Marston Records released a 4 CD set of the acoustic recordings of Lotte Lehmann and now the second 6 CD set of her Berlin-recorded electrics is available. You can see Ward Marston’s video trailer for the second set. The latest techniques have been utilized to make the sound as beautiful as possible. We have a new page that lists this as well as the other companies that do restoration, as well as which Lehmann recordings they sell.
The iBooks Lotte Lehmann & Her Legacy (Volumes I-IX) are ready to download to your iPad or iMac (they are free!). I’ve been working on this project since 2015 and am happy to report that there are hundreds of good-sounding audio tracks, beautiful photos, many videos, and rarities. The never-before-heard Lieder from radio broadcasts can be heard in chapters called “Rare & Well-Done.” You can enjoy the “Lehmann-Experience” of Schubert’s Winterreise: Lehmann reads each Müller poem, sings the songs, teaches many of the songs, and has provided a painting for all 24 songs; this can be found on this site. That same treatment occurs for Dichterliebe in Volume II and has now been added to this site. Though she doesn’t read the poetry, her paintings, singing, teaching of Die schöne Müllerin, are all available both in the iBooks and here on this site.
Click on the iBook’s title above and it will take you the place to download it; or just go to Apple’s iBook store and type in Lotte Lehmann and you’ll find the link. There’s no charge. Here are the reviews for all nine volumes in Fanfare magazine. On YouTube you can view a short tutorial on how best to download and use these iBooks.
If you care to examine these iBooks in PDF mode (without sound or video, but with photos and text) just click here.
If you don’t have the necessary Apple product, I’ve begun to transfer the contents of the iBooks to this site. So far, you can experience Volumes 1, 2, and 3.
Lotte Lehmann was called “the greatest artist in the world” by Toscanini. Richard Strauss uttered the words that are now engraved on her tombstone: “Sie hat gesungen, dass es Sterne rührte”—her singing moved the stars. You can enjoy Lehmann’s actual singing of every known Lehmann commercial recording. Read what others wrote about her singing over the years. Or here’s just Lehmann’s discography.
If you’ve arrived here for the first time, you’ll want to hear Lehmann sing something from her famous Wagnerian repertoire. Dich, teure Halle