Edith Mason

COMPOSERS: Various
LABELS: Romophone
WORKS: The Complete Recordings (1924-28)
CATALOGUE NO: 81009-2 ADD

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Edith Mason is a rare find with a purity and tenderness that mark her as truly exceptional. In fact, it was Puccini himself who prompted Missouri-born Edith Mason to ‘sing from the heart’.

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That was in 1921, two years before Mason sang Mimì under Toscanini, and 14 before the Maestro chose her to sing at Salzburg. Between times, she made a number of glorious records – primitive-sounding, yes, but vocally exquisite, whether of Tosti’s ‘Serenade’ or Gounod’s ‘Jewel Song’.