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Malibran returns with La Diva de l’Empire:

REGINE CRESPIN . . .

plus Georges Le Coz . . .

Alain Vanzo . . .

and our regular 50% SALE continues . . .



Only very rarely are we treated to the gift of a new release which momentarily stops our work and we are transported back in time to a long-lost sensitivity and beauty of a glorious artist who was recognized as such, even during her own time, as being a duly exceptional and unique artist with a truly glorious voice. Such was RÉGINE CRESPIN who arrived in New York only a few years before Zinka Milanov would retire from the Met in 1965. Such was the glory of Crespin that Milanov herself wryly regarded her as being “the Other One!” In the end, as Crespin switched from being a dramatic soprano to a classic mezzo (for her Carmen) she was coached by none other than Milanov herself! Malibran now treats us to this new issue of the Glory of latter-day France – RÉGINE CRESPIN:

  • RÉGINE CRESPIN, w.Inghelbrecht, Etcheverry, Knappertsbusch, Kempe, Markevitch, Downes, Leinsdorf & Maazel Cond.: Arias from La Damnation de Faust, Pénélope, La Juive, Sigurd, La Reine de Saba, Marie-Magdeleine, Sapho, Tosca, Der Fliegende Holländer, Die Walküre, Parsifal & Der Rosenkavalier (the latter being the Marschallin's Act I Monologue from Crespin's first Met Opera Broadcast, 22 Dec., 1962). (France) Malibran 212, recorded 1959-63, partially live performances. (V2275)

    "Régine Crespin, the French operatic soprano and later mezzo-soprano, one of the most important vocal artists to emerge from France in the decades after World War II was widely admired for the elegance, warmth and subtlety of her singing, especially in the French and German operatic repertories. Early on, the natural carrying power of her voice seemed to point to a career as a dramatic soprano. Indeed, she made her 1950 début at the regional company in Mulhouse, France, singing Elsa in Wagner’s LOHENGRIN. Yet Ms Crespin’s singing was imbued with nuanced phrasing, telling attention to text, creamy lyricism and lovely high pianissimos. While she had an enveloping voice, she always seemed to keep something in reserve, leading some listeners to sense a touch too much French restraint. But most opera buffs valued Ms Crespin for the effortless richness, lyrical nobility and subtle colorings of her singing. She was also a sophisticated actress whose Junoesque presence commanded attention. Ms Crespin’s Metropolitan Opera début came in 1962 as the Marschallin in DER ROSENKAVALIER, directed by the soprano Lotte Lehmann, who had been the most renowned interpreter of the role. Reviewing Ms Crespin’s portrayal, the New York Times critic Harold C. Schonberg wrote that she gave ‘a simply beautiful performance’ enriched with ‘all kinds of delicate shading’. But when she let out her full voice, he added, it ‘soared over the orchestra and all over the house — big, confident and beautiful’. In 1967 she sang Sieglinde to Birgit Nilsson’s Brünnhilde at the Met, with Herbert von Karajan conducting a production that he also directed. Reviewing that performance for The Times of London, the critic Conrad L. Osborne wrote that ‘Nilsson and Crespin spurring each other on make for the sort of thing one remembers with a chill for years’. In later life Ms Crespin won wide recognition as a voice teacher. During some 1995 master classes at the Mannes College of Music in New York, the students were enraptured not only by her insightful critiques, but by her insider tales about opera stars."


  • - Anthony Tommasini, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 6 July, 2007


  • ALAIN VANZO : Musica proibita (Gastaldon); w.Jules Gressier & Jésus Etcheverry Cond.: Arias from Don Giovanni, I Puritani, Barbiere, Lucia, L’Italiana in Algeri, L'Elisir, Rigoletto, Ballo, La Boheme, Madama Butterfly & Der Rosenkavalier. (France) Malibran 208, recorded 1958-64. (V2277)

    “Alain Vanzo was born in Monaco in April, 1928 and was apparently a gifted musician from an early age. From an inauspicious start, he was eventually heard by a singing teacher who recognised his talents, and from that point on he was lucky enough to be integrated into the French music scene where he triumphed in various performances. He made his début at the l’Opéra and the Opéra-Comique in 1957, going on to sing the Duke of Mantua in 1957.

    He became known and respected as a lyrical tenor and graduated towards a more robust tenor, culminating in his taking on Werther at age 40 and Don José at age 45! By the time he reached the age of 48, then on 20 April, 1965, he sang with Montserrat Caballé (her American début) in a concert performance in Donizetti's LUCREZIA BORGIA at Carnegie Hall. Finally, after his 1976 performances of FAUST in the US, he had become a star and this disc shows exactly why he was so well respected.”

