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Section VIII - German Vocal 78rpm records Nos. J1109 – J1139

J1109. FRIDA LEIDER, w.Raucheisen (Pf.): Erlkönig / Auf dem Wasser zu singen (both Schubert). 12” Electrola DB 5625, only form of issue, 1941. M-A, exemplary. MB 25

J1110. FRIDA LEIDER, w.Raucheisen (Pf.): Widmung; Marienwürmchen / Meine Rose (all Schumann). 12” Electrola DB 5626, only form of issue, 1941. M-A, exemplary. MB 25

J1111. FRIDA LEIDER, w.Barbirolli Cond.: DON GIOVANNI – Or sai che l’onore (Mozart) / ARMIDE – Ah! si la liberté (Gluck). 12” black PW HMB D 1547 (CR 2010/12-2), POM-11 May, 1928. M-A MB 8

J1112. FRIDA LEIDER, w.Barbirolli Cond.: DON GIOVANNI – Or sai che l’onore (Mozart) / ARMIDE – Ah! si la liberté (Gluck). 12” mauve & gold HMB AGSB 26 (CR 2010/12-2), POM-11 May, 1928. MINT MB 8

"...one marvel[s] with admiration at an artist like Leider who can pass from the great high tragic roles of Isolde and Brünnhilde in which she is so justly celebrated to this beautiful, fine and delicate etching [above]."


- Kaikhosru Sorabji, NEW AGE


J1113. FRIDA LEIDER: Ah! Perfido! (in Italian! [label suggests German]) (Beethoven), 2s. 12” black & red German Polydor 65745 (682/83as), POM-1922. A to M-A, glorious copy has faintest rubs, hardly worth mention. MB 95

J1114. FRIDA LEIDER, w.Barbirolli Cond.: FIDELIO – Abscheulicher!, 2s. 12” Orth Vla 7118, POM-8 May, 1928. M-A MB 8

J1115. FRIDA LEIDER, w.Barbirolli Cond.: WESENDONCK LIEDER – Träume / Schmerzen (Wagner). 12” Scroll V 7708, POM-11 May, 1928, on Z Shellac. M-A, glorious copy has faintest rubs, hardly worth mention. MB 15

J1116. FRIDA LEIDER, w.Barbirolli Cond.: TRISTAN - Liebestod / PARSIFAL - Ich sah' das Kind. 12” PW V 7523, POM-18 May, 1931. M-A MB 10

J1117. FRIDA LEIDER, w.Barbirolli Cond.: TRISTAN - Liebestod / PARSIFAL – Ich sah' das Kind. 12” PW Electrola DB 1545, POM-18 May, 1931. M-A MB 15

"...Frida Leider's [recording] of 'Ich sah das Kind' from PARSIFAL...possesses a tenderness and comprehension which have never been otherwise equaled in this music....There is also, naturally, the 'Liebestod,' and the recordings from the second act of TRISTAN, with Melchior. In what there is...there shines through to this very day a comprehension of Wagner, and an ability to transmit it, which are beyond comparison....in the Leider-Melchior days no performance was ever simply routine. I think it is the historic fact, which other singers and conductors who worked with her can attest, that Leider was quite incapable of a routine performance."
- Vincent Sheean, FIRST AND LAST LOVE, p.100


J1118. FRIDA LEIDER, w.Blech Cond.: GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG - Immolation Scene, 4s. 2-12” black PW HMV D 2025/26, POM-26 Oct., 1928. M-A MB 15, The Pair.

J1119. FRIDA LEIDER & ELFRIDE MARHERR-WAGNER, w.Blech Cond.: TRISTAN – Doch nur von Tristan (Isolde’s Narrative and Curse), 2s. 12” Orth Vla 7603, POM-8 Nov., 1928. M-A MB 10

J1120. FRIDA LEIDER & LAURITZ MELCHIOR; Coates Cond.: TRISTAN - Liebesnacht, 4s. 2-PW V 7273/74, POM-6 May, 1929. M-A MB 12, the Pair.

