V1701. DORA LABBETTE: Songs by Arne, Grieg, Newton, Jones, Campion, Dowland, Sullivan, Liza Lehmann, etc.; Arias from Zémire und Azor & Peer Gynt; w.Harold Pedlar & Stanford Robinson (Pfs.); Dora Labbette, Muriel Brunskill, Hubert Eisdell & Harold Williams: In a Persian Garden (Liza Lehmann). (Germany) Truesound Transfers 3013, recorded 1919-28. Transfers by Christian Zwarg.
“Labbette’s voice was once perceptively described as being ‘of a timbre which is peculiarly individual in its charm – the clear purity of a boy soprano touched with womanly warmth and sweetness’. Beecham fell in love with the sound. He also fell in love with the twenty-eight-year old Labette, and in due course began an affair with her that would last thirteen years.”
- John Lucas, THOMAS BEECHAM, AN OBSESSION WITH MUSIC, pp.170-71
“[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