B0053. Michael Scott. The Record of Singing. Boston, Northeastern, 1993, [Reprint of the 1977 & 1979 Duckworth Editions]. 505pp, in Two Volumes. Indices; Numerous Photos. (Pictorial thick paper covers) - 9781555531638
“Michael’s habit of speaking his mind would often upset people who did not share his views, but he was witty and entertaining, as well as widely read. He could be an amusing guest or guest speaker and made many friends as well as enemies in the collecting fraternity.”
- Michael Aspinall, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2019
"This is Michael Scott's monumental two-volume set of the art and history of singing up to the year 1925, and as it was related to, and experienced through recordings. It has the great names, history and background, development of the art before recordings, the invention of the gramophone, the first record label, changes in acoustic recording, and hundreds of photographs from the Stuart-Liff Collection. Volume 1 covers up to the year 1914 and has five main sections entitled: The Old School, The French Tradition, The Emergence of Verismo, Wagner and the German Style, Singers of Imperial Russia. Volume 2 covers 1914-1925 with five main sections entitled: Revolution and Russian Singing, The French Tradition in Decline, The Heyday of Verismo, Singers from the English-Speaking World, The German Style in Evolution. Illustrated in both volumes from the Stuart-Liff Collection".
- Ned Ludd
"Mr Scott's procedure is clarity itself. Each singer is placed within his or her national context, the highlights of the career are examined with liberal quotes from contemporary observers and critics, followed by an analysis of the voice, its strengths and weaknesses as illustrated by the recordings....His ideals are obviously grounded on strict classical training, and he applies his yardstick without compromise Ä many singers represented here, often held up as paradigms of golden-age perfection, come in for some hard knocks."
- Peter G. Davis, THE NEW YORK TIMES