Carlo Sabajno was the mainstay of the Gramophone Company’s Italian operations. He recorded orchestral works, and many complete operas.
Don Pasquale – Coro dei servitori (complete)
Faust – Kermesse (VS pp29-41, 44-46)
CORI DELLA SCALA
Aristide Venturi,
chorus master
Orchestra, Carlo Sabajno

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Gramophone Monarch Record 054502/054503
Matrices 570c (054502 III), 629c (054503L)
Recorded October-December 1905 (approved 19/3/06), May 1906 (approved 17/9/06)
Gounod – Faust – Trio: Alerta! Alerta! (sung in Italian)
Giuseppina Huguet, soprano
Pietro Lara, tenor
Giuseppe Torres de Luna, bass
Orchestra, Carlo Sabajno
Gramophone Concert Record G.C.-54298
Matrix 8041b
Recorded: May 1906, Milan
The record label states “FAUST (Gounod) – O del ciel angeli immortali – HUGUET LARA – TORRES DE LUNA – Mo direttore d’orchestra Carlo Sabaino – MILANO”
The record is rather worn and noisy in places.
Bizet – Carmen – Prelude to Act III (Intermezzo)
Orchestra of La Scala, Milan, Carlo Sabajno

Bizet – Carmen – Prelude Act 3 – Sabajno

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Gramophone Concert Record G.C.-760
Matrix 8121b (side number 760)
Recorded May 1906, Milan
Elgar – Salut d’amour
La Scala Symphony Orchestra, Carlo Sabajno

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His Master’s Voice C431
Matrix 921c (0546)
Recorded Milan 1906
This issue available from September 1915

On C431 this recording was coupled with:
Strauss II – Die Fledermaus – Overture (abridged)
Beecham’s Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Beecham

Bizet – Carmen – Selection I
Bizet – Carmen – Preludio Atto I
La Scala Symphony Orchestra, Carlo Sabajno

Bizet – Carmen – Selection I – Sabajno
Bizet – Carmen – Overture – Sabajno

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His Master’s Voice C428 (0548, 05025)
Matrices: 925c, 1045c
Recorded 1906, April 1907, Milan

No conductor is identified in the recording ledgers for the April 1907 sessions – Fred Gaisberg recorded various solo items with Alice Cuccini, the La Scala Chorus and La Scala Orchestra. Other items from Carmen were recorded at these sessions. When Gaisberg returned to Milan in May 1907, after recording in Egypt, Sabajno was in the studios, and identified as such in the ledgers. It remains uncertain, therefore, whether he was involved in the April sessions.

Bizet – Carmen – Preludio atto IV
Orchestra of La Scala, Milan, Carlo Sabajno

Bizet – Carmen – Prelude Act 4 – Sabajno

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Gramophone Concert Record G.C.-50547 (10”)
Matrix 10383b (50547 IV)
Recorded April 1907
Verdi – Il Trovatore – Miserere
Antonio Paoli, tenor
Clara Joanna, soprano
Cori della Scala, Mo. del Cori Cav. Giuseppe Cairati
Mo. direttore d’orchestra, Carlo Sabajno
His Master’s Voice 054159
Matrix 1178c (054159)
Recorded May or June 1907 (approved 23rd September 1907)
Wagner – The Valkyrie – Ride of the Valkyries
Wagner – Lohengrin – Preludio Atto 3o
La Scala Symphony Orchestra, Carlo Sabajno
His Master’s Voice B 311 (10″)
Matrices 11028½b (50551), 11134b (50555)
Recorded late 1907 (October – December)
(approved 21/2/08 and 20/2/08 respectively)
Wagner – Walkyria – Motivo del Fuego (Fire Music)
J Mackenzie Rogan and the Band of H.M. Coldstream Guards
Wagner – La Walkyria – Cavalcata (Ride of the Valkryies)
Orchestra della Scala, diretta dal Mo. Carlo Sabajno
Sabajno appears on just one side of this curious double sided Gramophone Company record. It does not have an overall catalogue number, just separate numbers on each side, 0117 and 050572. It seems to be a Spanish pressing imported into France. Both sides have “Importé d’Espagne” printed on the outer ring of the record label and have a stamp affixed with “Compagnie Française du Gramophone – Exempt des droits d’Édition.” The well known Carlo Sabajno is clearly credited, but on 0117, the presence of Mackenzie Rogan and the Coldstream Guards Band is not made obvious at all.

Disque Pour Gramophone (pre-dog, recording angel) 0117
Matrix 1981f
Recorded 1907
Credited on label as:

Fabriqué par

Gramophone and Typewriter Ltd.

SPANISH BAND

Ejecutado por la Banda
de la Cª Francª del Gramophone

BARCELONA

In fact performed by J Mackenzie Rogan and the Band of H.M. Coldstream Guards

Gramophone Monarch Record 050572
Matrix 1797c
Recorded 22nd April 1909
Credited on label as:
The Gramophone Co., Ltd. (and Sister Companies)

ITALIAN ORCHESTRA

Orchestra della Scala, diretta dal
Mo. Carlo Sabajno

Wagner – Tannhauser – Allor che tu coll’estro (Als du im kühnen Sange)
Mattia Battistini, baritone
Orchestra, Carlo Sabajno
His Master’s Voice 052303
Matrix 274ai
Recorded 3rd June 1911
Saint-Saëns – Danse Macabre (abridged)
Gounod – Filemoni e Bauci – Baccanale
Orchestra Sinfonica, Carlo Sabajno
Gramophone Monarch 0250541, 0250542
Matrices: 02340v, 02341v
Recorded 5th March 1912, 26th February 1912
Mascagni – Cavalleria Rusticana – Scena Ia
Parte Ia – “Gli aranci olezzano” (VS p11 – 20.2.2)
Parte IIa – “Cessin le rustiche opre” (VS p20.2.3 – 26)
La Scala Chorus
Grande Orchestra, Carlo Sabajno

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Gramophone Concert Record S 5094
Matrices 3017c, 3018c (2-0524500, 2-0254501)
Recorded 6th April 1915
80.8rpm
These are sides 3-4 of a 20 side complete recording of Cavalleria Rusticana
Verdi – Aida – Sacerdoti, compiste un delitto (Scena del Giudizio, Act IVo) (VS pp288 – 295)
Verdi – Aida – La fatal pietra (VS pp296 – 298)
Grande Orchestra, Carlo Sabajno
Valentina Bartolomasi,
soprano – Aida
Guido Fernandez, bass – Ramfis
Rosita Pagani, mezzo-soprano – Amneris
Enrico Trentini, tenor – Radames

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Gramophone Concert Record S 5178
Matrices 1013Aj (2-20254147), 971Aj (2-0254148)
Recorded 3rd November 1919, 27th October 1919
Issued 1920
These are sides 37-38 of a 40 side complete recording of Aida
Verdi – Un Ballo in Maschera – Eri tu che macchiavi quell’ anima
Orchestra, John Barbirolli
Verdi – Rigoletto – Pari siamo!
Orchestra of La Scala, Milan, Carlo Sabajno
Giovanni Inghilleri,
baritone

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His Master’s Voice D 1823
Matrices CR 2424-II (2-052424), CF 2359-IV (2-052394)
Recorded 19th June 1929, 10th December 1928

This record has a small chunk chipped from the rim, affecting the start of the groove on both sides.