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The exact date of appearance Lyrophon in Russia is to difficultl to establish, but it is known, that the representative of the company in Russia was somebody J.M.Joelson. It looks like Lyrophon had two large recording sessions: the first one as soon as 1905, the second one circa 1910. They made very interesting recordings of artist of Imperator Mariinsk Opera N.A.Bolshakov (tenor) performing arias from Pagliacci Leoncavallo and Pique Dame Tschaikowsky operas, recordings of K.G.Van-Brin (soprano), singer of Imperator Nicholas II Peoples House performed excerpts form Fausts Gounod and Delibes Lakme, recordings of prominent opera and operetta artists V.P.Damaev, A.V.Smirnov, L.M.Sibirjakov, N.A.Mikhajlov, E.A.Orel, M.I.Vavich, famous Varja Panina. There are interesting records of church music performed by the Sacred Chorus of Isaacs Cathedral (motets Rejoice Holy Mother, Blessed Joseph, In Thee Rejoiceth) and Chorus of the Kazans Cathedral in Petersburg. There were many recordings of light dance, instrumental, and orchestra music (march Soldiers in a Park, dances Pas d'Espan, Pas d'Patiner, Pas D'Gras, and etc.) performed by different orchestras. The great success was the recording of A.V.Vyalceva during the second session. By the way, just like famous Francis D'Andrade, Vyalceva was awarded with personal matrix numbers, marked by letters Vya ().

Besides Grand format, there was unusual 5 (12,5 sm) format called Gmone or Lilliput used for popular orchestral music.

Matrix numbers of Russian recordings were marked with prefix Rs ("Rss" on the labels), P for Polish. On the "mirror" (the dead wax between the last groove and the edge of label) matrix number digits are engraved in a normal position while the letters are mirrored, have different handwriting, and often do not fit into the allocated room. It tells us that letters were added at later stage of the process: either on the negative master resulting from electroplating of the original wax matrix, or on negative stamper, from which the final records were pressed. I favor the second version, as the letters are often followed by the Roman figure (I, II), made by the same handwriting and apparently at the same time, and most likely playing the role of stamper indicators.

In 1908 Lyrophon introduced Gloria label, that is currently is great collectors rarity. It should not be confused with much more common electrically recorded Gloria produced in 1930.

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Rec Place
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Wja11
RussianMezzo-soprano with piano
Here (), gypsy romance (Alexander N. Chernyavsky)
Anastasia D. Vyaltseva, acc. Alexey V. Taskin (piano)1910
Yalta
Lyrophon (pink)
Wja12
RussianMezzo-soprano with piano
The swallow (Vieni sul mar) (), neapolitan song (arr. S. Sadovsky, lyrics by K. Linsky)
Anastasia D. Vyaltseva, acc. Alexey V. Taskin (piano)1910
Yalta
Lyrophon (pink)
Wja13
RussianMezzo-soprano with piano
Plot of land (As I reaped my little plot of land ( ( )), folk song (arr. A. Chernyavsky)
Anastasiya Vyaltseva, acc. piano1910
Yalta
Beka-Grand-Plastinka (red)Wja13
Wja2
RussianMezzo-soprano with piano
Do you remember the night? ( ?), romance (Alexey Taskin)
Anastasiya Vyaltseva, acc. Alexey Taskin (piano)~1910
St.-Petersburg
Lyrophon (pink)
Wja3
RussianMezzo-soprano with piano
Kalinka (), folk song (arr. A. Chernyavsky)
Anastasiya Vyaltseva, acc. piano1910
Yalta
Beka-Grand-Plastinka (red)Wja3
Wja5
RussianMezzo-Soprano
The little pipe (), romance (K.Tidemann)
A.D.Vyaltseva, acc. A.Taskin (piano)~1910
St.-Petersburg
Lyrophon (pink)
20
(20rs)
Russian
Its a wind bows the treebranch ( ), folk song
Singers Chorus of V.Varshavsky, Conductor Vasily VarshavskyMoscowLyrophon (black)
31
(Rs 31)
Russiancomic couplet
He Will Grow Up ( ), couplets (lyrics by Stanislav Sarmatov)
Stanislav Sarmatov, acc. pianoMoscowLyrophon (black)
37
(37rs)
RussianComic Song with Piano
Affairs are going badly ( ), comic song
Stanislav Sarmatov, acc. pianoMoscowLyrophon (black)
41
(Rs 41)
RussianContralto with piano
When my mother was killed ( - ) (Opera A Life for the Tzar, Act 3) (Mikhail Glinka, lyrics by Yegor Fyodorovich Rozen)
Claudia Tugarinova, acc. piano1905
Moscow
Lyrophon (black)
96
(Rs 96)
Russianbalalaika orchestra
Moon Shines Brtightly ( ), folk song
Great Russian Balalaika Orchestra, Conductor Boris TroyanovskySt.PetersburgLyrophon (black)
98
(Rs 98)
Russianbalalaika orchestra
The Dove is Whimpering ( ), folk song
Great Russian Balalaika Orchestra, Conductor Boris TroyanovskySt.PetersburgLyrophon (black)
99
(Rs 99)
Russianbalalaika orchestra
The Faun (), waltz
Boris TroyanovskySt.PetersburgLyrophon (black)
109
(P.109)
Polish
Song to a Star (Opera Tannhäuser) (Wagner)
Adam LudwigLvivLyrophon
110
(Rs 110)
Russiancomic couplet
Laughter in 12 Variations ( 12 ), couplets (lyrics by I.Shatov, Ivan Pushkin)
Ivan Pushkin, acc. guitarbefore 1908
St.Petersburg
Lyrophon (black)
115
(P.115)
Polish
Pieśń.Polały się łzy (Paderewsi)
Adam LudwigLvivLyrophon
130
(130rs)
RussianBrass Band
Beautiful Creole ( ), cake-walk (Alexandrov)
Horse Guardsmen Band of the Empress Maria Feodorovna, Conductor I. I. ArmegeymerLyrophon (black)
St.-Petersburg
136
(Rs 136)
RussianBaritone with Piano
Do not weep, Child ( - , ) (Opera The Demon, Act 1) (Anton G. Rubinstein)
Alexander V. Smirnov, acc. piano1905
St.-Petersburg
Lyrophon (black)
 
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