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Opera, page 19

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Mozart - Idomeneo, Re di Creta (complete opera)

Mozart - Idomeneo, Re di Creta (complete opera)
ID: OPD7011
CDs: 3
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

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IVAR HALLSTRÖM - Den Bergtagna (Opera ).

IVAR HALLSTRÖM - Den Bergtagna (Opera ).
ID: CDO1001-2-2
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: World Premiere Recording
Subcollection: Opera

Soloists: Karl-Robert Lindgren (Bass), Bengt Krantz (Voice), Lars Billengren (Tenor),
Berit Lindholm (Soprano), Hillevi Martinpelto (Soprano), Lars Tibell (Tenor), Helge Lannerbäck (Baritone), Monica Sjöholm (Soprano)

A truly great romantic opera. Although written in this small country, it reflects the same kind of grandness found in the works of other operatic composers in this era.
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Eduard Brendler - Ryno - The Knight Errant -Opera

Eduard Brendler - Ryno - The Knight Errant -Opera
ID: CDO1031-2-2
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: World Premiere Recording
Subcollection: Opera

Perhaps the first real Swedish opera from the nineteenth Century. Quite a Mozart inspired work showing true craftsmanship. Completed by Prince Oscar, after the death of the composer.

Ryno - The First Swedish Romantic Opera
Frans Fredric Eduard Brendler was born in Dresden in 1800 and moved to Sweden the following year when his father Johann Frans was appointed flautist with the Court Orchestra. The young Eduard received flute lessons from his father, but did not at first devote himself professionally to music: he was employed as a book-keeper by Jacob Dubbe on the island of Gotland and, upon his return to Stockholm in 1823, referred to himself as a businessman.

That same year he joined the Orchestra of Harmoniska sällskapet (the Harmonic Society) and also appeared as a flute soloist. The following year be was named as an honorary member of the Society.
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K. Molchanov - The Dawns Are Quiet Here (An Opera two parts)

K. Molchanov - The Dawns Are Quiet Here (An Opera two parts)
ID: MELCD1002247
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection
Subcollection: Opera

Artur Eisen (Vaskov), Nina Grigorieva (Kirianova), Galina Borisova (Ovsyanina Rita), Olga Teryushnova (Komelkova Zhenya), Galina Kalinina (Brichkina Liza), Klara Kadinskaya (Gurvich Sonya), Lidiya Kovalyova (Yolkina), Kira Leonova (Maria), Eleonora Andreyeva (Polina), Vladimir Malchenko (Guitarist), Kirill Molchanov (piano), I. Orlova (organ)

Orchestra and Choir of the USSR Bolshoi Theatre, Alexander Lazarev


Firma Melodiya presents a recording of Kirill Molchanov’s opera The Dawns Here Are Quiet.

The composer of the opera attained his nationwide fame thanks to, first of all, his lyrical songs, which are now considered a golden repertoire for academic and popular singers alike (There Are So Many Golden Lights, No Hiding from People in the Village, Here Come the Soldiers, Heart, Be Quiet and many others).

Meanwhile, Kirill Molchanov wrote eight operas to his own librettos, ballets Macbeth and Three Cards, and music for theatre productions and motion pictures, including true gems of the domestic cinematograph (It Happened in Penkovo, On Seven Winds, We’ll Live Till Monday).

The opera is based on Boris Vasiliev’s short novel of the same name. It is a stirring story of a tragic demise of young female anti-aircraft gunners first published in 1969, which is still one of the most widely read books about the Great Patriotic War. In 1972, Stanislav Rostotsky’s famous film with music by Kirill Molchanov premiered in cinemas across the country.

The opera is composed in a simple and accessible language. However, Zhenya’s romance to the poem 'Wait for Me' by Konstantin Simonov is the most popular piece from the opera - without any direct link to the plot, this fragment is a generalized symbol of millions of people whose lives and feelings were cut short by the war.

This recording of the opera was made in 1976 by the artists, choir and orchestra of the USSR Bolshoi Theatre featuring leading soloists of the opera company - Galina Kalinina, Galina Borisova, Klara Kadinskaya, Artur Eisen and others. Conducted by Alexander Lazarev.

