Alma Gluck

 

Alma Gluck was a world famous female concert singer and recording star in the early 20th century. She earned a place in recording industry history by creating the first million-selling phonograph record.

In 1890 her family moved to New York City where she first had piano lessons and then voice training by Signor Buzzi-Peccia. In 1909, at the age of twenty-five, she was selected for her first starring role at the Metropolitan Opera House. Her success was immediate. The fresh beauty of her voice and her delightful personality made her a great favorite at the Metropolitan’s Sunday night concerts. By the end of her second season at the Metropolitan, Alma Gluck was well-established in the world of opera.

Gluck made her first concert appearances with the Boston Symphony and Philadelphia Symphony Orchestras during the 1911 -1912 season. As she gave concerts around the country, her popularity grew and her tours became more extended. In 1913, Gluck withdrew from public appearances in order to study with Marcella Sembrich a world-famous soprano of the day.

Although she was quite successful giving live performances, “it was her recording career that catapulted her to lasting fame. First recording for the Victor Talking Machine Company in March 1911, she enjoyed a tremendous success with the record-buying public. Over the years, she returned again and again to the studio to meet the ever increasing demands of that public, and Victor often released two, or even three, of her titles per month including duets with Louise Homer, Paul Reimers, Enrico Caruso, and the violinist Efrem Zimbalist. Her earnings from record royalties were phenomenal for the time. For instance, between 1914 and 1919 she received royalties totaling over $600,000. Her recording of "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny" became the first phonograph record by a classical artist to sell over one million copies (Edward Hagelin Pearson, Liner Notes, 1997).” 

In June, 1914, the musical world buzzed with excitement about the marriage of Alma Gluck to Efrem Zimbalist, the talented and famous violinist. After a wedding in London, the young couple returned to America where they met with unprecedented success. 

After the birth of her daughter Maria in 1915 and Efrem, Jr. in 1918 Gluck reduced her performance schedule. But fate was not kind to Alma Gluck as her health and her voice failed her. After her retirement she devoted herself to her family and to the artistic world. She was a founder of the American Guild of Musical Artists and was famous for her support of musical causes as well as for her soirées.

The Zimbalist-Gluck romance provided lots of material for the gossips of their day. While the idea of such a wonderful pairing of talents was thrilling, there were those who pointed out that Gluck was six years older, as well as a divorcee with a daughter. Scandalous!

After their marriage of Alma Gluck and Efrem Zimbalist Victor/Victrola capitalized on a sure bet: recording the newlyweds together.

The JSA has collected 20 song recordings featuring the combined talents of Alma Gluck and Efrem Zimbalist.

 

 

These recordings were produced prior to 1923 and are in the public domain.


