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 326-350 of 1207 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Gramophone 2309c 12-in. 8/26/1911 Wohl drang aus ihrem Herzen Otakár Mařák Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 2310c 12-in. 8/26/1911 Flieh', o flieh' Otakár Mařák Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 2339c 12-in. 9/1/1911 Recha, als Gott dich einst zur Tochter Jacques Urlus Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 2343c 12-in. 9/1/1911 Otello's tod Jacques Urlus Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 2353l 10-in. ca. 1904 Pallide mammole Bianca Lavin de Casas ; Carlo Sabajno Mezzo-soprano vocal solo, with piano recordist  
Gramophone 2355c 12-in. 9/7/1911 Ich seh' die mutter dort Max Kuttner ; Gertrud Runge Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 2356c 12-in. 9/7/1911 O lass' uns fliehen Max Kuttner ; Gertrud Runge Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 2378c 12-in. 9/11/1911 Wie aus der Ferne langst vergang'ner zeiten Fritz Feinhals Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 2383c 12-in. 9/12/1911 Die frist is um Fritz Feinhals Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 2384c 12-in. 9/12/1911 Die frist is um Fritz Feinhals Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 2392c 12-in. 9/13/1911 Ver' sank ich jetzt in wunderbares Traumen? Fritz Feinhals ; Melanie Kurt Vocal duet (soprano and baritone), with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 2539c 12-in. 11/12/1911 Ne osenniy melkiy dozhdichek Frederick William Gaisberg Bass vocal solo, with male vocal chorus and orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 2545c 12-in. 11/20/1911 Romans molodogo tzygana Dmitriĭ Alekseevich Smirnov Tenor vocal solo, with piano recordist  
Gramophone 2581c 12-in. Feb. 1912 Hark, hark the lark Ignace Jan Paderewski Piano solo recordist  
Gramophone 2614c 12-in. 4/26/1912 Ogorodnik N. V. Plevitzkaya Mezzo-soprano vocal solo recordist  
Gramophone 2615c 12-in. 4/26/1912 Ivan Susanin N. V. Plevitzkaya Mezzo-soprano vocal solo recordist  
Gramophone 2623½c 12-in. 5/1/1912 Deyaniya Svyatikh Apostolov Khor I. M. Yukhov ; K. V. Rozov Male vocal solo, with chorus recordist  
Gramophone 2628c 12-in. 5/1/1912 Chtenie iz posledovaniya v Nedelyu Pravoslavia (Simvol very) Khor I. M. Yukhov ; K. V. Rozov Male vocal solo, with chorus recordist  
Gramophone 2651f 12-in. 10/19/1908 Norwegian wedding march Wilhelm Backhaus Piano solo recordist  
Gramophone 2680½c 12-in. 10/19/1912 O give me oblivion Dmitriĭ Alekseevich Smirnov Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 2701b 10-in. 10/26/1902 Serenade Jan Kubelík Violin solo, with piano recordist  
Gramophone 2703b 10-in. 10/26/1902 Sextette Jan Kubelík Violin solo, with piano recordist  
Gramophone 2705e 10-in. Oct. 1905 Eugen Onegin : Romans John Forsell Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 2820b 10-in. Nov. 1902 Demonio : Aria Eugenio Giraldoni Baritone vocal solo, with piano recordist  
Gramophone 2822b 10-in. Nov. 1902 Aria della morte Eugenio Giraldoni Baritone vocal solo, with piano recordist  
(Results 326-350 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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