Panizza's 1942 Elixir of Love, live at the New York Metropolitan Opera
Unique transfers from off-air glass acetates by Ward Marston
DONIZETTI L'elisir d'amore [notes/score] Broadcast performance, January 3, 1942, with announcements by Milton Cross
THE CAST Bidú Sayão Adina Bruno Landi Nemorino Francesco Valentino Belcore Salvatore Baccaloni Dulcamara Mona Paulee Giannetta Choir and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York Ettore Panizza conductor
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"As [Mortimer] Frank and other Fanfare reviewers have noted, these Busch Beethoven studio recordings, made between 1933 and 1942, have long circulated in various configurations on various labels—Biddulph, Dutton, CBS/Sony, EMI, and Preiser. These are the same recordings at hand, cleaned up, of course, and remastered by Andrew Rose for these Pristine discs. If you’re already familiar with the performances on one or another of the above-named labels, your only question is likely to be about the sound of these Pristine restorations; and on that count I can tell you that what Rose has achieved is quite remarkable ...
As exemplars of mid-1930s performance practices, the Busch’s Beethoven is unmatched. Accepted on their own terms, these readings represent the very best in string quartet playing of their time, and these magnificent Pristine refurbishments enhance our understanding of why this ensemble was—and for many still is—so highly regarded." - Fanfare, 2014