V2604. LOUISE KIRKBY LUNN: Songs & Duet (w. John McCormack) by Martini, Quilter, Rubens, Storace, Nevin, Hullah, Brahms, Percy Pitt, Barratt, del Riego, Sullivan, Lassen, Gounod, Arne, Landon Ronald, Barnes, Horn, Temple, Edward German, etc.; Arias, Duets & Enesmble (with Emmy Destinn, John McCormack, Bessie Jones, Eda Bennie, Elsie Williams & Nellie Walker) from Rienzi, Xerxes, Orfeo, Rinaldo, Elijah, St Paul, Messiah, La Clemenza di Tito, Mignon, Carmen, Faust, Don Carlos, La Gioconda, Samson et Dalila, I Gioielli Della Madonna, Aida & Il Trovatore, (Germany) 2-Truesound Transfers 4009, recorded 1902-23. Transfers by Christian Zwarg.
“Louise Kirkby Lunn’s career spanned forty years and was truly international, encompassing opera, the concert hall and recital room. Such was Lunn's fame and eminence that in the first two decades of the twentieth-century she appeared in Europe, the United States, Australia and New Zealand with Caruso, Destinn, Martinelli, Plancon, Melba and other great artists, and made, during a period of over a quarter of a century, more than 200 recordings, including such rarities (for the time) as songs by Reger, Vaughan Williams and Holst, alongside many recordings from the standard lieder and operatic repertoire. Principal amongst the latter are her recordings of the title role in Saint-Saens' SAMSON ET DALILA, her assumption of the role in 1909 furthering her international successes and earning the praise of the composer, who attended the British premiere of the opera at Covent Garden, declaring Lunn to be his ideal interpreter. Her recording of 'Mon Coeur s'ouvre a ta voix’, made at the same time, and heard on the accompanying CD, constitutes a master-class of interpretative singing of this music. Her career embraced many more operatic roles than Dalila, including Carmen, Amneris, Ortrud, Erda (under Richter),Waltraute, Fricka and Brangane, the famous American tour of PARSIFAL of 1904-05, as well as performing Elgar's SEA PICTURES in New York under Mahler, with whom she appeared several times, and the Angel in the London premiere of GERONTIUS (1901 under Wood, later under Richter). Her final appearance was in 1927 at the Albert Hall, a MESSIAH under Harty. The quality and depth of musical understanding of Lunn is well captured on these very old recordings, all being over one hundred years old.”
- Robert Matthew-Walker, MUSICAL OPINION QUARTERLY, April-June, 2017
“As Sir Henry Wood is quoted in [his] book as saying ‘Kirkby Lunn was a singer of whom England may be justly proud - a singer with a glorious voice and an even tone throughout a compass of well over two octaves’. She should be better known and appreciated.”
- John Banks, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2017
“...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