Total: 222

A Bis'l Taam (A Little Flavor)
A Perfect Day
A Perfect Day
Abide with Me
Abide with Me
Abide with Me
Abide with Me
Abide with Me
Addio (La Bohême)
Alma Gluck (1911) Vol. 1
Alma Gluck (1912) Vol. 2
Alma Gluck (1913) Vol. 3
Alma Gluck (1914) Vol. 4
Alma Gluck (1914-15) Vol. 5
Alma Gluck (1916) Vol. 6
Alma Gluck (1917-18) Vol. 7
Aloha Oe
Aloha Oe
Angel's Serenade
Angel's Serenade
Angels Ever Bright and Fair
As a Beam O'er the Face of the Water (Irish Melody...
Au Clair de la Lune
Ave Maria
Ave Maria
Ave Maria
Balatella (Che volo d'angelli)
Berceuse (Lullaby)
Berceuse (Lullaby)
Bohemian Cradle Song
Bohemian Cradle Song
Bonnie Sweet Bonnie
Brindisi (Traviata, Act 1)
Brindisi - Libiam nei lieti calici
Bring Back My Bonnie to Me
Canzonetta (War schöener als der schönste Tag)
Carmena
Carry Me Back to Old Virginny (Plantation Melody)
Carry Me Back to Old Virginny (Plantation Melody)
Carry Me Back to Old Virginny (Plantation Melody)
Chanson Hèbraique
Chanson Hèbraique
Chanson Hèbraique
Chanson Indoue
Chanson Indoue
Chanson Indoue
Chanson Indoue
Come, Beloved
Comin' Thro' the Rye (Scotch Air)
Contes d' Hoffman - Barcarolle
Contes d'Hoffman - Barcarolle -
Cradle Song
Crucifix
Darling Nelly Gray
Das Steierland - "Hoch von Dachstein an"
Das Steierland - "Hoch von Dachstein an"
Depuis le jour
Depuis le jour
Der Jäger lang dem Weiher ging (Hunter's Song)
Der Kleine Sandmann bin ich
Der Kleine Sandmann bin ich
Der Spielmann
Der Tannenbaum
Der Tannenbaum
Drunten im Unterland
Drunten im Unterland
Du, Du Liegst mir im Herzen
Du, Du Liegst mir im Herzen
Du, Du Liegst mir im Herzen
Efrem Zimbalist (1912-13) Vol. 1
Efrem Zimbalist (1914-16) Vol. 2
Efrem Zimbalist (1917-22) Vol. 3
Elégie (Song of Mourning)
Elégie (Song of Mourning)
Elégie (Song of Mourning)
Es steht ein' Lind'
Es steht ein' Lind'
Fiddle and I
Fiddle and I
Fiddle and I
From the Land of the Sky Blue Water
From the Land of the Sky Blue Water
From the Land of the Sky Blue Water
From the Land of the Sky Blue Water
God Be with You Till We Meet Again
God Be with You Till We Meet Again
Gypsy Festival
Hans und Liesel
Hans und Liesel
Hans und Liesel
Hatikva
Hatikva
Have You Seen but a Whyte Lillie Grow
Hexenritt und Knusperwalzer
Hexenritt und Knusperwalzer
Home Sweet Home
Home Sweet Home
Home Sweet Home
Hymn of Praise - I Waited for the Lord
I Need Thee Every Hour
I'se Gwine back to Dixie
I'se Gwine back to Dixie
I'se Gwine back to Dixie
In the Hour of Trial
Irish Love Song
Irish Love Song
Irish Love Song
Jesus, Lover of My Soul (Refuge)
L'Heure Exquise
La Colomba
La Colomba
Lass with the Delicate Air
Lass with the Delicate Air
Lass with the Delicate Air
Le Bonheur est Chose Légère
Le Nil
Le Nil
Le Nil
Le Nil
Life's Dream is O'er
Listen to the Mocking Bird
Listen to the Mocking Bird
Little Grey Home in the West
Little Grey Home in the West
Little Grey Home in the West
Living in America
Lo, Here the Gentle Lark
Lo, Here the Gentle Lark
Lo, Here the Gentle Lark
Long Ago / A Maid Sings Light
Long, Long Ago
Mira o Norma
Musetta Waltz
Musetta Waltz
My Laddie
My Laddie
My Laddie
My Laddie
My Old Kentucky Home
Natoma - Spring Song (I List the Trill of Golden T...
Nelly was a Lady
Nightingale Song
Nightingale Song
Nightingale Song
Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt
Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt
Oh Sleep! Why Dost Thou Leave Me?
Oh, That We Two Were Maying
Oh, That We Two Were Maying
Old Black Joe
Old Folks at Home
Old Folks at Home (Swanee River)
Old Folks at Home (Swanee River)
Old Folks at Home (Swanee River)
Old Folks at Home (Swanee River)
One Sweetly Solemn Thought
One Sweetly Solemn Thought
One Sweetly Solemn Thought
Parla Valse
Passage - Bird's Farewell
Praeludium
Red, Red Rose
Rock of Ages
Rock of Ages
Rossingnols Amoureux
Serenata
She Wandered Down the Mountain Side
Silent Night, Holy Night
Silent Night, Holy Night
Sing Me to Sleep
Sing Me to Sleep
Sing Me to Sleep
Song of the Chimes (Cradle Song)
Song of the Shepherd Lehl
Song of the Shepherd Lehl
Song of the Shepherd Lehl
Stabat Mater - Quis est homo
Still wie die Nacht
Such a Li'l' Fellow
Such a Li'l' Fellow
Suse, Liebe Suse
Suse, Liebe Suse
Swedish Cradle Song
Sylvelin
Sylvelin
Tales of Hoffman - Barcarolle (Contes d'Hoffman)
Tales of Hoffman - Barcarolle (Contes d'Hoffman)
The Bird of the Wilderness
The Braes o' Balqhidder (Scotch Air)
The Brook
The Brook
The Brook
The Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane
The Lost Chord
The Lost Chord
The Monotone (Ein Ton)
The Mother's Prayer
The Mother's Prayer
The Prayer Perfect
The Rosary
The Swallows
Treue Liebe
Treue Liebe
Tu - Habañera
Tu - Habañera
Two Folk-Songs of Little Russia
Two Folk-Songs of Little Russia
Unforgetable Voices in Unforgetten Performances fr...
Wenn die Schwalben heimwärts zieh'n
Wenn die Schwalben heimwärts zieh'n
Wenn die Schwalben heimwärts zieh'n
When Love is Kind
Whispering Hope
Whispering Hope
Whispering Hope
Whispering Hope
Whispering Hope
Whispering Hope
Whispering Hope
Will-o-the-Wisp
Will-o-the-Wisp
Will-o-the-Wisp