Enrico Caruso the famous tenor was born in Naples in 1873 and made his debut there in 1895. His last performance was at the Metropolitan Opera House on Christmas Eve 1920 and he died the following year. On Monday, 29 April 1912 Caruso recorded this version of The Lost Chord, that evening he would sing it again, at the Metropolitan Opera House at the benefit concert for the families of the victims of the Titanic, appearing 9th after the interval. Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900) had composed the music for this Adelaide Anne Procter (1825-1864) poem in 1877 following the death of his brother.
Listen to this recording of The Lost Chord, recorded by the Victor Talking Machine Company on Monday 29 April 1912 (Real Audio®) 3:58
Samples, Source Material and Transfers
The Lost Chord, Victor, 29 April 1912 (Matrix # C 11942-1)
Courtesy of the Edison Museum, Menlo Park, New Jersey (© 2001)
Samples reflect the recording methods of the day. This Victor Talking Machine Company recording has been copied using an original 1910 Victor 11. No digital enhancement has been applied.
Metropolitan Opera House (1912) Programme for the Benefit Concert for the Families of the Victims of the Titanic. 29 April 1912
Michael Kennedy and Joyce Bourne eds. (1994) Oxford Dictionary of Music. Oxford University Press.
Jack Stanley, USA
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