V0400. NELLIE MELBA: Gramophone Company Recordings, Vol. I: The 1904 London Recordings, incl.
Songs by Bemberg, Tosti, Arditi, d’Hardelot, Hahn, Bach-Gounod, etc.; Arias from Nozze, Il Pensieroso ed il Moderato,
La Traviata, Lucia, Hamlet, Rigoletto & La Boheme. (Canada) Naxos 8.110737. Transfers by Ward Marston. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 636943173725
“The very best of Melba’s records go a long way towards conveying to music lovers ‘the sounds with which she ravished all ears’. These lovely records offer flashing glimpses of a singer renowned for the beauty of her timbre, the perfection of her technique, and her artistic and musical integrity. It has always been considered that the March 1904 records present Melba’s voice with more realism than many of the later ones, in which the overtones were not always caught by the recording horn.”
- Michael Aspinall
"With any of these high sopranos, especially in these bravura spectacles, recording speeds are crucial. Unfortunately, both Melba and Sembrich were often transferred too fast on LP. This resulted in their sounding a bit like wind-up dolls....Melba's voice, while clear as always, has a more velvety quality than we normally hear. This corresponds with Henderson's image as he wrote of her in 1908."
- Harold Bruder, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 1996