Kirsten Flagstad Rarities | VAI VAIA12862

Kirsten Flagstad Rarities

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Label: VAI

Cat No: VAIA12862

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 21st February 2020

Contents

Works

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Ah, perfido!, op.65

Gluck, Christoph Willibald

Alceste
» A' vostri lai io pur bagnato il ciglio (Act 2)
» Divinita infernal! (Act 1)
» Mi arridea sinor la vita (Act 2)
» O Numi, ispiratemi ardire! (Act 3)

Grieg, Edvard

Songs (5), op.70
» no.3 Luminous night
Songs (6), op.39
» no.1 Fra Monte Pincio (From Monte Pincio): Nocturne
Songs (6), op.48
» no.6 En drom (A dream)

Purcell, Henry

Dido and Aeneas
» Dido's Lament

Wagner, Richard

Der fliegende Hollander (The Flying Dutchman)
» Johohoe! Traft ihr das Schiff im Meere an (Act 2)
Gotterdammerung
» Immolation Scene
Tristan und Isolde
» Isolde's Liebestod (Act 3)
» O sink hernieder, Nacht der Liebe
Wesendonck-Lieder (5) (orch. Felix Mottl)

Artists

Kirsten Flagstad (soprano)
Set Svanholm (tenor)
Danish Radio Orchestra and Chorus
Havana Philharmonic
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductors

Odd Gruner-Hegge
Johan Hye-Knudsen
Clemens Krauss

Works

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Ah, perfido!, op.65

Gluck, Christoph Willibald

Alceste
» A' vostri lai io pur bagnato il ciglio (Act 2)
» Divinita infernal! (Act 1)
» Mi arridea sinor la vita (Act 2)
» O Numi, ispiratemi ardire! (Act 3)

Grieg, Edvard

Songs (5), op.70
» no.3 Luminous night
Songs (6), op.39
» no.1 Fra Monte Pincio (From Monte Pincio): Nocturne
Songs (6), op.48
» no.6 En drom (A dream)

Purcell, Henry

Dido and Aeneas
» Dido's Lament

Wagner, Richard

Der fliegende Hollander (The Flying Dutchman)
» Johohoe! Traft ihr das Schiff im Meere an (Act 2)
Gotterdammerung
» Immolation Scene
Tristan und Isolde
» Isolde's Liebestod (Act 3)
» O sink hernieder, Nacht der Liebe
Wesendonck-Lieder (5) (orch. Felix Mottl)

Artists

Kirsten Flagstad (soprano)
Set Svanholm (tenor)
Danish Radio Orchestra and Chorus
Havana Philharmonic
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductors

Odd Gruner-Hegge
Johan Hye-Knudsen
Clemens Krauss

About

Kirsten Flagstad (1895-1962) is one of the greatest interpreters of Wagner on record. She treasured the gifts God bestowed on her, cultivated them with hard work and patience, and what emerged was a miracle of sound, large as the ocean, pure as a sunrise, and radiant with all the colors of the rainbow.

Most of the material included in this collection previously appeared on disc only briefly, on the now-defunct Eklipse label. The earliest performance is a 1948 all-Wagner concert from Cuba, conducted by Clemens Krauss, where the soprano is in spectacular form. The latest of the selections, excerpts from a 1957 radio performance of Gluck’s Alceste, show that the nearly-62-year-old soprano had lost none of that perfect balance of registers that gave her voice seemingly limitless measures of richness, freedom, and brilliance.

Includes Flagstad discussing “Desert Island Discs” (1952)

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