Sophie Braslau - I Love You Truly (1928)





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Uploaded on Jan 29, 2011

Words and music by Carrie Jacobs-Bond
Sung by Sophie Braslau, contralto with piano accompaniment metropolitan opera
Recorded May 1928
Columbia 170-M

Sophie Braslau was born in New York City on August 16, 1892. Her parents, Dr. Abel Braslau and Alexandra Goodelman, both from Russia, had early recognized the musical talent of their only child. Although first studying piano, she decided to become a singer after hearing a recital of Alma Gluck. After three years of vocal instruction from noted New York singing teacher, Arturo Buzzi-Peccia, she performed at an evening gathering of operatic notables, including Arturo Toscanini, who encouraged her to try out for the Metropolitan Opera. Her audition in 1913 resulted in a three -year contract. She sang mainly in secondary leads and minor roles but the quality of her singing voice brought her into the concert field. By 1920, she increased her concert recitals and finally left the Metropolitan Opera to devote herself entirely to concert work and recordings. Her repertory gained steadily in scope and variety, including songs and arias of different types and styles in five or six languages. In 1934, illness ended her career and she died in 1935 from cancer at the age of 43.

Braslau was short in stature, dark-haired and attractive. Her voice was remarkable for it's range (three octaves) and its volume and quality, and she was able to suit its color and timbre to whatever music she sang.

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