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Tony Palmer's Film About Andre Previn - The Kindness of Strangers

Tony Palmer's Film About Andre Previn - The Kindness of Strangers
ID: TPDVD153
CDs: 1
Type: DVD
Subkolektion: Biography Movie

Format: Classical, Color, DVD, NTSC
Language: English
Opera excerpts sung in English and German; dialog in English and German with English subtitles.
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
Screen (Picture) Format: 16:9
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: Tony Palmer Films
DVD Release Date: September 15, 2009
Run Time: 118 minutes


Conductor-composer-pianist Andre Previn has been a noteworthy presence in the music world for five decades. This fine documentary, directed by Tony Palmer, tells Previn's remarkable story. Chronicling his rise from a dispossessed Berlin refugee to an Academy Award-winning composer of film scores (Gigi, Porgy And Bess) and conductor of two world-renowned orchestras, The Kindness Of Strangers, is a fascinating musical portrait.

“André Previn at 80! It scarcely seems credible. This is the man who won 4 Oscars almost 50 years ago, and still maintains a full conducting, playing and composing schedule, each discipline of which would exhaust a man half his age. And he really is a phenomenal pianist, a conductor of profound insights, and a composer of considerable tonal originality. I once asked him how many songs he had written. After much hesitation, he told me he couldn’t really remember. And that was not modesty; he just had no idea. In fact, there are hundreds, in a sense culminating in his much underestimated opera, A Streetcar Named Desire, which is how we met.

This film was made during the preparations, rehearsals and first performances of that opera in San Francisco. Two anecdotes illustrate for me the extraordinary musician I had the honour to work with. I knew of course that he was a jazz pianist whom even Oscar Peterson held in awe, so I was determined to film him playing jazz. He refused. “I really haven’t played jazz in public for years”, he told me. Then by chance I discovered that he had been invited to play at bass player Ray Brown’s 70th birthday celebrations at the Blue Note Club in New York. I pleaded with Previn to allow me to film this. He refused. So, of course, I hid away in the Blue Note Club and, thanks to the wonders of digital cameras, no extra lights were required, so I was more-or-less invisible. After the first of the two shows, I went backstage to say hello. As always, he greeted me with the utmost courtesy and said: “not bad, eh, for an out-of-practice old timer?” (His playing and improvisation had of course been breathtaking). “Pity you didn’t film it….”

Well, um……. He laughed and said: “hope you got it in focus.”

So, on the occasion of Previn’s 80th birthday, here is the newly re-mastered original film by way of a small tribute. It was, and is, a privilege to know him and to acknowledge his greatness as a musician and his very special qualities as man.”
Tony Palmer


Performance Credits
Renée Fleming, soprano - (Films)(Interview)(Music)
Rodney Gilfry, baritone - (Films)
Anthony Dean Griffey, tenor - (Films)(Music)
Elizabeth Futral, soprano - (Films)

San Francisco Opera Orchestra
Kiri Te Kanawa, soprano
The Emerson Quartet
David Finck, bass
Ray Trio Brown
NHK Symphony Orchestra
The WDR Symphony Orchestra

Technical Credits
Tony Palmer - Director, Editor
Michela Antonello - Producer
Mike Bluett - Producer

