Opera Gala | Australian Eloquence ELQ4841398

Opera Gala

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Label: Australian Eloquence

Cat No: ELQ4841398

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 20

Genre: Opera

Expected Release Date: 4th December 2020

Contents

Artists

John Aler
Luigi Alva
Oda Balsborg
Margaret Bence
Franz Bierbach
Jean Borthayre
David Bowman
Robert Bowman
John Brecknock
Fernanda Cadoni
Renato Capecchi
Virgilio Carbonari
Lisa della Casa
Athos Cesarini
Maria Chiara
Richard Conrad
Fernando Corena
Regine Crespin
Monika Dahlberg
Sonja Draksler
Otto Edelmann
Francis Egerton
Margreta Elkins
Lauris Elms
Graeme Ewer
Kirsten Flagstad
Gottlob Frick
John Fryatt
Annamaria Gasparini
Nicolai Ghiaurov
Pierre Giannotti
Omar Godknow
Gwyneth Griffiths
Hilde Gueden
Elizabeth Harwood
Grace Hoffman
Heinz Holecek
Ilse Hollweg
Marilyn Horne
Sumi Jo
Raoul Jobin
Irma Kolassi
Werner Krenn
Michael Langdon
Ilva Ligabue
Libero de Luca
Spiro Malas
Lydia Marimpietri
Valerie Masterson
Janine Micheau
Arnold van Mill
Peter Minich
Michele Molese
Mario Del Monaco
Marika Nemeth
Birgit Nilsson
Magda Olivero
Luigi Ottolini
Maria Pellegrini
Hetty Plumacher
Alfred Poell
Herbert Prikopa
Louis Quilico
Regina Resnik
Frieda Roesler
Marianne Schech
Paul Schoffler
Monica Sinclair
Elisabeth Soderstrom
Ilona Steingruber
Gerhard Stolze
Set Svanholm
Joan Sutherland
Franco Tagliavini
Michel Trempont
Joseph Ward
Claire Watson
Bernd Weikl
Rae Woodland
Ambrosian Singers
Chor der Wiener Staatsoper
Wiener Grosstadtkinderchor
Wiener Volksopernchor
Elemer Horvath Gypsy Band
London Philharmonic Orchestra
London Symphony Orchestra
National Philharmonic Orchestra
New Symphony Orchestra of London
Orchester der Wiener Volksoper
Orchestra e Coro del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Orchestre de la Societe des Concerts du Conservatoire de Paris
Orchestre du Theatre National de l’Opera-Comique
Orchestre National de l’Opera de Monte-Carlo
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Wiener Philharmoniker

Conductors

Richard Bonynge
Edward Downes
Alberto Erede
Anatole Fistoulari
Lamberto Gardelli
Heinrich Hollreiser
Hans Knappertsbusch
Josef Krips
Henry Lewis
Rudolf Moralt
Anton Paulik
John Pritchard
Argeo Quadri
Nicola Rescigno
Georg Solti
Silvio Varviso

Works

Adam, Adolphe

Le Toreador

Berlioz, Hector

La Damnation de Faust, op.24 H111 (highlights)

Bizet, Georges

Carmen (highlights)
Les Pecheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers) (highlights)

Boito, Arrigo

Mefistofele (highlights)

Bononcini, Giovanni Battista

Griselda (highlights)

Cimarosa, Domenico

Il maestro di cappella

Gounod, Charles

Mireille (excerpts)

Graun, Carl Heinrich

Montezuma (highlights)

Handel, George Frideric

Giulio Cesare, HWV17 (highlights)

Kalman, Emmerich

Grafin Mariza (highlights)

Lehar, Franz

Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow) (highlights)

Massenet, Jules

Werther (highlights)

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Mia speranza adorata ...Ah, non sai qual pena, K416
No, che non sei capace di cortesia, K419

Rossini, Gioacchino

La Donna del Lago (excerpts)
Le siege de Corinthe (excerpts)

Strauss, Richard

Arabella, op.79
» Das war sehr gut, Mandryka
» Der Richtige, so hab' ich still zu mir gesagt
» Er ist richtige nicht fur mich
Ariadne auf Naxos, op.60
» Es gibt ein Reich, wo alles rein ist
» Grossmachtige Prinzessin
Capriccio, op.85
» Closing scene
Der Rosenkavalier, op.59 (highlights)
Salome, op.54 (highlights)

Verdi, Giuseppe

Aida (highlights)
Falstaff (highlights)

Wagner, Richard

Die Walkure
» Act 1
» Act 3
» Siegmund! Sieh' auf mich! (Todesverkundigung)
Gotterdammerung (highlights)
Tristan und Isolde (highlights)

Wolf-Ferrari, Ermanno

Il segreto di Susanna (Suzanna's secret)

Zandonai, Riccardo

Francesca da Rimini (excerpts)

