Track 7: La Damnation de Faust: Voici des roses / Arthur Endreze, baritone / Orchestra / Francois Ruhlmann / 1931
Arthur Endreze (1893-1975). Born in America he came to France in 1918 to complete his vocal studies with Jean de Reszke at the American Conservatoire at Fountainbleu. His career developed in France, notably at Nice where Reynaldo Hahn spotted him in the title role of Mozart's Don Giovanni. He joined the Paris Opera-Comique in 1928 and the Paris Opera in 1929. In addition to singing in the traditional repertoire, he took part in the creation of many new works, including operas by Magnard, Milhaud, Honegger and Sauguet.
Francois Ruhlmann (1868-1948) began his career playing the oboe in the orchestra of the Theatre de la Monnaie in Brussels. In 1905 he settled in Paris where he conducted at both the Opera-Comique and the Paris Opera. He conducted many new work for the stage, by Dukas, Sauguet, Rabaud, Magnard and Milhaud. He was also an early pioneer of the conducting of opera on record.