V1721. MAX KUTTNER: Songs by Benes, Weber, Leopoldi, Robinson, Gollnow, Katscher, Raymond, Erwin, Bendix, Snyder, Richman, Bonx, Waldau, May, Pickert, Stolz & Schwarz; Arias & Duet (w.Toni Bloch) from Gräfin Mariza, Achtung! Welle 505, Die Vertauschtet Frau & Wenn Man Verliebt ist. (Germany) Truesound Transfers 3055, recorded 1923-27. Transfers by Christian Zwarg.
“In 1905, Max Kuttner made his début at the Lortzing-Theater, Berlin. His specialty was tenor- buffo , where he also proved to be a good actor. He sang Jacquino in FIDELIO, Monostatos in ZAUBERFLÖTE, Pedrillo in ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL, and numerous rôles in Lortzing operas. His career took place almost exclusively on the stages of Berlin. In the 1920s he moved into operetta and sang with brilliant success in the great Metropolitan Opera Theater. He became famous by his appearance at the Berlin Radio.
Kuttner’s first recordings, Edison Amberol-cylinders, were made around 1910. He then sang for the Lindström brands Beka, and Odeon for Artiphon, Homocord and Vox. The opera and operetta recordings with Kuttner were among the best artistic productions of the period.
Being Jewish, Kuttner left Germany 1933. He emigrated to Shanghai, where he played several years of theatre. After 1945, the Shanghai troupe broke up, Max Kuttner returned to Germany, to Straubing in Lower Bavaria, where he died in 1953.”
- 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