Johanna Gadski, Vol. II       (3-Marston 53015)
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Johanna Gadski, Vol. II       (3-Marston 53015)
V0152. JOHANNA GADSKI: The Complete Recordings, Vol. II, incl.Songs by Brahms, Mendelsson, Götze, Wilhelm, Franz, Silcher, Werner, Wagner (the latter’s Wesendonck Lieder), Schumann, Crouch, Gilmour, etc.; Arias & Duets (w.Amato, Homer, Goritz, Case, etc.) from Orfeo, Don Giovanni, Nozze, Zauberflöte, Ballo, Il Trovatore, Oberon, Aïda, Stabat Mater (Rossini), Messiah, Fliegende Holländer, Tannhäuser, Lohengrin, Tristan, Die Walküre, Götterdämmerung & Lobetanz - recorded 1910-17; Gadski’s 1903 Mapleson Cylinders (Les Huguenots, Aïda, Tannhäuser, Lohengrin, Die Walküre & Ero e Leandro). 3-Marston 53015, incl. several Unpublished. 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! - 638335301525

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



“Of Gadski's cylinders the duet from LES HUGUENOTS with Edouard De Reszké is certainly a very remarkable performance. Her energy seems unfailing, and for a startling moment or two she sustains top C through to five measures while her companion sings a jaunty tune underneath!...The fragments from Les Huguenots in the big duet with Gadski are certainly his most striking showing. Indeed Mapleson was very lucky with this famous singer. Practically all the cylinders from which he can be heard are good, and the ones from LES HUGUENOTS are among the very best acoustically of the lot. And besides, the singing is something near hair-raising!”

- John Stratton