CD1 1. Here Comes the Night Over Sleepy Fields 2. Don't Feel Sorry for Us, for We Didn't Feel Sorry for Anyone 3. Day Was Breaking, Day Was Breaking in the Sky 4. O Warrior, You Live By Your Service... 5. My Loved One, My Prince, My Fiancé 6. Rita's Reminiscence 7. Ah, Crush My Immortality 8. The Girls Got Polina's Gramophone 9. Zhenya, Sing for Us 10. Wait for Me, and I'll Return 11. It's So Good, Isn't It, Girls? 12. Zhenya's Reminiscence 13. Sit Down, Comrade Sergeant Major 14. War, War, War, I'm Beaten By You 15. Watch Out, Take Care! 16. I Can't Make Contact With Them 17. I Married Exactly Before the Finnish War 18. Rita's Entrance 19. Alert 20. Assembly 21. Seeing the Girls Off CD 2 1. Introduction 2. On the Lake Shore 3. Scene of Vaskov and Liza 4. Liza's Reminiscence 5. Scene of Vaskov and Sonya 6. Sonya's Reminiscence 7. Germans Are Coming 8. Scene of the Girls and Vaskov and Liza's Departure 9. Liza's Demise 10. Chorus and Scene of the Girls and Vaskov 11. Sonya's Demise 12. Before the Fight 13. The Fight 14. Epilogue
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Michael Nyman - An opera in two acts (Libretto by Michael Hastings)

Michael Nyman - An opera in two acts (Libretto by Michael Hastings)
ID: MNRCD111_112
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

The tenth release on MN Records, and the second opera recording for the label, Love Counts is a love story between the unlikeliest of couples: Avril, a lecturer in mathematics at a major college who has divorced a man who physically abused her, and Patsy, a middle-weight fighter at the end of his career who cannot read or recognise numbers.

Michael Nyman uses Riemenschneider's collection of 371 Bach chorale harmonisations to help Patsy find his voice - they are harmonically fragmented, sped up, slowed down, overlaid with themselves. Just as Dr P, the Alzheimer's suffering protagonist of Nyman's The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat, has 'his' Schumann, so, in Love Counts, Patsy, a parallel sufferer, has 'his' Bach.

Award-winning writer Michael Hastings had previously worked with Nyman on the libretto for the opera Man and Boy: Dada, also available on MN Records.

Love Counts was commissioned by the Badisches Staatstheater, Karlesruhe, Germany and first performed there on 12th March 2005, directed by Robert Tannenbaum. This is a recording of the Almeida Theatre (London) production of Love Counts where it was performed in July 2006 by the Michael Nyman Band, bass baritone Andrew Slater and soprano Helen Williams, designed by Peter McKintosh and directed by Lindsay Posner.
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Michael Nyman - Man and Boy: Dada

Michael Nyman - Man and Boy: Dada
ID: MNRCD101_102
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

An Opera in two acts
Libretto: Michael Hastings
The generously packaged, slip cased 2-CD set contains a four-colour 44-page booklet with complete libretto.

Man and Boy: Dada is the first in a triptych of chamber operas written by Nyman with librettist Michael Hastings. It tells the story of the unlikely friendships between the ageing Dadaist artist Kurt Schwitters, who is exiled in war-torn London; a 12-year-old boy called Michael, who shares the artist's obsession with collecting London Transport bus tickets; and Michael's mother, widowed by the war. The recording reunites the cast from the UK premiere performance at the Almeida Theatre in July 2004 - tenor John Graham Hall as Schwitters, William Sheldon as the boy, and soprano Vivian Tierney as the boy's mother. Paul McGrath conducts the Michael Nyman Band.

Nyman's identification with the storyline runs deep, for as a child growing up in South Chingford in the 1950s, he hoarded bus tickets as part of a collecting mania that also included cigarette cards, matchbox labels, coins and train numbers. In 2001, Hastings approached Nyman to suggest collaborating on a radio play about a post-war London boy who collected bus tickets. Nyman naturally recognised himself in the main character. But he also had an extra element to contribute to the story line. He had recently returned from Dusseldorf where he saw a Schwitters exhibition and discovered the artist's recurring use of bus tickets in his collages. The fusion of the two characters' mutual fixation leads to a friendship which drives the opera's plot which also reveals the terrible loss suffered by Schwitters as he was forced by the Nazis to leave Germany.

The Almeida production of Man and Boy: Dada was greeted with critical acclaim. "Touching and witty, naïve and profound, Man and Boy: Dada is a journey, well worth taking," said Nick Kimberley in The Evening Standard. Writing in the Financial Times, David Murray called it a "genuine success," and Ivan Hewett in The Daily Telegraph found it a "a subtle and touching piece of music-theatre."

Music by Michael Nyman
Libretto by Michael Hastings

This is a recording of the Almeida Opera Production, designed by Jeremy Herbert and directed by Lindsay Posner at the Almeida Theatre, London, July 2004
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Rimsky-Korsakov - Mlada (Orchestra and Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre)

Rimsky-Korsakov - Mlada (Orchestra and Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre)
ID: VLD131
CDs: 1
Type: DVD
Collection: Opera Collection

Nina Ananiashvili (Mlada - Dancer), Oleg Kulko (Yaromir), Makvala Filimonova Kasrashvili (Voislava), Gleb Nikolsky (Mstivoy), Galina Borisova (Morena), Anton Djaparidze (Priest), Elena Zaremba (Lumir), Vladimir Kudriashov (Novogrodian), Nina Lebendeva (His wife), Yuri Statnik (Mayor), Vladimir Bukin (A Moor)

