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Britten - The Turn of the Screw

Britten - The Turn of the Screw
ID: GFO01107
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Recorded live at Glyndebourne in August 2007.
Includes 2 discs in a 60 page hard-bound book.

Britten’s operas have an interesting history at Glyndebourne beginning with the premiere of The Rape of Lucretia at Glyndebourne (1946) with Kathleen Ferrier as Lucretia.
Glyndebourne also premiered Albert Herring (1947) then 34 years of the Glyndebourne Festival elapsed until another of Britten’s operas, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, was staged in 1981. It took over 50 years to stage The Turn of the Screw, which after a touring production in 2006 transferred to the Festival in 2007, from where this recording is captured.
Every role is beautifully cast through tenor William Burden, as both Prologue and Peter Quint, and Camilla Tilling as the convincing troubled Governess. Anne-Marie Owens is an extremely affable Mrs Grose, her voice endearing and warm.
Joanna Songi is a feisty and resentful Flora; Christopher Sladdin’s boy treble voice is hauntingly beautiful, and Emma Bell is a sure-footed Miss Jessel.
This recording is aided in no small part by conductor Edward Gardner whose intense understanding of the score is made all the more satisfying by the faultless playing of the ensemble from the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
This recording is certain to leave listeners troubled. It would not be the recording it is if it did not do so; the mood dark and chilling while maintaining an element of thrill.
Edward Gardner appears courtesy of Chandos Records Ltd.

William Burden (Prologue/Peter Quint), Camilla Tilling (Governess), Joanna Songi (Flora), Christopher Sladdin (Miles), Anne-Marie Owens (Mrs Grose) & Emma Bell (Miss Jessel)

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Edward Gardner
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Mozart - Don Giovanni (complete opera)

Mozart - Don Giovanni (complete opera)
ID: OPD7080
CDs: 3
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Live performance, Rome, May 12, 1970. Features original artwork by Rafal Olbinski, re-mastered sound, and 76-page booklet with historic photos. Complete Italian-English libretto newly translated for this release, with an extensive essay on the history and interpretation of the opera. Don Giovanni is commonly considered Mozart’s finest opera, and is often nominated by connoisseurs as the greatest of all operas. The music is of the highest quality throughout; there is hardly a number from beginning to end that is not memorable in some way. And although there are facets of the story that have sparked ongoing controversy, the wide spectrum of its humanity is paramount.
Featured Artists Nicolai Ghiaurov, Gundula Janowitz, Alfredo Kraus, Sena Jurinac, Sesto Bruscantini: vocal soloists RAI Symphony Orchestra & Chorus of Rome Carlo Maria Giulini: conductor
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Beethoven - Fidelio, Opera, Op. 72

Beethoven - Fidelio, Opera, Op. 72
ID: GFO00406
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Recorded live at Glyndebourne, August 2006
Includes 2 discs in a 150 page hard-bound book

Anja Kampe (Leonore), Torsten Kerl (Florestan) Andrew Kennedy (Jaquino), Lisa Milne (Marzelline), Brindley Sherratt (Rocco), Peter Coleman-Wright (Don Pizarro), Nathan Vale (First Prisoner), Anthony Cleverton (Second Prisoner), Henry Waddington (Don Fernando)

London Philharmonic Orchestra & The Glyndebourne Chorus, Mark Elder

Product Description
With Fidelio, Beethoven found the perfect vehicle to express his lifelong commitment to liberty. The work exposes the reality that at any moment in the world, at any point in history, unjust atrocities are being committed, which can only be prevented by an individual belief in the sanctity of human life and the all-conquering power of universal love. This timeless theme is as relevant today as it was when Beethoven started to write his opera in 1804. Anja Kampe and Torsten Kerl made their Glyndebourne debuts in the roles of Leonore and Florestan in 2006 to rapturous critical praise and this production won the Royal Philharmonic Society Opera Award in 2001.Libretto translated from the original French into English, Italian and German.

Extensive accompanying booklet including a commissioned article about the opera.
Feature and review publicity in national newspapers, radio and specialist music magazines
Features two exciting Glyndebourne debuts from Anja Kampe and Torsten Kerl.


Track list:
Fidelio, opera, Op. 72
1. Act 1. No. 1. Dialog. Jaquino, jaquino!
2. Act 1. No. 3. Quartett. Mir ist so wunderbar
3. Act 1. No. 3. Dialog. Höre, Fidelio...
4. Act 1. No. 4. Arie. Hat man nicht auch Gold beineben
5. Act 1. No. 4. Dialog. Ihr habt schon recht, Meister Rocco
6. Act 1. No. 5. Terzett. Der Gouverneur... der Gouverneur soll heut' erlauben
7. Act 1. No. 5. Terzett. Nur auf der Hut, dann geht es gut
8. Act 1. No. 6. Marsch
9. Act 1. No. 6. Dialog. Die Depeschen?
10. Act 1. No. 7. Arie mit Chor. Ha! Welch ein Augenblick!
11. Act 1. No. 8. Duett. Jetzt, Alter, jetzt hat es Eile!
12. Act 1. No. 9. Rezitativ und Arie. Abscheulicher! Wo eilst du hin?
13. Act 1. No. 9. Rezitativ und Arie. Komm, Hoffnung, lass den letzten Stern
14. Act 1. No. 9. Dialog. Aber Marzelline
15. Act 1. No. 10. Finale. O welche Lust!
16. Act 1. No. 10. Finale. Nun sprecht, wie ging's?
17. Act 1. No. 10. Finale. Ach! Vater, eilt!
18. Act 1. No. 10. Finale. Verweg'ner Alter, welche Rechte legst du dir frevelnd selber bei?
19. Act 1. No. 10. Finale. Leb' wohl, du warmes Sonnenlicht
CD 2
1. Act 2. No. 11. Introduktion
2. Act 2. No. 11. Arie. Gott! Welch' Dundel her!
3. Act 2. No. 12. Melodram und Duett. Nur hurtig fort, nur frisch gegraben
4. Act 2. No. 12. Dialog. Er erwacht!
5. Act 2. No. 13. Terzett. Euch werde Lohn in besser'n Welten
6. Act 2. No. 13. Dialog. Alles ist bereit, ich gehe, das Signal zu geben
7. Act 2. No. 14. Quartett. Er sterbe!
8. Act 2. No. 14. Dialog. Vater Rocco!
9. Act 2. No. 15. Duett. O namenlose Freude!
10. Act 2. No. 15. Dialog. Gute Botschaft
11. Act 2. No. 16. Finale. Heil sei dem Tag, Heil sei der Stunde
12. Act 2. No. 16. Finale. Gott! Welch ein Augenblick!
13. Act 2. No. 16. Finale. Wer ein holdes Weib errungen, stimm' in unsern Jubel ein!
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Wagner - Tristan und Isolde (complete opera)

Wagner - Tristan und Isolde (complete opera)
ID: OPD7039
CDs: 3
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Helge Brilioth, Catarina Ligendza, Yvonne Minton, Kurt Moll, et al.: vocal soloists /
Bayreuth Festival Orchestra and Chorus / Carlos Kleiber: conductor

A magnificent performance of Wagner’s seminal masterpiece, at mid-price. Notable above all for the fiery conducting of Carlos Kleiber, which helps create a reading of unsurpassable power and intensity. Soprano Catarina Ligendza gives a reading of accuracy, stamina, and impulsive drama. Helge Brilioth was one of the best Wagner tenors of recent years, although his career was disappointingly short. His Tristan is one of the best. Kurt Moll and Yvonne Minton are both superb as King Marke and Brangäne. Sir Donald McIntyre, who sings Kurwenal, has enjoyed an international career first in London, then at Wagner’s own theater in Bayreuth. His Met debut took place in 1975 in a Wagner role, and over the next twenty-one years he appeared there in 120 performances, exclusively in the German and Slavic repertoires. Live performance, Bayreuth, July 27, 1974.

Ilustration © Rafal Olbinski
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R. Strauss - Die Frau ohne Schatten (complete opera)

R. Strauss - Die Frau ohne Schatten (complete opera)
ID: OPD7026
CDs: 3
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

James King, Leonie Rysanek,Walter Berry, Christa Ludwig, Ruth Hesse, Martin Egel, Zoltan Kelemen, Lorenzo Alvary, Murray Dickie, et al., vocal soloists/Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Karl Böhm, conductor


Die Frau ohne Schatten (The Woman Without a Shadow) was first heard at the Vienna State Opera on October 10, 1919. Though admired by many, it had a mixed reception. The libretto by Strauss’s favorite collaborator Hugo von Hofmannsthal is deliberately intended as a sort of late-Romantic Magic Flute, heavy in symbolism and whimsical magic, though it is far darker. This live performance from Salzburg in 1974 with a legendary cast, known as Böhm’s “Straussian family,” who performed Die Frau ohne Schatten all over the world to universal acclaim. One of the finest things in this recording is the peerless portrayal of the Dyer’s Wife by Christa Ludwig, which is missing from the DG recording with similar cast and same conductor.

“Other recordings of Die Frau ohne Schatten have been in and out of the catalogue, some even with similar casts. This version … may be the most vital, most stylish, most moving, and the best-balanced … Christa Ludwig brings astonishing ease, amplitude and emotional fervor to the arching passions of the Dyer’s Wife … Rysanek … is emphatically at her best here.” - OPERA NEWS

Ilustration © Rafal Olbinski
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Verdi - Don Carlo (complete opera)

Verdi - Don Carlo (complete opera)
ID: OPD7034
CDs: 3
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Franco Corelli, Gundula Janowitz, Shirley Verreett, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Eberhard Wächter, Martti Talvela, Judith Blegen, et al., vocal soloists/ Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus/Horst Stein, conductor

Don Carlo has an unusual place in Verdi’s canon: it is one of his greatest operas, yet one of the least performed. Originally written in French as Don Carlos for the Paris Opéra in 1867, it is more often heard today translated back into Italian, as in this exciting performance recorded live in Vienna on October 25, 1970. Verdi believed almost fanatically in the merit of the work, and his tinkering with it extended over a period of twenty years. Don Carlo is a work of overwhelming musical and dramatic impact when produced as on this 3-CD set, and once digested often becomes a favorite with anyone with a taste for Verdi. This is one of the most spectacular casts ever assembled on one stage for Don Carlo. Nicolai Ghiaurov was the leading bass of his era, Franco Corelli the most exciting Verdi tenor, and then-mezzo Shirley Verrett at the peak of her career; Verrett has remained for most opera fans the Princess Eboli on disc-a thrillingly dramatic portrayal

“Franco Corelli never recorded the role of Carlos commercially so this is instantly valuable; and indeed the tenor is in magnificent voice-pungent, emotionally forward, thrilling … Eberhard Wächter is surprisingly Italianate as Posa and Shirley Verrett almost walks away with the whole show with her fiery Eboli. Nicolai Ghiaurov is at his grandest as poor Philip II, and his scene with the terrifying Grand Inquisitor of Martti Talvela will take your breath away.” - CLASSICSTODAY

Ilustration © Rafal Olbinski
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Mozart - The Marriage of Figaro

Mozart - The Marriage of Figaro
ID: OPD7018
CDs: 3
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Tom Krause, Elizabeth Harwood,Mirella Freni, José Van Dam, Frederica von Stade, Jane Barbié,Michel Sénéchal, et al., vocal soloists/Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus of the Vienna State Opera/Herbert von Karajan, conductor
Mozart's greatest comic opera is seldom found at mid-price, at least not in a great performance! But here is one with one of the finest Mozart casts ever put together, with one of the greatest conductors at the peak of his powers.

Live performance, Salzburg, 1974.

"Hearing Karajan’s work before the early-to-mid-'80s...is invariably a treat, and this Figaro, live from Salzburg in 1974, is no exception. For the most part his tempos are fleet, with recitatives at honest conversational speed...José van Dam's Figaro finds this always interesting singer at his vocal best... and he gives us a complete picture of this complicated man. Susanna is Mirella Freni, simply ideal - pert but not too pert, knowing, and vocally right on the money. Frederica von Stade rounds out the principals as Cherubino, and she sings with rich, warm tone and fine attention to detail." - ClassicsToday

Ilustration © Rafal Olbinski
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Bizet - Carmen (complete opera)

Bizet - Carmen (complete opera)
ID: OPD7010
CDs: 3
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Shirley Verrett, Plácido Domingo, José Van Dam, Kiri Te Kanawa, Richard Van Allen, Thomas Allen, et al, vocal soloists/Covent Garden Orchestra & Chorus/Sir George Solti, conductor

An all-star live production of this most popular of operas, complete with extensive notes, newly-translated libretto, remastered digital sound, and beautiful packaging, all at mid-price! One of the first recordings of Carmen made using the Oeser Edition, restoring the original spoken dialogue in the libretto. Shirley Verrett is one of the most sensual and intelligently dramatic Carmens ever recorded. Luciano Pavarotti has called her “one of the great artists of this century.” Live performance, London, 1973.

