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|
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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