 1 April, 1946, with a chorus drawn from the Robert Shaw Chorale, Orson Welles as the Narrator, and the tenor Charles Holland as soloist. Bernstein recorded the work for RCA that fall. Bernstein revived it with the New York Philharmonic, recording it again, on LP with Orson Welles.”


  • - Eric A. Gordon, MARK THE MUSIC; THE LIFE AND WORK OF MARC BLITZSTEIN


  • ARTUR RODZINSKI, Vol. XXVII, Cond. NYPO, w.Kenneth Spencer (Narrator): A Lincoln Portrait (Copland), recorded 15 March, 1946; ARTUR RODZINSKI Cond. Cleveland Orch.: Show Boat Fantasy (Kern), recorded 29 Dec., 1941; w.Boris Goldovsky (Pf.): Under the Spreading Chestnut Tree (Weinberger), recorded 13 Dec., 1939. (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL 78-185. Transfers by Yves St Laurent. (C1284)

    “Here, beyond question, is a work with patriotic feeling. A LINCOLN PORTRAIT has been performed in this country in many places and on many occasions as an affirmation of Americanism. It has been presented abroad as an expression of the American spirit, and foreigners have responded to this content. And Lincoln's words in A LINCOLN PORTRAIT would grace any American festivity -- as would Copland's music.”


  • - Howard Taubman, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 1 Feb., 1953


  • ARTUR RODZINSKI, Vol. XXVI, Cond. NYPO: Symphony #2 in e (Rachmaninoff), recorded 15 Jan., 1945; ARTUR RODZINSKI Cond. Cleveland Orch.: Daphnis et Chloé – Suite #2 (Ravel), recorded 29 Dec., 1941. (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL 78-185. Transfers by Yves St Laurent. (C1283)

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  • FONOTIPIA TENORS, incl. Bettino Capelli, Edoardo Garbin, Manfredo Polverosi, Ermanno Pezzuti, Romano Ciaroff-Cerini, Giorgio Lucà, Piero Sciavazzi, Angelo Angioletti, Edigio Cunego, Gino Colombo, Sante Montelauri, Fernando Pini (Orlandis), Tino Borelli, Giuseppe Garuti & Attilio Barbieri. (England) The Record Collector 2-TRC 39. Booklet offers full discographical information, plus brief biographies by Alan Bilgora. (V2246)

  • LES HUGUENOTS, Live Performance, 14 May, 1969, Carnegie Hall, w.Giovanetti Cond. American Opera Society Ensemble; Angeles Gulin, Beverly Sills, Kay Creed, Jacqueline Pierce, Tony Poncet, Justino Diaz, Joshua Hecht, etc. (Canada) 2-St Laurent Studio YSL 33-217. Transfers by Yves St Laurent. (OP2908)

  • DEMON (Rubinstein), recorded 1974, w.Khaikin Cond. USSR Ensemble; Alexander Polyakov, Nina Lebedeva, Evgeny Vladimirov, Alexey Usmanov, etc. (Russia) 2-Melodiya 10 02102. (OP2907)

  • ROMEO ET JULIETTE (in Russian), recorded 1948, Moscow, w.Nebolsin Cond. Bolshoi Theatre Ensemble; Sergei Lemeshev, Irina Maslennikova, Ivan Petrov, Maxim Mikhailov, Ivan Burlak, etc.; Irina Maslennikova: Songs by Chausson, Debussy, Ravel & Gossec, Live Performances 1952 & 1956. An exquisite mini-recital! (Russia) 2-Aquarius AQVR 269. (OP2906)

  • IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA (in Russian), recorded 1953, w.Samosud Cond. Moscow Radio Ensemble; Ivan Kozlovsky, Vera Firsova, Ivan Burlak, Mark Reizen, Vladimir Malishev, etc. (Russia) 2-Aquarius 201. (OP0034)

  • DIE WALKÜRE- Act I, Live Performance, 21 July, 1956, Tanglewood, w.Münch Cond. Boston Symphony Orch.; Margaret Harshaw, Albert da Costa & James Pease. (Italy) Memories 2292. Long out-of-print, final remaining copies! (OP2909)


  • . . . From Tanglewood, 1956, we have Margaret Harshaw in a rare excursion as Sieglinde (she was known primarily as Brünnhilde), Albert da Costa (best remembered as Nilsson’s Tristan), and James Pease (heard here as a superb Hunding) in the First Act of DIE WALKÜRE as brilliantly conducted by Charles Münch. Long out-of-print, we have a very few remaining copies to offer.




