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Jeanette MacDonald 1931 Radio Broadcast

Posted: Wed May 30, 2018 8:45 am
by brendangcarroll
Does anyone have a copy of the 1931 radio broadcast in which Jeanette MacDonald sang the Liebestod from Wagner's 'Tristan und Isolde'?

It was issued on a private issue LP by the JM fanclub over 35 years ago but I have never been able to locate a copy and it has not been reissued in any format since.

Any thoughts?

Re: Jeanette MacDonald 1931 Radio Broadcast

Posted: Wed May 30, 2018 9:59 am
by Lamar
I would ask the lady who runs this MacDonald Eddy website-https://maceddy.com/contact/ A number of recordings have been posted there over the years.

Re: Jeanette MacDonald 1931 Radio Broadcast

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:42 am
by bobfells
I think it likely that the 1931 radio broadcast lifted excerpts from the soundtrack of OH WHAT A MAN! where Mac sang "Liebestod" at the opening of the film. Radio movie previews were transcribed, or prerecorded as we say now, and the few I've heard from that time, i.e., the Marx Bros., used the soundtracks. I have the track from the film, and read that Mac later said the studio, Fox, insisted she sing it even though it wasn't in her vocal range. She was not happy about it.

I just posted it on Youtube:
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