V2499. K. K. HOFOPER WIEN 1904, featuring 59 Odeon recordings, recorded in September 1904 for the International Talking Machine Co. Most of them available on CD for the first time, incl. Wilhelm Hesch, Friedrich Weidemann, Hermine Kittel, Elise Elizza, Betty Schubert, Jenny Pohlner, Leo Slezak & Frantíšek Pácal; Oskar Dachs (Pf.) & Marko Radossawljewitsch (Flute). (Germany) 2-Truesound Transfers 4003, recorded 1904, Vienna. Transfers by Christian Zwarg.
"This phenomenal issue of the 1904 recordings from K. K. Hofoper Wien is the third issue of Christian Zwarg's new series featuring double CDs in handsome Digipak albums (no more brittle plastic cases nor dull black-and-white covers!). As delighted as we all have been with previous Truesound offerings, this new format is sure to offer even greater satisfaction! ... the Belle Époque never sounded better ..."
- J. R. Peters
“...an absolute revelation! Here, the voices come through with tonal sheen, passion and with more personality than any other transfers have been able to bring out. Dynamics and agility are in better relief, as is a sensitivity I had always found lacking. These transfers are absolutely miraculous, and I hope for more Truesound transfers.”
- Davyd Booth, GREAT SINGERS REMEMBERED, WHYY - NPR