From Melba to Sutherland: Australian Singers on Record | Australian Eloquence ELQ4825892

From Melba to Sutherland: Australian Singers on Record


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Label: Australian Eloquence

Cat No: ELQ4825892

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 4

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 30th September 2016


From Melba to Sutherland: Australian Singers on Record is the first-ever comprehensive survey of the recordings of Australia’s greatest singers – in a unique new four-CD set from Decca, complete with biographies of each of the 80 artists, rare photographs, all contained within a 68-page booklet. Co-producer Roger Neill has said: ‘Thirteen years in the making, From Melba to Sutherland is truly a once-in-a-lifetime project – the first-ever comprehensive survey of recordings by Australia’s greatest singers.’

Aside from Melba and Sutherland, other world-famous Australians included are: Peter Dawson, a baritone who concentrated his career on the newly-emerged recording medium, selling some thirteen million records in the fifty years from 1904. Florence Austral, an outstanding Wagnerian soprano. June Bronhill, who followed Joan Sutherland as Lucia di Lammermoor at Covent Garden, but who chose to make her career in operetta and musical comedy with spectacular success. Malcolm McEachern, the bass half of the best-selling Flotsam and Jetsam duo who was equally accomplished in classical repertoire.

Also there are many extremely rare recordings included in the anthology, some of them existing in just a single instance. For example, there is a private recording of the great Australian baritone, Harold Williams, singing a rousing Cobb and Co song, ‘John Bax’. Another great rarity is an unpublished test pressing by Florence Austral singing Brünnhilde’s ‘Battlecry’ from Wagner’s Die Walküre.


CD 1: Melba, the Marchesi school and other early singers
1. Gounod: Ah! Je ris (Jewel Song) (Faust)
- Nellie Melba
2. Bemberg: Nymphs et sylvains
3. Puccini: Addio, dolce svegliare (Quartet) (La bohème)
- Browning Mummery, John Brownlee
4. Massenet: Obéissons, quand leur voix appelle (Gavotte) (Manon)
- Frances Seville
5. Mallinson: New Year Song
- Ada Crossley
6. Verdi: Miserere (Il trovatore)
- Frances Alda
7. Puccini: In quelle trine morbide (Manon Lescaut)
8. Verdi: Caro nome (Rigoletto)
- Amy Castles
9. Metcalf: Absent
- Irene Ainsley
10. Auber: C’est l’histoire amoureuse (Manon Lescaut)
- Evelyn Scotney
11. Donizetti: Regnava nel silenzio (Lucia di Lammermoor)
- Stella Power
12. Balfe: Killarney
- Marie Narelle
13. Verdi: Follie! Follie! ... Sempre libera (La traviata) (sung in French)
- Lalla Miranda
14. Puccini: One fine day (Un bel dì vedremo) (Madama Butterfly)
 - Rosina Buckman
15. Scott: Lullaby
- Gertrude Johnson
16. Molloy: Darby and Joan
- Ella Caspers
17. Schumann: Thou art so like a flower (Du bist wie eine Blume) (Myrthen)
- Dorothy Helmrich
18. Brahe: I passed by your window
- Eileen Boyd
19. Saint-Saëns: Tonight ... O love, from thy power (Samson ... Amour, viens aider)
- Clara Serena
20. Brahe: Bless this house
- Essie Ackland
21. Hill: Waiata Poi
- Alfred Hill
22. Kneass: Ben Bolt (Trilby’s Song)
- Walter Kirby
23. Leoncavallo: No! Punchinello, no more (No! Pagliaccio non son) (Pagliacci)
- Browning Mummery
24. MacMorrough: Macushla
- Alfred O'Shea
25. Puccini: Amore o grillo (Madama Butterfly)
- Lionello Cecil
26. Elgar: Jesu! by that shuddering dread (The Dream of Gerontius)
- Horace Stevens

CD 2: More early singers · Wagner and the dramatics · Music Hall and Variety
1. Sullivan: Time was when love and I (Curate’s Song) (The Sorcerer)
- Andrew Black
2. Handel: Honour and Arms (Samson)
- Peter Dawson
3-7. James: Six Australian Bush Songs (nos. 1, 2, 4, 5 & 6)
- Peter Dawson
8. Trad. Cornish arr. Moss: The Floral Dance
- Peter Dawson
9. Handel: O ruddier than the cherry (Acis and Galatea)
- Malcolm McEachern
10. Cowan: Onaway, awake beloved
- Harold Williams
11. Villaume: Old John Bax
- Harold Williams
12. Mozart: Deh vieni alla finestra (Serenade) (Don Giovanni)
- John Brownlee
13. Sullivan: When a felon’s not engaged in his employment (Policeman’s Song) (The Pirates of Penzance)
- Richard Watson
14. Wagner: The King’s Prayer (Lohengrin) (sung in English)
- Lemprière Pringle
15. Wagner: Elisabeth’s Greeting (Tannhäuser) (sung in English)
- Elsa Stralia
16. Wagner: Ho-jo-to-ho (Brünnhilde’s Battlecry) (Die Walküre)
- Florence Austral
17. Wagner: Welches Unholds List (Götterdämmerung)
- Florence Austral, Frederick Collier
18. Verdi: La luce langue (Macbeth)
- Margherita Grandi
19. Wagner: Starke Scheite (Brünnhilde’s Immolation) (Götterdämmerung) opening (sung in French)
- Marjorie Lawrence
20. Trad. Aboriginal arr. Loam: Maranoa Lullaby
- Harold Blair
21. Rachmaninov: Floods of Spring, op.14 no.11
- Marjorie Lawrence
22. Britten: Is this all you can bring? (Albert Herring)
- Sylvia Fisher
23. Trad: Comin' thro' the rye
- Syria Lamonte
24. Hill: The Boys’ Brigade
- Hamilton Hill
25. Bishop: Lo! Here the gentle lark
- Violet Mount (L’Incognita)
26. Thurban: The Whistling Bowery Boy
- Albert Whelan
27. Murphy & Lipton: Oh! Oh! Antonio
- Florrie Ford

