V0099. ALMA GLUCK: Alma Gluck in Opera and Song, 1911 - 1918, incl. Songs by Hildach, Cottenet, Tosti, de Fuentes, Saint-Saëns, Leroux, Hahn, Sinding, Arditi, Cornelius, Greene, Horsman, MacDowell, Cadman, Taylor, Spross, Lœwe, Rimsky-Korsakoff, etc.; Arias & Duets (w.Caruso & Homer) from Atalanta, Semele, Hippolyte et Aricie, Hänsel und Gretel, La Traviata, Pagliacci, Hubicka, Louise, La Sonnambula, La Boheme, Carmen, Samson et Dalila, Zemir et Azor, Tsar's Bride, Snegoroutchka & Natoma. 2-Marston 52001. Transfers by Ward Marston. Out-of-print, Final Copy! - 638335200125
"…music comes first as [Marston] pursues an ideal. These legendary performances, he insists, should sound not like ‘old records’ but like music, as free, truthful, and natural as modern technology can make it. The priceless treasures preserved by the phonograph over the past 100 years deserve no less….Unjustly forgotten American singers are high on Marston’s list: Alma Gluck, for instance, whose silvery voice enchanted the country between 1911 and 1924….49 exquisite selections from the soprano’s concert and opera repertory [are here] giving ample evidence of why Gluck’s limpid voice was so universally beloved."
- Peter G. Davis, NEW YORK, 24 Aug., 1998
“Alma Gluck was one of the most popular sopranos of all time. Born Reba Fiersohn in Romania, she came to the United States as an infant. Her Metropolitan Opera début as Sophie in Massenet's WERTHER launched her into a high-flying seven-year opera career, but later in life she devoted herself to concerts and recordings. She recorded for Victor, and her vintage 1915 recordings of songs sold millions of copies….Gluck's clarity of pronunciation, beauty of tone and accuracy in high ranges are still astounding. She was married to violinist Efrem Zimbalist, and like him taught at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Alma Gluck was the mother of popular television actor and part-time composer Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., and her daughter is the writer Marcia Davenport.”
- Uncle Dave Lewis, allmusic.com
"Perhaps best of all is the aria 'Rossignols amoureux' from Rameau's HIPPOLYTE ET ARICIE: just the sort of music that the great golden age singers leave most conspicuously alone, yet requiring the assurance of technique and beauty of voice that were supposed to be theirs. Gluck's record, with its clear placing and pure flutelike ease, did something to fill a notable gap in the old catalogues."
– J.B. Steane, THE GRAND TRADITION