V2494. MARGARETHE SIEMS: Songs by Alabieff, Eckert, Proch & Johann Strauss; Arias & Duets (w.Arányi, Zador & Förstel) from Guillaume Tell, Les Huguenots, Lakmé, Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Norma, Martha, Il Trovatore, Rigoletto, La Traviata, Aida, Lucia, Dinorah, Norma, La Fille du Régiment, Martha, Mignon & Nozze; w.Eva von der Osten & Minnie Nast: Der Rosenkavalier - Excerpts, the latter being CREATOR Recordings. (Germany) 2-Truesound Transfers 4001, recorded 1903-12, Dresden, Berlin & Prague. Transfers by Christian Zwarg. Final Copy!
"This glorious SIEMS program is the dï¿½but issue of Christian Zwarg's new series featuring double CDs in handsome Digipak albums (no more brittle plastic cases nor dull black-and-white covers!). As delighted as we all have been with previous Truesound offerings, this new format is sure to offer even greater satisfaction!"
- J. R. Peters
"...an absolute revelation! 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."
- Davyd Booth, GREAT SINGERS REMEMBERED, WHYY - NPR
"What is certain is Siems' status as one of the finest coloraturas on record. Take that echt coloratura show-piece, Proch's Variations. Her version is masterly in its technical security, but she goes further, impressing with a strong sense of musical personality and an ability to flaunt the florid writing like so much fashion jewelry."
- George Hall, INTERNATIONAL CLASSICAL RECORD COLLECTOR, Winter, 1998
"Finest of all [in Les Huguenots] perhaps, is Margarethe Siems, the original Marschallin, whose version is easily the most elaborate but who sings with indolent grace and effortless bravura. When this is allied to a meticulous attention to dynamic markings, it has the expansiveness and grandeur of style that this music requires."
- Vivian A. Liff, IL CORRIERE DELLA GRISI, 9 Sept., 2008
"The steady slow pulse of 'O beau pays' is hypnotically interpreted by Siems as she subtly colours phrases by swelling her tone and then pulls back to a narrow pianissimo. Margarethe Siems was clearly an extraordinary artist, and her recordings are treasures that still enrich our lives today. Along with the brilliant virtuosity, there is an emotional intensity in her singing that is hypnotic and haunting. She had the ability to colour her voice and drew out patterns of light and shadow as she sang."
- Harold Bruder, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2000