Melba's Recordings from 1910

London, 11 and 19 May 1910

93. - 4183f - TOSCA: Vissi d'arte (Puccini) - 2-053020, DB 702
94. - 4184f - DON CESAR DE BAZAN: Sevillana (Massenet) - unpublished
95. - 4185f - LOHENGRIN: Elsa's Dream (Wagner) (It.) - 2-053019; DB366 & VB 53 are both dubbings
96. - 4186f - TOSCA: Vissi d'arte (Puccini) unpublished
97. - 4187f - TRAVIATA: Duet with John McCormack (ten.) - Unpublished, master destroyed
98. - 4188f - FAUST: Final trio with McCormack and Mario Sammarco (Gounod) - Unpublished
99. 4189f RIGOLETIO: Quartet, with Edna Thornton, McCormack and Mario Sammarco (Verdi) 2-054025, DM 118, IRX 1007
100. - 4190f - FAUST: Final trio with McCormack and Mario Sammarco (Gounod) - Unpublished originally, later on IRX 1006, Victor Heritage 15-1019B and IRCC 7B
101. - 4191f
102. - 4192f
103. - 4193f - Bid me discourse (Bishop) - 03188, DB 347
104. - 4194f - The sounds of earth (Ronald), composer at piano - Unpublished
105. - 4195f - HAMLET, Part of Mad scene used as distance test (Thomas) - Unpublished
106. - 11689e - Jean (Burleigh) acc. Pf. - Unpublished
107. - 4206f - DON CESAR DE BAZAN: Sevillana (Massenet) - Unpublished
108. - 4207f - DON CESAR DE BAZAN: Sevillana (Massenet) - Unpublished
109. - 4208f - LE CID: Plcurez, mes yeux (Massenet) - 2-033020, DB 711
110. - 4209f - Soir Paien (Hue) - Unpublished
111. - 4210f - Spring (Henschel) - Unpublished, matrix destroyed
112. - 4211f - O for the wings of a dove (Mendelssohn) - Unpublished, matrix destroyed
113. - 42 12f-2 - O for the wings of a dove (Mendelssohn) - 03199, DB 351
114. - 4213f - Spring (Henschel) - 03328 IRCC 181
115. - 4214f - Pur dicesti (Lotti) - Unpublished

Camden, USA, 3-7 November 1910

116. - C4281 - LA BOHEME: Racconto di Mimi (Puccini) - 1& 2 - 88074, 6210A; 2-05325, DB 356
117. - C4282-2 - TOSCA: Vissi d'arte (Puccini) - 88075, 6220A, 2-053024
118. - C4337 - NOZZE DI FIGARO: Voi che sapete - Unpublished
119. - C4338-2 - FAUST: jewel song (Gounod) - 88066, 6215A; 2-033022, DB 361
120. - C4339 - TRAVIATA: Ah fors'e lui-Follie-Sempre libera (Verdi) - 88064 2-053029 - see note re this & No. 62
121. - C4340-3 - Goodbye (Tosti) - 88065, 6222A; 03206, DB 358
122. - C4341-2 - LA BOHEME: Addio (Puccini) - 88072, 6210B; 2-053028, DB 356
123. - C4349 -2 - LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR: Mad scene, Cadenza only (Donizetti) Flute obbl. Lemmone - 88071, 6219B; 2-053026, DB 364
124. - C4350 - Lo here the gentle lark (Bishop) Flute Lemmone - 2&3 - 88073 take 3, 6214A; 03203 take 2, DB 348
125. - C4353 - NOZZE D1 FIGARO: Voi che sapete (Mozart) - 88067, 6219B; 2-053027, DB 367

