|Das Album - ein teurer kultureller Luxus im Jahr 1910|
|Es enthält vier 30-cm-Platten und sechs 27-cm-Platten|
|Annie Krull als Elisabeth in Tannhäuser|
|Fritz Vogelstrom als Tannhäuser|
Fritz Vogelstrom (1882-1969) made his debut 1904 in Mannheim as Tamino. Only five years later he was Parsifal in Bayreuth, and his name today is connected mostly with Wagnerian roles. From 1912 to 1929 he was the first Heldentenor in Dresden, where he also took part in some Dresden premieres of Richard Strauss operas: Ariadne auf Naxos 1912 (main premiere was in Stuttgart) and Die Frau ohne Schatten 1919(main premiere was in Vienna). He made recordings for many companies throughout his career, from G&T (Mannheim, 1907), Parlophon, Odeon, Vox, Pathé up to Homochord (1922). There also is an unpublished Edison record.
|Leon Rains, Original in der Unibibliothek Frankfurt,|
Leon Rains (1870-1954) was born and died in America. He started as a boy soprano in a New York church choir and became finally a basso. In Bayreuth he sang 1904 Hagen in Götterdämmerung. He was engaged in Dresden from 1899 to 1910 and was forced to return to America during the First World War. His opera career ended then, and he sang a few years in concerts before becoming a voice teacher in 1924. He made only few recordings, the oldest in the famous Bayreuth-1904-series of Gramophone and Typewriter.
He sings his part with a deep basso voice and a vivid declamation, typical for Cosima's Bayreuth style.
|Hermann Weil Bayreuth 1912 as Hans Sachs|
|Hermann Weil as Hans Sachs Bayreuth 1925|
|The same photo with signature, but punched. Sometimes you can't have everything...|
Hermann Weil (1876-1949), meanwhile something as an "artist in residence" in this blog, had his debut with the role of - guess what - Wolfram in Tannhäuser when he started as opera singer in Freiburg im Breisgau in the year 1901. A few years later he sang the role of Wolfram in this recording. In Bayreuth he never sang this role, but was Hans Sachs in 1911/12 and 1924/25. In 1911/12 he also sang Amfortas and Gunther in Götterdämmerung there. He was active in Stuttgart until 1933 and was later forced to emigrate to the USA because he was jewish.
I think he does his job very well here, and he is one of the outstanding artists of this set, together with Vogelstrom and Rains.
|Walter Kirchhoff as Tanhäuser|
Karl Armster (1883-1943) was a fine baritone, who was estimated as a Wagner singer. He had a rather short career (1906-1931) but left some recordings for many companies (Pathé, Vox, Homochord, Parlophon, Jumbo, Polyphon and HMV). The role of Biterolf in this set is his only Odeon recording. He followed Herman Weil in Bayreuth and sang Amfortas and Gunther in the Festspiele 1914.
The other singers Joseph Schöffel and Arthur Neudahm cannot be heard in this recordings individually, as they only sing in the mass scenes and are not to identify. Schöffel (1881-1952), a tenor, was member of the Berlin Court opera from 1909-1912 and later sang at smaller houses. He left a few recordings, which are all rare. Arthur Neudahm cannot be traced - he does not even have an entry in the omniscient Sängerlexikon. If you know something about him: just tell me.