The first twelve items in this set (HM FT1 – FT6) were all recorded at Tamagno’s villa in Ospedaletti, Susa, Italy in February 1903.

The matrix numbers for these 12 inch records were all in the Gramophone & Typewriter Company’s ‘C’ series that would, in 1904, be allocated the identifying letter “c”. They are:

HM FT1
10-W2-FT Otello (Verdi): Esultate! (Published as G & T issue no. 052101)
11-W2-FT Otello (Verdi): Esultate! (Unpublished)

HM FT2
12-W2-FT Otello (Verdi): Ora e per sempre addio (Published as G & T issue no 052102)
13-R-FT Otello (Verdi): Ora e per sempre addio (Unpublished)

HM FT3
14-R-FT Otello (Verdi): Niun mi tema (Unpublished except as HM 36)
15-R-FT Otello (Verdi): Niun mi tema (Unpublished)

HM FT4
16-W2-FT Andrea Chénier (Giordano): Un dì all’azzuro spazio (Unpublished)
17-R-FT Guglielmo Tell (Rossini): O muto asil (Published as G & T issue no 052103)

HM FT5
18-R-FT Il Re de Lahore (Massenet): O casto fior (Promesse de mon avenir)
19-W2-FT Priv Otello (Verdi): Sì, pel ciel marmoreo giuro

(Both are private, unpublished recordings. 18 is sung by an unknown baritone who accompanies on 19)

HM FT6
20-R-FT Private Messalina (de Lara): Dei del patria suol
21-R-FT Private A Santa Maria di Oropa (Mapelli)

(Both are private recordings and unpublished.)

The ‘R’ suffix indicates Bedford Royal, and the ‘W’ indicates Will Gaisberg – the two engineers who made the recordings. Gaisberg was in overall charge. Titles of the unpublished items have been listed and printed on the labels as, in our opinion, would have been the case had they been published. Thus, since the original label for 17 R gave the opera title in Italian, rather than the original French; we have followed that for the Massenet and de Lara titles.

The following were recorded in Rome in April 1904. The engineer was William Sinkler Darby:

HM FT7
269i Otello (Verdi): Niun mi tema (Published as G&T issue no. 052068)
270i Andrea Chénier (Giordano): Un dì all’azzuro spazio

(Published as G&T issue no. 052100)

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