Camden, USA, 24 & 25 August 1910

126. - C4356-2 - Se saran rose (Arditi) - 88076, 6220B; 2-053023, DB 349
127. - C4358-2 - IL PENSIEROSO: Sweet bird (Handel) Flute Lemmone - 88068, 6214B; 03089, DB 350
128. - C6702
129. - C6703
130. - C6704-1 OTELLO: Salce, salce (Verdi) 88148, 6211A; 2-053022, DB 366 - shows 053211 on label
131. - C6705-4 - OTELLO: Ave Maria (Verdi) - 88149, 621 IB; 2-05302 1, DM 118
132. - C6706-3 - 0 lovely night (Ronald) - 88182, 6222B; 03204, DB 350 AGS B67
133. - C9370-2 - DON CESAR DE BAZAN: Sevillana (Massenet) - 88252, 6216B; 2-033023, DB711, also on Vic. 88662
134. - C9371-2 - HAMLET: Mad scene (condensed version) (Thomas) - 88251, 6215B; 2-033024, DB 364
135. - C9352 - LE ROI D'YS: Aubade (Lalo) or. W. Rogers - 1-2 - 88250, 2-033025, DB 354
136. - C9373 - STABAT MATER: Inflammatus (Rossini) - Unpublished
137. - C9374 - Bid me discourse (Bishop) - Unpublished
138. - C375-2 - By the Brook (Wetzger), flute solo by John Lemmone with piano accompaniment by Melba - 70023, 55111B; 09151, D 477

London, May 1913

139. - Y - 16572e - Chanson triste (Duparc) Lapierre at piano? - 7-3304, DA 334
140. - Z - 7321f - Ave Maria (Gounod) - Matrix destroyed
141. - Z - 7322f-3 - IL RE PASTORE: Vamero saro costante (Mozart) - 2-053083, DK 112. Violin obbl. by Kubelik
142. - Z - 7323f - Ave Maria (Gounod) violin by Kubelik, organ by Roper - 03333
143. - Z - 7324f
144. - Z - 7325f - Le Temps des Lilas (Chausson) - 2-033037 IRCC7

Camden, USA 2-4 October 1913

145. - CI3896 - IL RE PASTORE: L'amero saro costante (Mozart) - 89074, 2-033044 - (Unpublished?), vI, Kubelik
146. - CI3897-2 - Ave Maria (Gounod) violin obbl. Kubelik - 89073, 03333, DK 112, HMV labels incorrectly show with organ accompaniment
147. - CI3898-2 - Magdalen at Michael's Gate (Liza Lehmann) - 88452, 03370, DB 709
148. - C13899-2 - Romance; Mandoline (Debussy) - 88456, 2-033042, DB 709
149. - C13800-2 - LOUISE: Depuis le jour (Charpentier) - 88477, 6216A; 2-033076, DB 354
150. - 13901 - Phydile (Duparc) - Unpublished
151. - C13902 - Le Temps des Illas (Chausso.n) - Unpublished
152. - CI3903 - LOUISE: Depuis le jour (Charpentier) - Unpublished
153. - CI3904-2 - Old folks at home (Foster) - 88454, 6217B; 03362, DB 348
154. - CI3905-2 - John Anderson my jo (White) - 88455, 03371, DB 363
155. - 13906 - Chanson triste (Duparc) - Unpublished
156. - CI3907 - Comin' thro' the rye (Trad) - 88449, 6218A; 03369, DB 362
157. - C13908-1 Les anges pleurent; Chant Venetien (Bemberg) - 88457, 2-033043 - allocated but unpublished
158. - C13909 - Vocal lesson Number One, Melba at the piano. - Unpublished

Camden, USA, 12 January 1916

159. - C17001 - Annie Laurie (Scott) - 1 & 2 - 88551, 6217A; 03523, DB 357
160. - CI7002-2 - Songs my mother taught me (Dvorak) (Orch) - 88485, 03695, DB 363
161. - C17003 - Annie Laurie (Scott) - Unpublished
162. - C17004-1 - Songs my mother taught me (Dvorak) 88553 - allocated but unpublished. Released as a 17cm private pressing, 33r.p.m. for the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound, StARS 1000B, F.St.Leger at pf.

London, 12 May 1921

163. - Ccl47-2 - SADKO: Chanson Hindoue (Rimsky Korsakov) - 03759, DB 358
164. - Ccl48 - Away on a hill - Down in the forest (Ronald) - Unpublished. Composer at the piano.
165. - Bb149 - By the waters of Minnetonka (Lieurance) - 2-3568, DA334
166. - Bb150 - Annie Laurie (Scott)
- Unpublished 167. - Cc151-1 - Home sweet home (Bishop) - 03049, DB351

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 8 June 1926.

Live recordings of Melba's Farewell Performance, with (a) Browning Mummery, (b) John Brownlee, (c) Frederick Collier, (d) Edouard Cotreuil, (c) Aurora Rettore. Conductor was Vincenzo Bellezza.