CD 3: Musical Theatre, Radio, Comedy · Singers after World War II
1. Fraser-Simson: Love will find a way (The Maid of the Mountains)
- Gladys Moncrieff
2. Tate: A Paradise for Two (The Maid of the Mountains)
- Robert Chisholm, Gladys Moncrieff
3. Friml: Some Day (The Vagabond King)
- Strella Wilson
4. O’Hagan: Let’s take a trip to Melbourne
- Clement Q Williams
5. Hilliam & McEachern: Is ’e an Aussie, Lizzie, is ’e?
- Malcolm McEachern
6. Rodgers: Climb Every Mountain (The Sound of Music)
- Rosina Raisbeck
7. Rodgers: The Sound of Music (The Sound of Music)
- June Bronhill
8. Puccini: O my beloved father (O mio babbino caro) (Gianni Schicchi)
- Joan Hammond
9. Charpentier: Depuis le jour (Louise)
- Joan Hammond
10. Thomas: I am Titania (Je suis Titania) (Mignon)
- Glenda Raymond
11. Berlioz: O mon cher fils (L’Enfance du Christ)
- Elsie Morrison, John Cameron
12. Verdi: Saper vorreste (Un ballo in maschera)
- Angelina Arena
13. Richard Strauss: Ich kann nicht sitzen (Elektra)
- Marie Collier
14. Wagner: Du bist der Lenz (Die Walküre)
- Nance Grant
15. Ponchielli: Suicidio! (La Gioconda)
- Rita Hunter
16. Mahler: Urlicht (Symphony no.2 ‘Resurrection’)
- Lorna Sydney
17. Mahler: Rheinlegendchen (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)
- Yvonne Minton
18. Purcell: All our days and our nights (The Masque in Dioclesian)
- Max Wortheley
19. Verdi: O figli miei! ... Ah, la paterna mano (Macbeth, Act IV)
- Donald Smith
20. German: The Yeomen of England (Merrie England)
- John Cameron
21. Weston & Barnes: When father papered the parlour
- Billy Williams

CD 4: More singers after World War II · Sutherland and her circle
1. Berlioz: Sanctus (Grand Messe des Morts, op.5)
- Ronald Dowd
2. Puccini: Nessun dorma (Turandot)
- Kenneth Neate
3. Britten: People! ... No! I will speak! (Peter Grimes)
- Raymond Nilsson, John Lanigan
4. Puccini: Lovely maid in the moonlight (O soave fanciulla) (La Bohème)
- John Lanigan, Glenda Raymond
5. Bizet: La fleur que tu m’avais jetée (Carmen)
- Albert Lance
6. Donizetti: Cruda, funesta smania ... La pietada in suo favore (Lucia di Lammermoor)
- John Shaw
7. Verdi: Una fatale del mio destino (La forza del destino)
- Robert Allman
8. Massenet: De l’autel vénéré ... O divine Esclarmonde! (Esclarmonde)
- Clifford Grant
9. Meale: I am behind you, Voss ... Nothing could be safer or more solid (Voss)
- Clifford Grant, Geoffrey Chard, Heather Begg
10. Meale: I am looking at the map of my hand (Voss)
- Robert Gard
11. Verdi: Vieni o levita ... Tu sul labbro (Nabucco)
- Neil Warren-Smith
12. Graun: Se il dovere in quest’addio (Montezuma)
- Lauris Elms
13. Elgar: In Haven (Capri) (Sea Pictures, op.37)
- Margreta Elkins
14. Rossini: La fioraia fiorentina
- Joan Sutherland
15. Donizetti: Ah! tardai troppo ... O luce di quest’anima (Linda di Chamounix)
- Joan Sutherland
16. Gounod: Oh Dieu! Que de bijoux ... Ah! Je ris (Jewel Song) (Faust)
- Joan Sutherland
17. Catalani: Ebben? ... Ne andrò lontana (La Wally)
- Joan Carden
18. Novello: We’ll gather lilacs (Perchance to Dream)
- Yvonne Kenny
19. Kálmán: Mary kam vom gold’nen Strande (Die Herzogin von Chicago)
- Deborah Riedel
20. Gounod: Dieu ! quel frisson ... Amour, ranime mon courage (Roméo et Juliette)
- Emma Matthews


Roger Neill and Tony Loncantro provide the exhaustive annotations, which include biographies of all the singers plus copious photographs. Where early recordings are concerned the transfers are superb. ... Eighty singers in all are featured, quite a roll call and an absolute must for anyone even remotely interested in the history of opera on record.  Rob Cowan
Gramophone April 2017
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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