C0148. JOHN BARBIROLLI Cond. NYPO & Westminster Choir; Rina Ginster, Bruna Castagna, Charles Kullman & Leonard Warren: LA PETITE MESSE SOLENNELLE (Rossini), Live Performance, 9 April, 1939; BARBIROLLI RARITIES, incl. JOHN BARBIROLLI Cond. NYPO, w.Rose Pauly – Strauss Excerpts, Live Performance, 24 Feb., 1938; w.Richard Bonelli & Norman Cordon, Live Performance, 17 April 1938; JOHN BARBIROLLI Cond. Detroit S.O., w.Lawrence Tibbett, Live Performance, 29 Dec., 1940; w.Kathryn Meisle, Live Performance, 1938. (England) 2-Guild 2254/2255, w.Texts & 22pp Libretto-Brochure. Transfers by Richard Caniell. [A thrilling issue, albeit in primitive sound] Very long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 795754225525
“There are here two separate programmes packaged as one. The first disc offers a live performance of Rossini’s PETITE MESSE SOLENNELLE which Barbirolli conducted in New York in April, 1939. The second disc, ‘Barbirolli Rarities’, is given over to operatic extracts taken from radio transcripts of live concert performances in New York and Detroit in 1938-40.
Of the 70 minutes of music on the latter disc, only the mesmerising 15-minute account of the finale scene of SALOME with Rose Pauly in the title role could be said to be of any real value. Pauly, a great singer the record companies forgot to record, delivers the text with a mastery of pacing and verbal colour a stage actor might wonder at, and there is a superb hand-in-glove accompaniment from Barbirolli. The exemplary balance of voice and orchestra makes plausible a recording that, by any standards, is dim and restricted though it is to Guild’s credit that the MESSE now appears at the correct the pitch and the SALOME scene is not faded out before the end."
- GRAMOPHONE, March, 2004