Orchestra and Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre, Alexander Lazarew

Region Code: 0, Plays in all territories, NTSC
Color mode: Colour
Screen (Picture) 4:3
Sound Format: Dolby Digaital
Time: 158 min.
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F.Farkas - Platzkonzert - J.Strauss - Dei Listigen Studenten

 F.Farkas - Platzkonzert - J.Strauss - Dei Listigen Studenten
ID: VLD139
CDs: 1
Type: DVD
Collection: Opera Collection

Farkas: The Sly Students

The Sly Students was premiered in 1949 and is a typical tale. The Professor of the local college intends his daughter to marry the son of the town treasurer and the ballet depicts the story as it unfolds.

Strauss, J, II: Promenade Concert

Ballet & Orchestra of the Hungarian State Opera, Tamas Pal & Gideon Frater, conductor

Region Code: 0, Plays in all territories, NTSC
Color mode: Colour
Screen (Picture) 4:3
Sound Format: Dolby Digaital
Time: 75 min.
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Humperdinck - Hänsel und Gretel

Humperdinck - Hänsel und Gretel
ID: GFO01510
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Recorded live at Glyndebourne Opera Hause, Lewes, England in 2010
Includes 2 discs in a 85 page hard-bound book.

First conducted in Weimar in 1893 by Richard Strauss, Hänsel und Gretel had immediate worldwide success, the Hamburg premiere in 1894 conducted by Gustav Mahler. In its first year, over 50 German theatres staged a production and it has been translated into over 20 languages. In the UK it was the first complete opera to ever be broadcast from Covent Garden back in 1923, and was a staple in the opera repertory until the 1950s where it fell into a black hole. Here Hänsel und Gretel remained until Glyndebourne’s new production in 2008. This recording comes from the re-staging in 2010.
This recording boasts a fine cast, with Alice Coote a seasoned Hänsel having also performed in the role at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Lydia Teuscher making a notable UK debut as Gretel with Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke’s beautiful portrayal of the Witch stealing the show. Robin Ticciati, Glyndebourne’s new Artistic Director from 2013, clearly loves the piece: his conducting is nothing short of wonderful, with the performance from the London Philharmonic Orchestra a real highlight on this recording.

Alice Coote (Hänsel), Lydia Teuscher (Gretel), Irmgard Vilsmaier (Mother), William Dazeley (Father), Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Witch), Tara Erraught (Sandman) & Ida Falk Winland (Dew Fairy)

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Robin Ticciati
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Britten - A Midsummer Night's Dream

Britten - A Midsummer Night's Dream
ID: GFO01306
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Recorded live at Glyndebourne in July and August 2006.
Includes 2 discs in a 65 page hard-bound book.

Glyndebourne staged the premiere of The Rape of Lucretia with Kathleen Ferrier cast as Lucretia and the following year premiered Albert Herring. Thirty four years then elapsed before another of Britten’s operas was staged. In 1981, Glyndebourne presented A Midsummer Night’s Dream. An acclaimed staging by director Peter Hall which has enjoyed 4 revivals since, it has frequently been described by critics, and the press alike, as the ‘perfect realisation of a fairy tale’.
Britten employed disparate musical styles and devices to depict the interaction of the fairy kingdom; the quartet of lovers, the Mechanicals and town tradesmen determined to make it in showbiz. He juxtaposes a wide variety of styles to create the various worlds in the play. Brash trombones clash with Elizabethan flourishes, tormented string sounds and tuned percussion evoke the mood of the dark forests. With the challenging vocal writing a combination of singing, sprechstimme and spoken word cleverly intertwine.
This recording from Glyndebourne’s 2006 Festival, and the most recent revival, is a remarkable production cleverly capturing both the callousness of Oberon’s trickery on Tytania, as well as beautifully conveying the sense of sexual freedom that Bottom experiences when encountering Tytania. The stars in this recording are numerous but without doubt Bejun Mehta’s Oberon is one of the greatest on record. Iride Martinez makes a notable UK debut as Tytania. The lovers’ quartet sing almost all of their scenes as an ensemble, and beautifully at that, with Kate Royal (as Helena) and Jared Holt (as Demetrius) making the most harmonious of couples. Matthew Rose is both a wonderful and beguiling Bottom and is at the very heart of this recording whilst not forgetting the perfect performance from the well drilled Trinity Boys Choir, and show stealer, the 11 year-old Jack Morlen as Puck.


Bejun Mehta (Oberon), Íride Martínez (Tytania), Jack Morlen (Puck), Timothy Robinson (Lysander), Jared Holt (Demetrius), Tove Dahlberg (Hermia), Kate Royal (Helena) & Matthew Rose (Bottom)

London Philharmonic Orchestra & Trinity Boys Choir, Ilan Volkov
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