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Opera, page 15

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Catalani - Loreley (complete opera)

Catalani - Loreley (complete opera)
ID: OPD7032
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Elena Suliotis, Piero Cappuccilli, et al., vocal soloists/ Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala, Milan/Gianandrea Gavazzeni, conductor

This performance, recorded live at the La Scala opera house in Milan on February 13, 1968, is the only recording of this opera ever issued with complete libretto at mid-price. Alfredo Catalani (1854-1893) was long ignored internationally among the numerous Italian opera composers of the late nineteenth century. In recent years Catalani has become more familiar with a revival of interest in his masterpiece, La Wally, one aria from which has always had currency and which achieved even wider fame in recent years from its use in films and commercials. This has led to further explorations, including a revival of Catalani’s nextbest stage work, Loreley, the first of his operas to attract attention outside of Italy. Like La Wally, Loreley has always had one excerpt which has kept the opera’s title in circulation, the atmospheric “Dance of the Ondine” (also known as “Dance of the Water Spirits”) from Act III, occasionally heard in concert programs and on recordings of light Romantic orchestral music. Greek soprano Elena Suliotis was a musical “comet” whose first appearances in the late 1960s caused considerable critical excitement- a voice, the New York Times said, with “the potential for greatness.” After a short career, Suliotis developed vocal problems and her career was truncated. This is one of the rare recordings preserving that short period of vocal splendor that has become a modern legend.

“This 1968 performance certainly makes a strong case for the opera, with a fine cast and conductor, pulling out all the stops … there is much here to admire and enjoy … Suliotis was a fascinating singer … the Scala forces, under the inspired direction of Gianandrea Gavazzeni, play beautifully.” - OPERA NEWS

Ilustration © Rafal Olbinski
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Marschner - Der Vampyr (complete opera)

Marschner - Der Vampyr (complete opera)
ID: OPD7016
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection
Subcollection: Opera

Roland Hermann, Arleen Auger, Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Donald Grobe, Nikolaus Hillebrand, Trudeliese Schmidt, John van Kesteren, et al., vocal soloists/Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus/Fritz Rieger, conductor
Heinrich Marschner (1795-1861) was a popular Early Romantic opera composer in Germany whose works disappeared for a few decades but have been successfully revived in recent times. Two of his operas, the proto-Wagnerian Hans Heiling, and the spooky Der Vampyr, have had frequent performances and recordings lately, but we do not think there is a better version of Der Vampyr than this one! Recorded live in Munich in 1974, the performance features a number of major singers, something rare in “non-standard” operas. The recorded sound is quite exceptional, too! First performed in 1828, Der Vampyr has a hair-raising Gothic plot about Lord Ruthven, a vampire much like Count Dracula, and his thirst for the blood of young females. The music is much in the vein or Mendelssohn or Weber. Wagner was a great admirer of Marschner and actually quotes one of his themes quite literally in Die Walküre. Ilustration © Rafal Olbinski
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Wagner - Die fliegende Holländer [The Flying Dutchman] (complete opera)

Wagner - Die fliegende Holländer [The Flying Dutchman] (complete opera)
ID: OPD7030
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera



George London, Leonie Rysanek, Josef Greindl, Fritz Uhl, et al., vocal soloists/Bayreuth Festival Orchestra & Chorus/Wolfgang Sawallisch, conductor

