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ARSC Award of Excellence for Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is very pleased to announce that Giacomo Meyerbeer: A Discography of Vintage Recordings 1889 – 1955 has received an Award for Excellence 2014 from The Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC).

The ARSC presents awards to authors and publishers of books, articles, liner notes, and monographs, to recognise outstanding published research in the field of recorded sound. In giving these awards, ARSC recognises outstanding contributions, encourages high standards, and promotes awareness of superior works.The award of Best Historical Research in Classical Music (Certificate of Merit) was given to Giacomo Meyerbeer: A Discography of Vintage Recordings 1889 – 1955, for the ‘exceptionally high quality’ of this work. This book presents a discography of recordings made from the works of Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791–1864) – from the inception of recording techniques in 1889 until the dominance of the long-playing record in 1955. It is a testimony to the once-universal fame of the composer and the esteem in which in his works were held. Covering more than 150 different pieces, the whole of this recorded legacy makes Meyerbeer one of the most popular classical composers of any age. This discography is integral to the history of opera, the nature of lyric recording, and the story of song and vocal technique.

The co-author, Robert Ignatius Letellier, said:

2014 marks the 150th anniversary of the death of Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791-1864), one of the most significant figures in operatic history, who used to be as famous as Verdi and Puccini until the First World War. Since then his reputation has been overshadowed by ideological and sociological factors, as well as changes in musical attitudes. In recent years, however, there has been resurgence in interest in Meyerbeer's life and work, and critical engagement in research has dramatically increased. The work of Cambridge Scholars Publishing has played a key role in this process.

The year of Meyerbeer's anniversary has seen the appearance of several new recordings of his works and some new books about him too. Not least among these is the Discography of Vintage Recordings (made between 1889 and 1955), a golden age of song that featured so many legendary artists. This book presents a painstaking catalogue of all known recording made during that period, the process facilitated by critical introductions and addenda, making this a research tool for the history of opera, music-making, performance and acoustic recording. It is tribute to the late Richard Arsenty who died in 2013, and to the fruitful collaboration he shared with me in so many aspects of Meyerbeer research.

It is therefore gratifying on so many levels to have this detailed work of discography acknowledged internationally by the Association of Recorded Sound Collections who awarded their 2014 Certificate of Merit in Classical Music to the joint authors Richard Arsenty and Robert Letellier, and also to Cambridge Scholars Publishing whose dedication to research in Romantic music made this possible. The book is beautifully produced, with its complex sequences of chronological and matrix tables, cross-referencing, and iconographic gallery of singers. It is a worthy tribute to authors, to Cambridge Scholars Publishing, and to the great composer to whom it is devoted.”


To celebrate this award, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Giacomo Meyerbeer: A Discography of Vintage Recordings 1889 – 1955. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code AWARDDEC14 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 4th January 2015.


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