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     NON-OPERATIC VOCAL SELECTIONS   [Includes RealAudio Selections]     Table of Contents      Verdi: ERNANI

The Mapleson Cylinders - Program Notes

- Libretti


Regular features of the Metropolitan Opera's programs until the 1940s were concerts on Sunday evenings, featuring major stars, younger artists, and sometimes guest instrumentalists; on occasion, oratorios were performed. These programs also included orchestral selections, several of which Mapleson appears to have recorded--although with lamentably little documentation. Though Seltsam's original Metropolitan Opera Annals did not list the orchestral selections on Sunday evening concert programs, they are included in the forthcoming revised edition, on which our conjectural ascriptions have been based. Mapleson appears to have recorded portions of at least one concert in the 1901-02 season (see Side 12/Band 7), possibly none in 1902-03. During the 1903-04 season, his recording efforts were apparently restricted entirely to non-operatic material (see Side 10/Band 11 for another orchestral recording, probably from this season.)

Band 12

Delibes: Sylvia: Act III: No. 14, Marche et Cortège de Bacchus excerpt

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra--Arturo Vigna

January 3, 1904

[Unique performance listed in Annals. ]

The recording begins at measure 12 of the selection, and continues to measure 106, cutting measures 73-88.

Band 13

Delibes: Coppélia: Act I: No. 3, Mazurka

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra--Nahan Franko

February 12, 17, 20 (matinee) or 22, 1904

[Slip; Glackens 18: no date. The Met Ballet danced Coppélia four times during February 1904, following various operatic performances; the orchestra's concertmaster, Nahan Franko, was on the podium. (An unspecified "Danse" from the ballet was also played under Phillippe Flon at the concert of February 8, 1903, but there is no other evidence of Mapleson recording Sunday evening concerts during that season.) On the original cylinder, the Coppélia excerpt follows the conclusion of the Wagner Kaisermarsch, see Side 10/Band 11.]

The recording begins after the introduction to the Mazurka, at measure 14, and ends at measure 43; all repeats are taken.

Band 14

Saint-Saëns: Danse Macabre --final section Metropolitan Opera Orchestra--Arturo Vigna (?) rehearsal for concert of January 3, 1904 (?)

[Our ascription is conjectural. At the same 1904 concert at which the Sylvia excerpt was played, the program lists the Danse Macabre. On the recording, however, just after the oboe imitation of the crowing cock, what sounds like a conductorial admonition is heard, suggesting that Mapleson may have recorded a rehearsal rather than the actual concert. This cylinder might also be related to the concert of March 2, 1902, at which Mapleson recorded the "Dance of the Hours" (see Side 12/Band 7) and a now-lost cylinder of Campanari singing Faure's "Charité"; the conductor was Armando Seppilli. Although part of the Seltsam collection and thus presumably inventoried by Glackens and Bishop, Saint-Saëns' work appears not to have been identified by them.]

The recording begins about eight measures before letter K in the score, and runs almost to the end of the piece.

     NON-OPERATIC VOCAL SELECTIONS   [Includes RealAudio Selections]     Table of Contents      Verdi: ERNANI