To stop you in your tracks …

  • a recorded fragment that’ll take your breath away
  • today Joseph Schmidt sings Una furtiva lagrima from Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore … a the voice pure velvet, the technique seemingly effortless
  • the year 1931
  • Selmer Meyrowitz conducts members of the Berlin State Opera Orchestra
  • from Telefunken 2cd 0927 42665 2

7 comments on “To stop you in your tracks …

  1. Lovely to be reminded of this wonderful singer. My yardstick in this aria has been Caruso in 2004- recorded unusually on two 78 sides, leaving him enough time to work his magic. Best, Lawrence

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    • Yes Lawrence … funnily (and happily) I was listening to that very recently in RCA’s Caruso Edition – it is truly miraculous … the beauty and the breadth of it. Best Rob

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      • Thanks, Rob. I see that RCA (or Sony) has just reissued its Caruso recordings in a no-frills cheap box set, which I don’t have. However, looking online at images of the rear of the box, this looks like a reissue of their 1990 box set. The transfers were not fulsomely praised when it came out, and many collectors, including myself, prefer the Ward Marston transfers issued some years letter on 12 Naxos CDs, that also include his earliest recordings (RCA does not include them). Not overindulging, but listening to only 5 or 6 tracks at a time is a wonderful way to spend a half hour. Best, Lawrence

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