06/03/2020

RECORDINGS FROM PRISONER-OF-WAR CAMPS, WORLD WAR I: ITALIAN RECORDINGS ATTRACTING HUGE MEDIA ATTENTION

Inter Coronam silent Musae? Not at all! The CD edition Recordings from Prisoner-of-War Camps, World War I: Italian Recordings, released as no. 17/6 in our Complete Historical Collections series, is currently attracting huge media attention. Thanks to the commitment of co-editor Serenella Baggio (Università di Trento) it has been possible to present it to a wider public, both in writing and acoustically: in the form of a review by Lorenzo Tomasin (Université de Lausanne) in the renowned daily newspaper Il Sole 24 ORE (3 May 2020) and in the context of an extensive podcast (Rai Radio 3, “Voci”, 17 May 2020, from 1h 7' 30") with Serenella Baggio and Gerda Lechleitner (Phonogrammarchiv).

In both cases, the importance of these 15 Phonogramme for Italian dialectology is pointed out, especially since some of them represent the first useful recordings of the respective varieties. Nor should we forget what these voices of Italian prisoners of war from World War I mean to listeners in present-day Italy emotionally, with Tomasin rightly referring to their great suggestive effect (“grande suggestione”). It is thus not surprising that – according to Baggio – numerous calls and e-mails poured in after the radio report, which testify to the great interest of the Italian population even – or especially – in times like these …