The Mapleson Cylinders - Program Notes
(a) Massenet: LE CID--Act II: Infanta's Alleluia fragment
Nellie Melba or Suzanne Adams (s), L'Infante
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra--Luigi Mancinelli
or Phillippe Flon
This fragment is found at the end of the cylinder containing the Suzanne Adams Faust Trio recording (Side 1/Band 10)--indeed, the sonic difficulties of that recording probably result from its having been recorded over an imperfectly shaved cylinder. Though not from the January 16, 1901 Cid performance (see Side 3/Band 9), this could be from any of four others: in 1900-01, the matinee of January 19 (Melba/Mancinelli) or the evening of February 8 (Adams/Mancinelli), or from the following season, February 19 and March 4 (both Adams/Flon).
(b) Arditi: Parla Vals excerpt: Introduction
Marcella Sembrich (s) or Fritzi Scheff (s) (?)Metropolitan Opera Orchestra--(?)
The opening bars of Arditi's waltz, recorded at the same speed as the coda (Side 4/Band 10) but in a different aural perspective, this is found at the beginning of the cylinder containing the Marilly Aida excerpt (Side 5/Band 6), which was presumably recorded over it, indicating that this bit of Parla must predate January 31, 1903. The only performance of Parla documented by the revised Metropolitan Opera Annals is by Fritzi Scheff, at a concert on December 14, 1902--but that would be the only known Mapleson recording before the first of the year, and from a season during which he is not otherwise known to have recorded Sunday-evening concerts. Other possibilities, probably undocumentable: Sembrich, from another performance of Fille, recorded from another perspective--or perhaps an unprogrammed encore from a Sunday-evening concert? Given that the singer doesn't even get one phrase out before the recording breaks off, this certainly ranks as one of the lesser Mapleson mysteries.