V0940. TERESA STICH-RANDALL, w.Bohm, Moralt, Priestman, Somogyi, Maazel, Ristenpart, Sternberg & Anthony Bernard Cond.: Songs & Arias by Bach, Handel, Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven, Strauss, Charpentier, Puccini & Verdi. (France) 4-Accord Mono / Stereo 476 8633, recorded 1954-67, Boxed Set. Long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 28947686330
"I ordered this through Amazon.fr. It has been worth every effort, including grappling with the inadequacies of my high school French. Most of these recordings were done by Club Francis du Disque, and bless them for what they have done in capturing the art of perhaps the finest overlooked soprano of her generation. I was already aware of her Bach cantata 51 with Maurice Andre on trumpet. I have never heard a more beatific, joyous recording. As a teenager I would put this on whenever I was down and would be immediately rejuvenated. What I really wanted to get this set for, given her obvious intelligence and sensitivity to her texts, was to hear how she would handle the Strauss Four Last Songs. What a revelation! There are many great recordings out there (and believe me, I listened again to them all), but this is now my go-to performance. And everything else she did glows with the same warmth and color. 4 disks, and not a clinker in the bunch. I plan to add my own disk to the box of her contribution to the Brahms German Requiem and Bach St. Matthew Passion, equally angelic and wonderful. Maybe she was just too pure for her own good, a case of a nice girl finishing last (although her Verdi and Puccini suggest she could play against type very fetchingly). If you are not aware of her art, hunt this one down and be stunned by the one that got away."
- Peter Schiefelbein
"Teresa Stich-Randall, an American soprano whose reputation was won and maintained in European opera houses, made her first appearances at the Vienna State Opera and the Salzburg Festival. After 1955, she was a frequent principal at summer events in Aix-en-Provence, France.
Noted for her clarity of voice and diction, Ms. Stich-Randall gravitated toward Mozart, Handel and Bach, repertory she recorded with conductors like Lorin Maazel, Hermann Scherchen, Felix Prohaska and Mogens Woldike. In 1947 in New York, she made her operatic debut as Henrietta M. in the premiere of Virgil Thomson's MOTHER OF US ALL and the next year took the title role in Otto Luening's EVANGELINE. Arturo Toscanini engaged her for performances with his NBC Symphony Orchestra in New York. Her Metropolitan Opera debut, in 1961, was as Fiordiligi in Mozart's COSI FAN TUTTE. She remained on the Met roster until 1966. But Europe became the center of her activity, beginning in Florence in Weber's OBERON in 1951 followed by appearances at the Basel Opera in Switzerland."
- Bernard Holland, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 24 July, 2007