Magazine article Gramophone

Vocal Gems from Oz

Magazine article Gramophone

Vocal Gems from Oz

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Another remarkable CD set arrives via the Australian Eloquence label: From Melba to Sutherland--Australian Singers on Record. The first thing to say is that I never realised that so many great singers were Australian: Harold Williams, Malcolm McEachern (of 'Flotsam and Jetsam' fame), Marjorie Lawrence, June Bronhill, Rita Hunter, Yvonne Minton, Yvonne Kenny and many, many more, a good number of them hardly known to us here in the UK--but virtually all of them wonderful to encounter. And there are those who are more familiar as Australians, singers such as Elsie Morison, John Cameron and of course Peter Dawson, not to mention the music hall stars Albert Whelan and Florrie Forde. Roger Neill and Tony Locantro provide the exhaustive annotations, which include biographies of all the singers plus copious photographs. Where early recordings are concerned the transfers are superb. An unpublished Victor 78 of Frances Alda and Caruso in the 'Miserere' from Verdi's Il trovatore (December 1909) is a highlight but it's the plethora of rarities that's the real draw: Gertrude Johnson, who made her London debut as Musetta to Melba's Mimi, represented here in 1929 singing Cyril Scott with the composer himself at the piano. …

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