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Subject: Re: Salomea Kruscelnicka
From: Russ Geschke <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Mon, 2 Jan 2017 02:21:07 -0600
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You are correct, Marston Records' online catalog does still list for sale 
the CD set of the complete Krushelnytska recordings.  There are several 
interesting Krushelnytska biographies posted on YouTube, and at least one of 
the very late and generally unknown recordings she made in the 1940s, with 
piano accompaniment.  YouTube postings by what appear to be Ukrainian 
contributors spell her first name "Solomiya."  Original records by her are 
rare and pricey, the 1902 G&Ts much more so than the later Fonotipias.  (I 
only have two of her records: two Fonotipia sides issued in this country by 
Columbia, of arias from Adriana Lecouvreur, and the two less-rare sides of 
the four recorded for Columbia in 1928.)  The Krushelnytska biography in the 
booklet accompanying the Marston set mentions that "Around that time [1903], 
she also spoke out publicly against Polish dominance in Western Ukraine." 
More specific information about that incident comes from an article, "The 
Warsaw Opera, 1900-1910" by Ladislaw de Noskowski (1892-1968) in The Record 
Collector (vol. 7 no. 9 [September 1952]):  "She [Krushelnytska] had a very 
good voice, though slightly inclined to be shrill. . . . Artists should be 
above politics, but unfortunately Kruszelnicka [i.e., Krushelnytska] was 
drawn into one of the almost chronic fights between Polish and Ukrainian 
students at the Lemberg [Lvov, Lviv] University.  She had just appeared with 
enormous success at the 500th performance of "Halka" in Warsaw and proceeded 
to Lemberg.  Being of Ukrainian descent, she made a fiery speech bitterly 
attacking Polish students.  Warsaw, which until then had considered 
Kruszelnicka as one of its very own, reacted unfavourably and she lost her 
popularity almost overnight.  She never sang in Warsaw again and proceeded 
to Italy, where she appeared with great success for many years, having 
changed her name to Krusceniski, to make it easier to pronounce."  There is 
also a detailed and informative article on Krushelnytska with different 
information than in the Marston booklet, in The Record Collector (vol. 18 
no. 4 [February 1969]).

Russ Geschke

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "william kasimer" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, December 30, 2016 10:08 PM
Subject: Re: Salomea Kruscelnicka


If anyone's interested, I believe that Marston is still offering her 
complete recordings:

http://www.marstonrecords.com/collections/singer/products/krushelnytska

Bill

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