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The Record of Singing is a compilation of classical-music singing from the first half of the 20th century, the era of the 78-rpm record.
It was issued on LP (with accompanying books) by EMI, successor to the British company His Master's Voice (better known as HMV) — perhaps the leading organization in the early history of audio recording.
The project was accompanied initially by two illustrated books, containing singers' biographies and appraisals, which were published in London, by Duckworth, in the late 1970s. It covers the period running from circa 1900, when the earliest recordings were made, through until the early 1950s, when the last 78-rpm records were produced. Singers are divided into groups arranged according to national 'schools' and fach or voice type. In practice, this means that there are separate Italian, German, French, Anglo-American and East European classifications.
Rather than concentrating on famous singers whose recordings are widely available elsewhere, The Record of Singing includes a large number of lesser-known artists in order to give a broad picture of the contemporary operatic world. Vocal artists of such lasting renown as Enrico Caruso, Nellie Melba, Titta Ruffo, Feodor Chaliapin, Kirsten Flagstad, Rosa Ponselle and Maria Callas are thus represented but by only a few recordings in each case. Nonetheless, no such compilation can ever be exhaustive in scope, and the project has been criticised from time to time since its initial release for overlooking a few important singers who, while largely forgotten today, were highly talented performers who once enjoyed substantial careers and made records of enduring artistic merit.
- A Dream for voice & piano
- Petite messe solennelle, for soloists, 2 pianos, harmonium & choir: Crucifixus
- Petite messe solennelle, for soloists, 2 pianos, harmonium & choir: Domine Deus
- Macbeth, opera: Act 4. O figli, o figli miei... Ah, la paterna mano
- Premiere caresse, for voice & orchestra
- Why?, song for voice & piano, Op. 6/5
- Néron , opera: Act 2. Oh! lumière du jour
- Sei Morta Ne la Vita Mia for voice & piano
- Cantique de Noël for voice & orchestra 'O Holy Night'
- O sole mio, for voice & piano
- La procession: Dieu s'avance à travers les champs!, for voice & orchestra , M. 88
- Noche Feliz for voice & orchestra
- Sérénade française , song for voice & piano
- Love Me or Not for voice & orchestra
- Pietà, Signore! for voice & piano
- Santa Lucia, for voice & orchestra
- Over There
- Le Cid, opera: Act 3. Ah! tout est bien fini!... Ô Souverain, ô Juge, ô Père!
- Tiempo Antico for voice & orchestra
- La Juive, opera: Act 4. Rachel, quand du Seigneur
- Andrea Chénier, opera: Act 4. Come un bel dì di maggio
- L'elisir d'amore, opera: Act 2. Venti scudi!
- Tu, ca nun chiagne!, for voice & piano
- Salvator Rosa, opera: Act 1. Mia piccirella
- Inno di Garibaldi, for voice & orchestra
- La reine de Saba, opera: Act 2. Faiblesse de la race humaine!... Inspirez-moi, race divine
- Sultanto a Te for voice & orchestra
- La forza del destino, opera: Act 3. Nè gustare m'è dato un'ora... Sleale! il segreto fu dunque violato?
- Musica proibita, for voice & orchestra, Op. 5
- Serenata for voice & orchestra, 'Memories of a Concert'