"Verrett is quite interesting. Hers has always been an individual timbre, perhaps not beautiful in the conventional sense, but unique, and possessing an innate animal intensity that can snarl or purr. Almost at odds with this seething quality is Verrett’s refinement as a musician, more apparent back in 1973, when she was in her prime, than in later outings... this sounds like a carefully prepared production, in which nothing is handled carelessly, everyone on his toes and in fine form. The sound is wonderfully clear, present and undistorted.” - Opera News

Ilustration © Rafal Olbinski
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Mozart - Così Fan Tutte

Mozart - Così Fan Tutte
ID: OPD7013
CDs: 3
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Reri Grist Voice, Karl Böhm Conductor, Brigitte Fassbaender Mezzo-Soprano, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau Baritone, Gundula Janowitz Soprano, Peter Schreier Voice, Vienna State Opera Choir Chorus/Choir, Wiener Staatsopernorchester Orchestra, Hermann Prey Voice

The newest release in Opera d’Oro’s Grand Tier series is of a live performance at the Salzburg Festival in 1972, with an all-star cast in one of Mozart’s greatest operas. Although everyone agrees today that Così fan tutte is one of the best in the “second tier” of Mozart’s operas, it was so unpopular for over a century that it was not only ignored, but occasionally banned. Beethoven reportedly complained that the subject was not serious enough, and subsequent critics felt the story to be too immoral to produce on a public stage. Certainly Così exhibits a prevailing amorality, even by today’s permissive standards, although modern exception to the tale is more likely to be based on its portrayal of women, not men, as the usual deceivers in love.

“Böhm’s conducting is first rate…in the arias, he is a master of working with the cast. The cast is excellent. Janowitz sings with authority and her voice is beautiful, contrasting nicely with Fassbaender’s fine mezzo. Schreier is a notable Mozart tenor, and scores well in ‘Un aura amorosa.’ Prey is an ideal Guglielmo, Grist a delectable Despina, and Fischer-Dieskau a suave, commanding Alfonso.” - FANFARE

"At the time, the singers were just about the best available… they all sing the text pointedly and give each note-value its due. Throughout it is clear that this show has been wonderfully rehearsed and it keeps its great rhythmic verve.” - ROBERT LEVINE, CLASSICSTODAY

Ilustration © Rafal Olbinski
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Wagner - Tannhäuser (complete opera)

Wagner - Tannhäuser (complete opera)
ID: OPD7006
CDs: 3
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

René Kollo, Gundula Janowitz, Wolfgang Brendel, Mignon Dunn, et al., vocal soloists /RAI Symphony Orchestra, Rome & Prague Philharmonic Chorus/Wolfgang Sawallisch, conductor

Another first-class production of a major opera, with big-name cast & conductor and remastered sonics. Compare to the other (few) Tannhäuser recordings at twice the price and more. This Tannhäuser has been specially selected from the vast Opera d'Oro catalogue to be issued with a complete libretto in new translation for the Grand Tier series at midprice.
An array of top Wagner signers lead the cast under the taut direction of German conductor Wolfgang Sawallisch. Tenor René Kollo, one of the best Wagner tenors of recent times, brings unusual lyricism to the title role. Radiant German soprano Gundula Janowitz is perfectly cast as the saintly heroine Elizabeth. Baritone Wolfgang Brendel sings the famous aria "O du mein holder Abendstern" as beautifully as any ever recorded, by popular acclaim. Mezzo Mignon Dunn, a once under-appreciated singer with a cult following nowadays, is a most alluring Venus.
Live performance, Perugia, October 1, 1972 Ilustration © Rafal Olbinski
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