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Opera Collection, page 21

   Found CDs: 330
 

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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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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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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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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N. Rimsky-Korsakov - The Tsar's Bride, Opera in Four acts - Fuat Mansurov, conductor

N. Rimsky-Korsakov - The Tsar's Bride, Opera in Four acts - Fuat Mansurov, conductor
ID: MELCD1001876
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection
Subcollection: Voices and Orchestra

In 1849, the translator, poet and playwright Lev Mey (1822-1862) wrote a drama The Tsar’s Bride based on one of the passages from the era of Ivan the Terrible’s reign. In 1868, Mily Balakirev drew Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s attention to Mey’s work. However, the composer set to creating an opera based on the plot of The Tsar’s Bride only thirty years later. He began his work in February 1898 and completed it in ten months. Almost without changing Mey’s plot, Rimsky-Korsakov enhanced the dramatic qualities of The Tsar’s Bride with his musical means. The opera was premiered in the autumn of 1899 at a Moscow theatre of the industrialist and patron Savva Mamontov with Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov being the conductor. The Tsar’s Bride, a sample of realistic drama, is one of the most popular works for musical theatre at the present time. The performance of 1973 presented on these CDs brought together great artists of Russian stage - Evgeny Nesterenko, Galina Vishnevskaya, Vladimir Atlantov, Irina Arkhipova and others.
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S. Prokofiev - Betrothal in a Monastery - Lyrico-comical opera in 4 acts

S. Prokofiev - Betrothal in a Monastery - Lyrico-comical opera in 4 acts
ID: MELCD1001849
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection
Subcollection: Voices and Orchestra

The opera Betrothal in a Monastery (The Duenna) takes a special place not only in Prokofiev's career, but also in the history of Russian Soviet music theatre. It is the first lyrical and comic opera. Richard Brinsley Sheridan's comedy fascinated Prokofiev at once. Having read the play, Prokofiev exclaimed, "This is champagne! It can make an opera à la Mozart or Rossini." The composer immediately started writing the libretto using the English original and translating it into Russian. Prokofiev's wife Mira Mendelson was an author of the rhymed verse. Prokofiev composed the music within a shortest period of time - during the summer and early autumn of 1940. The premiere of the opera was expected at the Stanislavsky Musical Theatre in summer of 1941, but World War II did not let it happen. The first performance took place as late as in November of 1946, at the Kirov Theatre in Leningrad and received acclaim of critics and audience alike. The opera performed by the soloists, choir and orchestra of the State Musical Theatre of Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko conducted by Kamil Abdullayev was recorded by Firma Melodiya in 1963 and awarded an André Messager prize of Academy of Lyric Recordings of France in 1967.

Valentina Kayevchenko (Luisa)
Nina Isakova (Clara)
Tamara Yanko (Duenna)
Anatoly Mishchevsky (Antonio)
Nikolai Korshunov (Don Jerome)
Jan Kratov (Ferdinand)
Eduard Bulavin (Mendoza)
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P.I.Tchaikovsky - The Voyevoda, Opera in 3 acts - Vladimir Kozhukhar, conductor

P.I.Tchaikovsky - The Voyevoda, Opera in 3 acts - Vladimir Kozhukhar, conductor
ID: MELCD1001869
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection
Subcollection: Voices and Orchestra

The Voyevoda was Tchaikovsky’s first opera and was based on the comedy A Dream on the Volga, Scenes from Popular Life of the 17th Century by Ostrovsky. It was premiered at the Bolshoi Theatre in 1869 and was very well received. The Russian musicologist Odoyovsky wrote “This opera guarantees a great future for Tchaikovsky.” This performance was recorded in 1982.



Vladimir Matorin (Nechal Shalygin), Leoid Zimenko (Vlas Dyuzhol), Alexandra Fatkina (Nastasya), Galina Guznetsova (Maria Vlasyevna), Lyudmila Bondarenko (Praskovya Vlasyevna), Nina Isakova (Nedviga), Anatoly Mishchevsky (Bastryukov), Yu. Abakumovskaya (Olena), Oleg Klenov (Dubrovnin), Vyacheslav Voinarowski (Jester), Vladimir Svistov (New Voyevoda/Rezvy)
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A. Dargomyzhsky - Rusalka,(Mermaid) Opera in 4 Acts

A. Dargomyzhsky - Rusalka,(Mermaid) Opera in 4 Acts
ID: MELCD1001775
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection
Subcollection: Opera

The Prince - Ivan Kozlovsky, tenor
The Princess - Veronika Borisenko, mezzo-soprano
The Miller - Alexei Krivchenya, bass
Natasha, his daughter, later a Rusalka - Evgenia Smolenskaya, soprano
Olga - Margarita Miglau, soprano
Matchmaker - Ivan Skobtsov, baritone
Little Rusalka, 12 years old non singing - Vera Tumanova
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Tchaikovsky - Eugene Onegin - Opera in Three Acts

Tchaikovsky - Eugene Onegin - Opera in Three Acts
ID: MELCD1001945
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection
Subcollection: Voices and Orchestra

This 1955 performance features some of the leading artists of the operatic stage; Galina Vishnevskaya as Tatyana, Sergey Lemeshev as Lensky and Yevgeny Belov as Onegin. Lemeshev’s deeply heartfelt performances in this role were particularly critically acclaimed.

Firma Melodiya presents one of the most famous and loved work of the greatest Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - the opera Eugene Onegin. This 1955 staging featured some of the leading artists of the operatic stage - Galina Vishnevskaya as Tatyana, Sergey Lemeshev as Lensky, Yevgeny Belov as Onegin, Ivan Petrov as Prince Gremlin, and also the soloists, choir and orchestra of the USSR Bolshoi Theatre conducted by Boris Khaikin. The composer turned to the story of Alexander Pushkin’s novel in verse of the same name in 1877, and it took him less than a year to compose the opera. Tchaikovsky somehow reconsidered the plot of the novel focusing on its lyrical component, its heroine Tatyana, and her love for Onegin. Tatyana confesses her feelings to Onegin, but he discards her. After awhile, he sees her in a ballroom and realizes he is in love with her, but it is too late - she is already another man’ wife and won’t be unfaithful to her spouse. Tatyana performed by Galina Vishnevskaya is a fine example of acting and richness of vocal palette. Also, the critics have repeatedly noted the genial performance of Sergey Lemeshev as Lensky. His deeply heartfelt performance makes the character of a lyrical poet so real, touching and at times tragic.

Galina Vishnevskaya (Tatyana), Yevgeniy Belov (Onegin), Sergey Lemeshev (Lensky), Larissa Avdeyeva (Olga), Valentina Petrova (Larina), Eugenia Verbitskaya (Filipyevna), Ivan Petrov (Gremin), Andrei Sokolov (Triquet), Igor Mikhailov (Zaretsky)

Soloists of the Bolshoi Theatre / Choir and Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre, Boris Khaikin
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A. Rubinstein - The Demon - Opera in Three Acts

A. Rubinstein - The Demon - Opera in Three Acts
ID: MELCD1002102
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection
Subcollection: Choir and Orchestra

Firma Melodiya presents a recording of Anton Rubinstein’s opera The Demon. This wonderful work, which was inspired with the poem of the same name by Mikhail Lermontov and then inspired the likes of Mikhail Vrubel and Feodor Chaliapin, became a milestone in the history of music theatre. Unfortunately, the opera was almost forgotten by the public and musicians, and only a few of its fragments were widely known. It is only lately that Russian and foreign opera houses have been showing a new interest in it.

Rubinstein finished the opera in 1871. One of the greatest pianists of the 19th century nicknamed “tsar of the stage”, a composer and conductor, the founder of the first ever Russian conservatory in St Petersburg, he stood at the summit of glory and in full possession of his composing mastery.

The Demon combined traditions of Russian and West European music art and did justice to the colour of Caucasus. The opera was a great success with the public and accepted enthusiastically even by the composers of The Five, Rubinstein’s ideological 'opponents'. “A superb artist”, wrote Modest Mussorgsky in a letter to Vladimir Stasov.

Of all recorded versions of The Demon, we offer the one realized in 1974 by the soloists, choir and orchestra of the All-Union Radio lead by the outstanding maestro Boris Khaikin. Alexander Polyakov, a young bass-baritone and future soloist of the Bolshoi Theatre performed the main part. Nina Lebedeva, a Bolshoi soloist and remarkable performer of Russian and foreign operatic repertoire sang the part of Tamara. Alexei Usmanov (tenor), a soloist of the All-Union Radio, performed the part of Sinodal.


Alexander Polyakov (Demon), Nina Lebedeva (Tamara), Evgeny Vladimirov (Gudal), Alexey Usmanov (Sinodal), Nina Grigorieva (Nanny), Nina Derbina (Angel), Yury Elnikov (Messenger), Boris Morozov (Old Servant)

Academic Choir of the USSR All-Union Radio, USSR State Radio Symphony Orchestra, Boris Khaikin
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