Barbirolli conducts Mozart and Wagner
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Cat No: SBT1508
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 18th September 2015
WorksSymphony no.40 in G minor, K550
ArtistsAnita Valkki (soprano)
ConductorSir John Barbirolli
In the Manchester edition of The Guardian J.H. Elliot noted that ‘The race of Wagnerian sopranos is not yet extinct. In the great tradition is last night’s soloist, the Finnish Anita Välkki. She was magnificent. The Wagner singer must somehow emerge undaunted and greater than life-size through a vast symphonic orchestral texture that is a unity in itself. This Miss Välkki triumphantly did, with singing as beautiful as it was meaningful, and with incredible hints of power in reserve. This was an evening to warm the hearts of Wagnerites, especially older ones with long memories of past splendours’. Michael Kennedy in the Manchester Daily Telegraph wrote of ‘thoroughly musical, impassioned and noble singing which emphasized the beauty of Wagner’s vocal writing and the translucent quality of the whole amazing tapestry of
sound… the orchestral playing had tremendous power and sonority, thrilling grandeur and also brought out the delicacy of much of the scoring. Sir John was in his operatic element, securing superbly balanced performances, considerate to his soloist, but most of all to Wagner’.
From the booklet note by Mike Ashman, © 2015
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