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The Edison Legacy Volume 2:
Unpublished Treasures of the Edison Archive
This three CD set marks the next installment of the historically significant release of unpublished Edison diamond disc masters. Thomas Edison, inventor of the phonograph, began his own recording company in 1898, and for the next 14 years, he released only wax cylinder recordings, while by 1905, most other companies were using the more practical flat disc format. By 1909, the cylinder was a dying medium, and Edison realized that his company needed to compete in the disc market. Consequently, he strove to produce a better-sounding disc than any of his competitors. For nearly three years, he made disc recordings before publishing any. Over a hundred of these wax disc masters still exist in the Edison archive, unheard by anyone until now. These recordings contain not only some very fine singing, but also, some of the best sound to be heard on acoustic recording. This volume contains three recordings by the renowned baritone, Giussepe Kaschmann; tenor Umberto Macnez; contralto Marie Delna; sopranos Adelina Agostinelli, Celestina Boninsegna, Carolina White, Maria Galvany, and a marvelous duet from Verdi's Otello with Marie Rappold and Leo Slezak.
coming this month
The Complete Arthur Endrèze
Arthur Endres Kraeckmann was born in Chicago on 28 November 1893. He won a scholarship to study at the American Conservatory in Fontainbleau for the summer of 1921, yet Kraeckmann remained in France. He studied with no less than Jean De Reszke and Reynaldo Hahn, and established himself (under the name of Arthur Endrèze) as one of the great "French" baritones. Endrèze rarely visited the United States, and his career was almost entirely in France. Endrèze returned to Chicago in 1974, where he died less than a year later. The recorded output of Arthur Endrèze is historically important and has never been issued in its entirety. Endrèze is firmly footed in the French style of singing, an art that is lost today.
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