Frederick William Gaisberg
Frederick William Gaisberg (1 January 1873 – 2 September 1951) was an American musician, recording engineer and one of the earliest classical music producers for the gramophone. He himself did not use the term 'producer', and was not an impresario like his protégé Walter Legge of EMI or an innovator like John Culshaw of Decca. Gaisberg concentrated on talent-scouting and persuading performers to make recordings for the newly invented Gramophone.
Gaisberg began working in the recording industry in America as a young man, becoming a pioneer of early recording, and also worked as piano accompanist for the Berliner Gram-O-Phone Company, the inventors of the practical lateral-groove disc and associated playback apparatus, the Berliner Gramophone. In 1898, he joined the Gramophone Company in England as its first recording engineer. In 1902, he recorded music sung by the tenor Enrico Caruso and the recordings became a sensation. By 1921, Gaisberg was artistic director of HMV's 'international artistes' department. After 1925, he concentrated on artist management. In 1939, he retired from his position but continued as a consultant in the industry through the 1940s.
Birth and Death Data: Born January 1st, 1873 (Washington, D.C.), Died September 2nd, 1951 (Hampstead)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1892 - 1920
Roles Represented in DAHR: recordist, composer, piano
Recordings (Results 226-250 of 1207 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Gramophone||1400c||12-in.||1907||Voci di primavera||Graziella Pareto||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||1401½c||12-in.||1907||Ah! non credea mirarti||Graziella Pareto||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||1417c||12-in.||Oct. 1907||Di pescatore ignobile||Francesco Marconi||Tenor vocal solo, with piano||recordist|
|Gramophone||1434c||12-in.||1907||Muta di Portici : Sinfonía||Teatro alla Scala Orchestra||Orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||1443c||12-in.||May 1908||Prendi, l'anel ti dono||Fernando De Lucia ; Maria Galvany||Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with piano||recordist|
|Gramophone||1450c||12-in.||May 1908||Maggio||Maria Galvany||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||1451½c||12-in.||May 1908||Dinorah||Maria Galvany||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||1454c||12-in.||May 1908||Spargi d'amaro pianto||Maria Galvany||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||1455½c||12-in.||May 1908||Aria delle campanelle||Maria Galvany||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||1456c||12-in.||May 1908||Sempre libera||Reno Andreini ; Maria Galvany||Vocal duet (soprano-tenor), with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||1458c||12-in.||May 1908||Spirto gentil||Gennaro De Tura||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||1479¾c||12-in.||1908||Re dell'abisso||Karolina Pietraszewska||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||1490c||12-in.||1908||La traviata||Aristodemo Giorgini||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||1506½c||12-in.||1908||So anch'io la virtù magica||Olimpia Boronat||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||1507c||12-in.||1908||Tutte le feste al tempio||Olimpia Boronat||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||1513c||12-in.||1908||Restate quí||Federico Federici ; Antonio Pini-Corsi ; RiccardoTegani ; Elisa Tromben||Vocal quartet (soprano, tenor, and 2 baritones), with chorus and orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||1514c||12-in.||1908||Mi raccomando||Federico Federici ; Elisa Tromben||Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||1523b||10-in.||July 1902||Casey as a doctor||Russell Hunting||Monologue||recordist|
|Gramophone||1570½c||12-in.||1908||Domo, o ciel, da uno straniero||Nestore della Torre||Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||1575b||10-in.||Feb. 1902||Tobermory||Harry Lauder||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||1651b||10-in.||1902||Nel fiero anelito||Carlo Caffetto||Tenor vocal solo, with piano||recordist|
|Gramophone||1686b||10-in.||ca. 1902||Siciliana||Carlo Caffetto||Tenor vocal solo, with piano||recordist|
|Gramophone||1708c||12-in.||1/24/1909||Sahil Guefoun||Cheikh Youssef El Manialawi||Male vocal solo, with oud and violin||recordist|
|Gramophone||1709c||12-in.||1/24/1909||Sahil Gefoun||Cheikh Youssef El Manialawi||Male vocal solo, with oud and violin||recordist|
|Gramophone||1718½c||12-in.||1/24/1909||Hazzel hayat||Cheikh Youssef El Manialawi||Male vocal solo||recordist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Gaisberg, Frederick William," accessed March 5, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116625.
Gaisberg, Frederick William. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 5, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116625.
"Gaisberg, Frederick William." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 5 March 2021.
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