V1694. AGNES NICHOLS: Complete Issued Recordings, incl. Songs by Parker, Cowen, Costa, Buck, Liddle, Elgar, etc.; Arias from Oberon; w.The Composer Cond. Edna Thornton, Hubert Eisdell & George Baker: In a Persian Garden (Liza Lehmann). (Germany) Truesound Transfers 3041, recorded 1909-21. Transfers by Christian Zwarg.
“Agnes Nicholls was one of the greatest English sopranos of the early twentieth century, both in the concert hall and on the operatic stage. She was a frequent performer at Covent Garden until 1924, and was a principal of the British National Opera Company. In 1904 she married Hamilton Harty who was to become famous as the conductor of the Hallé Orchestra. Harty frequently accompanied his wife in song recitals. He was also a composer, and Agnes Nicholls was the soloist in his composition ‘Ode to a Nightingale’ in the 1907 Cardiff Festival. This was repeated the same year at The Proms. She sang in many oratorios including Parry's JUDITH and Bach's ST MATTHEW PASSION. Sir Henry Wood described her as ‘a great artist with a beautiful voice [which] seemed to have been made for Bach's arias’.”
- Ned Ludd
“[Truesound] transfers have been an absolute revelation to me….Amazingly, Christian Zwarg has managed to unlock the sound of these recordings in such a way as to present [voices] such as I have never heard before. Here the sound has a sheen and glow which is quite beautiful. It is as if an old masterpiece painting has been cleaned and restored, allowing rays of brilliant light to emerge….”
- Davyd Booth, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2012