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Subject: Re: Johanna Gadski
From: "Max D. Winter" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Max D. Winter
Date:Tue, 25 Sep 2012 12:37:34 -0400
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I have always found Gadski's acoustic recordings unsatisfying, for the most
part, although it is obvious that there is a major voice there.  For anyone
interested in getting an idea of what Gadski must have sounded like in the
opera house, listen to the short but impressive clip of Sieglinde's "O
hehrestes Wunder!" on the Mapleson Cylinders.  You really get a good feel
for the passionate abandon of her singing in performance.

Gadski is also impressive in the Mapleson "Huguenots" excerpts (she was
quite a versatile singer) with Edouard de Reszke.  The "Dich teure Halle"
excerpt isn't too shabby, either.  I especially like her upward portamentos,
which give great energy and excitement to the music.    

MDW

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