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Mozart - The Mercy of Titus | Nimbus - Prima Voce NI7967

Mozart - The Mercy of Titus

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Label: Nimbus - Prima Voce

Cat No: NI7967

Barcode: 0710357796722

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 1st February 2019

Contents

Artists

Richard Lewis
Monica Sinclair
Joan Sutherland
Jennifer Vyvyan
Anna Pollak
Thomas Hemsley
BBC Chorus
London Mozart Players

Conductor

John Pritchard

Works

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

La clemenza di Tito, K621

Artists

Richard Lewis
Monica Sinclair
Joan Sutherland
Jennifer Vyvyan
Anna Pollak
Thomas Hemsley
BBC Chorus
London Mozart Players

Conductor

John Pritchard

About

Mozart composed his last opera, La clemenza di Tito between July and September 1791. The opera, with its appropriate allegory of Princely justice, was commissioned for the celebrations of the coronation of Emperor Leopold II in Prague. Mozart arrived in the city nine days before the premiere on 6 September, and completed the work, despite illness, on the eve of the performance. The choruses and ensembles had been written in Vienna, but in consequence of his poor health Mozart was obliged to leave the recitatives to another hand - almost certainly Franz Süssmayr (1766- 1803), who also worked with Mozart as copyist on Die Zauberflöte, and after Mozart’s death on 5 December 1791, would famously complete his Requiem.

For this BBC studio recording (sung in English) the assembled cast presents all that was best in British singing of the time. It also captures Joan Sutherland – one of the greatest divas of any time – at an interim point in her early career. She had sung her first major role (Amelia, Un ballo in maschera) at Covent Garden in 1952. She had taken part in Britten’s Gloriana (1953) and created the role of Jennifer in Tippett’s The Midsummer Marriage (1955), but the ‘bel canto’ roles that would define her career did not appear until 1959 when she sung Lucia di Lammermoor at the Royal Opera House.

This complete performance was a BBC studio recording, broadcast on 11 March 1956. The source recording is part of the ‘Itter Broadcast Collection’ held by Lyrita Recorded Edition Trust.

Cast:
- Titus: Richard Lewis
- Sextus: Monica Sinclair
- Vitellia: Joan Sutherland
- Servilia: Jennifer Vyvyan
- Annius: Anna Pollak
- Publius: Thomas Hemsley

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