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Palaeophonics’ newest from 1925 –

NO NO NANETTE . . .

Jean de Reszke . . .

OTELLO, LOHENGRIN and

the already sold-out new Truesound titles

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Quite noteworthy is that while Japan eschews digital audio technology, the Compact Disk is still KING! Digital sales are eroding in that country, while CDs continue to remain extremely popular! Collectors treasure having a tangible copy of their favorite music, thus CDs’ continuing popularity. And up here in Northern Vermont we have recently purchased a collection of long out-of-print Romophone and Marston CDs, many of which are still factory-sealed. While these are certainly not new to us, they will be new to many collectors who were not active during the early days of these important labels. Please simply search for Romophone and Marston on our website where you will find them, while they last!

New this week are several diverse offerings beginning with Palaeophonics’ newest issue – the Original 1925 Cast of Youmans’ NO NO NANETTE:

  • NO NO NANETTE (Vincent Youmans, Frank Mandel, Otto Harbach & Irving Caesar), w.Percival Mackay Cond. Orig. London Palace Theatre Cast: Binnie Hale, Joseph Coyne, Seymour Beard, Irene Browne, George Grossmith, Jr, etc.; plus additional songs by Hannan Dance Band, Joe Garber’s Orchestra, Benson Orchestra of Chicago, Savoy Orpheans, Mayfair Orchestra, etc. (England) Palaeophonics 124, recorded 1925, Complete, as Recorded, w.Elaborate ‘The Play’ 20pp. Brochure replete w.photos from the London production & facsimile of original brochure. (PE0232)

    NO NO NANETTE is a musical comedy with lyrics by Irving Caesar and Otto Harbach, music by Vincent Youmans, and a book by Otto Harbach and Frank Mandel, based on Mandel's 1919 Broadway play MY LADY FRIENDS. The farcical story involves three couples who find themselves together at a cottage in Atlantic City in the midst of a blackmail scheme, focusing on a young, fun-loving Manhattan heiress who naughtily runs off for a weekend, leaving her unhappy fiancé. Its songs include the well-known ‘Tea for Two’ and ‘I Want to Be Happy’.

    During its pre-Broadway tour, NO, NO, NANETTE became a hit in Chicago, and the production stayed there for over a year. On 16 September, 1925, the show opened both on Broadway, then on 11 March, 1925 in the West End, running 321 and 665 performances respectively. Three touring productions were circulating throughout the U.S. when the Broadway production opened, starring Louise Groody and Charles Winninger. NO NO NANETTE was not successful in its first pre-Broadway tour in 1924. When the production arrived in Chicago, producer Harry Frazee re-cast the show with new stars, had the book rewritten and asked Youmans and Caesar to write additional songs. These additional songs, ‘Tea for Two’ and ‘I Want to Be Happy’ would become the hit songs of the show. Frazee eagerly capitalized on this success, but Broadway was not his first priority. NO NO NANETTE starred Binnie Hale, Joseph Coyne and George Grossmith, Jr. and became a hit, running for 665 performances. The London production featured two songs that were not included in U.S. productions: ‘I've Confessed to the Breeze’ and ‘Take a Little One-Step’. It ran for 321 performances.”


  • . . . and an interesting account of the various singers who were guided or influenced by Jean deReszke, in many respects a further elaboration of the Clara Leiser account which was published in 1934:

  • JEAN DE RESZKE'S LEGACIES - A Legendary Tenor's Influence on Opera and the Art of Singing (Jerome Mitchell). Athens, GA, Elliott & Fitzpatrick, 2014. 103pp. Bibliography. (Pictorial thick paper covers) (B0786)

  • OTELLO, Live Performance, 6 Aug., 1966, w.Sanzogno Cond. Teatro la Fenice Ensemble, Venezia; Pier Miranda Ferraro, Tito Gobbi, Anna di Stasio, Giorgio Giorgetti, etc.; TITO GOBBI coaches Mani Mekler & Wolfgang Lenz: La Leçon de musique - filmed 1980, Roma. (Italy) 2-Hardy 4052. (DVD0710)

  • LOHENGRIN (in Italian), w.Santini Cond. San Carlo Opera Ensemble, Napoli; Gino Penno, Renata Tebaldi, Giangiacomo Guelfi, Giulio Neri, Elena Nicolai, etc. (Italy) 3-Hardy 6010, Live Performance, 26 Dec., 1954. (OP2930)

    . . . and repeated from recent weeks . . .

