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Newest Releases March 2017 with reviews

NEWEST RELEASES

AS ADVERTISED AND REVIEWED IN THE MARCH / APRIL FANFARE MAGAZINE EDITION




We are still in the final production stages for these latest albums. Due to a large fire in the building where we had our office/stock/mail room, we had to empty out everything and set up in very cramped quarters. This has caused delays. However we are taking pre-orders so please scroll below to make an order which we will put on our preorder list. We will send a confirmation email, and send you an invoice when we are ready to ship.




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Cherubini

MEDEA

Florence 1953


and


Donizetti

LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR

Met 1956


MEDEA: Callas - Guichandut - Barbieri - Tucci - Petri / Gui, Florence 7 May 1953. Callas in the most electrifying voice she ever brought to this role, especially in an unsurpassed Act III. Best sound from our 2016 restoration; extensive Notes and photos plus a separate booklet about her vocal art, with many photos.


LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR Metropolitan Opera Callas - Campora - Sordello - Moscona / Cleva. 3 December 1956 broadcast. Commentary by Milton Cross with Rudolf Bing and speech to the radio audience by Callas and other members of the cast. Extensive Notes and photos. Best sound to date.


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4 CDs for the price of 3 / $43.50



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NEW HERITAGE SERIES

Combines 78 rpm commercial discs and broadcasts


Verdi

LA FORZA DEL DESTINO


and


Verdi

AIDA

LA FORZA DEL DESTINO: (extensive scenes). Ponselle - Martinelli - De Luca - Pinza - Baccaloni; Act IV complete; Act II, Scene 3 complete; Act III aria. Best sound, extensive Notes - rare photos.


AIDA: Act II, Scene 2 & Act III, complete Rethberg, Lauri-Volpi - De Luca - Wettergren - Pinza, 1936. Pitch corrected - best sound. Includes Act IV Judgment duet and other rare recordings.


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2 CDs / $29.00



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World Premiere Release

ARTURO TOSCANINI


New York Philharmonic

1935 Brahms Cycle


Now completed with the long missing ­first broadcast 17 February 1935.


Haydn Variations

Double Concerto

First Symphony in C Minor


Issued in association with the Toscanini Estate Good sound for the era.

With Commentary.


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2 CDs / $29.00



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Wagner

Lohengrin

Metropolitan Opera 1938

Melchior - Flagstad - Branzell - Huehn / De Abravanel


A seamless reconstruction of the February 1938 Met broadcast; Commentary by Milton Cross; Good sound. Extensive Notes; rare photos. Bonus: Lohengrin - Act I scenes, Chicago 1938 - Flagstad - Maison


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3 CD set / $43.50



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Bellini

NORMA

Metropolitan Opera 1937

Cigna - Martinelli - Castagna - Pinza / Panizza.


Repeatedly sought by opera lovers writing to us, we finally present our 2016 restoration of this famed broadcast. Best sound to date. Commentary by Milton Cross; extensive Notes and rare photos.



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2 CD set / $29.00



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FAMOUS VOICES OF THE PAST


Schumann

FRAUENLIEBE UND -LEBEN

with 8 sopranos


Lotte Lehmann - Ria Ginster Germaine Martinelli - Ninon Vallin - Elisabeth Höngen Elisabeth Schumann - Sena Jurinac - Zara Dolukhanova



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2 CD set / $29.00



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Verdi

OTELLO

Metropolitan Opera 1940

Martinelli - Rethberg - Tibbett, others / Panizza


This broadcast chosen by famous critic and author John Steane as the preferred performance of this opera with Rethberg at her very best as Desdemona. Our 2016 restoration in good sound with broadcast commentary by Milton Cross. Extensive Notes and rare photos.



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2 CD set / $29.00



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Verdi

SIMON BOCCANEGRA


Tibbett - Rethberg - Martinelli - Pinza - Warren

Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera

Ettore Panizza, 1939


In Honor of the Verdi Bicentennial


This renowned performance has been repeatedly released on CD by many labels, all being clones of the Met set. This means highly compressed, lifeless sound with a metallic resonance. Our 2013 restoration offers the best sonics ever available with considerable vocal presence, natural tone and dimensionalization of the ensembles so as to recreate in dynamic values, one of the most exciting and truly great performances of the late 1930s.


From Henry Fogels review, Fanfare Nov/Dec 2013:


"Until now, this 1939 Met broadcast could only be recommended to collectors who had a wide tolerance for historic sound. What Richard Caniell of Immortal Performances has done here is close to miraculous. . . . The dynamic range has been extended, removing the effects of electronic compression. (Surface) noise has been removed without removing color from the voices; and the whole jumps out of the speakers as the incredible performance that it is.


"Tibbett is gigantic as Boccanegra. . . this is one of the great operatic portrayals ever, period . . . the same can be said about Pinza. Beauty of tone, nobility of expression, strength and eloquence, it is all there. Rethberg perhaps gains the most from Caniell’s remastering. . . her voice glows with a warmth that previous editions of this performance managed to minimize. Martinelli's feeling for the style is complete, he has power, and he also has the ability to moderate his voice and sing softly . . . There are moments that are truly thrilling, alongside moments where one wishes for more tonal beauty . . . . But the greatness of the artist is always present when Martinelli sings.


"Immortal Performances’s usual stunning production standards are present. The booklet contains intelligent, thoughtful notes on the performance and the artists, wonderful rare old photos, and insightful comments on the opera itself. Real Verdi lovers . . . would be quite foolish to pass this one up. It provides operatic thrills that frankly none of the studio recordings can duplicate, not even the best of them."



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REMASTERED 2017

Verdi

SIMON BOCCANEGRA

Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera 1939


One of our most sought restorations released some years ago now offered in a new 2017 restoration in significantly improved sound. Offered to previous purchasers at a reduced rate; others will discover the electrifying experience of hearing this unequalled performance in a new and better edition.


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Newly remastered edition 2 CDs / $0.00

2 CD set / $29.00

For further information about the great vocal artists offered in our CD releases, including articles, discographies and photos, see The Record Collector at:
www.therecordcollector.org.
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