The Golden Age of Shellac - The Anniversary Edition (CD)

Deutsche Grammophon
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Various Artists

The 120th anniversary of Deutsche Grammophon led to an initiative illuminating the very beginning of the recording industry: the legendary Shellac Era, historically located between c.1897 and the 1930s, is a fascinating epoch of pioneering artists, courageous producers, smart technicians and engineers and truly a Golden Age of unprecedented musical innovation.

This album presents the most culturally important of the rediscovered shellac tracks: Pietro Mascagni conducting his own works, including the captivating Intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana; Caruso’s baritone “rival” Titta Ruffo singing Largo al factotum; legendary violinist Váša Příhoda performing Dvořák and Elgar; Mozart tenor Julius Patzak performing Ottavio’s aria from Don Giovanni; and international stars like Louis Armstrong and Lale Andersen contribute some jazz standards.

All tracks have been restored from original “mother” or “father” discs, digitized with state-of-the-art technology and carefully remastered to the highest standard.

The album includes essential track documentation: artists, recording dates if traceable, and the original matrix and catalogue numbers.

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  1. Mascagni: Le Maschere - Overture
    Mitglieder Der Staatskapelle Berlin, Pietro Mascagni
    Recorded: 1928, Recording Venue: Berlin
  2. Chopin: Nocturnes (3) Op. 9 - Nocturne in E-Flat Major, Op. 9 No. 2
    Raoul Koczalski (piano)
    Recorded: 1936
  3. Weber: Der Freischütz - "Alles pflegt schon längst der Ruh'"
    Maria Müller (soprano)
    Städtisches Orchester Berlin, Robert Heger
    Recorded: 1943, Recording Venue: Berlin
  4. Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana - Intermezzo sinfonico
    Staatskapelle Berlin, Pietro Mascagni
    Recorded: 1927, Recording Venue: Berlin
  5. Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia / Act 1 - Largo al factotum
    Orchestra, Titta Ruffo (baritone)
    Recorded: 1912
  6. Elgar: Salut d'amour, Op. 12
    Otto Graef (piano), Vása Prihoda (violin)
    Recorded: 1938
  7. Verdi: La traviata / Act 2 - "Von der Freude Blumenkränzchen"
    Alda Noni (soprano)
    Orchester des Deutschen Opernhauses Berlin, Arthur Rother
    Recorded: 1942, Recording Venue: Berlin
  8. Dvorak: Slavonic Dance in C Major, Op. 46, No. 1
    Staatskapelle Berlin, Erich Kleiber
    Recorded: 1929, Recording Venue: Berlin
  9. Bach, J S: Dir, dir Jehovah, will ich singen, BWV452
    Helmut Walcha (organ)
    Thomanerchor, Karl Straube
    Recorded: 1927, Recording Venue: Berlin
  10. Reger: Schlichte Weisen, Op. 76 - Mariä Wiegenlied (Mary's Lulluby)
    Erna Berger (soprano)
    Staatskapelle Berlin, Wolfgang Martin
    Recorded: 1935, Recording Venue: Berlin
  11. Dvorak: Humoresques, Op. 101 - Humoresque in G-Flat Major, Op. 101 No. 7
    Otto Graef (piano), Vása Prihoda (violin)
    Recorded: 1929
  12. Adam: Le Postillon de Lonjumeau - "Freunde, vernehmet die Geschichte"
    Koloman Von Pataky (tenor)
    Recorded: 1930
  13. Mozart: Don Giovanni, K527 - Folget der Heißgeliebten
    Julius Patzak (tenor)
    Recorded: 1935
  14. Schubert: Am Grabe Anselmos D504
    Michael Raucheisen (piano), Tiana Lemnitz (soprano)
    Recorded: 1937
  15. Paul Hoppe: Ein rheinisches Mädchen beim rheinischen Wein, Op. 39 No. 1
    Johann Heidenreich (piano), Heinrich Schlusnus (baritone)
    Recorded: 1925
  16. Dénes von Buday: Ein Blumenstrauß Aus Nizza
    Erna Sack (soprano)
    Staatskapelle Berlin, Walter Schütze
    Recorded: 1936
  17. Willy Engel Berger: In the Distant Tropics (Hein Mück)
    Orchestra, Lale Andersen
    Recorded: 1942
  18. McHugh: On the sunny side of the street
    Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra
    Recorded: 1934
  19. Reutter, O: Ick wundere mir über jarnischt mehr
    Orchestra, Otto Reutter
    Recorded: 1927
  20. Schröder, F: Man müsste Klavier spielen können
    Orchestra, Johannes Heesters
    Recorded: 1941
  21. Rocca: Tiger Rag
    Louis Armstrong & His Ensemble
    Recorded: 1934