Helen Traubel, Vol. I      (Preiser 89120)
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Helen Traubel, Vol. I      (Preiser 89120)
V0222. HELEN TRAUBEL, w.Stokowski, Rodzinski, Knoch & O'Connell Cond.: Songs by Wagner & Strauss; Arias from Tannhäuser, Lohengrin, Tristan, Die Walküre & Alceste. (Austria) Preiser 89120, recorded 1940-45 (incl. several Unpublished titles). - 717281891202


"The noted critic B.H. Haggin has recalled that, when he was visiting at Toscanini’s home discussing recordings, the Maestro said of this performance: ‘You must hear the Immolation Scene with Traubel. Ah, che bella voce, che bella voce!’ Clearly, at that time, Toscanini felt he had found his ideal Brünnhilde.”

- Robert Matthew-Walker, Program Notes for Immortal Performances' Tocanini Issue, IPCD 1043

“Helen Traubel had a beautiful voice that soared easily over any kind of orchestral surge, yet could be full of sweetness and lyricism….She became the most important person to the Met management [after Flagstad’s departure] who hoped to keep the lucrative Wagner music dramas in the repertoire; that was possible only as long as somebody was at hand to do the great female roles….Of course Traubel secured and got the willing and able assistance of Melchior, whose meal ticket was again safe with an Isolde and Brünnhilde around….”

- Erich Leinsdorf, CADENZA, pp.105-06