    "In 1985, at age 57, [Vanzo] starred in the Paris Opéra’s historic revival of ROBERT LE DIABLE by Meyerbeer, which the company had not staged for some 90 years….Mady Mesplé, the soprano and a frequent vocal partner, told Le Monde that ‘with [Vanzo’s passing in 2002] a whole page of French lyric history has vanished’."


  • - Anne Midgette, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 24 Feb. 2002


  • GEORGES LE COZ, w.Michelle Langot (Pf.): Songs by Duparc, Ropartz, Gounod, Fauré, Lazzari, Chausson, de Séverac, etc. - Live Performances 23 Jan., 1983 & 22 Nov., 1987, Brest; Arias from Mignon, Lakmé, Samson et Dalila, Cléopâtre, Judas Maccabeus & Don Carlos - Live Performances 1959-83. Georges Le Coz, 1924-2008, A most worthy recital by the respected student of Vanni-Marcoux. (France) Malibran 769. (V2276)

    . . . and new from Orfeo d’Or . . .

  • TANNHÄUSER, Live Performance, 3 Aug., 1961, w.Sawallisch Cond.Bayreuth Festival Enesmble; Wolfgang Windgassen, Victoria de los Angeles, Grace Bumbry, Josef Greindl, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Gerhard Stolze, Franz Crass, Gerhard Paskuda & Theo Adam. 3-Orfeo d'Or C888143D. (OP2931)

    “The first performance of a series, they say, isn’t always the best. In 1961, as the critics noted, the opening night suffered not just from the usual first-night nerves, but also the common cold was doing the rounds. The discovery in radio archives of a 'Tannhäuser' from the next performance is thus a real find in historic nights at the Bayreuth Festival. Wieland Wagner's 1961 production, conducted by Wolfgang Sawallisch, saw Wolfgang Windgassen as the titular hero and, alongside him, Grace Bumbry in her international breakthrough role as the 'black Venus'. Victoria de los Angeles sang Elisabeth and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (at his last Bayreuth Festival) the role of Wolfram. By a stroke of luck, all the protagonists were on form on the evening of 3 August 1961, as we can now hear for the first time. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau outdoes himself once again as Wolfram, and Grace Bumbry and Wolfgang Windgassen achieve a perfect balance of love’s lust and sorrow. Sometimes a second attempt is worth more than twice the trouble.”


  • . . . and repeated from recent weeks . . .

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

    . . . 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)

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  • Regine Crespin    (Malibran 212)
    V2275. RÉGINE CRESPIN, w.Inghelbrecht, Etcheverry, Knappertsbusch, Kempe, Markevitch, Downes, Leinsdorf & Maazel Cond.: Arias from La Damnation de Faust, Pénélope, La Juive, Sigurd, La Reine de Saba, Marie-Magdeleine, Sapho, Tosca, Der Fliegende Holländer, Die Walküre, Parsifal & Der Rosenkavalier (the latter being the Marschallin's Act I Monologue from Crespin's first Met Opera Broadcast, 22 Dec., 1962). (France) Malibran 212, recorded 1959-63, partially live performances. - 7600003772121
    $19.90
    Alain Vanzo     (Malibran 208)
    V2277. ALAIN VANZO: Musica proibita (Gastaldón); w.Jules Gressier & Jésus Etcheverry Cond.: Arias from Don Giovanni, I Puritani, Barbiere, Lucia, L’Italiana in Algeri, L'Elisir, La Boheme, Madama Butterfly, Rigoletto, Ballo & Der Rosenkavalier. (France) Malibran 208, recorded 1958-64, partially Live Performance. Vanzo's Mozart is an exceptional stylistic & vocal surprise! - 7600003772084
    $19.90
    Georges Le Coz      (Malibran 769)
    V2276. GEORGES LE COZ, w.Michelle Langot (Pf.): Songs by Duparc, Ropartz, Gounod, Fauré, Lazzari, Chausson, de Séverac, etc. - Live Performances 23 Jan., 1983 & 22 Nov., 1987, Brest; Arias from Mignon, Lakmé, Samson et Dalila, Cléopâtre, Judas Maccabeus & Don Carlos - Live Performances 1959-83. Georges Le Coz, 1924-2008, A most worthy recital by the respected student of Vanni-Marcoux. (France) Malibran 769. - 760000377591
    $19.90
    Tannhauser (Sawallisch; Windgassen) (Orfeo d'Or C888143D)
    OP2931. TANNHÄUSER, Live Performance, 3 Aug., 1961, w.Sawallisch Cond.Bayreuth Festival Enesmble; Wolfgang Windgassen, Victoria de los Angeles, Grace Bumbry, Josef Greindl, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Gerhard Stolze, Franz Crass, Gerhard Paskuda, Theo Adam, etc. 3-Orfeo d'Or C888143D. - 4011790888323
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