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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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Giacomo Puccini - Tosca - Opera in three acts

Giacomo Puccini - Tosca - Opera in three acts
ID: MELCD1002359
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection
Subcollection: Opera

Opera in three acts - Libretto by Luigi Illica, Giuseppe Giacosa


One of the most popular operas of the world repertoire, Tosca was finished in the last year of the 19th century. It was based on the French playwright Victorien Sardou’s drama written for Sarah Bernhardt. The premiere of the opera that took place in 1900 in Rome was not accepted with much enthusiasm, and only the performance at La Scala under Arturo Toscanini became a true triumph. The story of singer Floria Tosca and her beloved painter Mario Cavaradossi who fell victim to bloody despot Baron Scarpia on the background of the revolutionary events in Italy of the early 19th century is still able to move to the innermost of one’s heart as the heat of dramatic fervour is masterfully captured in the music. Numerous audio and video recordings of the opera featuring the world’s best singers and conductors were made in the previous century.
This recording was realized by the USSR Bolshoi Theatre in 1974. The celebrated internationally recognized soloists of the opera company of the 1970s Tamara Milashkina, Vladimir Atlantov, Yuri Mazurok and others perform the opera in the original language under the prominent conductor Mark Ermler.


Characters and performers:
Floria Tosca, a celebrated singer -Tamara Milashkina, soprano
Mario Cavaradossi, a painter -Vladimir Atlantov, tenor
Baron Scarpia, chief of police -Yuri Mazurok, baritone
Cesare Angelotti, former Consul of the Roman Republic - Valeri Yaroslavtsev, bass
Sacristan - Vitali Nartov, baritone
Spoletta, a police agent - Andrei Sokolov, tenor
Sciarrone, another agent - Vladimir Filippov, bass
A Jailer - Мikhail Shkaptsov, bass
A Shepherd boy - Alexander Pavlov, alto
Cardinal, scribe, soldiers, police agents, altar boys, noblemen and women, townsfolk, artisans

Choir and orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre - Conductor - Mark Ermler
Recorded in 1974.
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Sergei Prokofiev - The Story of a Real Man

Sergei Prokofiev - The Story of a Real Man
ID: MELCD1002353
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection
Subcollection: Opera

Firma Melodiya presents a unique recording of Sergei Prokofiev’s last opera The Story of a Real Man.
This work is arguably the least known one in Prokofiev’s musical theatre legacy. Finished in 1948, it was never staged in the composer’s lifetime (its “private” performance led to banning the opera and accusing the composer of formalism). Only many years later it saw spotlights, but none of the production lasted long.
The opera, so uncommon in terms of plotline and musical drama, seemed incredible even for an innovator like Prokofiev. The composer who had brought to the stage the characters of Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky and Bryusov was carried away with Boris Polevoy’s novel about pilot Alexei Meresiev (he lost his legs as a result of a severe injury, but at the cost of unbelievable efforts and exercising he returned to the battle ranks). The main character is shown crawling from a shot down plane, in a hospital ward and mastering his artificial limbs at hospital. The character of Alexei, a winner in his own life drama, a man of enormous fortitude who did something seemingly impossible, was an incentive for the composer’s creative imagination.
The dramatic concept of the opera is built on a frame-like sequence of short scenes set off with moving lyrical episodes. The musical language of the opera predominantly consists of declamation and recitative and is full of songful intonations.
The only recording of The Story of a Real Man that now exists was made by the company of the USSR Bolshoi Theatre in 1961 and conducted by young maestro Mark Ermler. The character of Alexei Meresiev became one of the highest achievements of prominent singer Evgeny Kibkalo. The recording also features other celebrated soloists of the theatre such as Glafira Deomidova, Margarita Miglau, Kira Leonova, Alexei Maslennikov, Mark Reshetin and Artur Eisen.


Sergei Prokofiev
The Story of a Real Man
An opera in 3 acts after Boris Polevoy’s novel of the same name
Libretto by Sergei Prokofiev and Mira Mendelson-Prokofieva

Characters and performers:
Alexei - Evgeny Kibkalo
Olga - Glafira Deomidova
Grandpa Mikhailo - Georgy Shulpin
Vasilisa - Vera Smirnova
Varya - Margarita Miglau
Petrovna - Antonina Ivanova
Seryonka - Alexander Suzanov
Fedya - Vladimir Kurguzov
Andrei - Georgy Pankov
Senior Doctor - Vladimir Petrov
Zinochka -Maria Zvezdina
Colonel - Valery Yaroslavtsev
Vasily Vasilievich - Mark Reshetin
Commissar - Artur Eisen
Klavdiya - Kira Leonova
Alexei’s Mother - Valentina Petrova
1st Surgeon - Leonid Maslov
2nd Surgeon - Nikolai Zakharov
Gvozdev - Vitaly Vlasov
Kukushkin - Alexei Maslennikov
Choir and orchestra of the USSRState Academic Bolshoi Theatre
Conductor - Mark Ermler
Recorded in 1961.
CD 1
Introduction
Act I
Total time: 39.19
CD 2
Act II
Act III
Total time: 73.10
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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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