J1121. FRIDA LEIDER: IL TROVATORE – D’amor sull’ali rosee / Tacea la notte [w.cabaletta] (in German). 12” red German Polydor 72975 (763az/23be), POM-1925/’26. A to M-A, glorious copy has faintest rubs, hardly worth mention. [Leider’s delicate shading, pianissimi and trills are breathtaking!] MB 95

J1122. FRIDA LEIDER: AÏDA – O Patria mia / Ritorna vincitor! (in German), 2s. 12” black & red German Polydor 65641 (602/678as), POM-1921/’22. A to M-A, glorious copy has faintest rubs, hardly worth mention. MB 95

J1123. FRIDA LEIDER: NOZZE – Porgi amor / Dove sono (in German). 12” black Schall.Gram. 65744 (603/04½ as), POM-1921. A-B, very decent copy has considerable rubs & superficial scrs, occasionally faintly audible a turn or two, Sd.2. Not for the fastidious, but this plays as M-A! [Judicious and lovely portamenti here!] MB 65

J1124. FRIDA LEIDER: SIEGFRIED – Ewig war ich / PARSIFAL – Ich sah das Kind. 12” red German Polydor 72977 (767/882az), POM-1925. A-, Very decent copy has lt.rubs, positively inaud. [Leider’s thrilling trill in SIEGFRIED is a delight!] MB 85

J1125. FRIDA LEIDER: RIENZI – Gerechter Gott! / FRIDA LEIDER & CARL GÜNTHER: DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER – Fühlst du den Schmerz. 12” black Schall.Gram. 65687 (679/948as), POM-1922. A to M-A, glorious copy has faintest rubs, hardly worth mention. MB 95

J1126. FRIDA LEIDER & CARL GÜNTHER: TOSCA – Amaro sol per te / Ah, quegli occhi (in German). 12” black Schall.Gram. 65687 (946/47as), POM-1922. A-B, very decent copy has rubs & very superficial scrs, occasionally very faintly audible a turn or two [an outstanding, compelling rendition, albeit in German!] MB 65

J1127. FRIDA LEIDER & FRITZ SOOT: SIEGFRIED – Heil dir, Sonne! / O kindischer Held. 12” red Schall.Gram. 72985 (789/894az), POM-1925. A to M-A, glorious copy has faintest rubs, hardly worth mention. MB 95

J1128. FRIDA LEIDER & FRITZ SOOT: DIE WALKÜRE – Siegmund! Sieh auf mich! / Hehr bist du. 12” red Schall.Gram. 72986 (891/92az), POM-1925. A to M-A, lovely copy has minor hlc appearing primarily Sd.1, inaud. MB 45

J1129. FRIDA LEIDER & LAURITZ MELCHIOR: DIE WALKÜRE – Du bist der Lenz / Wie dir die Stirn so offen steht, 2s. 12” red Schall.Gram. 72934 (1485½/86as), POM-1923. A to M-A, glorious copy has faintest rubs, hardly worth mention. MB 95

J1130. FRIDA LEIDER & HEINRICH SCHLUSNUS: IL TROVATORE – Mira d’acerbe lagrime / Vivra! Contende il giubilo (in German). 12” red Schall.Gram. 72988 (760/61az), POM-1925. A to M-A, glorious copy has faintest rubs, inaud. MB 95

J1131. LAURA HILGERMANN: Der Asra (Rubinstein). 10” flush black Wien G & T G.C.-43226 (896x), only form of issue, 1902. A to M-A, glorious copy has few faintest rubs, positively inaud.; minuscule pressing bump is faintly audible 2 or 3 turns. MB 225

J1132. LAURA HILGERMANN: LIEDERKREIS - Waldesgespräch (Schumann). 10” flush black Wien G & T G.C.-43227 (897x), only form of issue, 1902, announced. A to M-A, exceptional copy has 1 infinitessimal scr & wee hlc; very sl.rubbed label. MB 175