  • RAFAEL KUBELIK Cond. Kölner Rundfunk S.O., w.Janos Starker, Claudio Arrau & Rudolf Firkusny: Haydn, Schumann, Mendelssohn & Dvorák. (Austria) 3-Orfeo C 726 143, recorded 1960-63. (C1304)

  • GINETTE NEVEU: Studio Recordings, incl. Tartini, Gluck, Paradies, Chopin, Suk, Ravel. Dinicu, de Falla & Strauss. (Japan) Opus Kura 2109, recorded 1938, 1939 & 1946. (S0632)

  • JULIUS LIEBAN: Songs by Offenbach, Gounod, Richard Mandl, etc.; Arias & Duets (w.Ernst Kraus, Adolf Lieban, Helene Lieban-Globig, Marie Dietrich, Ottilie Metzger, Margarete Parbs, Emilie Herzog, Gustav Werner, Eduard Kandl & Rudolf Krasa) from Siegfried, Der Waffenschmied, Undine, Hans Sachs, Il Barbiere Di Siviglia, Fra Diavolo, Carmen, Orphée aux Enfers, Die Fledermaus, Die Fledermaus, Der Zigeunerbaron, Prinz Methusalem, Boccaccio, The Mikado. (Germany) Truesound Transfers 3113, recorded 1903-16. Transfers by Christian Zwarg. (V2273)

    "The incredible versatility of this great artist incorporates his devilish charm into light opera and operetta with consummate ease! A Mime for the ages, his 'Zwangolle Plage!' must be heard to be believed! A truly infectious artist who clearly demonstrates the characterization that is missing in today's singers. The typically clear Zwarg transfers are brilliant. Not to be missed!"


  • - J. R. Peters


  • HERMANN JADLOWKER, Vol. I, incl. Arias from Der Evangelimann, Die Meistersinger, Lohengrin, Der Freischütz, Rigoletto, Un Ballo In Maschera, Tosca, Cavalleria Rusticana, Aïda, Pagliacci, Alessandro Stradella, Carmen, Mignon, La Juive & Joseph. (Germany) Truesound Transfers 3114, recorded 1907-08. Transfers by Christian Zwarg. (V2268)

  • HERMANN JADLOWKER, Vol. II, incl. Arias from La Traviata, Pagliacci, La Bohème, Der Fliegende Holländer, Faust, Don Giovanni, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Prodaná Nevesta, Evgenij Onëgin, La Juive & Tannhäuser. (Germany) Truesound Transfers 3115, recorded 1908-09. Transfers by Christian Zwarg. (V2269)

  • HERMANN JADLOWKER, Vol. III, incl. Arias, Duets & Ensembles (w.Erna Denera, Maria Labia, Margarethe Arndt-Ober, Leon Rains, Joseph Mödlinger & Eduard Habich) from Il Trovatore, Rigoletto, Un Ballo in Maschera, Aïda, Carmen, Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor, La Bohème & Martha. (Germany) Truesound Transfers 3116, recorded 1910-11. Transfers by Christian Zwarg. (V2270)

  • HERMANN JADLOWKER, Vol. IV, incl. Arias, Duets & Ensembles (w.Erna Denera, Maria Labia, Frieda Hempel, Margarethe Arndt-Ober, Leon Rains, Joseph Mödlinger & Eduard Habich) from Faust, Aïda, La Traviata, Les Huguenots, La Fille du Régiment, Carmen, Lucia di Lammermoor & Fidelio. (Germany) Truesound Transfers 3117, recorded 1910-11. Transfers by Christian Zwarg. (V2271)

  • HERMANN JADLOWKER, Vol. V, incl. Arias & Duets (w.Ada von Westhoven-Robinson & Frieda Hempel) from Roméo et Juliette, La Muette De Portici, La Dame Blanche, Lohengrin, Rigoletto, La Bohème, Les Huguenots, La Juive & Aïda. (Germany) Truesound Transfers 3118, recorded 1911. Transfers by Christian Zwarg. (V2272)

