V2023. WERNER ALBERTI: Songs by Rubinstein, Beethoven, Schumann, Herrmann & Ries; Arias from Le Postillon de Longjumeau, La Juive, Les Huguenots, La Dame Blanche, Guillaume Tell, Carmen, Marta, Pagliacci, Il Trovatore, Die Meistersinger, Lohengrin & Alessandro Stradella. (Germany) Truesound Transfers 3058, recorded 1905-09, Odeon. Transfers by Christian Zwarg.
“Werner Alberti’s real name is Werner Krzywonos. He was born in Gnesen, Poland. He worked as a bank employee in Berlin, later he studied with Martin Roder in Berlin and with Mariano Padilla y Ramos, the husband of Desiree Artôt. In 1887 Alberti made his début as a concert singer in Berlin. In 1887-88 he took a concert tour through Germany and through Switzerland. In 1888 he was engaged by Angelo Neumann to the German Theater in Prague. Here he made his début as Manrico in IL TROVATORE. From Prague he guested in 1889 in the Vienna State Opera, in the Opera Theatre of Leipzig, he also appeared in St. Petersburg and Moscow. He remained until 1894 in Prague. In 1895 Alberti made very successful guest performances at the Teatro Margherita in Genoa and in the Teatro Lirico in Milan under the direction of Pietro Mascagni. In 1900-1902 he was engaged in the National Opera Theatre Of Budapest. Later, he lived in Berlin where he appeared in the Kroll Opera. In 1903 Alberti guested in the Vienna State Opera as Wilhelm Meister in MIGNON, in 1905 as Arnoldo in Rossini’s GUGLIELMO TELL, in 1907 in the State Opera of Dresden, in 1896 and 1904 in the Opera Theatre of Brno, in 1896 in the opera of Zagreb, in 1899 in the Opera Theatres of Frankfurt am Main and Koln, in 1904-06 at the Metropolitan Opera, in 1906 in the Vienna People's Opera, and in 1907 in the Opera Theatre of Warsaw. In 1917 he made guest performances in Bucharest and in the Teatro San Carlo, Lisbon. Laler he worked as a pedagogue in Berlin. Critics admired the metallic shine of his timbre and his ringing top notes.”
- Ashot Arakelyan
“[Truesound] transfers have been an absolute revelation to me….Amazingly, Christian Zwarg has managed to unlock the sound of these recordings in such a way as to present [voices] such as I have never heard before. Here the sound has a sheen and glow which is quite beautiful. It is as if an old masterpiece painting has been cleaned and restored, allowing rays of brilliant light to emerge….”
- Davyd Booth, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2012