[ Atoll Records New Zealand / 2 CD ]
Release Date: Wednesday 20 September 2000
"In sum, a terrific disc, with the voice beautifully captured in the new transfers."
International Record Review April 2001
The following is the National Library's press release:
Issued jointly by the National Library of New Zealand and the Auckland-based company Atoll ltd, "Oscar Natska: The Definitive Collection" presents for the first time every known recording by this great artist. Of the 73 tracks, 27 have not been previously issued. The 4-CD set includes not only all of his commercial discs recorded for Parlophone and Columbia, but also rare live recordings, broadcasts, test pressings, auditions and film soundtracks from Canada, the USA, England, Australia and New Zealand.
Natska's career (the spelling was changed from Natska in 1947) encompassed Covent Garden and the New York City Opera as well as international tours and recording contracts. At an age when most basses are approaching their finest years, Oscar Natska collapsed in New York during a performance of
Wagner's "Die Meistersinger" and died a week later. He was just 39 years old.
Without a doubt the world was robbed of one of the most impressive bass voices of the era. When recorded anthologies of the great bass voices are compiled, the name of Natska is always up there with the likes of Fyodor Chaliapin and Boris Christoff. Now with the issue of "Oscar Natska: The Definitive Collection" his magnificent voice is preserved to inspire and entertain future generations.
Pilgrim's Song (Tchaikovsky)- previously unreleased (recorded 1938)
Recit & Aria from "L'Ebreo" (Apolloni)
Asleep in the deep (Petrie)
Friend O'mine (Sanderson)
Myself when young (Lehmann)
Pilgrim's Song (Tchaikovsky)
The Village Blacksmith (Weiss)
The Song of Hybrias Cretan (Elliot)
'O Isis and Osiris' from "The Magic Flute" (Mozart)
'Honour and arms' from "Samson" (Handel)
'La Calunnia' from "The Barber of Seville" (Rossini)
'Hear me ye winds and waves' from "Scipio" (Handel)
Land of Hope and Glory (Elgar)
There'll aways be an England (Charles)
'Four Jolly Sailormen' from "The Princess of Kensington" (German)
'The Yeomen of England' from "Merrie England" (German)
The Holy City (Adam)
The Lost Chord (Sullivan)
O' Man River
Sanctuary of the Heart
In a Monastery Garden
Song of the Volga Boatmen
Within these sacred Bowers (from the Magic Flute)
plus 13 others