LABELS: etc,Julia Culp (mezzo-soprano)
WORKS: Works by Wagner, Brahms, Traditional, Schubert
PERFORMER: Julia Culp (mezzo-soprano), etc
CATALOGUE NO: 81035-2 ADD mono
JULIA CULP (1880-1970), the great Dutch concert singer active in the first quarter of the 20th century, cultivated rich, smooth, magically intimate effects within a relatively limited mezzo-soprano range.
Romophone’s collection, a complete edition of her Victor and Electrola recordings, gives ample evidence of her virtues both in great Lieder and in lighter fare, but her consistency of approach and tendency towards slow tempi means that this set should be savoured one performance at a time so that Culp’s bejewelled artistry will not come to seem monotonous and predictable.