Collector’s Corner (Free MP3s) • Some Late 2019 Operatic Additions — Caruso, Scotti, Farrar, Didur, Sibiriakov, Michailowa, Chaliapin

Collector’s Corner (Free MP3s) • Some Late 2019 Operatic Additions — Caruso, Scotti, Farrar, Didur, Sibiriakov, Michailowa, Chaliapin

 

A few new arrivals to the opera collection, added over the last couple of months — some fairly common, some quite scarce, but all personal favorites.

(Jazz and blues fans: Don’t despair, we’ll be back in a few weeks with some choice new selections. In the meantime, give a listen — a little horizon-broadening for the new year!)

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ENRICO CARUSO: Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni) – Siciliana (E–)

Milan: November 30, 1902
Gramophone Concert Record 52418 (mx. 2876b)
Salvatore Cottone, piano

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GERALDINE FARRAR & ANTONIO SCOTTI: La Bohême (Puccini) – Mimi, speravo di trovarvi qui (E)

Camden, NJ: February 18, 1908
Victor 10007 (mx. C 5087 – 2)
1923 coupled reissue of Victor 89016

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ADAMO DIDUR: Mefistofele (Boito) – Son lo spirito che nega (E)

Milan: April 23, 1908
Fonotipia 92226 (mx. XPh 3176)

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LEV SIBIRIAKOV: Songs and Dances of Death (Mussorgsky) –
Field-Marshall Death
(EE–)

St. Petersburg, Russia: November 12, 1913
Amour 022328 (coupled #M022327) (mx. 2904c)

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LEV SIBIRIAKOV & MARIA MICHAILOWA: Faust (Gounod) –
Church Scene, Part 1
(EE–)

St. Petersburg, Russia: September 27, 1910
Muzpred 024048 (coupled #022172) (mx. 2045c)
Early 1920s Soviet pressing from the original stampers

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FEODOR CHALIAPIN: Aleko (Rachmaninoff) – The Moon Is High in the Sky (aka All The Gypsy Camp Is Sleeping) (EE+)

London (C Studio, Small Queen’s Hall): November 11, 1929
Victor 14902 (Gramophone Co. mx. Cc 18156 – 1)
Orchestra directed by Lawrance Collingwood. This is a “concert” version of the aria, with portions of the original score deleted; Chaliapin’s rendition of the complete aria can be heard on HMV D.B.691, acoustically recorded in 1923.

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