V1698. NELLIE MELBA, Vol. II, incl. Songs by Bach-Gounod, Bemberg, Bishop, Ronald, Gatty, Barnard, Foster, Bizet & Tosti; Arias from Clari, Elaine, Faust, Le Roi dYs, La Traviata, Rigoletto & La Boheme; w.Enrico Caruso: La Boheme O soave fanciulla. (Germany) Truesound Transfers 3024, recorded 1905-07, London & New York. Transfers by Christian Zwarg. Final copy!
These new Melba transfers are an absolute revelation! Of all the so-called Golden Age greats, Melba was the most difficult for me to come to terms with. With these Truesound releases, I feel that for the first time I am hearing a great singer and can understand her reputation and adulation. Here, the voice comes through with tonal sheen, passion and with more personality than any other transfers have been able to bring out. Dynamics and agility are in better relief, as is a sensitivity I had always found lacking. These transfers are absolutely miraculous, and I hope for more Truesound transfers of all Melbas recordings.
- Davyd Booth, GREAT SINGERS REMEMBERED, WHYY - NPR