Yale University Library Archive            (2-Yale University Library)
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Yale University Library Archive            (2-Yale University Library)
V0639. YALE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY - TREASURES FROM THE YALE COLLECTION OF HISTORICAL SOUND RECORDINGS, featuring Abendroth, Senger-Bettaque, Korolewicz-Wayda, Monrad, Ekman, Santagano-Gorchakova, Lilli Lehmann (incl. the celebrated Unpublished 'Liebestod,' 1907, [from Lehmann's private 'Test Pressing,' only known copy]), Winkelmann, Mayr, Järnefelt, Kruszelnicka, Seligman, Marák, Levik, Simonsen, Destinn, Tartakov, Gibert, Maturová, Filippi-Myzhuga, O'Sullivan, Litvinne, de Lussan, Henschel, Greef-Andreissen, Saville, Lassalle, Gailhard, Tariol-Baugé, Muratore, Piccaluga, Marié de Lisle, Clément, Pandolfini, Carelli, Pacini, Marconi, Giraldoni, Sistermans, Antonio Pini-Corsi, Giraud, Caruso, Vasquez, Ferrani, Corradetti & Tamagno.  2-Yale University Library. (no catalog number given on discs nor package) Long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copies. Long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copies.


“The Yale Collection of Historical Sound Recordings at Yale University Library is one of the outstanding collections of early vocal recordings in the world. The generous patronage of Mr. and Mrs. Laurence C. Witten II founded the collection and continuous support from them, along with individual and corporate donors, has built the collection to what it is. A selective acquisitions policy focusing on certain areas of sound recording history has governed the nature of the collection. It is not limited to vocal music but includes jazz, instrumental music, drama, theatre, and public speaking.

The forty-nine classical vocal recordings in this release were chosen for their rarity and interest. The collection is divided into seven segments representing the national schools which prevailed in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The seven segments are: American and English singers, French singers, German and Austrian singers, Scandanavian singers, East European singers, Russian singers, and Italian singers. The Yale collection's criterion for inclusion in the collection include creators of the roles recorded, singers strongly identified with a particular role, and singers of music new at the time of its recording. Rejected for inclusion were singers and repertory that have been released elsewhere. To say that this collection is un-hackneyed is understatement. Most, but not all, of the artists rate a mention in Michael Scott's THE RECORD OF SINGING. The famous rub shoulders with the virtually unknown. Recording quality varies from mostly excellent to rather gritty and dim. This is definitely not a collection for the uninitiated. Disc to tape transfer was accomplished at Yale and the tapes sent to Richard C. Burns at Packburn Electronics, Inc. for filtering….Full discographic information about the originals plus thumbnail biographies of the singers are provided as well….Undoubtedly, the supreme treasure is Lilli Lehmann's recording of the ‘Liebestod’. To hear one of the first great Wagner sopranos in one of her greatest roles is a real privilege. Unreleased because it was too long to fit on a 78 side and for reported distortion at the end (conveniently modified by Mr. Burns, we presume), this is its first public release. Yale's opinion that it is one of the great lyric outpourings seems fully justified. The remaining forty-seven singers are consistently fascinating. Lehmann alone gets two tracks, ‘Du hist der Lenz’ and the ‘Liebestod’, although Pelagie GreegAndriessen has two tries at ‘Ho-jo-to-ho’ on one track. Muratore, Clement, Destinn (electrifying in Leoncavallo's ROLAND VON BERLIN), Litvinne, Caruso, and Tamagno are represented. The remaining tracks are from those names one sees but rarely encounters in sound. This reviewer was initially daunted by the variable quality of the recordings. Repeated hearings increased interest and appreciation for the invaluable materials provided so generously.”

- Howard Kennett, ARSC JOURNAL, Vol. 25, #1 (1994)