  • HERMANN JADLOWKER: Songs by Carissimi, Lotti, Cimara, Billi, Gretchaninoff, Tschaikowsky, Brahms & Strauss; Arias from Barbiere, Die Königskinder, Die Königin von Saba, Prodaná Nevesta, Dubrovsky, La Muette de Portici, Don Carlos, Les Huguenots, Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Entführung, Don Giovanni, Così fan Tutte, Joseph, Roméo, Alessandro Stradella, Idomeneo, La Traviata, Il Trovatore, Fra Diavolo, Zauberflöte & St Paul; Duets (w.Hempel & Farrar) from Le Donne Curiose & Les Huguenots. 2-Marston 52017, recorded 1912-28. Transfers by Ward Marston. Elaborate booklet has discographic data, photos & extensive notes by Tom Kaufman. Very Long out-of-print, Final copy! (V0088)

    “Hermann Jadlowker was one of the most unusual tenors of the twentieth century. His recorded voice has a slightly baritonal timbre, but he also was able to produce high notes with ease and exhibit unbelievable agility. His ‘Ecco ridente in cielo’ abounds in trills and runs, while his ‘Fuor del mar’ demonstrates his coloratura singing. With the baritonal characteristics of his voice (he might well have been classified as a ‘baritenor’ today), and incredible virtuoso abilities, he would have been even better in Rossini’s OTELLO than in Verdi’s—or in that composer’s ERMIONE than IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA. But this is not to denigrate his ‘Ecco ridente in cielo’—one of the all time great tenor records.”


  • - Tom Kaufman, liner notes to Marston’s JADLOWKER Set


  • LADY, BE GOOD! (George & Ira Gershwin), w.George Gershwin & Percival Mackay (Pfs.); Jacques Heuvel Cond. Orig. London Empire Theatre Cast: Fred & Adele Astaire, George Vollaire & William Kent; plus additional songs by Monty Woolf, Buddy Lee and the Gilt-Edged 4, etc. (England) Palaeophonics 122, recorded 1926, Complete, as Recorded, w.Elaborate ‘The Play’ 20pp. Brochure replete w.photos from the London production & facsimile of original brochure. (PE0231)

  • WHO’S HOOPER? (Howard Talbot & Ivor Novello), w.Howard Talbot Cond. Orig. London Cast: Madeleine Seymour, Paul Plunkett, Cicely Debenham, Fred Winn, Marjorie Gordon, Robert Michaelis & Violet Blythe; plus additional songs by Alfred Beers, Violet Loraine, W. H. Berry, Ernest Pike, etc. (England) Palaeophonics 118, recorded 1919, Complete, as Recorded, w.Elaborate ‘The Play’ 20pp. Brochure replete w.photos from the London production & facsimile of original brochure. (PE0230)

  • A NIGHT OUT (Willie Redstone & Clifford Grey), w. Willie Redstone Cond. Orig. London Cast: Leslie Henson, Lily St John, Fred Leslie, David Burnaby, Fred Leslie, Joe Wilbur, Ernest Pike, etc. (England) Palaeophonics 117, recorded 1920, Complete, as Recorded, w.Elaborate ‘The Play’ 20pp. Brochure replete w.photos from the London production & facsimile of original brochure. (PE0229)

  • SALLY (Jerome Kern & Guy Bolton), w.John Ansell Cond. Orig. London Cast: Dorothy Dickinson, George Grossmith, Jr, Seymour Beard, Otis Hooper, Leslie Henson, Gregory Stroud, Rosalind Rafferty, Heather Thatcher, etc. (England) Palaeophonics 116, recorded 1921, Complete, as Recorded, w.Elaborate ‘The Play’ 20pp. Brochure replete w.photos from the London production & facsimile of original brochure. (PE0228)

  • AMERICAN RARITIES, Vol.VI, incl. ROBERT LAWRENCE Cond.N.Y. City S.O., w.Alice Howland (MS): LA DAMNATION DE FAUST Excerpts (Berlioz), Live Performance, 11 May, 1942, Brooklyn Museum; MAXIM SCHAPIRO & LUDWIG ALTMAN (Pfs.): Piano Concerto #2 (Bartók [Piano Reduction by Altman); BYRON STANLEY SCHIFFMAN (Pf.): Prisoner of War Rhapsody (Played by the Composer), c.1946. (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL 78-224, (from rare existing copies, albeit with occasional technical flaws). Transfers by Yves St Laurent. (C1303)

