V1695. NELLIE MELBA, Vol. I, incl. Songs by Tosti, Arditi, d’Hardelot, Hahn, Bemberg, etc.; Arias from L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato; Lucia, Hamlet, Rigoletto, La Traviata, La Boheme, Roméo & Nozze. (Germany) Truesound Transfers 3023, recorded 1904, London. Transfers by Christian Zwarg. Final copy!
“These recent 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 Melba such as I have never heard her 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….I have listened to many different transfers of these works, and nothing has remotely compared. I have been very impressed with Zwarg’s work in the past, (another near miracle are his Frida Leider live Met performances),and this only strengthens the feeling. I can hardly wait for more Melba presented in this manner.”
- Davyd Booth, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2012
“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