V2251. Meyerbeer on Record, Vol. II, incl. Excerpts - L’ÉTOILE DU NORD, LE PARDON DE PLOËRMEL (also known as DINORAH), and L’AFRICAINE, w.Hector Dufranne, Lise Landouzy, Paul Payan, Luisa Tetrazzini, Ellen Beach Yaw, Giuseppina Huguet, Gaetano Pini-Corsi, Gabriel Soulacroix, Henri Albers, Carolina Lazzari, Jane Méry, Cécile Merguillier, Gabrielle Ritter-Ciampi, Hippolyte Belhomme, César Vezzani, Max Bouvet, Daniel Vigneau, Berthe Auguez de Montalant, Antonio Aramburo, Bernard Boussagol, Agustarello Affre, Eugène Fréville, Lucien Rigaux, Félia Litvinne, Sabine Kalter, Louis Lestelly, Marie Lafargue, Léon Beyle, Amélie Talexis, Gaston Dubois, Gaston de Poumayrac, Louis Nansen, Henri Dangès, Pierre Gailhard, Léon Melchissèdec, Gino Martinez-Patti, César Preve, Léon Escalaïs, Pierre d’Assy, Marie Lafargue, Antoinette Laute-Brun, Odette Carlyle, Rosalia Chalia, Pol Plançon, Yvonne de Tréville, Elvira de Hidalgo, Margarethe Siems, Juste Nivette, Mario Ancona, Rosa Ponselle, Riccardo Stracciari, Paul Dangély, Jean de Reszke, Lucienne Bréval, Barbara Kemp, Celestina Boninsegna, etc. 3-Marston 53012, recorded 1899-1925. Transfers by Ward Marston. Incl.Elaborate 89pp profusely illustrated Booklet & Biographical Notes by Vincent Giroud & Robert Ignatius Letellier. - 638335301228
"MEYERBEER ON RECORD, Volume 2 chronicles his last three operas: L’ÉTOILE DU NORD, LE PARDON DE PLOËRMEL (also known as DINORAH), and L’AFRICAINE. Every effort has been made to provide the definitive recorded example of all sung portions of these operas, giving preference to those excerpts performed in Meyerbeer's chosen language of French and recorded during what is considered the Golden Age of operatic singing. The result is a pastiche of music that has been assembled to recreate something of the sequence of these neglected operas for the many who are unfamiliar with them — sung by some of the greatest voices of our musical past. In addition to three discs is a booklet containing biographies and rare photographs of the singers, plot summaries of the operas, and essays by highly respected Meyerbeer scholars. For the present, this set is one of the few ways to experience Meyerbeer, though it is hoped that this will be a bridge leading to the time when his enthralling operas will be performed again."
- Marston Records
“…this is a comprehensive collection of historic performances which demonstrate how Meyerbeer was sung during the first quarter of the 20th Century, principally in France but also in Germany and Austria….including some great rarities which will give great pleasure of singing….The transfer of the original recordings was accomplished with great skill so that the clarity of sound is revelatory.”
- Robert Bunyard, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2010 [regarding Vol. I]