  • JOYCE di DONATO, w.Riccardo Minasi Cond. l'Opéra National de Lyon Orch.: STELLA DI NAPOLI, incl.Arias by Pacini, Mercadante, Crafa, Valentini, Bellini, Donizetti & Rossini. (E.U.) Erato 2564636562, recorded 2013, Lyon. Slipcase Edition. (V2274)

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  • No No Nanette (Binnie Hale, Joe Coyne)  (Palaeophonics 124)
    PE0232. NO NO NANETTE (Vincent Youmans, Frank Mandel, Otto Harbach & Irving Caesar), w.Percival Mackay Cond. Orig. London Palace Theatre Cast: Binnie Hale, Joseph Coyne, Seymour Beard, Irene Browne, George Grossmith, Jr, etc.; plus additional songs by Hannan Dance Band, Joe Garber’s Orchestra, Benson Orchestra of Chicago, Savoy Orpheans, Mayfair Orchestra, etc. (England) Palaeophonics 124, recorded 1925, Complete, as Recorded, w.Elaborate ‘The Play’ 20pp. Brochure replete w.photos from the London production & facsimile of original brochure.
    $19.90
    Jean de Reszke Legacies  (Jerome Mitchell) 978-0-9855538-7-6
    B0786. Jerome Mitchell. Jean de Reszké's Legacies - A Legendary Tenor's Influence on Opera and the Art of Singing. Athens, GA, Elliott & Fitzpatrick, 2014. 103pp. Bibkliography. An interesting account of the various singers who were guided or influenced by Jean deReszke, in many respects a further elaboration of the Clara Leiser account which was published in 1934. Singers include Nordica, Abott, Leliva, de Cisneros, Patti, Slezak, Sembach, Melis, Vix, Salvatini, Vix, Teyte, Saltzmann-Stevens, Anday, Anderson, Németh, Edvina, van Hoose, Fornia, Peterson, Licette, Melius, Rosing, Namara, Sayao, Bentonelli, Endrèze, Gauld, Bonelli, John Charles Thomas, Alma Gluck, Lucille Marcel, Mme Charles Cahier, etc. (Pictorial thick paper covers) - 9780985553876
    $19.90
    Otello   (Sanzogno;  Ferraro, Gobbi, Londi)   (2-Hardy 4052)
    DVD0710. OTELLO, Live Performance, 6 Aug., 1966, w.Sanzogno Cond. Teatro la Fenice Ensemble, Venezia; Pier Miranda Ferraro, Tito Gobbi, Anna di Stasio, Giorgio Giorgetti, etc.; TITO GOBBI coaches Mani Mekler & Wolfgang Lenz: La Leçon de musique - filmed 1980, Roma. (Italy) 2-Hardy 4052. - 8018783040528
    $39.90
    Lohengrin    (Penno, Tebaldi, Neri, Guelfi)    (3-Hardy 6010)
    OP2930. LOHENGRIN (in Italian), w.Santini Cond. San Carlo Opera Ensemble, Napoli; Gino Penno, Renata Tebaldi, Giangiacomo Guelfi, Giulio Neri, Elena Nicolai, etc. (Italy) 3-Hardy 6010, Live Performance, 26 Dec., 1954. Long out-of-print, final sealed copy! - 8018783601026
    $49.90
    Ninon Vallin  -   Pathe Art Recordings      (2-Marston 52006)
    V0026. NINON VALLIN: The Complete Pathé-Art Recordings, 1927 - 1929, incl. Songs by Leroux, de Falla, Franck, Duparc, etc.; Arias from Nozze, Don Giovanni, La Boheme, Carmen, Madama Butterfly, Louise, Thaïs, Manon, Sadko, Tosca, Les Contes d'Hoffmann & Faust; Ninon Vallin, Madeleine Sibille & Miguel Villabella: Three Duets. 2-Marston 52006, recorded 1927-29. Transfers by Ward Marston. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 638335200620
    $59.90
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