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From Melba To Sutherland - Australian Singers On Record

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From Melba To Sutherland - Australian Singers On Record
From Melba To Sutherland - Australian Singers On Record


'Remarkable CD set I never realised that so many great singers were Australian.'........'The transfers are superb.'.......'A plethora of rarities.' 'An absolute must-have for anyone even remotely interested in the history of opera on record.' says Rob Cowan from Gramophone Magazine. 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. Why has there been such an extraordinary procession of world-class Australian singers over such an extended period of time? The question is often asked, but there are no easy answers. For Australia to have produced Dame Nellie Melba and Dame Joan Sutherland, two of the most famous singers of the twentieth century, is in itself something like a miracle. But there are so many more some 80 wonderful singers in total. The compilation has been meticulously researched by music historian Roger Neill and recording industry expert Tony Locantro. It covers a wide range of musical genres, from opera to music hall and from art song to variety. 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.' Included with the issue is a detailed booklet covering all of the recordings with brief biographies and rare photographs of the singers, and an overview of their teachers. Each of the recordings has been expertly remastered from best-available original sources. 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. Dame Joan Hammond, whose 'Oh my beloved father' from Puccini's Gianni Schicchi was one of the best-selling classical discs of all time. Florrie Forde, one of the greatest music hall artists, whose hit songs included 'Down at the Old Bull and Bush', 'Tipperary' and 'Pack up your Troubles', and Richard Watson, the Adelaide-born bass who was a long-time principal with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, singing the comic bass-baritone roles of the Savoy Operas. Alongside these greats, several outstanding Australian singers have been re-discovered, their lives and recordings researched afresh. Many of them had become just names, nothing more. They include: Syria Lamonte, the first woman singer to be recorded professionally in Britain in 1898. Frances Saville, a leading soprano in Mahler's famous company in Vienna, who re-introduced several of the great Mozartian roles to the repertoire. Andrew Black, the only top-flight singer of Melba's generation who moved from Britain to Australia. Violet Mount, who, unable to break into the opera houses of Europe, made an outstanding career on the music halls singing operatic arias as the masked 'L'Incognita'. Lorna Sydney, who went to further her career in Vienna, but was interned as an alien during World War II. She became a leading member of the Vienna State Opera at the cessation of hostilities. 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. This high prestige project has been actively supported throughout by Richard Bonynge and the late Dame Joan Sutherland, who have written: 'It is wonderful to be able to hear these exceptional voices, singers of real quality. It is a mammoth collection and Australia can be proud to share her artists with the world.'


