Academic journal article ARSC Journal

Marston

Academic journal article ARSC Journal

Marston

Article excerpt

Ward Marston has released two more CDs in his Lagniappe series, discs offered free to subscription customers. Lucrezia Bori & Emmy Destinn--The Published Edison Disc and Cylinder Recordings offers a most interesting glimpse of Bori prior to the throat surgery that put a halt to her career between 1915 and 1919 (L006; www.marstonrecords.com). Although Bori cut fourteen issued sides for Victor in 1914 and 1915, she is best known for her post-1921 Victor records, which reveal a pure, light lyric soprano instrument. Her chest register is impeccably developed yet very light in timbre on her most familiar recordings. Bori's Edison recordings--which include two cylinders from 1910 and nine Diamond Discs made in 1913--show rich, creamy low and middle registers absent from her post-surgery records. The 1910 cylinder of "In quelle trine morbide" from Puccini's Manon Lescaut is almost spinto-like in vocal color, though the voice is still decidedly lyric. Edison's technically advanced recording process also captured a wider frequency and dynamic range than Bori's 1914-1915 Victors. The six Emmy Destinn Diamond Discs from 1911 have two takes each of familiar arias from Ponchielli's La Gioconda, plus Puccini's Madama Butterfly and Tosca. …

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