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|Spoken Word, Johannes Brahms, Franz Xaver Gruber|
Ernestine Schumann-Heink: The 1934 Broadcasts
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Classical
Live Radio Broadcasts Preserve Voice of Golden Age Contralto
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Madame Ernestine Schumann-Heink's 1934 Gerber Baby Food Radio Broadcasts highlight this BelAge cd. In her twilight years at the time of these sessions, she still has the vocal power and flexibility she posessed as a younger artist! The great bonus of the set is the inclusion of 6 earlier selections from her opera repertoire transferred from RCA Red Seal recordings. The grand diva speaks to her audience and those who are familiar with her will treasure this collection. The radio recordings are more clearly reproduced than on the earlier Pelican lp "Mme Schumann-Heink On The Air" and the Victor recordings also lack the usual hiss and surface noise of most vintage recordings. This recording offers proof of Mme. Schumann-Heink's solid vocal technique. This technique served her very well from the age of 17 until she was 72, at which time these recordings were made! This is indeed a memorable cd, if only for the "live" recordings of Brahms' "Wiegenlied" and "Stille Nacht", the singer's most beloved selections and provides the listener with over 75 minutes with one of this Century's truly great singers."