|Year||Originally recorded 1916; reissued|
|Matrix no.||2 - 032037 ; A17342|
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Welcome to this year's Advent Calendar - and we wish you every blessing for Advent. We are beginning this year's calendar with a contribution from perhaps the most famous tenor of all time - Enrico Caruso himself.
It is quite natural that we at the Norwegian Institute of Recorded Sound have several records by Enrico Caruso in our collections. Between 1902 and 1920 he made over 290 recordings – including his 1904 recording of Vesti la giubba which became the first record ever to sell over a million copies.
Today we hear the great tenor singing Sancta Maria by Jean-Baptiste Faure (1830-1914) (i.e. the French baritone and art collector, not the better-known composer Gabriel Fauré). Faure wrote two books on singing, La Voix et le Chant (1886) and Aux Jeunes Chanteurs (1898), lectured at the Conservatoire de musique in Paris and wrote a number of songs that have been remembered down the years, including "Sancta Maria", "Les Rameaux" and "Crucifix" – all of which were recorded by Caruso.
The record was originally recorded in 1916 by the Victor Talking Machine Company in Camden, USA, and re-issued after Caruso's death under His Master's Voice as DB 139.
Very perceptive, dear listeners!
The solution to the riddle comes on December 11, when we offer the other side of the record. =D
If 1924 is not a misprint, might it be the date of publication of the grammophone record?
Caruso made his last record in 1920 and died the following year. He did not make any records in 1924.
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