If Germaine Martinelli has come to the notice of record-buyers in the post-78rpm era it will probably have been on account of her duets from Lohengrin, Die Meistersinger and Die Walkure with Georges Thill, or maybe from the attractive introduction afforded in Vol. 3 of EMI’s “The Record of Singing” (10/85 – nla). That item, a rare solo from Massenet’s drame sacre (later given as an opera),
Fine copies have been used (most of the originals are rare) and though some (the excerpts from Reyer’s Salammbo, for instance) strike me as hard and overbright in sound-quality, everything is certainly very clear. Patrick Bade’s notes provide the answers to many questions but leave several open. More is needed about the music itself (why is the solo from Salammbo the “Air des Colombes”?, who was Nerini, composer of La nuit bleue?, what was Laparra’s Chenes des Jardins?). Also it would be good to know more about the singer’s career. The last date mentioned is 1936 but she was still to be heard in Paris (at the Palais, de Chaillot, for instance, in La damnation de Faust) as late as the summer of 1945.'