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DG 120 - The Anniversary Edition – The Golden Age Of Shellac


CD  |  Classical  |  11 Jan 2019


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Various DG 120 - The Anniversary Edition – The Golden Age Of Shellac CD




The 120th anniversary of Deutsche Grammophon led to an initiative illuminating the very beginning of the recording industry: the legendary Shellac Era, historically located between c.1897 and the 1930s, is a fascinating epoch of pioneering artists, courageous producers, smart technicians and engineers and truly a Golden Age of unprecedented musical innovation.

The Shellac Project, a partnership between Deutsche Grammophon and Google Arts & Culture, reaches deep into the Yellow Label's archives to reveal historic recordings from the early decades of the last century. Many tracks chosen for The Shellac Project were digitised direct from galvanically generated mothers. Others, however, demand modern engineering solutions. As one of the great pioneers of sound recording, new technology has been key to Deutsche Grammophon since its foundation in 1898: The Yellow Label is now uniting cutting-edge technologies from past and present through this ambitious and important project.

The album includes essential track documentation: artists, recording dates if traceable, and the original matrix and catalogue numbers.

This album presents the most culturally important of the rediscovered shellac tracks: Pietro Mascagni conducting his own works, including the captivating Intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana; Caruso's baritone "rival" Titta Ruffo singing Largo al factotum; legendary violinist Váša P?íhoda performing Dvo?ák and Elgar; Mozart tenor Julius Patzak performing Ottavio's aria from Don Giovanni; and international stars like Louis Armstrong and Lale Andersen contribute some jazz standards. 

All tracks have been restored from original "mother" or "father" discs, digitized with state-of-the-art technology and carefully remastered to the highest standard.


Title: DG 120 - The Anniversary Edition – The Golden Age Of Shellac

Format: CD

Release Date: 11 Jan 2019

Artist: Various

Sku: 2409840

Catalogue No: 4836174

Category: Classical



CLASSICAL - Pietro Mascagni: Le maschere: Overture (excerpt, 1st part) / Staatskapelle Berlin, Pietro Mascagni

CLASSICAL - Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne in E flat Major op. 9 No. 2 / Raoul Koczalski (piano)

CLASSICAL - Carl Maria von Weber: Der Freischütz: "Alles pflegt schon längst der Ruh" / Maria Müller (soprano), Städtisches Orchester Berlin, Robert Heger

CLASSICAL - Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana: Intermezzo sinfonico / Staatskapelle Berlin, Pietro Mascagni

CLASSICAL - Gioacchino Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia: "Largo al factotum" / Titta Ruffo (baritone) with orchestra

CLASSICAL - Edward Elgar: Salut d'amour op. 12 / Váa Príhoda (violin), Otto A. Graef (piano)

CLASSICAL - Giuseppe Verdi: La traviata (sung in German): "Von der Freude Blumenkränzchen" / Alda Noni (soprano), Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Arthur Rother

CLASSICAL - Antonín Dvorák: Slavonic Dance in C Major op. 46 No. 1 / Staatskapelle Berlin, Erich Kleiber

CLASSICAL - Johann Sebastian Bach: "Dir, dir, Jehova, will ich singen" BWV 452 / Thomanerchor Leipzig, Helmut Walcha (organ), Karl Straube

CLASSICAL - Max Reger: Mariä Wiegenlied op. 76 Nr. 52 "Maria sitzt am Rosenhag" / Erna Berger (soprano), Staatskapelle Berlin, Wolfgang Martin

CLASSICAL - Antonín Dvorák: Humoresque in G flat major op. 101 No. 7 / Váa Príhoda (violin), Otto A. Graef (piano)

CLASSICAL - Adolphe Adam: Le postillon de Lonjumeau (sung in German): "Freunde, vernehmet die Geschichte" / Koloman von Pataky (tenor) with orchestra

CLASSICAL - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Don Giovanni K. 527 (sung in German): "Folget der Heißgeliebten" / Julius Patzak (tenor) with orchestra

CLASSICAL - Franz Schubert: Am Grabe Anselmos D 504 "Dass ich dich verloren habe" / Tiana Lemnitz (soprano), Michael Raucheisen (piano)

LIGHT MUSIC - Paul Hoppe: Ein rheinisches Mädchen beim rheinischen Wein / Heinrich Schlusnus (baritone), Johann Heidenreich (piano)

LIGHT MUSIC - Dénes von Buday: Ein Blumenstrauß aus Nizza / Erna Sack (soprano) with orchestra, Walter Schütze

LIGHT MUSIC - Willy Engel-Berger: In The Distant Tropics / Lale Andersen with orchestra

LIGHT MUSIC - Jimmy McHugh: On The Sunny Side Of The Street (excerpt) / Louis Armstrong with ensemble

LIGHT MUSIC - Otto Reutter: Ick wundere mir über jarnischt mehr / Otto Reutter with orchestra

LIGHT MUSIC - Friedrich Schröder: Man müsste Klavier spielen können / Johannes Heesters with orchestra

LIGHT MUSIC - Nick LaRocca: Tiger Rag / Louis Armstrong with Ensemble