Prima Voce has enjoyed a special relationship with the St. Petersburg State Museum for many years. From their archives it has been possible to assemble for this double CD set a selection of early recordings that were pressed by both the Gramophone and Fonotipia Companies. In their original form (and in any condition) these discs would require many thousands of pounds to possess. Preserved in such immaculate condition, as they have been by the archive, they are priceless treasures adding uniquely to the incredible history of recorded sound. These performances bear witness to the excellence of the artistic and technical abilities of so many now forgotten singers who once graced the Imperial Russian and international operatic stages.