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Florence Foster Jenkins - Songs by Budashkin, Delibes, David, Gounod, Liadov, McMoon, Mozart, Ponce & Strauss / Florence Foster Jenkins, soprano

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620
>Liadov, Anatole : Musical snuffbox, Op. 32
>McMoon, Cosme : Like a Bird, for voice & piano
>Delibes, Léo : Lakmé
>McMoon, Cosme : Serenata Mexicana, for voice & piano
>David, Félicien César : La Perle du Brésil
>Budashk, Nikolai Pavlovich : Biassy (after Bach's Prelude XVI), for voice & piano
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Die Fledermaus
>Gounod, Charles : A Faust Travesty
>Word, Spoken : Chick Crumpacker interviews Cosmé McMoon
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The one and only Florence Foster Jenkins - her legendary recordings remastered. Infamous for being known as the worst opera singer of all time. Album release to coincide with the biopic starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant. The complete original studio recordings remastered. Includes bonus material and interviews with her accompanist, Cosmé McMoon.

In celebration of "the worst opera singer of all time" and in conjunction with the release of the biopic starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, Sony Classical is happy to announce the release of The Truly Unforgettable Voice of Florence Foster Jenkins. In her time, Florence Foster Jenkins was a novelty in the history of music, an operatic coloratura who had all of the requisite charms and trappings worthy of a diva, minus the voice. Well entrenched in upper-crust New York society, after her divorce in 1912, "Madame" Jenkins, who had already been studying voice for some time, usually culminated her charity fundraisers with a sample of her singing. Jenkins' voice was high, scrawny, and seemed to have a mind of its own, warbling its way through difficult coloratura arias with the grace and control of an upright piano pushed down a spiral staircase. Well-heeled society types would attend Jenkins' recitals and patiently endure her auditory assault, along with enjoying a well-concealed chuckle or two at her expense. Jenkins' annual gala would remain a popular fixture in New York society for decades. At age 76, Jenkins finally achieved her lifelong dream of performing at Carnegie Hall's Recital Hall on October 25, 1944. A month after her Carnegie "triumph," Jenkins collapsed and died in Schirmer's Music Store, her last words allegedly being "It must've been the creamed chicken." The only professional audio recordings ever made of Jenkins consist of nine selections on five 78-rpm records (Melotone Recording Studio, New York City; 1941 - 1944). These include four coloratura arias from operas by Mozart, Delibes, Johann Strauss II, and Félicien David; the remaining selections are five art songs, two of them written for Jenkins by her longtime accompanist, Cosmé McMoon. The complete original recordings have been newly remastered for The Truly Unforgettable Voice of Florence Foster Jenkins which also includes bonus material and interviews with Cosmé McMoon.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Melotone Recording Co., New York, NY (04/12/1954); USA (04/12/1954); Melotone Recording Co., New York, NY (1941-1944); USA (1941-1944).



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>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620 :: Der Hölle Rache (The Queen of the Night's Aria)
  • Performers: Florence Jenkins (Soprano); Cosme McMoon (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1791

>Liadov, Anatole : Musical snuffbox, Op. 32
  • Performers: Florence Jenkins (Soprano); Cosme McMoon (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1893

>McMoon, Cosme : Like a Bird, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Florence Jenkins (Soprano); Cosme McMoon (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Delibes, Léo : Lakmé :: Où va la jeune Hindoue? (Bell Song)
  • Performers: Florence Jenkins (Soprano); Cosme McMoon (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1883

>McMoon, Cosme : Serenata Mexicana, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Florence Jenkins (Soprano); Cosme McMoon (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>David, Félicien César : La Perle du Brésil :: Charmant oiseau (Couplets du Mysoli)
  • Performers: Florence Jenkins (Soprano); Cosme McMoon (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851

>Budashk, Nikolai Pavlovich : Biassy (after Bach's Prelude XVI), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Florence Jenkins (Soprano); Cosme McMoon (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Die Fledermaus :: Adele's Laughing Song
  • Performers: Florence Jenkins (Soprano); Cosme McMoon (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1874

>Gounod, Charles : A Faust Travesty :: Ere I Leave My Native Land (Valentine's Aria)
  • Performers: Thomas Burns (Baritone); Jenny Williams (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1856-1859

>Gounod, Charles : A Faust Travesty :: O Heavenly Jewels (Jewel Song)
  • Performers: Thomas Burns (Baritone); Jenny Williams (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1856-1859

>Gounod, Charles : A Faust Travesty :: Emotions Strange (Faust's Cavatina)
  • Performers: Thomas Burns (Baritone); Jenny Williams (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1856-1859

>Gounod, Charles : A Faust Travesty :: My Heart is Overcome with Terror
  • Performers: Thomas Burns (Baritone); Jenny Williams (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1856-1859

>Word, Spoken : Chick Crumpacker interviews Cosmé McMoon
  • Running Time: 15 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic