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 Earliest recording of a Mozart piece
Author: Alphie 
Date:   2006-01-26 23:10

In Europe it’s now January 27th, Mozart’s 250th birthday. I came across a link from a Swedish newspaper with the earliest recording of Mozart’s music. A Danish opera singer, Peder Schram (1819-1895), sings from Don Giovanni from a phonograph roll in 1889. In the article it says that Schram studied between 1832-1840 with the Italian tenor Giuseppe Siboni, who associated closely with the Nissen couple, Georg Nikolaus Nissen and his wife Constance Nissen-Mozart, Mozart’s widow. Is this as close as we can get to a sounding example of Mozart interpretation? The funny thing is, as the author of the article who is a famous music critic rightly points out that there is nothing “romantic” in his interpretation, no legato and no long lines as in other recordings from the turn of that century. He also ornaments in a way that is common in “modern” authentic performance but not so common in the 20th century.



Post Edited (2006-01-26 23:15)

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 Re: Earliest recording of a Mozart piece
Author: Don Berger 
Date:   2006-01-27 13:45

I'd suggest looking into Tom Edison's early recordings on "cylinders" for some Caruso renditions, can-do, GBK ?? Don

Thanx, Mark, Don

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 Re: Earliest recording of a Mozart piece
Author: Ken Shaw 2017
Date:   2006-01-27 15:10

Alphie -

Thanks very much. Any chance you could give us a quick and dirty translation of the article? (Unfortunately, Babelfish doesn't know Swedish.)

Ken Shaw

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