Wagner’s early masterpiece is heard in an authoritative, truly classic performance from the composer’s own theater in Bayreuth, Germany, the shrine and Mecca of the true Wagnerite. Some of the greatest singers of the era lead the cast, including Canadian- American bass-baritone George London (1920 -1979), the first American ever to sing the Dutchman at Bayreuth; beloved Viennese soprano Leonie Rysanek (1926-1998), known as the “Queen of Hearts” at the Salzburg Festival; and German bass Josef Greindl (1912-1993), a stalwart of the Deutsche Oper, Berlin, where he sang in 1,369 performances, mostly Wagner! The opera was inspired by Wagner’s reading of a book by Heinrich Heine, Edward Fitzball’s The Flying Dutchman or The Phantom Ship, and Wilhelm Hayff ’s Geisterschiff (Ghost Ship), as well as his own perilous sea voyage in 1839. Der fliegende Holländer is one of the most vivid and colorful of all German Romantic operas, with music that is often hair-raisingly exciting. This masterful performance has long been considered one of the most thrilling ever recorded. Opera d’Oro’s Grand Tier series presents the best-selling Opera d’Oro titles with libretto and deluxe new packaging at mid-price. The Opera d’Oro series has been an unqualified success in the budget category. Now, in response to popular demand, the best titles are being reissued with complete librettos in the original languages and fresh, new English translations, stimulating essays on the operas by eminent music writers, and striking artwork commissioned from Rafal Olbinski. Live performance, 1959.

Ilustration © Rafal Olbinski
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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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Saint-Saëns - Samson et Dalila (complete opera)

Saint-Saëns - Samson et Dalila (complete opera)
ID: OPD7028
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Jon Vickers, Oralia Dominguez, Ernest Blanc, et al., vocal soloists/Netherlands Radio Orchestra & Chorus/Jean Fournet, conductor

Samson et Dalila, based on the colorful Bible story, has remained a reliable crowd pleaser since its premiere in 1877, and admiration for its considerable qualities has grown steadily over the years. For one thing, Dalila has no fewer than three major arias, each more enchanting than the one before - a circumstance virtually unique in Romantic opera. This live 1964 broadcast from Amsterdam presents an exciting performance with two outstanding leads, one who was universally famous, and one who should have been. Born in Canada in 1926 as the sixth of eight children, Jon Vickers was intent on a business career until, at age twenty-two, the exceptional qualities of his voice were so evident that he enrolled in the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He was invited to join the Covent Garden Opera in London in 1957 and soon embarked upon a major international career. Beginning in 1960, he sang at the Metropolitan Opera in New York for more than twenty-five years. The role of Dalila is sung here by the Mexican mezzo-soprano Oralia Dominguez, a passionate singer who was the equal of Maria Callas in fiery temperament and sang opposite her in a famous Aida recording. Nearly everyone today agrees that Dominguez should have become a major international star. Her relatively few recordings are correspondingly all the more desirable.

“If you haven’t heard Vickers in the role of Samson, you haven’t heard Samson … [he is] caught here in his absolute prime … Oralia Dominguez sings Dalila … it’s a superb performance. The give-and-take between conductor and singers is absolutely organic … and the sheer tactile quality of Saint-Saëns’ score [is] beautifully served here.” - ROBERT LEVINE

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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Verdi - Macbeth (complete opera)

Verdi - Macbeth (complete opera)
ID: OPD7027
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Sherrill Milnes, Christa Ludwig, Carlo Cossutta, Karl Ridderbusch, et al., vocal soloists/Karl Böhm, conductor

Another long-neglected masterpiece, Macbeth is today one of Verdi’s most popular operas following successful revivals in recent years like this dramatic 1970 performance.With a cast like this, and Böhm conducting, it couldn’t lose. Sherrill Milnes, the great American baritone of his era, is in glorious voice here and turns in a magnificent portrayal of the tormented hero. Soprano Christa Ludwig, known better for Lieder and German opera, is perhaps the biggest surprise here, in one of the most thrilling and dramatic portrayals of Lady Macbeth since Maria Callas. The conducting of Karl Böhm also comes in for special praise, as one of the tightest and most dramatic readings ever caught on record. Macbeth was Verdi’s favorite of all his early operas, as evidenced by the great care he took with it even many years after its premiere. The first performance took place on March 14, 1847 and was warmly applauded. Years later, however, Verdi heavily revised and even partly recomposed Macbeth, and this version, first given in Paris at the Théâtre Lyrique on April 19, 1865, is the one always heard today.

