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 301-325 of 1207 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Gramophone||1976c||12-in.||4/14/1909||Che facevi che dicevi||Ernesto Badini ; Dora Domar ; Gino Giovanelli ; Annita Santoro||Vocal quartet (2 sopranos, tenor, and baritone), with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||2003c||12-in.||8/26/1910||Oy, u luzi, ta I pry beryozi||Fyodor Ivanovich Chaliapin ; Imperial Moscow Opera Chorus||Bass vocal solo, with male vocal chorus (unaccompanied)||recordist|
|Gramophone||2004½c||12-in.||8/26/1910||I'll amuse my hostess ... Merry Shrovetide||Fyodor Ivanovich Chaliapin||Bass vocal solo and male vocal chorus, with piano||recordist|
|Gramophone||2005c||12-in.||8/26/1910||Down Mother Volga||Fyodor Ivanovich Chaliapin ; Imperial Moscow Opera Chorus||Bass vocal solo, with male chorus and orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||2006½c||12-in.||8/26/1910||Nochen'ka||Fyodor Ivanovich Chaliapin||Bass vocal solo (unaccompanied)||recordist|
|Gramophone||2008½c||12-in.||8/29/1910||Seigneur, daignez permettre à votre humble servante||Fyodor Ivanovich Chaliapin ; M. A. Mikhaĭlova||Vocal duet (soprano and bass), with orchestra and organ||recordist|
|Gramophone||2009c||12-in.||8/29/1910||Faust||Fyodor Ivanovich Chaliapin||Bass vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||2014c||12-in.||8/29/1910||The tempest rages||Fyodor Ivanovich Chaliapin||Bass vocal solo, with piano||recordist|
|Gramophone||2019c||12-in.||9/1/1910||Dubinushka, russkaya pesnya||Fyodor Ivanovich Chaliapin||Bass vocal solo, with vocal chorus||recordist|
|Gramophone||2020e[b||10-in.||4/17/1905||Recuerdas||Banda Real Militar||Band||recordist|
|Gramophone||2035b||10-in.||1902||Ah! Je ris, de me voir si belle||Suzanne Adams||Soprano vocal solo, with piano||recordist|
|Gramophone||G2036b||10-in.||1902||Coquette||Suzanne Adams||Soprano vocal solo, with piano||recordist|
|Gramophone||G2037b||10-in.||1902||Valse aria||Suzanne Adams||Soprano vocal solo, with piano||recordist|
|Gramophone||G2058b||10-in.||July 1902||Habanera||Emma Calvé||Soprano vocal solo, with piano||recordist|
|Gramophone||2060b||10-in.||July 1902||Enchantement||Emma Calvé||Soprano vocal solo, with piano||recordist|
|Gramophone||2062b||10-in.||July 1902||Seguidilla||Emma Calvé||Soprano vocal solo, with piano||recordist|
|Gramophone||G2063b||10-in.||July 1902||Voi lo sapete||Emma Calvé||Soprano vocal solo, with piano||recordist|
|Gramophone||2114b||10-in.||1902||O douce etoi||Maurice Renaud||Baritone vocal solo, with piano||recordist|
|Gramophone||G2149b||10-in.||1902||Home, sweet home||Suzanne Adams||Soprano vocal solo, with piano||recordist|
|Gramophone||2222c||12-in.||6/9/1911||Ô beau pays!||Frieda Hempel||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||2224c||12-in.||6/10/1911||Lied an die Flasche||Max Lohfing||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||2226c||12-in.||6/10/1911||Auch ich war ein Jüngling||Max Lohfing||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||2227c||12-in.||6/10/1911||Charmant oiseau||Frieda Hempel||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra and flute||recordist|
|Gramophone||2229c||12-in.||6/10/1911||Ernani, involami||Frieda Hempel||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||2246c||12-in.||6/23/1911||La vilanelle||Frieda Hempel||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
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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