Johanna Gadski, Vol. I       (2-Marston 52002)
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Johanna Gadski, Vol. I       (2-Marston 52002)
V0147. JOHANNA GADSKI: The Complete Johanna Gadski, Vol. I, incl. Songs by Bach-Gounod, Franz, Schubert, Schumann, La Forge, Beach, Foote & Strauss; Arias & Duets (w.Caruso, Homer, Reiss, Journet, etc.) from Stabat Mater, Aïda, Cavalleria, Lohengrin, Tristan, Der Fliegende Holländer, Prodaná Nevesta, Salome, Siegfried, Tannhäuser, Die Walküre, Götterdämmerung & Die Meistersinger (Two Versions of the latter's Quintet, One Unpublished). 2-Marston 52002, incl. several Unpublished, recorded 1903-09. Transfers by Ward Marston. Booklet features discographic data, photos & notes by Harold Bruder. [original release (not a CDR re-release) this two-disc set with English-language booklet has a new jewel case, booklet and cover art in excellent condition; discs are mint.] Long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 638335200224

CRITIC REVIEWS:

"The Wagner selections confirm [Gadski’s] reputation as one of the premiere Wagnerian sopranos of the century….one is treated to vocalization that can not be equaled today….The 61 recordings on [the above] three-CD set give evidence to her astounding versatility….As usual, Marston’s transfers are excellent.”

- Bob Rose, FANFARE, Jan./Feb., 2000



“Vocally, Gadski possessed a magnificent instrument, expertly trained and thoroughly disciplined; interpretively she was schooled in the finest traditions; and stylistically she was at home in the work of several dissimilar composers. As Brünnhilde she must have been superb, and in Wagner generally she was magnificent. The music of Verdi also took on a remarkable lustre from her great voice, and certain rôles in Mozart and Meyerbeer gained new color and beauty when she sang them... Johanna Gadski was a great artist, one of the very greatest artists, and her records must be collected and studied - selected naturally, as is true with anyone who recorded-but selected - and admired as long as fine singing is appreciated and respected.”

- Louis Migliorini, The Record Collector, 1957