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 276-300 of 1207 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Gramophone 1814c 12-in. 4/28/1909 Il bacio Josephina Huguet Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1817½c 12-in. 4/29/1909 Del tempio al limitar Francesco Federici ; Aristodemo Giorgini Vocal duet (tenor and baritone), with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1844½c 12-in. 5/11/1909 Nume custode e vindice Antonio Paoli ; Andrés de Segurola Vocal duet (tenor and bass), with orchestra and mixed vocal chorus recordist  
Gramophone 1852c 12-in. 5/14/1909 Ei m'ama Celestina Boninsegna Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1860c 12-in. 11/1/1909 Fu la sorte dell'armi Bianca Lavin de Casas ; Helena Zboińska-Ruszkowska Vocal duet (soprano and contralto), with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1861c 12-in. 11/1/1909 Ebben, qual nuovo fremito Bianca Lavin de Casas ; Helena Zboińska-Ruszkowska Vocal duet (soprano and contralto), with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1862c 12-in. 11/1/1909 Ah! Pietà ti prenda... Bianca Lavin de Casas ; Elena Ruszcowska Vocal duet (soprano and mezzo-soprano), with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1863c 12-in. 11/1/1909 Ohimè! di guerra fremere Egidio Cunego ; Bianca Lavin de Casas ; Helena Zboińska-Ruszkowska Vocal trio (soprano, contralto and tenor), with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1864c 12-in. 11/1/1909 L'amo come il fulgor del creato Bianca Lavin de Casas ; Helena Zboińska-Ruszkowska Vocal duet (soprano and contralto), with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1866c 12-in. 11/2/1909 Qual occhio al mondo Egidio Cunego ; Helena Zboińska-Ruszkowska Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1867c 12-in. 11/2/1909 Amaro sol per te m'era il morire Egidio Cunego ; Helena Zboińska-Ruszkowska Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1868c 12-in. 11/2/1909 Non la sospiri la nostra casseta Egidio Cunego ; Helena Zboińska-Ruszkowska Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1873c 12-in. 11/6/1909 Scena del giudizio Bianca Lavin de Casas ; Rizzo Sant'Elia ; Teatro alla Scala Coro ; Teatro alla Scala Orchestra Vocal duet (mezzo-soprano and bass), with orchestra and mixed vocal chorus recordist  
Gramophone 1876c 12-in. 11/8/1909 Credo in un Dio crudel Ernesto Badini Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1881c 12-in. 11/12/1909 Quest' assisa ch'io vesto Ernesto Badini ; Egidio Cunego ; Elena Fabris ; Bianca Lavin de Casas ; Rizzo Sant'Elia Vocal quintet (soprano, contralto, tenor, baritone, and bass), with chorus and orchestra recordist  
Gramophone G1923b 10-in. May 1902 Air du tambour-major Pol Plançon Bass vocal solo, with piano recordist  
Gramophone 1924b 10-in. May 1902 Serenade Mephistopheles Pol Plançon Bass vocal solo, with piano recordist  
Gramophone 1925b 10-in. May 1902 Les deux grenadiers Pol Plançon Bass vocal solo, with piano recordist  
Gramophone 1925iiG[b] 10-in. approximately May 1902 Les deux grenadiers Pol Plançon Bass vocal solo, with piano accompaniment recordist  
Gramophone 1939b 10-in. 5/30/1902 Ronde de veau d'or Pol Plançon Bass vocal solo, with piano recordist  
Gramophone 1951c 12-in. 4/2/1909 I sacri nomi Celestina Boninsegna Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1952c 12-in. 4/2/1909 O cieli azzurri Celestina Boninsegna Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1957c 12-in. 4/5/1909 Questo Mar Rosso Ernesto Badini ; Gennaro De Tura ; Carlo Sabajno Vocal duet (tenor and baritone), with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1961c 12-in. 4/6/1909 Mimi è una civetta Ernesto Badini ; Gennaro De Tura ; Laura Mellerio Vocal trio (soprano, tenor, and baritone), with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1967c 12-in. 4/9/1909 Mimi, io son Ernesto Badini ; Dora Domar Vocal duet (soprano and baritone), with orchestra recordist  
(Results 276-300 of 1207 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Gaisberg, Frederick William," accessed May 13, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116625.

Gaisberg, Frederick William. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 13, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116625.

"Gaisberg, Frederick William." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 13 May 2021.

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