V0218. FLORENCE AUSTRAL: Songs by Molloy & Kahn; Arias & Duets (w.Widdop & Ljungberg) from Nozze, Oberon, Aïda, Der Fliegende Holländer, Götterdämmerung, Zemire et Azor (Spohr), Maritana (Wallace), Ein Deutsches Requiem (Brahms) & Stabat Mater (Rossini). (Austria) Preiser 89547, recorded 1927-30. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 717281895477
“Florence Austral was Coates’ first and only choice to sing Brünnhilde, and from the outset it was intended to give her the highest profile possible….this pioneering enterprise was approached with a great deal of respect and recognised as an epoch-making venture.”
- James Moffat, FLORENCE AUSTRAL, pp.63-64
“[Austral] will always be remembered most for her Wagnerian performances, and fortunately the largest part of her acoustic and electrical recording output is Wagnerian excerpts….perhaps the most remarkable disc she ever made – as the forest bird [in Siegfried in which] the lightning of her voice is amazing – this is pure coloratura and gives an idea of the Lucia mad scene’s and ‘Sempre liberas’ Austral so often sang in concert. Austral’s immolation scene is effortlessly sung, although extremely limited by being acoustically recorded.”
- Don White, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 1961
"Florence Austral, the greatest dramatic soprano produced by Australia and one of the finest voices of her type heard this century....If around today in her prime, there is no doubt she would be hailed as a 'megastar', given the fact that properly schooled dramatic voices are now almost as scarce as castrati."
- S.J.J. Gibbes, GRAMOPHONE, May, 1994