Rosette Anday (1903-1977)
The plum in this pie is Delilah’s first solo, “Printemps qui commence”. If that were extracted, Jack Horner fashion, not much would be left for Christmas. “O mio Fernando” shows the singer firm at
Relatively acceptable for its time is the Orfeo aria, and the Handel has an impressive if anachronistic majesty. “O schone Jugendtage” displays the contralto depth to advantage, and the second Trovatore solo is a sufficiently fine and resourceful piece of singing to take us back to the starting-point which was that air of Delilah’s. Here, Anday, singing in French, becomes suddenly exquisite, tender, imaginative, lovely in the variety of her colours and the suppleness of her portamentos. She was a highly valued artist and greatly loved in Vienna, where she last sang in 1961, 40 years after her debut there at the age of 18. The quality of the transfers is good, and the compilers have found a particularly fine copy of the Handel aria. That, together with “Condotta ell’era” and “Printemps qui commence” (a previously unpublished take), with the Wagnerian excerpts too, should put the disc on the list of those to be considered.