More details: Performer(s):
Dialog: André Previn, Natalie Cole, Tennessee Williams (archival interviews), cast and crew of the opera A streetcar named desire: Renée Fleming (Blanche Du Bois); Rodney Gilfry (Stanley Kowalski); Lotfi Mansouri (San Francisco Opera, general director), Philip Littell (librettist); Colin Graham (director); Michael Yeargan (designer); Sean Cullen (technical assistant); Deborah Sussell (dialect coach); Larry Klein (assistant technical director); Gennifer Green (costume supervisor); sung: Kiri Te Kanawa (Marietta); Renée Fleming (Blanche Du Bois); Rodney Gilfry (Stanley Kowalski); performed: André Previn (piano); David Finck (bass); the Emerson Quartet; the Ray Brown Trio; NHK Symphony Orchestra, WDR Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, André Previn, conductor.
David Finck played Gershwin Variations ; Kiri Te Kanawa sang Marietta's aria from Die Tote Stadt by Erich Korngold with the NHK Symphony Orchestra ; Ray Brown and Grady Tate played from the Blue Note Club ; the WDR Symphony Orchestra played from The Mother Goose Suite by Maurice Ravel ; the Emerson Quartet played from Piano Quintet op. 34 by Johannes Brahms ; A Streetcar Named Desire directed by Colin Graham ; cast: Renee Fleming, Elizabeth Futral, Rodney Gilfry, Anthony Dean Griffey; comissioned by San Francisco Opera ; general director, Lotfi Mansouri.
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Donizetti - L'elisir d'amore, Opera, Op. 72

Donizetti - L'elisir d'amore, Opera, Op. 72
ID: GFO00562
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subkolektion: Oper

Mirella Freni (Adina), Luigi Alva (Nemorino), Enzo Sordello (Belcore), Sesto Bruscantini (Dulcamara), Emily Maire (Giannetta)

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & The Glyndebourne Chorus, Carlo Felice Cillario

Recorded live at Glyndebourne at one performance during June 1962.

The 2CD set is packaged as a 150 page hard bound book containing a full libretto translated into English, French and German along with a commissioned article about the opera, and synopsis in English, French and German.

Designed and Directed by Franco Zeffirelli.

Glyndebourne Opera has a history of trend setting and pioneering opera productions and Donizetti’s opera L’elisir d’amore is no exception. Popular in Donizetti’s own lifetime, L’elisir faded into relative obscurity until the 1890s when Caruso championed the role of Nemorino: his dedication and conviction were such that Covent Garden arranged a production of the opera in 1902. L’elisir was a personal favourite of Caruso’s, so much so that in 1920 he played Nemorino in his last appearance with the Metropolitan Opera. Almost 60 years later, in 1961, it was Glyndebourne who staged a production of L’elisir d’amore designed and directed by Franco Zeffirelli. Such was the success and acclaim for this production that Glyndebourne revived it in 1962, enhancing the production with the addition of the lively and capricious Mirella Freni.

As the press noted: ‘Her [Freni's] looks and her cantabile singing melt, so to speak, on the tongue, and she acts her teasing charades with Sergeant Belcore as if nothing were farther from her mind than cruelty.’ (The Times, August 1962) and ‘Mirella Freni, the sparkling new Adina, rightly allowed real tenderness to shine through vanity and caprice.’ (The Sunday Times, August 1962)

Mirella Freni was first engaged by Glyndebourne in 1960 (and sings Susanna in Glyndebourne’s own recording of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro GFOCD00162).

Previously she had also performed at the opera house in Torino in the late 50s and sung with Netherlands Opera in 1959-60 season, but her international break and recognition came by virtue of her role as Adina in this 1962 production.

This recording, released here for the first time, precedes Freni’s EMI recording of L’elisir d’amore with Nicolai Gedda as Nemorino in a Rome Opera production by some 5 years. In this recording, Freni has a cast of equals around her. As the besotted Nemorino, Luigi Alva vividly portrays the wounded innocent with The Daily Telegraph noting in August 1962 that ‘Alva’s Nemorino is a wonderful combination of rustic clowning and exquisitely finished bel canto’, with Enzo Sordello a baritone voice big enough to fill a stadium, providing a fresh virile and bold Belcore. Conductor Carlo Felice Cillario enjoyed a 60 plus year career and is remembered for his masterful interpretations of Puccini, Verdi and Donizetti operas and stands as one of the most singer-friendly conductors of all time.

Track list:
CD:1
L'elisir d'amore, opera
1. No. 1. Preludio
2. Act 1. Coro d'introduzione. Bel conforto al mietiore
3. Act 1. Cavatina. Benedette queste carte!
4. Act 1. Cavatina. Marziale
5. Act 1. Cavatina. Come Paride vezzoso
6. Act 1. Cavatina. Orse m'ami, com'io t'amo
7. Act 1. Recitativo. Intanto, o mia ragazza, occuperò la piazza
8. Act 1. No. 2. Scena. Una parola, o Adina
9. Act 1. Duetto. Chiedi all'aura lusinghiera
10. Act 1. No. 3. Coro. che vuol dire codesta sonata?
11. Act 1. Cavatina. Udite, udite, o rustici
12. Act 1. No. 4. Recitativo. Ardir! Ha forse il cielo mandato
13. Act 1. Scena e Duetto. Voglio dire... Io stupendo Elisir
14. Act 1. No. 5. Recitativo. Caro Elisir! sei mio!
15. Act 1. Duetto. Lallarallara, la, la, la
16. Act 1. Terzetto. Tran, tran... In guerra, ed in amor
17. Act 1. Finale. Quartetto. Signor sargente
18. Act 1. Finale. Quartetto. Adina, credimi, te ne scongiuro...
19. Act 1. Finale. Quartetto. Andiam, Belcore
CD:2
1. Act 2. No. 6. Coro d'introduzione. Cantiamo, cantiam
2. Act 2. Barcaruola a due voci
3. Act 2. Le feste nuziali!
4. Act 2. Ai perigli della guerra
5. Act 2. Qua la mano, giovinotto
6. Act 2. No. 8. Coro. Saria possibile?
7. Act 2. No. 9. Quartetto. Dell'elisir mirabile
8. Act 2. Come sen va contento!
9. Act 2. No. 10. Duetto. Quanto amore!
10. Act 2. No. 11. Romanza. Una furtiva lagrima
11. Act 2. No. 12. Recitativo ed Aria. Prendi, prendi, per me sei libero
12. Act 2. No. 13. Aria e Finale. Marziale
13. Act 2. Finale. Ei corregge ogni difetto
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Mozart - Idomeneo, K366 - Pavarotti -1964 Glyndebourne debut recording

Mozart - Idomeneo, K366 - Pavarotti -1964 Glyndebourne debut recording
ID: GFO00664
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subkolektion: Oper

Recorded live at Glyndebourne 14 August 1964.
Includes 2 discs in a 113 page hard-bound book


Mozart is very much Glyndebourne’s signature composer and as a point of fact Glyndebourne was instrumental in putting Mozart back into the repertoire in the UK, so much so that the performing edition of Idomeneo was commissioned by Glyndebourne’s music director Fritz Busch. Glyndebourne’s 1951 Messel production of Mozart’s Idomeneo was the first professional performance in Great Britain. This 1964 recording is from the last staging of the Messel production and an opera John Pritchard had conducted at Glyndebourne since 1952. Pritchard was a consummate Mozartian and this recording allows, for the first time, Janowitz and Pavarotti to be heard before their respective international careers took off. Their vocal timbres are instantly recognisable - fresh, vital, flexible and already burgeoning with a distinctive projection of the text and drama. Pavarotti went on to have a long association with this opera, moving to the title role at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and recording it in the early digital age of 1983 with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted once again by Pritchard. Richard Lewis as Idomeneo in the recording has a gracious sense of style and carries the day.

In the past (10+ years ago) there have been pirated/bootlegged releases of this production taken from a BBC off air recording. This release is from Glyndebourne’s own archive and is NOT the previously available BBC performance.


Richard Lewis (Idomeneo), Gundula Janowitz (Ilia), Luciano Pavarotti (Idamante), Enriqueta Tarrés (Elettra), Dennis Wicks (Nettuno), Neilson Taylor (Arbace), David Hughes (Gran Sacerdote)

London Philharmonic Orchestra & The Glyndebourne Chorus, John Pritchard


Track list:
CD: 1
Idomeneo, rè di Creta, opera, K. 366
1. Ouverture
2. Act 1. Recitativo. Quando avran fine omai
3. Act 1. No. 1. Aria. Padre, germani, addio!
4. Act 1. Recitativo. Ecco, Idamante, ahimè!
5. Act 1. Recitativo. Radunate i Trojani, ite
6. Act 1. No. 2. Aria. Non ho colpa
7. Act 1. Recitativo. Ecco il misero resto de' Trojani
8. Act 1. No. 3. Coro. Godiam la pace, trionfi Amore
9. Act 1. Recitativo. Prence, signor, tutta la Grecia oltraggi
10. Act 1. No. 4. Aria. Tutte nel cor vi sento
11. Act 1. No. 5. Coro. Pietà! Numi pieta!
12. Act 1. Recitativo. Eccoci salvi alfin
13. Act 1. No. 6. Aria. Vedrommi intorno l'ombra dolente
14. Act 1. Recitativo. Cieli! che sento?
15. Act 1. No. 7. Aria. Il padre adorato
16. Intermezzo. No. 8. Marcia
17. Intermezzo. No. 9. Coro. Nettuno s'onori, quel nome risuoni
18. Act 2. No. 10. Recitativo. Siam soli. Odimi Arbace
19. Act 2. Recitativo. Se mai pomposo apparse
20. Act 2. No. 11. Aria. Se il padre perdei
21. Act 2. Recitativo. Qual mi conturbai sensi
22. Act 2. No. 12. Aria. Fuor del mar ho un mar in seno
CD: 2
1. Act 2. Recitativo. Chi mai del mio provò piacer più dolce?
2. Act 2. No. 13. Aria. Idol mio, se ritroso
3. Act 2. No. 14. Marcia. Odo da lunge armonioso suono
4. Act 2. Recitativo. Sidonie sponde!
5. Act 2. No. 15. Coro. Placido è il mar, andiamo
6. Act 2. Recitativo. Parti Idamante
7. Act 2. No. 16. Terzetto. Pria di partir, oh Dio!
8. Act 2. No. 17. Coro. Qual nuovo terrore!
9. Act 2. Recitativo. Eccoti in me, barbaro Nume!
10. Act 2. No. 18. Coro. Corriamo, fuggiamo
11. Act 3. No. 19. Aria. Zeffiretti lusinghieri
12. Act 3. Recitativo. Eistesso vien... oh Dei!
13. Act 3. Recitativo. Principessa, a'tuoi sguardi
14. Act 3. No. 20. Duetto. Spiegarti non poss'io
15. Act 3. Recitativo. Cieli! che vedo?
16. Act 3. No. 21. Quartetto. Andrò ramingo e solo
17. Act 3. No. 24. Coro. O voto tremendo!
18. Act 3. No. 25. Marcia
19. Act 3. No. 26. Cavatina con coro. Accogli, o rè del mar
20. Act 3. Coro. Stupenda vittoria!
21. Act 3. Recitativo. Qual risuono qui intorno
22. Act 3. No. 27. Recitativo. Padre, mio caro padre
23. Act 3. No. 27a. Aria. No la morte
24. Act 3. Recitativo. Ma che più tardi?
25. Act 3. No. 28a. La Voce. Idomeneo cessi essere
26. Act 3. Aria. D'Oreste, D'Ajace
27. Act 3. No. 30. Recitativo. Popoli, a voi l'ultima legge impone
28. Act 3. No. 30a. Aria. Torna la pace alcore
29. Act 3. No. 31. Coro. Scenda Amor, scenda Imeneo
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Bellini - I Puritani

Bellini - I Puritani
ID: GFO00960
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subkolektion: Oper

Recorded live at Glyndebourne on 5 June 1960.
Includes 3 discs in a 80 page hard-bound book.

Italian conductor Vittorio Gui was Glyndebourne’s musical director from 1951 - 1963, and introduced a strong Italian theme in his programming - Rossini and Bellini amongst them. Bellini’s last and arguably richest opera I Puritani, comes from Glyndebourne’s recording archive, dated 1960 and was the first performance of this opera in Britain since 1887.

This is Joan Sutherland’s debut in the role of Elvira. This young and extraordinary bel canto talent is the heroine in this production. She has a beauty of tone, her voice fluent and eloquent, the intimate confines of the Glyndebourne opera house allowing the warm glowing colour in Sutherland’s voice to radiate.

So acclaimed was this production that it was selected for Glyndebourne’s return to the Edinburgh Festival after a 4 year absence and Sutherland, so in love with her Glyndebourne costumes was she, that she borrowed them from the production for her performances as Elvira at the Gran Teatro del Liceo in Barcelona in December 1960.

Joan Sutherland (Elvira), Nicola Filacuridi (Arturo), John Kentish (Bruno), Giuseppe Modesti (Giorgio), Ernest Blanc (Riccardo), David Ward (Valton) & Monica Sinclair (Enrichetta)

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & The Glyndebourne Chorus, Vittorio Gui


Track list:
CD: 1
I Puritani, opera
1. Act 1. Introduzione
2. Act 1. All'erta! All'erta! L'alba apparì,
3. Act 1. O di Cromwell guerrieri
4. Act 1. A festa!
5. Act 1. Recitativo ed Aria. Or dove fuggo io mai?
6. Act 1. Recitativo ed Aria. Ah! per sempre io ti perdei
7. Act 1. Recitativo ed Aria. T'appellan le schiere
8. Act 1. Scena e Duetto. O amato zio, o mio secondo padre!
9. Act 1. Scena e Duetto. Chi mosse a' miei desir il genitor?
10. Act 1. Coro e Quartetto. Ad Arturo onore
11. Act 1. Coro e Quartetto. A te, o cara
12. Act 1. Finale primo. Il rito augusto si compia senza me
13. Act 1. Finale primo. Cavalier
14. Act 1. Finale primo. Figlia a Enrico, a Carlo sposa
15. Act 1. Finale primo. Son vergin vezzosa
16. Act 1. Finale primo. Sulla virginea testa
17. Act 1. Finale primo. Ferma! Invan rapir pretendi
18. Act 1. Finale primo. Dov'è Arturo?
19. Act 1. Finale primo. Oh vieni al tempio, fedele Arturo
20. Act 1. Finale primo. Ma tu già mi fuggi?
CD: 2
1. Act 2. Introduzione e Romanza. Ah dolor! Ah terror!
2. Act 2. Introduzione e Romanza. Cinta di fiori e col bel crin disciolto
3. Act 2. Introduzione e Romanza. E di morte lo stral non sarà lento
4. Act 2. Scena ed Aria. O rendetemi la speme...
5. Act 2. Scena ed Aria. Qui la voce sua soave mi chiamava e poi sparì
6. Act 2. Scena ed Aria. Vien, diletto, è in ciel la luna
7. Act 2. Duetto - Finale secondo. Il rival salvar tu dêi
8. Act 2. Duetto - Finale secondo. Se tra il buio un fantasma vedrei bianco, lieve...
9. Act 2. Duetto - Finale secondo. Riccardo! Riccardo!
10. Act 2. Duetto - Finale secondo. Suoni la tromba
11. Act 3. Uragano
12. Act 3. Romanza e Duetto. Son salvo, alfin son salvo
13. Act 3. Romanza e Duetto. A una fonte afflitto e solo
14. Act 3. Romanza e Duetto. Qual suon!
15. Act 3. Romanza e Duetto. Son già lontani
16. Act 3. Romanza e Duetto. Finì... me lassai
17. Act 3. Romanza e Duetto. Che provò lontan da me?
18. Act 3. Romanza e Duetto. Vieni, vieni fra queste braccia
19. Act 3. Finale terzo. Arturo? Lo sciagurato!
20. Act 3. Finale terzo. Cavalier, ti colse il Dio
21. Act 3. Finale terzo. Credeasi, misera!
22. Act 3. Finale terzo. Suon d'araldi?
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Prokofiev - Betrothal in a Monastery ('The Duenna'), Opera, Op. 86

Prokofiev - Betrothal in a Monastery ('The Duenna'), Opera, Op. 86
ID: GFO00206
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subkolektion: Oper

Recorded live at Glyndebourne on 12, 15 & 22 August 2006. A recording of a rarely performed work with consummate Russian conductor and cast.

Prokofiev’s last opera, Betrothal in a Monastery, launched the Glyndebourne label in 2008. According to Shostakovich it was ‘one of Prokofiev’s most radiant and buoyant works’. It has been unavailable for several months and back in stock, repackaged in line with the more recent Glyndebourne releases.

Luxury 256-page hard-bound book.
Essay by Harlow Robinson, world authority on Soviet and Russian cultural history.
Includes full libretto in Cyrillic with English, French and German translations.


Viascheslav Voynarovskiy (Don Jerome), Andrey Breus (Ferdinand), Lyubov Petrova (Louisa), Alexandra Durseneva (The Duenna), Vsevolod Grivnov (Don Antonio), Nino Surguladze (Clara), Sergei Alexashkin (Mendoza), Alan Opie (Don Carlos)

London Philharmonic Orchestra & The Glyndebourne Chorus, Vladimir Jurowski

Track list:
CD:1
Betrothal in a Monastery ('The Duenna'), Opera, Op. 86
1. Prelude
2. Act 1. Tableau 1. Scene 1. But this is just fantasy!
3. Act 1. Tableau 1. Scene 2. Plain. Round-shouldered
4. Act 1. Tableau 1. Scene 3. She has shaken your hand
5. Act 1. Tableau 1. Scene 4. The moon looks in your window
6. Act 1. Tableau 1. Scene 5. Stop that mewing
7. Act 1. Tableau 1. Scene 6. Masker's Dance
8. Act 1. Tableau 1. Scene 7. I had better get her married off
9. Act 1. Tableau 1. Scene 8. Friends, depart
10. Act 2. Tableau 2. Scene 1. It will work, Nanny, won't it?
11. Act 2. Tableau 2. Scene 2. Splendid, Señor, splendid
12. Act 2. Tableau 2. Scene 3. Will you cherish me in my old age?
13. Act 2. Tableau 2. Scene 4. Give it back!
14. Act 2. Tableau 2. Scene 5. If you have a daughter
15. Act 2. Tableau 2. Scene 6. It looks like the first act has been played out wi
16. Act 2. Tableau 3. Scene 1. Buy some fish from Señor Mendoza's barges!
17. Act 2. Tableau 3. Scene 2. Rosina... Rosina...
18. Act 2. Tableau 3. Scene 3. Ferdinand alone is dearer
19. Act 2. Tableau 3. Scene 4. I had known what pranks
20. Act 2. Tableau 3. Scene 5. My beard? My beard is not at all bad
21. Act 2. Tableau 3. Scene 6. There is no greater happiness
22. Act 2. Tableau 4. Scene 1. Yes, yes, yes!
23. Act 2. Tableau 4. Scene 2. My pretty... my pretty
24. Act 2. Tableau 4. Scene 3. When the cheerful fop
25. Act 2. Tableau 4. Scene 4. Well?
CD:2
1. Act 3. Tableau 5. Scene 1. Ah, time does not want to move on
2. Act 3. Tableau 5. Scene 2. Come in, come in
3. Act 3. Tableau 5. Scene 3. Should we take a sly look?
4. Act 3. Tableau 5. Scene 4. It's bad to peep
5. Act 3. Tableau 5. Scene 5. How my soul is beaming!
6. Act 3. Tableau 6. Scene 1. You are not playing in tune
7. Act 3. Tableau 6. Scene 2. My respectful greetings to the Señor!
8. Act 3. Tableau 6. Scene 3. Please, let us continue
9. Act 3. Tableau 6. Scene 4. Lopez! Lopez!
10. Act 3. Tableau 7. Scene 1. Here I am, a nun
11. Act 3. Tableau 7. Scene 2. They have gone, gladdened, happy and in love...
12. Act 3. Tableau 7. Scene 3. It must be here
13. Act 4. Tableau 8. Scene 1. The bottle is the sun of our lives
14. Act 4. Tableau 8. Scene 3. They bring more wine!
15. Act 4. Tableau 8. Scene 4. Take care, Antonio!
16. Act 4. Tableau 8. Scene 5. Straight down to business now, Don Ferdinand
17. Act 4. Tableau 9. Scene 1. I can't understand it
18. Act 4. Tableau 9. Scene 2. Aha, here's Mendoza at last
19. Act 4. Tableau 9. Scene 3. What is this? Why are you here?
20. Act 4. Tableau 9. Scene 4. Son! At last
21. Act 4. Tableau 9. Scene 5. Don Jerome, Don Herome!
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Verdi - Falstaff

