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Derek Lim
The Flying Inkpot, November 2004

"This invaluable collection of recordings featuring that indestructible voice that was Frida Leider (1888-1975) is a must-buy to anyone interested in great singing in general, but in particular that of Wagner. ... The Narrative and Curse shows her in admirable form, the voice agile in a way that Flagstad could only aspire to, expressivity foremost in her interpretation while showing no signs of strain whatsoever. ... The recordings on the first disc are acoustic and are from the German Grammophon recordings of 1921 to 1926, and are therefore in poorer sound. The Electrola and HMV recordings on the second disc are electrical; the sound is better and more listenable. Excellent transfers as usual from Ward Marston - overall the sound is very good for its time. ... My highest recommendations and commendations to Naxos for making this rare material available so cheaply."



Kurt Moses
American Record Guide, August 2003

“This excellent compilation of many of her greatest recordings should appeal not only to completists but even more to opera aficionados whose acquaintance with this sovereign artist is minimal…These remasterings are superior to many of the previous issues (as well as lower in price) and the selections illustrate the astonishingly wide repertory of this great singer…Leider’s creamy voice, silken legato, superb diction, and searching interpretations entitle her to a permanent place in any vocal collection worthy of that name.”





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