168. - CR 417 - OTELLO: Salce, salce (Verdi) - (2-053263), DB 1500
169. - CR 418 - OTELLO: Salce, Pan 2 (Verdi) Unpublished
170. - CR 419 - OTELLO: Ave Maria (Verdi) - Unpublished
171. - CR 411 - LA BOHEME: C'e Rodolfo with (b) (Puccini) - Unpublished
172. - CR 412 - LA BOHEME: Addio (Puccini) - (2-053264), DB 493 & DB 1500
173. - CR 413 - LA BOHEME: Addio dolce svegliare, with (a), (b) & (c) (Puccini) - Unpublished
174. CR 414 LA BOHEME: Entrata di Mimi, with (a), (b), (c), (d) and (e) (Puccini) Unpublished
175. - CR 415 - LA BOHEME: Sono andati, with (a) (Puccini) Unpublished
176. - CR 416 - LA BOHEME: Morte di Mimi, with (a), (b), (c), (d) and (e) (Puccini) - Unpublished
177. - CR 421 - Melba's Farewell Speech - (01182), DB 943

Queen's Hall (Small Hall) London, 17 December 1926.

These four titles with piano accompaniment by Harold Craxton.

178. - Cc9550-1 - TRAVIATA. Dite alla giovine, duet with John Brownlee, bar. (Verdi) - (2-054171), DB 987, V13 64
179. - Cc95 5 1- Un ange est venu, duet with John Brownlee, bar. (Bemberg) - IA - (2-034041), DB987, VB 64
180. - Cc9552-2 Clair de lune (Szulc) - (2-033145), DB 989; 6733A
181. - Cc9553 - Swing low, sweet chariot (arr. Burleigh) - 1A - (03894), DB 989; 6733B

Metropolitan Opera House, New York, January-March 1901

The following titles are from the Mapleson (Librarian of the opera house at the time) collection of cylinder recordings made during actual performances. Much recent research has been done on these and it may be that other Melba titles will emerge. Some of the tracks below, all including Melba, were issued on two long-play discs (with many other artists' tracks from the same collection) by the International Record Collectors' Club, USA, except No. 187 which originally appeared as a single-sided 78 r.p.m. shellac pressing, in 1938 as IRCC 5002. (Some time ago Dr John Stratton, Canada, concluded that this excerpt was by Suzanne
Adams and not Melba, Ed).

182. - LE CID: Alleluia, (Massenet) - 16 Jan. 1901 - IRCC L7004
183. - LE CID: Concertato, Act 1, with Breval, Jean & Ed. de Reszke, Plancon & Sizes. - 19 Jan. 1901
184. - LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR: Verrano o te, with Saleza, ten. (Donizetti) - 2 Mar. 1901.
185. - FAUST: jewel song, first part only - 28 Mar. 1901 - IRCC L7004
186. - FAUST: Final trio, w. Saleza and Ed. de Reszke (Gounod) - 4 Mar. 1901 - Item on L7004 features Calve, etc.
187. - LES HUGUENOTS: A ce mot tout s'anime (both verses of cabaletta) - 11 Mar. 1901 - IRCC 5002, last verse only on IRCC 3034B and L7006
188. - TRAVIATA: Un di felice (2nd part only) with A. Dippel, ten. - 16 Mar. 1901 - L7006
189. - LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR: Spargi d'amaro pianto (Donizetti) - 18 Mar. 1901 - L7004
190. - ROMEO ET JULIETTE: Valse (Gounod) - Date not known

The following unconfirmed titles are supposed to have been made:

A. LUCIA DI LAMMERMOORE: Verrano a te, with Charles Daimmores, ten, probably in USA 1907.
B. LA BOHEME: Mimi e ver, with Sammarco, probably London 1910.
C. PAGLIACCI: E allor perche di. with Sammarco, probably London 1910.
D. SAMSON: Let the bright seraphim (Handel), probably London 1910.

If the reader is interested in an even more detailed discography I suggest William R. Moran's lists and notes in Nellie Melba: A Contemporary Review (Greenwood Press, Westport, Connecticut, 1985).

Reference: T. Radic, Melba The Voice of Australia, (Melbourne, The Macmillian Company of Australia Pty Ltd, 1986), p195-198.