Verdi - Falstaff
ID: GFO01260
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subkolektion: Oper

Recorded live at Glyndebourne in June 1960.
Includes 2 discs in a 153 page hard-bound book.


Glyndebourne’s association with Falstaff commenced in 1955 for a production staged at the Edinburgh Festival, directed by Carl Ebert, designed by Osbert Lancaster and conducted by the great Carlo Maria Giulini.
Falstaff quickly proved to be a favourite and enjoyed 5 revivals in quick succession. This recording comes from Glyndebourne Festivals’ 1960 season, conducted by Vittorio Gui, in what was Geraint Evan’s third outing as Falstaff.
Evans sung in the 1957 and 1958 Glyndebourne restagings, in a role that was to go on and have a role in defining him as a singer, performing Falstaff in numerous productions including Covent Garden and the Metropolitan Opera, and on record under Georg Solti.
On this recording, Geraint Evans is joined by Sesto Bruscantini as Ford, Juan Oncina as Fenton, Ilva Ligabue as Alice Ford, a role she is most remembered for having recorded it twice: under George Solti and Leonard Bernstein, this (new/archive) recording predating both these.
The remaining classic cast member is the Swiss tenor Hugues Cuénod as Dr Caius, his glorious sense of the role's comedy beautifully portrayed here. Hugues Cuénod passed away in December 2010 at the age of 108, having a career that spanned 66 years. He was something of an institution at Glyndebourne, walking the Glyndebourne stage for over 30 years and involved in some 470 performances. At the age of 82 he appeared in Glyndebourne’s production of Le nozze di Figaro and in 1990, at the age of 87, was offered the role of Monsieur Taupe in Capriccio, a role he had sung previously at Glyndebourne, but declined.

Geraint Evans (Sir John Falstaff), Ilva Ligabue (Alice), Anna Maria Rota (Meg), Oralia Dominguez (Mistress Quickly), Sesto Bruscantini (Ford), Mariella Adani (Nannetta), Juan Oncina (Fenton) & Hugues Cuénod (Dr Caius)

