EMI 2-LPs RLS 711 // HLM  7034-5: Adelina Patti - OOP UK 1973 NM
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Background on this item -
Adelina Patti (19 February 1843 – 27 September 1919) was a highly acclaimed 19th-century opera singer, earning huge fees at the height of her career in the music capitals of Europe and America. She first sang in public as a child in 1851 and gave her last performance before an audience in 1914. Along  with her near contemporaries Jenny Lind and Thérèse Tietjens, Patti remains one of the most famous sopranos in history due to the purity and beauty of her lyrical voice and the unmatched quality of her bel canto technique.

The composer Giuseppe Verdi, writing in 1877, described her as being perhaps the finest singer who had ever lived and a "stupendous artist". (See J.F. Cone's biography Adelina Patti: Queen of Hearts; Amadeus Press, Portland, US, 1993.) Verdi's admiration for Patti's talent was shared by numerous music critics and social commentators of her era.

She was born Adela Juana Maria Patti, the last child of tenor Salvatore Patti (1800–1869) and soprano Caterina Barilli (died 1870). Her Italian parents were working in Madrid, Spain, at the time of her birth. Because her father came from Sicily, Patti was born a subject of the King of the Two Sicilies. She later carried a French passport, as her first two husbands were French.

Her sisters Amalia and Carlotta Patti were also singers. In her childhood, the family moved to New York City. Patti grew up in the Wakefield section of the Bronx, where her family's home is still standing. Patti sang professionally from childhood, and developed into a coloratura soprano with perfectly equalized vocal registers and a surprisingly warm, satiny tone. It is believed that Patti learned much of her singing technique from her brother-in-law Maurice Strakosch, who was a musician and impresario. Later in life Patti, like many famous singers with sizable egos, claimed that she was entirely self-taught.

Adelina Patti had a warm, crystalline, very clear, and very agile high soprano voice. Her vocal emission was of perfect equality and her vocal range was wide, from low c to high f (c4 - f6). Regarding her technique, critic Rodolfo Celletti said, "Her voice was a technical marvel. The staccatos were marvels of accuracy, even in the trickiest intervals, her legato was impressively smooth and pure; she connects the voice from note to note, phrase to phrase, lifting and gliding with a exceptional virtuosity. Her chromatics scales was deliciously sweet, and her trill was wonderful and solid."

EMI Records 2-LP boxed set - Dark BROWN record labels with SILVER and some white lettering. The famous EMI logo featuring the little dog ‘nipper' in a postage stamp sized picture is also on all the record labels - see pictures
Records Made in: UK (Great Britain / England)
Pressing is in MONO - original recordings are culled from various periods in history - the set comes in a large, heavy cardboard box with a superb, multi page libretto / booklet
Record Speed: 33 1/3 rpm
Records Made in: 1973
Record Catalog Number: RLS 711 (HLM 7034-7035)

This listing is for a very rare, out of print LP featuring -


Performed by -
Adelina Patti
Landon Ronald, piano
Alfredo Barili, piano

Title / Music on this item / Track Listings -

1. Voi che sapete (Le Nozze di Figaro, Act 2) - Da Ponte / Mozart
2. Pur dicesti - Lotti
3. Home Sweet Home - Bishop
4. Old folks at home - Foster
5. Batti, batti o bel Masetto (Don Giovanni, Act 1) - Da Ponte / Mozart
6. Air des bijoux (Faust, Act 3) - Barbier & Carre / Gounod
7. Air des bijoux - do.
8. Il bacio - Arditti
9. Kathleen Mavourneen - Crouch
10. The last rose of summer - Moore
11. Ave Maria - Bach / Gounod
12. Le Serenata - Tosti
13. Robin Adair - Keppel
14. Home sweet home - Bishop
15. Si vous n'avez rien a me dire - Rothchild
16. Comin' thro' the rye - Trad.
17. The last rose of summer - Moore
18. The banks of Allan Water - Trad.
19. On Parting - Patti
20. 'Twas within a mile - Hook
21. A New Year message to her husband
22. Kathleen Mavourneen - Crouch
23. Le Serenata - Tosti
24. 'Twas within a mile - Hook
25. Casta diva (Norma, Act 1) - Romani - Bellini
26. Connais-tu le pays? (Mignon, Act 1) - Barbier & Carre / Thomas
27. Ah non credea mirarti (La Sonnambula, Act 3) - Romani - Bellini
28. La Calasera - Yradier

The BOX is in Near Mint minus condition.
The box is completely solid and intact with NO splits! It does show some light shelf wear, primarily at the corners and seams. Top lid is attached to the bottom lid of the box. Have a close look at the pictures and you will better understand and see the terrific condition of this item.
The Box has NO drill holes or saw marks of any kind.
There is NO hand writing on the front, inside or the back of the box or on the libretto.
The cover has clean and sharp colors - see pictures with this listing for more detail.

The LPs (vinyl) itself:
The LPs are in near MINT minus condition!! In superb condition and obviously very well taken care of - A finer copy of this vintage LP set would be very difficult to find.
The LPs retain much of the original gloss and sheen!
The records have NO serious marks on them that we could see - we could not see anything that resembled a mark, even under strong, white light. We play tested some parts of the LPs and they sounded terrific.
The record labels have NO significant spindle marks on them.
This is the superb copy you have always wanted in your collection - any super picky audiophile should be happy with this one!
This LP set may have a slight mark or two (spider marks) which are caused by sliding the LP in and out of the inner sleeve and are usually not audible on most audio systems (this is of course dependent on the sensitivity of your cartridge/arm combination - spider marks may sound on some systems, not on others - but this is a VERY CLEAN set) - as for any record, we recommend a cleaning before playing!

Please understand that this is a vintage record set - as such, one cannot expect the vinyl to sound like a brand new, audiophile pressing! Some noise is inevitable - for best results, always properly clean your LPs before playing them.

The LP is an audiophile quality pressing (any collector of fine MFSL, half speeds, direct to discs, Japanese/UK pressings etc., can attest to the difference a quality pressing can make to an audio system).

A Short Note About LP GRADING -
Mint {M} = Only used for sealed items.
Near Mint {NM} = Virtually flawless in every way.
Near Mint Minus {NM-} = Item has some minor imperfections, some audible.
Excellent {EXC} = Item obviously played and enjoyed with some noise.
Very Good Plus {VG+} = Many more imperfections which are noticeable and obtrusive.

Don't let this rarity slip by!!!

  • Item #: EMI 2LPs - RLS 711 HLM 7034-5 NM
  • Manufacturer: EMI / Electrola / Odeon / Pathe Records
  • Condition: Used

EMI 2-LPs RLS 711 // HLM 7034-5: Adelina Patti - OOP UK 1973 NM

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