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 201-225 of 1207 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Gramophone||1239c||12-in.||7/6/1907||No, pagliaccio non son||Augusto Barbaini||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||1247c||12-in.||1907||L'Albatro e teco||Carmen Melis ; Giuseppe Taccani||Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||1254c||12-in.||June 1907||Hermes : Finale ultimo||Francesco Cigada ; Ida Giacomelli||Vocal duet (soprano and baritone), with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||1255c||12-in.||1907||La fata sei||Carmen Melis ; Giuseppe Taccani||Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||1260c||12-in.||June 1907||Dio, mi potevi scagliare||Antonio Paoli||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||1264c||12-in.||June 1907||Cavalleria Rusticana : Intermezzo||Teatro alla Scala Orchestra||Orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||1266c||12-in.||1907||Gaddu alla triste casa||Carmen Melis ; Giuseppe Taccani||Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||1274c||12-in.||1907||Ricordanze||Augusto Scampini||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||1276c||12-in.||1907||Ella giammai m'amò||Andrés de Segurola||Bass vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||1277c||12-in.||1907||Dormirò solo||Andrés de Segurola||Bass vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||1286c||12-in.||1907||Infelice, e tuo credevi||Andrés de Segurola||Bass vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||1307c||12-in.||approximately Oct. 1907||Ballata d'Ofelia||Maria Galvany||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||1315c||12-in.||approximately Oct. 1907||Brindisi||Titta Ruffo||Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||1323c||12-in.||1907||Mignon : Introduzione||Andrés de Segurola||Bass vocal solo, with chorus and orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||1339c||12-in.||approximately 1907||Sorgea la notte||Andrés de Segurola||Bass vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||1340c||12-in.||approximately Oct. 1907||O lieto suol della Turenna||Maria Galvany||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||1341c||12-in.||approximately Oct. 1907||Prologo||Titta Ruffo||Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||1354c||12-in.||approximately 1907||Io son, Signore, un infelice||Ernesto Badini ; Antonio Pini-Corsi||Male vocal duet (2 baritones), with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||1355½c||12-in.||approximately 1907||Del capitano alla salute||Ernesto Badini ; Antonio Pini-Corsi ; Gaetano Pini-Corsi||Male vocal trio (tenor, and 2 baritones), with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||1369c||12-in.||1907||Caro nome||Graziella Pareto||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||1386c||12-in.||1907||Ninna nanna||Gaudio Mansueto||Bass vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||1389c||12-in.||1907||Quando rapita in estasi||Graziella Pareto||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||1390½c||12-in.||1907||Rondo||Graziella Pareto||Soprano vocal solo, with flute and orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||1393c||12-in.||1907||Si j'etais roi : Sinfonía||Teatro alla Scala Orchestra||Orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||1399½c||12-in.||approximately 1907||L'incantatrice||Maria Galvany||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Gaisberg, Frederick William," accessed February 25, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116625.
Gaisberg, Frederick William. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 25, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116625.
"Gaisberg, Frederick William." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 25 February 2021.
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