Maria Ivogün 1916-1932

"Here is one of the loveliest of all the century's sopranos, heard in a fine selection of her best recordings. Immaculate copies of the originals have been used here, and they respond well to Nimbus's methods of transfer. It is a disc which every lover of singing should rejoice in." John B. Steane, Gramophone


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Review "Prima Voce" compilations are always great fun and wonderful reminders on some unjustly forgotten names who graced operatic stages long ago.Often these compilations point at certain voice that stands out as its case with "Great singers vol.2 1903-1939" where almost nonchalantly listed between other singers was Maria Ivogun who is reason enough to buy the whole CD.Her voice,technique and unbelieveable coloratura are so outstanding and special that I quickly dismissed other stars and focused on her only.Big thank you to Nimbus records and its "Prima Voce" series for compiling this old recordings on one disc,even with muddy sound and scratched recordings Ivogun is wonder to hear - what a pity she stopped performing/recording by mid 1930s as her latest recordings are clearly the best here and her waltzes and folksongs are pure genius.Just as Hidalgo is remembered for being Callas teacher,Ivogun later devoted herself to Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and as much as I love Schwarzkopf,must admit that no one touches Maria Ivogun.Highly reccomended."- Sasha
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