From 1903, the renowned French tenor Agustarello Affre sings La Favorite - Ange si pur on an uncommon 3½" 'salon' cylinder.
Agustarello Affre was the premier tenor of the Paris Opera House from the 1890s through the 1910s.
This recording, and others, announced by Affre typically sound so rushed (to my English ears) that he seems to pronounce his name "Aff".
The Pathé Phonograph Company's process of producing records involved recording
their artists on huge wax master cylinders from which
sub-masters were copied usually pantographically (sometimes horn-to-horn),
then copied again to the final
The sound of the pantographic copying process employed by Pathé can be clearly heard rumbling along in the background throughout the recording.
Many thanks to Art Guenther, David Winter, and Christian Zwarg for their assistance with this cylinder of the month.
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This aria, Ange si pur ("Angel so pure"), is from the 4th act of "La Favorite", Gaetano Donizetti's French opera composed in 1840.
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