  • GENEVIÈVE MOIZAN, w.Inghelbrecht, Désormière, Cloëz, Gressier, Constant, Benedetti, Le Conte, Markevitch & Bruck Cond.: Arias from Hippolyte et Aricie, Les Choéphores, Mignon, La Damnation de Faust, Grisélidis, Tarare, Sapho, La Habanera, Faust, Il Trovatore, Fidelio, Tannhäuser & Snegourotchka. (France) Malibran 209, Broadcast & Live Performances, 1953-61. (V2245)

  • ANDRÉA GUIOT: Arias from Don Giovanni, Otello, Mireille, Carmen, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Hérodiade, Guillaume Tell, Sigurd, Faust & Turandot. (France) Malibran 207. (V2237)

  • JARMILA NOVOTNÁ, w.Toscanini, Walter, Breisach, Beecham, Weissmann, Panizza, Gould, Black, Voorhees, Pelletier, Abravanel, etc. Cond.: Arias from Zauberflöte, Nozze, Don Giovanni, Barbiere, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Rusalka (Dvorák), Hubicka, Prodaná Nevesta, La Boheme, Tosca & La Traviata. (Czech Republic) Supraphon 4158, recorded 1930-56. (V2241)

  • LOTTE LEHMANN: Lotte Lehmann – A 125th Birthday Tribute, incl. Songs by Bach-Gounod, Mozart, Groos, Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Pfitzner, Schubert, Schumann, Strauss, Wagner, Wolf, Blech, Tschaikowsky, Gounod, Rogers, etc.; Arias from Der Rosenkavalier & Lohengrin; Bruno Walter Speaks About Lotte Lehmann; Lehmann reads her poem: 'In alten Partituren'; Lehmann Speaks About Her Singing. 4-Music & Arts 1279, recorded 1927-49, partially Live Performances, incl. 19 previously unreleased performances. Transfers by Lani Spahr. Handsome Boxed Set. (V2243)

  • ELFRIDE TRÖTSCHEL, w.Giesen, Löwlein & Richard Krauss Cond.: Songs by Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Wolf, Dvorák, etc., Live Performance, 18 June, 1956; Songs by Schubert, Schumann, Strauss, Mahler, Reger & Hindemith, 1949 RIAS Broadcast. (Germany) 2-Hänssler Profil PH13050. (V2242)

  • VLADIMIR BUNCHIKOV: Arias & Duets (w.Lidiya Kazanskaya, Vera Krasovitskaya & Olga Piotrovskaya) from La Favorita, Ballo, Pagliacci, Der Zigeunerbaron (Johann Strauss), Die Lustige Witwe, Die Blaue Mazur, Das Land des Lächelns (all Lehár), Gräfin Mariza, Der Teufelsreiter, Die Zirkusprinzessin (all Kálmán), Les Cloches de Corneville, Surcouf (both Planquette) & Katja, Die Tänzerin (Jean Gilbert [Max Winterfeld]). (Russia) Aquarius AQVR 381, recorded 1946-53, partially from sound film. A most appealing voice and artist! (V2244)

  • JOHANNA MARTZY, w.Günther Wand Cond. SWR S.O.: Concerto #1 in e (Mendelssohn); Concerto in D (Brahms). (Germany) Hänssler 94.226, Broadcast Performances, 1959 & 1964. (S0591)

  • ADOLF BUSCH & RUDOLF SERKIN: Sonata #9 in A (Beethoven); Sonata #1 in G (Brahms). (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL 78-214, recorded 1941; 1931, resp. Transfers by Yves St Laurent. (S0589)

  • LONDON STRING QUARTET, w.Horace Britt (Cello): Quintet in C (Schubert), recorded 1928; w.Alfred Hobday (Viola): Quintet in g, K.516 (Mozart), recorded 13 June, 1917. (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL 78-207. Transfers by Yves St Laurent. (S0590)

  • CURSIVE (Sean Hickey), featuring Philip Edward Fisher, Brandon Patrick George, Anne Lanzilotti, Meredith Clark & Julie Sakharova. Delos 3465, recorded 2014, Princeton, NJ. (S0592)

  • BLANCHE SELVA: Prélude, Chorale & Fugue; BLANCHE SELVA & JOAN MASSIA: Sonata in A (both Franck). (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL 78-213, recorded 1929. Transfers by Yves St Laurent. (P1083)

  • FANNY DAVIES: Kinderszenen; Davidsbündlertänze - Excerpts; w.Ansermet Cond. Royal Phil.: Concerto in a (all Schumann). (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL 78-209, recorded 1928-30. Transfers by Yves St Laurent. (P1082)

  • GÉZA ANDA: Intermezzo in E-flat, Op.117 (Brahms); w.Leitner Cond. SWR S.O.: Concerto #1 in b-flat (Tschaikowsky); w.Müller-Kray Cond.: Concerto #2 (Bartók). (Germany) Hänssler 94.225, Broadcast Performances, 1950 & 1973. (P1091)

  • SAMSON FRANÇOIS: Samson François Live, incl. Mozart, Chopin, Schumann, Franck, Prokofiev & Liszt. (E.U.) 3–Erato 409600, Live Performances, 1964. Boxed Set Edition. (P1084)

  • LEON FLEISHER, w.Cluytens Cond.: Concerto #1 in C (Beethoven); w.Georg Ludwig Jochum Cond.: Concerto #12 in A, K.414 (Mozart). (Germany) ICA ICAC 5121, recorded 1960 & 1957. (P1085)

  • IGNACY JAN PADEREWSKI: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Debussy & Paderewski. (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL 78-208, recorded 1922-37. Transfers by Yves St Laurent. (P1090)

  • SERGE KOUSSEVITZKY Cond. Boston S.O., w.Maria Kurenko, Roland Hayes, Dorothy Cornish & Robert Collins: MISSA OECUMENICA (Gretchaninoff), Live Performance, 26 Feb., 1944, w.broadcast commentary; MARIA KURENKO, w.Gretchaninoff (Pf.), recorded 25 April, 1941; NINA KOSHETZ, w.Gretchaninoff (Pf.), recorded 15 April, 1929: Gretchaninoff Songs. (Canada) Immortal Performances 1036. Transfers by Richard Caniell; Essay by Larry Friedman. (C1280)

  • ARTURO TOSCANINI Cond. NBC S.O.: The 20 April, 1940 Concert, incl. Introduction and Allegro for Strings (Elgar); Jupiter Symphony in C, K.551 (Mozart); Scherzo capriccioso (Dvorák); Pictures at an Exhibition (Mussorgsky-Ravel), w.Commentary by Gene Hamilton; Complete Concert of 9 April, 1944, incl. Parsifal - Prelude and Good Friday Spell; w.Jascha Heifetz: Violin Concerto in e (Mendelssohn); Bonus disk of rehearsal for 20 April, 1940 Concert. (Canada) 3-Immortal Performances 1038. Transfers & Essay by Richard Caniell; Program Notes by Robert Matthew-Walker; w.22-pp booklet. Specially priced at 3 CDs for the price of 2. (C1279)

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  • Ninon Vallin, Vol. IV     (St Laurent Studio YSL 78-220)
    V2247. NINON VALLIN, Vol. IV, incl. Songs by Duparc, Fauré, Nin (Accompanied by the COMPOSER) & de Falla (the latter’s Siete Canciones Populares Españolas); Arias & Duets (w.André Balbon & André Baugé) from El Amor Brujo, L’Enfant Prodigue, La Mascotte, La Fille de Mme Angot, Louise, Manon, Mignon, Les Noces de Jeannette, Mefistofele & Norma (the latter two being Vallin’s sole recordings in Italian). (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL 78-220, recorded 1927-31, Pathé & French Odéon. Transfers by Yves St Laurent. Great transfers from pristine 78rpm copies, the fourth in a YSL series of some of Vallin’s rarest records!
    $19.90
    Leonard  Bernstein, Vol. IV   (St Laurent Studio YSL 78-216)
    C1285. LEONARD BERNSTEIN, Vol.IV, Cond.New York City S.O., w.Charles Holland (T), Walter Scheff (Bar.), Robert Shaw (Narrator): Airborne Symphony (Blitzstein); Walter Scheff: Dusty Sun (Acc. by the Composer). (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL 78-216, recorded 1946. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
    $19.90
    Artur Rodzinski, Vol. XXVII   (St Laurent Studio YSL 78-186)
    C1284. ARTUR RODZINSKI, Vol. XXVII, Cond. NYPO, w.Kenneth Spencer (Narrator): A Lincoln Portrait (Copland), recorded 15 March, 1946; ARTUR RODZINSKI Cond. Cleveland Orch.: Show Boat - Scenario for Orchestra (Jerome Kern), recorded 29 Dec., 1941; w.Boris Goldovsky (Pf.): Under the Spreading Chestnut Tree (Weinberger), recorded 13 Dec., 1939. (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL 78-186. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
    $19.90
    Artur Rodzinski, Vol. XXVI    (St Laurent Studio YSL 78-185)
    C1283. ARTUR RODZINSKI, Vol. XXVI, Cond. NYPO: Symphony #2 in e (Rachmaninoff), recorded 15 Jan., 1945; ARTUR RODZINSKI Cond. Cleveland Orch.: Daphnis et Chloé – Suite #2 (Ravel), recorded 29 Dec., 1941. (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL 78-185. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
    $19.90
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