Playlist: Alexander Kipnis - Rare Recordings vol. 2
Then come three recordings with piano accompaniment, which are no Lieder but arias from Händel. The third one, "with apologies to Händel" by Diack, gives a childish text adapted to a Händel aria.
17. Interview with Kipnis (no date given)
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All these recordings are very fine interpretations, with not a single track which is not satisfying. Especially the Russian repertoire is something I am not accustomed to (except track 13,which I knew from early collecting days in the interpretation of Chaliapine), but has a great attraction with its sad undertones. The unpublished track 16 was taken from the RCA Vocal Series CD, and the Little Jack Horner of track 10 was taken from Youtube - not the best sound, but enough to get known to the recording. (I saw the disc listed often in auction lists, but I did not hear it until I began to deal with collecting and rehearsing all my Kipnis recordings a few weeks ago and tried to fill the gaps...)
I had some technical problems with track 7 which was fine as a Wave file but had heavy distortions at a certain place (around 1'25'') as soon as I changed it to MP3. I hope that I got it fixed now: It sounds okay while listeing to it but still looks and sounds terrible when I open the MP3 file with my WavePurity program. I never experienced something like this and could not solve the problem. I hope on your listening equipment it sounds good, too.
The third part of the Rare Recordings will be devoted to Opera live recordings of Alexander Kipnis.
I recommed strongly to read the articles from "The Record Collector" about the career of Kipnis and personal memories about his opera activities in Berlin. You can find it in my second blog: