Inge Borkh & Ljuba Welitsch: The Decca Recitals | Australian Eloquence ELQ4820280

Inge Borkh & Ljuba Welitsch: The Decca Recitals

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Label: Australian Eloquence

Cat No: ELQ4820280

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 22nd January 2016

Contents

Works

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Ah, perfido!, op.65

Cilea, Francesco

Adriana Lecouvreur
» Io son l'umile ancella

Debussy, Claude

L'enfant prodigue
» Air de Lia

Dvorak, Antonin

Rusalka, op.114
» Song to the Moon

Giordano, Umberto

Andrea Chenier
» La mamma morta

Gluck, Christoph Willibald

Alceste
» Divinites du Styx

Lehar, Franz

Der Zarewitsch
» Einer wird kommen
Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow)
» Viljalied (Act 2)
Zigeunerliebe (Gypsy Love)
» Lied und Csardas

Mascagni, Pietro

Cavalleria Rusticana
» Voi lo sapete, o mamma

Millocker, Carl

Die Dubarry
» Ich schenk mein Herz nur dem allein

Sieczynski, Rudolf

Wien, Wien nur du Allein (Vienna, City of My Dreams)

Strauss, Richard

Salome, op.54
» Ah! Du wolltest mich nicht deinen Mund kussen lassen

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

The Queen of Spades (Pique Dame), op.68
» Es geht auf Mitternacht
» Ich muss am Fenster lehnen

Verdi, Giuseppe

La forza del destino
» Son giunta!... Madre, madre, pietosa vergine
Macbeth
» Ambizioso spirto ...Vieni t'affretta ...Or tutti sorgete (Act 1)
» La luce langue (Act 2)
Un ballo in maschera
» Ecco l'orrido campo ...Ma dall'arido stelo divulsa
» Ma dall'arido stelo divulsa
» Morro, ma prima in grazia

Weber, Carl Maria von

Oberon, J306
» Ozean, du Ungeheuer

Artists

Inge Borkh (soprano)
Ljuba Welitsch (soprano)

Works

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Ah, perfido!, op.65

Cilea, Francesco

Adriana Lecouvreur
» Io son l'umile ancella

Debussy, Claude

L'enfant prodigue
» Air de Lia

Dvorak, Antonin

Rusalka, op.114
» Song to the Moon

Giordano, Umberto

Andrea Chenier
» La mamma morta

Gluck, Christoph Willibald

Alceste
» Divinites du Styx

Lehar, Franz

Der Zarewitsch
» Einer wird kommen
Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow)
» Viljalied (Act 2)
Zigeunerliebe (Gypsy Love)
» Lied und Csardas

Mascagni, Pietro

Cavalleria Rusticana
» Voi lo sapete, o mamma

Millocker, Carl

Die Dubarry
» Ich schenk mein Herz nur dem allein

Sieczynski, Rudolf

Wien, Wien nur du Allein (Vienna, City of My Dreams)

Strauss, Richard

Salome, op.54
» Ah! Du wolltest mich nicht deinen Mund kussen lassen

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

The Queen of Spades (Pique Dame), op.68
» Es geht auf Mitternacht
» Ich muss am Fenster lehnen

Verdi, Giuseppe

La forza del destino
» Son giunta!... Madre, madre, pietosa vergine
Macbeth
» Ambizioso spirto ...Vieni t'affretta ...Or tutti sorgete (Act 1)
» La luce langue (Act 2)
Un ballo in maschera
» Ecco l'orrido campo ...Ma dall'arido stelo divulsa
» Ma dall'arido stelo divulsa
» Morro, ma prima in grazia

Weber, Carl Maria von

Oberon, J306
» Ozean, du Ungeheuer

Artists

Inge Borkh (soprano)
Ljuba Welitsch (soprano)

About

These recordings of the voices of Inge Borkh and Ljuba Welitsch are very fine examples of the art of the dramatic soprano from the 1950s and early 1960s.

Borkh acquired a considerable reputation as Aida, Tosca, Turandot, and Medea in Cherubini's opera of the same name, as well as Leonora in Fidelio. On this anthology, bringing together her recital records for Decca, we are given two mixed recitals and one of three great operatic scenes (Beethoven, Strauss, Weber).

Bulgarian-born Ljuba Welitsch liked to sing and play the violin as a child. She studied Philosophy at Sofia University and began to train her voice at the Sofia Conservatory and then in Vienna at the Music Academy. It was in Vienna that her performance as the Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos attracted the attention of Richard Strauss who suggested that she sing Salome. Her first Salome was in 1944 at a performance conducted by the composer himself to mark his 80th birthday.

By the mid-1950s Welitsch had begun to switch to smaller roles and comic parts, after having driven her voice mercilessly and undergoing a throat operation. Her only recital disc for Decca (and one of her very few studio recordings) was recorded in Vienna in 1950.

By way of a 'bonus' we have Rudolf Sieczyski's nostalgic song 'Wien, Wien, nur du allein', composed in 1913 and performed here in a 1960 recording of Die Fledermaus as part of a 'gala' featuring a host of famous singers at Prince Orlofsky's ball. Welitsch had been coaxed out of retirement to take part in this bit of fun (which was not without precedent in Vienna) and her contribution is very moving.

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