  1. Name
  2. MELBA & THE MARCHESI SCHOOL: Gounod: Ah! Je ris (Jewel Song) (Faust) / NELLIE MELBA
  3. Bemberg: Nymphs et sylvains
  4. Puccini: Addio, dolce svegliare (Quartet) (La bohème) / BROWNING MUMMERY / JOHN BROWNLEE
  5. Massenet: Obéissons, quand leur voix appelle (Gavotte) (Manon)/ FRANCES SEVILLE
  6. Mallinson: New Year Song / ADA CROSSLEY
  7. Verdi: Miserere (Il trovatore) / FRANCES ALDA
  8. Puccini: In quelle trine morbide (Manon Lescaut)
  9. Verdi: Caro nome (Rigoletto) / AMY CASTLES
  10. Metcalf: Absent / IRENE AINSLEY
  11. Auber: Cest lhistoire amoureuse (Manon Lescaut) / EVELYN SCOTNEY
  12. Donizetti: Regnava nel silenzio (Lucia di Lammermoor) / STELLA POWER
  14. Verdi: Follie! Follie! Sempre libera (La traviata) (sung in French)/ LALLA MIRANDA
  15. Puccini: One fine day (Un bel dì vedremo) (Madama Butterfly)/ ROSINA BUCKMAN
  16. Scott: Lullaby / GERTRUDE JOHNSON
  18. Schumann: Thou art so like a flower (Du bist wie eine Blume) (Myrthen)/ DOROTHY HELMRICH
  19. Brahe: I passed by your window /EILEEN BOYD
  20. Saint-Saëns: Tonight O love, from thy power (Samson Amour, viens aider)/ CLARA SERENA
  21. Brahe: Bless this house/ ESSIE ACKLAND
  22. EARLY TENORS- Hill: Waiata Poi/ ALFRED HILL
  23. Kneass: Ben Bolt (Trilbys Song) / WALTER KIRBY
  24. Leoncavallo: No! Punchinello, no more (No! Pagliaccio non son) (Pagliacci) / BROWNING MUMMERY
  25. MacMorrough: Macushla/ ALFRED O'SHEA
  26. Puccini: Amore o grillo (Madama Butterfly) / LIONELLO CECIL
  27. EARLY BARITONES & BASSES - Elgar: Jesu! by that shuddering dread (The Dream of Gerontius)/ HORACE STEVENS
  28. Sullivan: Time was when love and I (Curates Song) (The Sorcerer)/ ANDREW BLACK
  29. Handel: Honour and Arms (Samson)/ PETER DAWSON
  30. James: Six Australian Bush Songs /PETER DAWSON - No. 1
  31. No. 2
  32. No. 4
  33. No. 5
  34. No. 6
  35. Trad. Cornish arr. Moss: The Floral Dance/ PETER DAWSON
  36. Handel: O ruddier than the cherry (Acis and Galatea)/ MALCOLM McEACHERN
  37. Cowan: Onaway, awake beloved/ HAROLD WILLIAMS
  38. Villaume: Old John Bax/ HAROLD WILLIAMS
  39. Mozart: Deh vieni alla finestra (Serenade) (Don Giovanni)/ JOHN BROWNLEE
  40. Sullivan: When a felons not engaged in his employment (Policemans Song) (The Pirates of Penzance)/RICHARD WATSON
  41. WAGNERIANS AND OTHER DRAMATICS: Wagner: The Kings Prayer (Lohengrin) (sung in English) / LEMPRIÈRE PRINGLE
  42. Wagner: Elisabeths Greeting (Tannhäuser) (sung in English)/ ELSA STRALIA
  43. Wagner: Ho-jo-to-ho (Brünnhildes Battlecry) (Die Walküre)/ FLORENCE AUSTRAL
  44. Wagner: Welches Unholds List (Götterdämmerung)/ FLORENCE AUSTRAL/FREDERICK COLLIER
  45. Verdi: La luce langue (Macbeth) / MARHERITA GRANDI
  46. Wagner: Starke Scheite (Brünnhildes Immolation) (Götterdämmerung) opening (sung in French)/MARJORIE LAWRENCE
  47. Rachmaninov: Floods of Spring, Op. 14 No. 11/ / /MARJORIE LAWRENCE
  48. Trad. Aboriginal arr: Loam: Maranoa Lullaby / HAROLD BLAIR
  49. Britten: Is this all you can bring? (Albert Herring) ./ SYLVIA FISHER
  50. Trad: Comin' thro' the rye / SYRIA LAMONTE
  51. Hill: The Boys Brigade / HAMILTON HILL
  52. Bishop: Lo! Here the gentle lark / VIOLET MOUNT (LINCOGNITA)
  53. Thurban: The Whistling Bowery Boy/ ALBERT WHELAN
