Arias/excerpts from Die Meistersinger, Der Troubadour, La Bohème, Turandot, and Der Rosenkavalier
Carl Hauss, tenor; choruses and orchestras conducted by Joseph Keilberth and Wolfgang Brückner
PREISER 89570 (F) (ADD) TT: 78:06

Arias from Le Nozze di Figaro, La Damnation de Faust, Mefistofele, Faust, Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Don Quichotte, Patrie, Prince Igor, The Demon, Boris Godunov, Das Rheingold and Die Walküre
George London, bass-baritone; Orchestras conducted by Herbert von Karajan, Max Schonherr, Rudolf Moralt, Jean Paul Morel and Kurt Adler
PREISER 90543 (F) (ADD) TT: 76:52

Preiser continues to issue recordings of great interest to opera collectors. Here we have a well-filled CD of performances by German tenor Carl Hauss (1892-1982), another of recordings by Canadian-born American baritone George London (1919-1985). Hauss isn't even listed in the Kutsch/Riemens A Concise Biographical Dictionary of Singers, which seems odd as the tenor had a distinguished career for many years. In Hanover he was a member of the opera company from 1926 to 1953. He and soprano Tiana Lemnitz often appeared together, with great success. He also appeared with the Berlin State Opera, and in 1929 sang with the Vienna State Opera to the great praise of the feared critic Julius Korngold (Erich Wolfgang's father). In Vienna from 1929-1931 he sang 39 times in 20 roles, and appeared in the legendary Max Reinhardt prodution of Tales of Hoffman in 1931 in Berlin. Hauss was particularly known for his interpretation of the title role in Wolf-Ferrari's Sly, an opera recently reintroduced to the general public by José Carreras and Placido Domingo.

Based on what is heard on this CD it is strange Hauss did not record more. We have a previously unpublished test for Odeon of "Di rigori amato" from Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier, and Grammophon 1926 early electric recordings of music from Meistersinger, Der Troubadour, La Boheme and Lehár's Paganini, all sung in German. The rest of the CD offers 1938 Stuttgart radio recordings of 27 minutes EMI Great Conductors - Toscanini et al


Great Conductors of the 20th Century
BERLIOZ: Les francs-juges Overture (live/April 5, 1941). BRAHMS: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 99 (live/Nov. 27, 1948). DVORAK: Symphonic Variations, Op. 78 (Dec. 4, 1948). PUCCINI: Intermezzo from Manon Lescaut (live/July 2, 1944). WAGNER: Rienzi Overture (live/Dec. 3, 1938). BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 6 in F, Op. 68 "Pastorale" (BBC SO/Oct. 21/22, 1937). WAGNER: Immolation Scene from Gotterdämmerung (Helen Traubel, sop/live/Feb. 22, 1941). BELLINI: Introduction Chorus and Cavatina from Norma (Nicola Moscona, bass/live/Dec. 2, 1945) (all with NBC SO unless otherwise indicated)
EMI 62939 (2 CDS) (B) (ADD) TT: 74:59 & 78:22