Nellie Melba, Vol. III    (Naxos 8.110743)
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Nellie Melba, Vol. III    (Naxos 8.110743)
V0401. NELLIE MELBA: Gramophone Company Recordings, Vol. III: The 1908 – 13 London & Paris Recordings, incl. Songs by Burleigh, Lotti, Bishop, Ronald, Bach-Gounod, Hüe, Henschel, Mendelssohn, Duparc & Chausson; Arias from Don César de Bazin, Il Re Pastore, Lohengrin, Faust, La Boheme, Tosca, Rigoletto & Hamlet (distance tests from the latter’s Mad Scene). (Canada) Naxos 8.110743. Transfers by Ward Marston. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 636943174326

CRITIC REVIEWS:

"There is one quality which [Melba's voice] had and which may be comprehended even by those who did not hear her; it had splendor. The tones glowed with a starlike brilliance. They flamed with a white flame. And they possessed a remarkable force which the famous singer always used with continence."

- W.J. Henderson, THE ART OF SINGING



"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