V0263. EMMA EAMES: The Complete Victor Recordings, 1905 - 1911, plus Eames' spoken commentary on her career and recordings, 2 Feb., 1939. Songs by Bach-Gounod, J.B. Faure, Kœchlin, Hahn, Massenet, Bemberg, Schubert, Henschel, Bohm, Arnold, Emmett, Hollman, Parker, Beach & Tosti; Arias & Duets (w.Homer, Sembrich, Dalmorès, de Gogorza & Plançon) from Nozze, Zauberflöte, Don Giovanni, Faust, Roméo, Véronique, Chérubin, Lakmé, Carmen, Otello, Il Trovatore, Cavalleria, Tosca & Lohengrin. (England) 2-Romophone 81001. Transfers by Ward Marston. Elaborate booklet features discographic information, photos & extensive notes by Harold Bruder. Long out-of-print, Final copy! - 754238100123
“Madame Emma Eames was the most perfect of ensemble singers. She respected the composer. Her vocal line was as perfect as that of an instrumental virtuoso. She made some valuable recordings but her voice was so highly placed that at the time it was difficult to record her ... it is a pity that an artist of such attainments could not have recorded more frequently. … As Marcella Sembrich remarked in one of my last visits to her: ‘Eames has never been replaced’.”
- Emilio de Gogorza, OPERA NEWS, Nov., 1937
“In the period justifiably described as ‘the Golden Age of Opera’ Emma Eames was a prima donna of major importance…. Coming out of the Marchesi school, Eames’ voice had a pure, unforced beauty; it floated free of the throat, capable of all the runs, trills & accents of florid music…As a Victorian soprano, coming out of the classical tradition, she rejected the impulsive, combustible naturalism of the newer Italian school. In contrast, Eames created a calm but tense atmosphere within which the drama is expressed poignantly but without exaggeration. Eames always remained a singer in search of an ‘ideal’….Emma Eames is one of the finest representatives of a tradition of beautiful singing we may never encounter again. With her, the ‘Golden Age’ is again brought to life ‘in the pure tones of a noble voice’.”
- Harold Bruder, Program Notes
"They're very collectable, these Romophone complete editions. Up they go on the shelves, and you know that there is another small but quite important area in the history of singing on records properly covered, ready for reference at any time, and reference that will be a pleasure because the standard of transfer is so reliable."
- J. B. Steane, GRAMOPHONE, Feb., 1995