Damian's 78s (and a few early LPs)

Historic recordings remastered. Not a sales list!

Carl Schuricht – Die Fledermaus overture; Franz André – Offenbach’s Orphée aux enfers, Suppé’s Poet and Peasant overtures

To welcome in the New Year, I’ve transferred Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus overture in an early recording by Carl Schuricht, and as an extra, a pair of overtures by Suppé and Offenbach, conducted by Franz André.

J. Strauss II – Die Fledermaus – Overture
Berlin State Opera Orchestra, Carl Schuricht
(credited on label as “New State Symphony Orchestra, with no conductor named)

J. Strauss II – Die Fledermaus – Overture

(mp3 file – click to play, or right click the link, then select “Save as”)

Decca K.638
Matrices 30159, 30160 (from Telefunken originals)
Recorded 9th September 1929, Berlin
Play at 78rpm

Offenbach – Orpheus in der Unterwelt – Overture
Suppé – Dichter und Bauer – Overture
L’Orchestre Symphonique de la Radiodiffusion Nationale, Belge, Franz André

Offenbach – Orphée – André

Suppé – Poet and Peasant – André

(mp3 file – click to play, or right click the link, then select “Save as”)

Telefunken UX4507 (7” 45rpm)
Matrices 45-9/38418-1-R, 45-9/36989-X-R
Recorded 6 and 5 October 1952, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels

Offenbach’s Orphée aux enfers, conducted by Jules Gressier

Jules Gressier conducted a number of abridged French operetta recordings for Pathé in the early 1950s, and the one given here is undoubtedly the best known from this repertoire.

Offenbach – Orphée aux enfers
Pathé DTX 30143
Recorded 22nd to 24th December 1952

Mediafire link for abridged Orphée aux enfers – Gressier

(These are zip files – left click the link, download the files, then unzip when downloaded)

Orchestre de l’Association des Concerts Lamoureux, Jules Gressier

Choeur Raymond Saint-Paul
Liliane Berton
(soprano), Diane
Fréda Betti (soprano), L’Opinion Publique
Claudine Collart (soprano), Euridice
Deva Dassy (mezzo-soprano), Vénus & Junon
Claude Devos (tenor), Orphée
Aimé Doniat (baritone), Pluton-Aristée & Mercure
Pierre Germain (tenor), Mars
Andrée Grandjean (soprano), Cupidon
Huguette Prudhon (soprano), Minerve
Michel Roux (baritone), Jupiter
Georges Alès, solo violin

1 Introduction
2 Act I – Duo de Concerto (Ah! C’est ainsi… C’est déplorable, c’est affroyable)
3 Act II – Choeur du sommeil (Dormons, que notre somme) – Couplets (Je suis Cupidon, Je suis Vénus)
4 Act II – Le réveil des dieux (Par Saturne! Quel est ce bruit?)
5 Act II – Couplets de Diana (Quand Diane descend dans la plaine)
6 Act II – Rondeau des métamorphoses (Pour séduire Alcmène la fière)
7 Act II – Final (Il approche! Il s’avance)
8 Act III – Duo de la mouche (Il m’a semblé sur mon épaule)
9 Act IV – Choeur infernal et Hymne à Bacchus (Vive le vin! Vive Pluton!)
10 Act IV – Menuet et Galop Infernal (Maintenant, je veux… Ce bal est original)
11 Act IV – Final (Ne regarde pas en arrièrre)