V1722. FRIDA LEIDER, Vol. I, incl. Ah! Perfido! (Beethoven); Arias & Duets (w.Carl Günther) from Nozze, Fidelio, Oberon, Aïda, Tosca, Der Fliegende Holländer, Rienzi, Tristan & Tannhäuser. (Germany) Truesound Transfers 3008, recorded 1921-25. Transfers by Christian Zwarg.
“I suspect one would have to go back to Lilli Lehmann to find another soprano who has delivered the music with such perfection of phrasing and shading, so sure a sense of design, such subtlety and such nobility of expression, and so firm a control of her vocal resources.”
- Pitts Sanborn, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 23 Feb., 1934
"The intensity of [Leider's] singing is unmistakeable at the great moments….a singer with presence, and one is aware of it, majestic and human throughout. Leider was an adored singer….”
- J. B. Steane, THE GRAND TRADITION, pp.240-41
“[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