Artists

John Aler
Luigi Alva
Oda Balsborg
Margaret Bence
Franz Bierbach
Jean Borthayre
David Bowman
Robert Bowman
John Brecknock
Fernanda Cadoni
Renato Capecchi
Virgilio Carbonari
Lisa della Casa
Athos Cesarini
Maria Chiara
Richard Conrad
Fernando Corena
Regine Crespin
Monika Dahlberg
Sonja Draksler
Otto Edelmann
Francis Egerton
Margreta Elkins
Lauris Elms
Graeme Ewer
Kirsten Flagstad
Gottlob Frick
John Fryatt
Annamaria Gasparini
Nicolai Ghiaurov
Pierre Giannotti
Omar Godknow
Gwyneth Griffiths
Hilde Gueden
Elizabeth Harwood
Grace Hoffman
Heinz Holecek
Ilse Hollweg
Marilyn Horne
Sumi Jo
Raoul Jobin
Irma Kolassi
Werner Krenn
Michael Langdon
Ilva Ligabue
Libero de Luca
Spiro Malas
Lydia Marimpietri
Valerie Masterson
Janine Micheau
Arnold van Mill
Peter Minich
Michele Molese
Mario Del Monaco
Marika Nemeth
Birgit Nilsson
Magda Olivero
Luigi Ottolini
Maria Pellegrini
Hetty Plumacher
Alfred Poell
Herbert Prikopa
Louis Quilico
Regina Resnik
Frieda Roesler
Marianne Schech
Paul Schoffler
Monica Sinclair
Elisabeth Soderstrom
Ilona Steingruber
Gerhard Stolze
Set Svanholm
Joan Sutherland
Franco Tagliavini
Michel Trempont
Joseph Ward
Claire Watson
Bernd Weikl
Rae Woodland
Ambrosian Singers
Chor der Wiener Staatsoper
Wiener Grosstadtkinderchor
Wiener Volksopernchor
Elemer Horvath Gypsy Band
London Philharmonic Orchestra
London Symphony Orchestra
National Philharmonic Orchestra
New Symphony Orchestra of London
Orchester der Wiener Volksoper
Orchestra e Coro del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Orchestre de la Societe des Concerts du Conservatoire de Paris
Orchestre du Theatre National de l’Opera-Comique
Orchestre National de l’Opera de Monte-Carlo
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Wiener Philharmoniker

Conductors

Richard Bonynge
Edward Downes
Alberto Erede
Anatole Fistoulari
Lamberto Gardelli
Heinrich Hollreiser
Hans Knappertsbusch
Josef Krips
Henry Lewis
Rudolf Moralt
Anton Paulik
John Pritchard
Argeo Quadri
Nicola Rescigno
Georg Solti
Silvio Varviso

About

From Adam to Zandonai, from 1954 to 1996, 20 CDs made up of no fewer than 28 Decca opera recordings, most of them recorded as highlights albums, many long unavailable, newly remastered and all featuring the greatest singers of their age.

In bygone years, before 24/7 streaming, recorded music was less readily available than it is now. Complete opera sets were an expensive luxury; yet opera, and singers, still captured the classical music public’s imagination like no other genre. The advent of LP allowed for up to an hour’s highlights from a stage-work, including the most popular arias and numbers, to be issued in a single, cost-effective product. Listeners who baulked at the cost of Solti’s Ring cycle could nevertheless acquire Birgit Nilsson singing the Immolation Scene on one side and the climactic scene of Salome on the other. But with John Pritchard in charge she also recorded a sequence of scenes from Verdi’s Aida in 1963, and four years earlier the first-act scena from Tristan with Grace Hoffman as Brangäne and Knappertsbusch in Vienna.

Many of these ‘highlights only’ recordings have fallen from currency, but now we can all relive the pleasures of Regina Resnik’s Mistress Quickly and Luigi Alva’s Fenton (excerpts from Falstaff, 1963), and Marilyn Horne’s first recorded Carmen (with her husband Henry Lewis, 1970). A sequence of rare Baroque operas features the most famous husband-and-wife team of all, Richard Bonynge and Joan Sutherland, in vocally spectacular excerpts from operas by Bononcini, Graun and Handel; Monica Sinclair’s ‘Si spietata’ from Giulio Cesare is an astonishing piece of Baroque virtuosity.

Meanwhile single-act operas (notably Cimarosa’s Il Maestro di capella with Fernando Corena, 1960, and Wolf-Ferrari’s Il segreto di Susanna, 1976, directed by Lamberto Gardelli) and single acts of Wagner (the first and third acts of Die Walküre in Vienna, 1957) enjoyed all the attention to engineering and dramatic effect for which Decca’s production team was famous.

Further highlights albums functioned as artist showcases: for the superb Greek-French mezzo Irma Kolassi in Berlioz and Massenet’s Werther; Horne again in rare Rossini; and Lisa della Casa reprising her most notable Strauss heroines. The booklet of this uniquely compiled new set includes a new essay by Andrew Dalton on the history of opera highlights on disc as well as many treasurable artist and session photos: Resnik and her luggage, Nilsson and her Valkyrie’s steed, Sutherland and her son in full cowboy rig.

‘Lisa della Casa is an enchanting Arabella whose voice blends ideally with the no less clear but harder-grained soprano of Hilde Gueden.’ - The Record Guide, 1955 (Strauss, Arabella)

‘This release’s chief attraction - apart from its excellent sound - is [Corena’s] splendid performance of the Cimarosa intermezzo, easily the best on records.’ - High Fidelity, April 1961 (Cimarosa, Il Maestro di capella)

‘I recommend this delightful disc enthusiastically to all who enjoy Viennese operetta.’ - Gramophone, December 1961 (Kálmán, Gräfin Mariza)

‘A fascinating disc ... A pure, heroic style is what [Nilsson] gives us on this record. The many exposed notes have a ping about them, and one tenses with excitement at the accuracy.’ - Gramophone, October 1963 (Verdi, Aida)

‘Everything that sounds a bit contrived in Evans’s portrayal [of Falstaff] sounds natural in Corena’s; there is more bubbling fun, more bite, more elegance in the pointing of words... This sounds like a lovable, genuinely funny Sir John ... these passages play well even out of context.’ - High Fidelity, March 1964 (Verdi, Falstaff)

‘The result is far more spectacular and exciting Handel than one is used to hearing.’ - Stereo Review, April 1965 (Handel, Giulio Cesare)

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