“Laura Hilgermann first sang in Prague, making her début as Azucena, and then in Budapest, until Mahler engaged her for Vienna in 1900. She remained there until 1920, greatly admired in a wide range of roles, including Orphée, Cherubino, Mignon, Sieglinde, Amneris and Carmen. Gitta Alpar and Maria von Ilosvay were amongst the pupils she taught in retirement. The voice is of beautiful quality; the singing is a model of restrained elegance. Laura Hilgermann died in the cellar of her house in Budapest, destroyed during the Russian bombardment of 1945.”


- John Freestone


J1133. OTTILIE FELLWOCK: IL TROVATORE –Stride la vampa (in German). 10” flush black Prague G & T G.C.- 43509 (1950x). A to M-A, an outstanding bright original 1903 copy w.exceptionally bright label; mere hint of grey on peaks, positively inaud.; tiny pressing bump is faintly audible a few turns. You’ll never find a lovelier copy (if any at all, to be sure!). MB 275

J1134. OTTILIE FELLWOCK: SAMSON ET DALILA – Printemps qui commence (in German) (Label attributes this to Massenet!). 12” flush black Prague G & T 043030 (245y), only form of issue, 1904. A-B, lovely copy has lt.rubs & occasional tiny scrs, occasionally audible, primarily at very end. Two tiny edge patinas, visible topside only, inaud. MB 275

“Ottilie Fellwock [studied] with no less than the world-famous soprano Pauline Lucca. One day she sang the part of Ortrud in a student-performance of LOHENGRIN in her teacher's house-theatre. The much feared critic, Edward Hanslick just happened to be present. Amazingly, she was then given an audition by Mahler and received a contract for the Viennese Imperial Opera. However, after one season she transferred to Prague. She is said to have been a great success there, but nothing has been traced of her after 1904. The voice, as recorded, is an impressive contralto of considerable weight, and she sings with authority.”


- John Freestone


J1135. FRIEDRICH SCHORR: Aus Heliopolis / Im Abendrot (both Schubert). 12” black German Polydor 65675 (7/6az), only form of issue, 1922. A to M-A, superb copy has faintest rubs, inaud. MB 45

J1136. FRIEDRICH SCHORR: DIE MEISTERSINGER – Was duftet doch der Flieder / Verchtet mir die Meister nicht. 12” black Schall Gram. 65671 (466/81as), only form of issue, 1921. M-A, choice copy has, Sd. 2 only, faintest pap. rub, inaud. MB 45

J1137. FRIEDRICH SCHORR: DIE FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER – Wie aus der Ferne / FRIEDRICH SCHORR & MELANIE KURT: Versank ich jetzt in wunderbares Träumen? 12” black German Polydor 65621 (480/660as), only form of issue, 1921/’22, resp. M-A/A, choice copy has, Sd. 2 only, lt.rubs, inaud. MB 35

J1138. FRIEDRICH SCHORR, w.Fritz Kitzinger (Pf.): LIEDERKREIS (Schumann), 8s. 4-10” PW V 1865/68, only form of issue, mid-1930s, in Orig. Album M-430, w.Brochure. M-A MB 35, the Set.

J1139. BJÖRLING JUVENILE TRIO (Olle, Jussi & Gösta): Sommarglädje (Swedish trad.) / Barndomshemmet [On the Banks of the Wabash] (Dresser). [Olle, Jussi and Gösta vocals, with David (their father) on piano or harmonium. Jussi would have just turned nine when these were recorded early in 1920, his childhood recordings, made at the beginning of their American tour that year.] 10” pale-green Col. E4547 (85798-2/85799-2), only form of issue, 1920. B, decent copy has considerable rubs & ltly. noisy surfaces; Sd.2 only has 2 very lt.scrs, positively inaud. Exceedingly rare, to say the very least! MB 45