  54. Murphy & Lipton: Oh! Oh! Antonio/ FLORRIE FORD
  55. MUSICAL THEATRE, RADIO & COMEDY: Fraser-Simson: Love will find a way (The Maid of the Mountains) / GLADYS MONCRIEFF
  56. Tate: A Paradise for Two (The Maid of the Mountains) /ROBERT CHISHOLM/GLADYS MONCREIFF
  57. Friml: Some Day (The Vagabond King)/ STRELLA WILSON
  58. OHagan: Lets take a trip to Melbourne/ CLEMENT Q. WILLIAMS
  59. Hilliam & McEachern: Is e an Aussie, Lizzie, is e? / MALCOLM McEACHERN
  60. Rodgers: Climb Every Mountain (The Sound of Music) / ROSINA RAISBECK
  61. Rodgers: The Sound of Music (The Sound of Music) / JUNE BRONHILL
  62. SOPRANOS AFTER WORLD WAR II: Puccini: O my beloved father (O mio babbino caro) (Gianni Schicchi) / JOAN HAMMOND
  63. Charpentier: Depuis le jour (Louise) /JOAN HAMMOND
  64. Thomas: I am Titania (Je suis Titania) (Mignon)/ GLENDA RAYMOND
  65. Berlioz: O mon cher fils (LEnfance du Christ)/ ELSIE MORISON / JOHN CAMERON
  66. Verdi: Saper vorreste (Un ballo in maschera) / ANGELINA ARENA
  67. Richard Strauss: Ich kann nicht sitzen (Elektra) / MARIE COLLIER
  68. Wagner: Du bist der Lenz (Die Walküre) / NANCE GRANT
  69. Ponchielli: Suicidio! (La Gioconda) / RITA HUNTER
  70. MEZZOS AFTER WORLD WAR II: Mahler: Urlicht (Symphony No. 2 Resurrection) / LORNA SYDNEY
  71. Mahler: Rheinlegendchen (Des Knaben Wunderhorn) / YVONNE MINTON
  72. Purcell: All our days and our nights (The Masque in Dioclesian) / MAX WORTHLEY
  73. Verdi: O figli miei! Ah, la paterna mano (Macbeth, Act IV) / DONALD SMITH
  74. German: The Yeomen of England (Merrie England) / JOHN CAMERON
  75. Weston & Barnes: When father papered the parlour / BILLY WILLIAMS
  76. Berlioz: Sanctus (Grand Messe des Morts, Op. 5)/ RONALD DOWD
  77. Puccini: Nessun dorma (Turandot) / KENNETH NEATE
  78. Britten: People! No! I will speak! (Peter Grimes) / RAYMOND NILSSON / JOHN LANIGAN
  79. Puccini: Lovely maid in the moonlight (O soave fanciulla) (La Bohème)/ JOHN LANIGAN / GLENDA RAYMOND
  80. Bizet: La fleur que tu mavais jetée (Carmen) / ALBERT LANCE
  81. SUTHERLAND AND HER CIRCLE: Donizetti: Cruda, funesta smania La pietada in suo favore (Lucia di Lammermoor)/ JOHN SHAW
  82. Verdi: Una fatale del mio destino (La forza del destino)/ ROBERT ALLMAN
  83. Massenet: De lautel vénéré O divine Esclarmonde! (Esclarmonde) / CLIFFORD GRANT
  84. Meale: I am behind you, Voss Nothing could be safer or more solid (Voss) / CLIFFORD GRANT/GEOFFREY CHARD/HEATHER BEGG
  85. Meale: I am looking at the map of my hand (Voss) / ROBERT GARD
  86. Verdi: Vieni o levita Tu sul labbro (Nabucco)/ NEIL WARREN-SMITH
  87. Graun: Se il dovere in questaddio (Montezuma)/ LAURIS ELMS
  88. Elgar: In Haven (Capri) (Sea Pictures, Op. 37) / MARGRETA ELKINS
  89. Rossini: La fioraia fiorentina / JOAN SUTHERLAND
  90. Donizetti: Ah! tardai troppo O luce di questanima (Linda di Chamounix)/ JOAN SUTHERLAND
  91. Gounod: Oh Dieu! Que de bijoux Ah! Je ris (Jewel Song) (Faust)/ JOAN SUTHERLAND
  92. Catalani: Ebben? Ne andrò lontana (La Wally)/ JOAN CARDEN
  93. Novello: Well gather lilacs (Perchance to Dream)/ YVONNE KENNY
  94. Kálmán: Mary kam vom goldnen Strande (Die Herzogin von Chicago)/ DEBORAH RIEDEL
  95. Gounod: Dieu ! quel frisson Amour, ranime mon courage (Roméo et Juliette)/ EMMA MATTHEWS
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