“Macbeth has been well presented on discs, but this performance…should be held in the greatest esteem and surpasses the others in overall intensity and theatricality…Böhm’s orchestra catches the opera’s brooding dark tone ideally. Christa Ludwig is in radiant voice, singing with such charisma that she is practically visible…[Sherril Milnes’s] warm resonant voice, with its remarkable, secure upper extension is simply glorious, and he truly gets under the skin of this complex character…” - ROBERT LEVINE

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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Rosini - L’italiana in Algeri (complete opera)

Rosini - L’italiana in Algeri (complete opera)
ID: OPD7023
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Marilyn Horne, Luigi Alva, Paolo Montarsolo, Enzo Dara, et al., vocal soloists/La Scala Orchestra & Chorus/Claudio Abbado, conductor

The Italian Girl in Algiers, premiered in 1813, was the first of Rossini’s comedies to exhibit his fully mature style, and one of the first to establish his unquestioned dominance in the opera world of his day. It literally overflows with delightful melody, rhythmic verve, and sparkling humor. The most famous numbers in the score are Isabella’s spectacular coloratura aria “Cruda sorte,” and the thunderingly farcical final ensemble of the first act, which never fails to bring down the house. This live 1975 performance from Italy’s greatest opera house stars American mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne, whom Opera News called “probably the greatest singer in the world” in 1981. Across her forty-year career she was recognized as the greatest Rossini interpreter in modern times. Luigi Alva (b. 1927) was the leading lyric tenor of the fifties and sixties, admired for the purity of his tone, elegance of phrasing, and clarity of diction. His specialties were Mozart and Rossini. Claudio Abbado has also had a long career on the podium, and has long been recognized as one of the world’s foremost conductors. Grand Tier presents the most popular titles from the budget Opera d’Oro catalogue at mid-price with complete librettos newly translated, stimulating essays by eminent music writers, and deluxe packaging with striking artwork commissioned from Rafal Olbinski.

"Here, in addition to the staggering virtuosity and the pointed characterization we’re used to [from Marilyn Horne], we get wonderful humor and the impression that she is having a simply terrific time … Abbado’s leadership is a sheer delight, and the La Scala forces are in grand shape. The sound is very good. At this price-or possibly any price-this can’t be beat.” - CLASSICSTODAY

Ilustration © Rafal Olbinski
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Halévy - La Juive (complete opera)

Halévy - La Juive (complete opera)
ID: OPD7022
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Richard Tucker, Yasuko Hayashi, David Gwynne, et al., vocal soloists/ Anton Guadagno, conductor

La Juive is a spectacular five-act grand opera with high drama, gigantic set pieces, and thrilling music - the Romantic era’s version of Cinemascope. Seldom mounted today due to cost, it can still be greatly enjoyed in the theater of the imagination. Live performance of an important modern revival in London, 1973. This was one of the great tenor Richard Tucker’s last appearances in public, at age 60, not long before his death. And it is one of the most emotional stage appearances ever captured on disc: when he sings the opera’s most dramatic aria, “Rachel, quand du Seigneur,” the audience goes wild. Jacques Halévy (1799-1862) studied at the Paris Conservatory with Cherubini and at age 20 won the highest student honor, the Prix de Rome. He was immediately engaged as a professor, and taught harmony, counterpoint and composition for many years to students such as Gounod,Massé, Saint-Saëns, Lecocq, and also Bizet, who married one of his daughters after his death. Despite his heavy academic responsibility, Halévy composed 38 lyric works for the stage, a majority of them light operas, but ten in the French “grand opera” form.

"A viable masterpiece…with great musical and theatrical force…this performance is one of real commitment; no one holds back in an effort to recreate some of the excitement this music generated in its time…Tucker makes the most of this opportunity, bringing down the house with his ringing tone and emotional outpouring…Anton Guadagno leads a performance which is dramatically taut… the live recorded sound is excellent for the period.” - OPERA NEWS

Ilustration © Rafal Olbinski
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