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Opera Collection, page 16

   Found CDs: 330
 

Massenet - Sapho (complete opera)

Massenet - Sapho (complete opera)
ID: OPD7015
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Milla Andrew, Alexander Oliver, George Macpherson, Laura Sarti, et al., vocal soloists/BBC Orchestra & Chorus/Bernard Keefe, conductor

Live performance, London, September, 1973.

A rare recording of a rarely heard French operatic masterpiece, the first time this opera has ever been offered at mid-price with a complete French-English libretto, newly translated.

Digitally remastered from the original tapes.

Based on the 1884 novel Sapho by Alphonse Daudet, this is the story of an aging artist’s model and her doomed love for a much younger man. The novel was made into a play by Clive Fitch and provoked a censorship scandal in New York in 1900.

Ilustration © Rafal Olbinski,
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Puccini - Tosca (complete opera)

Puccini - Tosca (complete opera)
ID: OPD7014
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Zinka Milanov, Franco Corelli, Giangiacomo Guelfi, et al., vocal soloists/Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Alexander Gibson, conductor

Croatian soprano Zinka Milanov was a great favorite in England and America in the 1950s, and sang often at the Met. She was especially famous for her "floating pianissimo." Franco Corelli was one of the most exciting tenors of recent decades, and his discs are still best sellers. He is in top form on this historic recording. Another first-class production of a major opera, with big-name cast and conductor and remastered sonics. Compare to the other Tosca recordings at twice the price! This Tosca 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. Live performance, London, 1957.

"This document is a treasure for a number of reasons, not the least of which is its superiority to the commercial recording Milanov made of the opera the following week in Rome...Franco Corelli is heard here at the height of his considerable powers..." - Ira Siff

Ilustration © Rafal Olbinski
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Umberto Giordano - Andrea Chenier by Carlo Forti

Umberto Giordano - Andrea Chenier by Carlo Forti
ID: OPD7012
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Artists:
Renata Tebaldi, Franco Corelli, Ettore Bastianini, Elisabeth Höngen, Hilde Konetzni, Edmund Hurshell, Margaret Sjostedt

Andrea Chénier, opera
1. Act 1. Questo azzurro sofà
2. Act 1. Il giorno intorno già s'inserra lentamente
3. Act 1. Per stasera, pazienza!
4. Act 1. Passiamo la sera allegramente!
5. Act 1. Signor Chénier?
6. Act 1. Colpito qui m'avete... Un dì all'azzurro spazio
7. Act 1. Perdonateumi!
8. Act 2. Per l'ex inferno!
9. Act 2. Roucher!... Credo a una possanza arcana
10. Act 2. Calligrafia invero femmini!
11. Act 2. Eccole! Strani tempi!
12. Act 2. Ecco l'altare
13. Act 2. Eravate possente... Ora soave, sublime ora d'amore!
14. Act 2. Maddalena di Coigny!... Gérard!

1. Act 3. Dumouriez, traditore
2. Act 3. Lacrime e sangue dà la Francia!
3. Act 3. Son la vecchia Madelon
4. Act 3. L'uccello è nella rete!
5. Act 3. Nemico della patria?
6. Act 3. Or io rinnego il santo grido!
7. Act 3. La mamma morta
8. Act 3. Corpo di moribonda è il corpo mio!
9. Act 3. Andrea Chénier!... Si, fui soldato
10. Act 3. Udiamo i testimoni
11. Act 4. Cittadino... Come un bel dì di maggio
12. Act 4. Viene a costei concesso
13. Act 4. Benedico il destino... Vicino a te s'acqueta
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Verdi - La traviata (complete opera)

Verdi - La traviata (complete opera)
ID: OPD7009
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Renata Scotto, José Carreras, Sesto Bruscantini, et al., vocal soloists/ Nino Verchi, conductor
Live performance,Tokyo, September 18, 1973. La traviata is among the most popular operas ever written. Today it is probably the most frequently performed of all 28 operas by Verdi.
Based on one of the greatest love stories - La Dame aux Camélias, by Alexander Dumas, Jr., usually called in English simply Camille.
Digitally remastered and beautifully packaged with full, newly translated libretto.
Renata Scotto, one of the great dramatic sopranos of the past generation, made her debut in this very role at age 18. This performance showcases both the beauty of her voice and her intense identification with the character.
José Carreras is heard here at his youthful best, when many considered his to be the most beautiful tenor voice in the world.
Baritone Sesto Bruscantini was called by the New Grove Dictionary of Opera “one of the finest Italian singers of the second half of [the 20th] century.” His repertoire encompassed over 130 roles and the elder Germont in Traviata was among his very best.
“This is an epic performance.” - Robert Levine Ilustration © Rafal Olbinski
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Puccini: Turandot by de Palma, Piero (complete opera)

Puccini: Turandot by de Palma, Piero (complete opera)
ID: OPD7008
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Birgit Nilsson, Franco Corelli, Galina Vishnevskaya, Nicola Zaccaria, Renato Capecchi, et al., vocal soloists/La Scala Orchestra & Chorus, Milan/Gianandrea Gavazzeni, conductor

Live performance, Milan, 1964.

Unfinished at the composer's death, and long one of Puccini's more neglected works, Turandot is today one of his most popular operas. The tenor aria "Nessun dorma" made the pop charts a few years ago!

Soprano Birgit Nilsson and tenor Franco Corelli are the all-time most famous duo in the lead roles of this opera, singing at La Scala, Milan in the 1960s. They are available on a more expensive studio recording on another label, but most opera fans will tell you this live performance is even better! Digitally remastered from the original excellent monophonic recording.

"...What a show it is! We get Franco Corelli and Birgit Nilsson at their most enflamed and potent, with the ultra-feminine and fascinating Galina Vishnevskaya as Liu. The Ping-Pang-Pong trio is especially mellifluous, and Nicola Zaccaria makes the most of Timur's music and character. The orchestra plays well and in Gianandrea Gavazzeni’s hands, the score really percolates." - Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com

Ilustration © Rafal Olbinski
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Verdi - Otello (complete opera)

Verdi - Otello (complete opera)
ID: OPD7005
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Placido Domingo, Mirella Freni, Piero Cappucilli, et al., vocal soloists/Orchestra & Chorus of Teatro alla Scala/ Carlos Kleiber, conductor
Look again, you are not dreaming. This DREAM CAST in a 1976 recording of Otello is now available for the first time in digital remastering at mid-price with complete libretto and attractive packaging, with a special essay on the performance by Andrew Farach-Colton.
This is one of the finest Otello recordings at any price! Every recording conducted by Carlos Kleiber is an event. This brilliant and reclusive conductor has made only a few recordings, all considered excellent, and some sublime: his readings of Beethoven's 5th and 7th symphonies with the Vienna Philharmonic are widely considered the best ever made in the history of the gramophone.
The three principals in this recording-Domingo (tenor), Freni (soprano) and Cappuccilli (baritone)-are all superstars, and were at the top of their form when this thrilling recording was made.
Live performance, Milan, December 7, 1976.
"Not even Toscanini managed to inspire and sustain music-making of such blistering intensity." - Andrew Farach-Colton Ilustration © Rafal Olbinski
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Richard Strauss - Salome

Richard Strauss - Salome
ID: OPD7004
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Leonie Rysanek, Hans Hopf, Eberhard Wächter, Grace Hoffman,Waldemar Kmentt, Murray Dickie, Kurt Equiluz, et al., vocal soloists/Orchestra & Chorus of the Vienna State Opera/Karl Böhm, conductor

Live performance, 1972, with a world-class cast, comparable to the best available anywhere. As with the other releases in the new Grand Tier series, this opera recording includes a full libretto in the original language and in English. Karl Böhm was one of the greatest Strauss conductors of all time, and his cast assembled here is truly stellar. Soprano Leonie Rysanek was legendary in the Strauss and Wagner roles.
Includes a 48-page deluxe booklet! Ilustration © Rafal Olbinski

Track Listing 1. Salome, opera, Op. 54 (TrV 215): Wie schön ist die Prinzessin Salome heute nacht! 2. Salome, opera, Op. 54 (TrV 215): Ich will nicht bleiben 3. Salome, opera, Op. 54 (TrV 215): Wo ist er, dessen Sündenbecher jetzt voll ist? 4. Salome, opera, Op. 54 (TrV 215): Intermezzo 5. Salome, opera, Op. 54 (TrV 215): Wo ist Salome? Wo ist die Prinzessin? 1. Salome, opera, Op. 54 (TrV 215): Tanz für mich, Salome 2. Salome, opera, Op. 54 (TrV 215): Dance of the Seven Veils 3. Salome, opera, Op. 54 (TrV 215): Ah! Herrlich! 4. Salome, opera, Op. 54 (TrV 215): Still, sprich nicht zu mir! 5. Salome, opera, Op. 54 (TrV 215): Ah! Du wolltest mich nicht deinen Mund küssen lassen 6. Salome, opera, Op. 54 (TrV 215): Sie ist ein Ungeheuer, deine Richter
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Bellini - Norma (complete opera)

Bellini - Norma (complete opera)
ID: OPD7003
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

"Except for sales in the Czech Republic"

Maria Callas, Mario del Monaco, Ebe Stignani, et al., vocal soloists/RAI Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Rome/Tullio Serafin, conductor

It's tempting to claim that "Callas says it all," but that wouldn't be true. We don't have to explain that Maria Callas is a legend and sells millions of CDs with her name alone; we may need to remind that sometimes she is the only great singer in a cast-though not this time. The rest of the singers here are major artists too, with a great conductor, second only to Toscanini among Italian opera conductors, making this Norma extra-extra great.

Newly designed packaging, including complete libretto, in a fresh new translation, with a special essay on the performance by Robert Levine. Live performance, June 29, 1955.

Ilustration © Rafal Olbinski
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B. Bartók - Duke Bluebeard's Castle - Philharmonia Orchestra - Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

B. Bartók - Duke Bluebeard's Castle - Philharmonia Orchestra - Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
ID: SIGCD372
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection

Bartók: Duke Bluebeard's Castle, Sz. 48, Op. 11

An unforgettable live-concert recording, selected from the Philharmonia Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen’s season of works by Béla Bartók - „Infernal Dance“.

Sir John Tomlinson Bluebeard
Michelle DeYoung Judith
Juliet Stevenson Narrator
Philharmonia Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor

Reviews of the concert from which this recording was taken:
„John Tomlinson and Michelle DeYoung were vocally so commanding as to render „choreography“ entirely superfluous. Tomlinson's cavernous voice seemed to embody the very interior world of his castle - its sadness, darkness, emptiness - his Hungarian so vivid and expressive in itself that it became another sonority in Bartok's aural palette. He was quite extraordinary. Musically stunning ..." The Arts Desk

"The part of Judith was well taken by Michelle DeYoung but it was the portrayal of Tomlinson that stole the show. At first predatory and prowling - no one can prowl like John Tomlinson - he visibly collapsed into himself as his secrets were exposed. And never was that magnificently gnarled tone put to better use." The Evening Standard
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W.A. Mozart - The A-Z of Mozart Opera -The Orchestra of Classical Opera - I. Page, conductor

W.A. Mozart - The A-Z of Mozart Opera -The Orchestra of Classical Opera - I. Page, conductor
ID: SIGCD373
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection
Subcollection: Voices and Orchestra

Mozart:
Natus cadit (from Apollo et Hyacinthus)
Amoretti, che ascosi qui siete (from La Finta Semplice)
Diggi, daggi, schurry, murry (from Bastien und Bastienne)
Se viver non degg’io (original version) (from Mitridate, Re di Ponto)
Fra i pensier più funesti (from Lucio Silla)
Geme la tortorella (from La finta giardiniera)
Viva l’invitto Duce (from Il Re Pastore)
Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben (from Zaïde)
Andrò ramingo e solo (from Idomeneo)
Konstanze, Konstanze...O wie ängstlich (from Die Entführung aus dem Serail)
Bravo, signor padrone…Se vuol ballare (from Le nozze di Figaro)
Deh! vieni alla finestra (from Don Giovanni)
Di scrivermi ogni giorno (from Così fan tutte)
Ah perdona al primo affetto (from La Clemenza di Tito)
Hm! hm! hm! hm! (from Die Zauberflöte)

Rebecca Bottone, Klara Ek, Martene Grimson, Susan Gritton, Anna Leese (soprano), Cora Burggraaf (mezzo), Allan Clayton, Andrew Staples (tenor), Mark Stone (baritone), Matthew Rose (bass)

Classical Opera Company, Ian Page



Featuring Rebecca Bottone, Cora Burggraaf, Allan Clayton, Klara Ek, Martene Grimson, Jennifer Johnston, Susan Gritton, Anna Leese, Matthew Rose, Andrew Staples & Mark Stone

Signum are proud to reissue Classical Opera’s debut CD, ‘The A-Z of Mozart Opera’, selected for Gramophone magazine’s annual Critic’s Choice in 2007. Based on the coincidence that Mozart’s first opera (Apollo et Hyacinthus) begins with ‘A’ and his last (Die Zauberflo?te) with ‘Z’, this disc takes the listener on a chronological journey through Mozart’s operatic canon, featuring an aria or ensemble from fifteen of his operas.

“My personal pick for giving this year is the Classical Opera Company’s glorious The A-Z of Mozart Opera, which is fresh, diverse, insightful and illuminating (everything that such recital anthologies usually fail to be). ... “... uniformly superb interpretations... an auspicious de?but recording of intelligence, finesse and quality.” Gramophone
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