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vittorio Gui



Track list:
CD: 1
Falstaff, opera
1. Act 1. Scene 1. Falstaff!
2. Act 1. Scene 1. Sss. Sei polli: sei scellini
3. Act 1. Scene 1. So che se andiam
4. Act 1. Scene 1. V'è noto un tal
5. Act 1. Scene 1. L'Onore! Ladri!
6. Act 1. Scene 2. Alice, Meg, Nannetta
7. Act 1. Scene 2. 'Fulgida Alice! Amor t'offro...'
8. Act 1. Scene 2. Quell'otre! Quel tino!
9. Act 1. Scene 2. È un ribaldo, un furbo, un ladro
10. Act 1. Scene 2. Psst, Psst. Nannetta, Vienqua
11. Act 1. Scene 2. Falstaff m'ha canzonata
12. Act 1. Scene 2. Torno all' assalto
13. Act 1. Scene 2. Udrai quanta egli sfoggia
14. Act 1. Scene 2. Del tuo barbaro diagnostico
15. Act 1. Scene 2. Qui più non si vagoli
16. Act 2. Scene 1. Siam pentiti e contriti
17. Act 2. Scene 1. Alice è mia!
18. Act 2. Scene 1. Padron; di la cè un serto Maestro Fontana
19. Act 2. Scene 1. Signore, v'assista il cielo!
20. Act 2. Scene 1. Io l'amo e lei non m'ama
21. Act 2. Scene 1. Il diavolo Se lo porti all' inferno
22. Act 2. Scene 1. È sogno? O realtà?
23. Act 2. Scene 1. Eccomi qua. Son pronto.
CD: 2
1. Act 2. Scene 2. Presenteremo un bill, per un tassa
2. Act 2. Scene 2. Giunto all' albergo della Giarrettiera
3. Act 2. Scene 2. Gaei comari di Windsor!
4. Act 2. Scene 2. 'Alfint'ho colto'
5. Act 2. Scene 2. Quand'ero paggio
6. Act 2. Scene 2. Mia signora!
7. Act 2. Scene 2. Il diavolo cavalca
8. Act 2. Scene 2. Vien qua. Che chiasso!
9. Act 2. Scene 2. Al ladro! Al pagliardo!
10. Act 2. Scene 2. Se t'aguanto! Se ti piglio!
11. Act 2. Scene 2. Ned! Will! Tom!
12. Act 3. Scene 1. Ehi! Taverniere!
13. Act 3. Scene 1. Reverenza. La bella Alice!
14. Act 3. Scene 1. Legge. Legge
15. Act 3. Scene 1. Quando il rintocco della mezza notte
16. Act 3. Scene 2. Dal labbro il canto est a siato vola
17. Act 3. Scene 2. Nossignore!
18. Act 3. Scene 2. Una, due, tre, Quattro
19. Act 3. Scene 2. Odo un soave passo!
20. Act 3. Scene 2. Ninfe! Elfi! Silfi!
21. Act 3. Scene 2. Sul fil d'un soffio etesio
22. Act 3. Scene 2. Alto là! Chi va là? Pietà!
23. Act 3. Scene 2. Ruzzola, ruzzola
24. Act 3. Scene 2. Naso vermiglio!
25. Act 3. Scene 2. Ogni sorta di gente dozzinale
26. Act 3. Scene 2. Ah! Ah! Ah! Ah!
27. Act 3. Scene 2. Tutto nel mondo è burla
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OPERA & BALLET - Highlights from the Catalogue 2004-05: Opera/Ballet Sampler

OPERA & BALLET - Highlights from the Catalogue 2004-05: Opera/Ballet Sampler
ID: DV-OPSMPL2
CDs: 1
Type: DVD
Subkolektion: Oper

Format: PAL
Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: Exempt
Studio: Tdk UK
DVD Release Date: 31 May 2004
Run Time: 98 minutes
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Salvatore Sciarrino - Luci mie traditrici

Salvatore Sciarrino - Luci mie traditrici
ID: KAI0012222
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Kolektion: Opera CollectionSubkolektion: Oper

Both peculiar archaism and highest sensitivity characterize this quiet while extremely tense sound landscapes of the Sicilian composer Salvatore Sciarrino.
(Hans-Peter Jahn)

Includes booklet with text by Hans-Peter Jahn
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Kendlinger - Die schönsten Opernchöre - K & K Opernchor / K&K Philharmoniker

Kendlinger - Die schönsten Opernchöre - K & K Opernchor / K&K Philharmoniker
ID: DVD916
CDs: 1
Type: DVD
Kolektion: Opera CollectionSubkolektion: Oper

Region Code: Region 0, Plays in all territories
Color mode: Colour
Screen Format: 16:9
DVD Format: DVD 5
Duration: 65 mins
Subtitles: none
Sound Format: Dolby Digital Stereo
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IVAR HALLSTRÖM - Den Bergtagna (Opera ).

IVAR HALLSTRÖM - Den Bergtagna (Opera ).
ID: CDO1001-2-2
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Kolektion: World Premiere RecordingSubkolektion: Oper

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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