Luba Orgonasova

Soprano

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Weber: Der Freischütz

Weber: Der Freischütz


Der Freischütz holds a crucial place in history, setting the course of German Romantic opera. Nikolaus Harnoncourt’s typically probing approach produced an interpretation that, in the words of the distinguished critic Alan Blyth, “has the ring of reality about it, uncovering the troubled psyche and element of superstition in this extraordinary piece. [He] has assembled a cast that equals or surpasses that on just about every other version of the work … The recording is exemplary.”

Warner Classics - The Home of Opera - 9029593478

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Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances & The Bells

Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances & The Bells


Rachmaninov:

Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

The Bells, Op. 35

Luba Orgonášová (soprano), Dmitro Popov (tenor) & Mikhail Petrenko (bass)

with Rundfunkchor Berlin


EMI Classics releases an exciting new recording of Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances and The Bells. These two Rachmaninov masterpieces, performed by one of the world’s most renowned orchestras under their celebrated principal conductor Sir Simon Rattle. This is a rare chance to hear Sir Simon’s interpretations of these great works. Towards the end of his life, the composer himself said of The Bells “I worked on this composition with feverish ardour; and it remains of all my works the one I love the most”. Of the Symphonic Dances, written shortly before his death, he said “I don’t know how it happened, it must have been my last spark”.

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

“[The Bells'] vivid palette of orchestral colours suits him and the Berlin Philharmonic, while careful engineering eases the problems of balance...Rattle doesn't always give the music its head in a way that a Russian conductor might, but the performance is carefully calibrated and full of brilliantly focussed detail.” The Guardian, 15th August 2013 ****

“the choral singing [in The Bells] combines agility and heft – the third movement terrifies. Good soloists too – notably bass Mikhail Petrenko. Rattle’s characteristic ear for detail rarely derails the forward momentum...Rattle’s new Symphonic Dances take a while to work their magic...But you’re slowly won over” The Arts Desk, 24th August 2013

“Rattle keeps luxuriating, basking in the long-legged melodies, idling lovingly over phrases, wrapped in a full and warm recording. The more brittle elements in rhythm, gesture and orchestration have a hard time getting heard. This isn’t a problem with the later recording of the companion work, the choral symphony The Bells” The Times, 24th August 2013 ***

“[The Bells] was an astonishing first for the orchestra, which is perhaps why it sounds so fresh-minted here...The Symphonic Dances get sonic luxury from the Berliners. It’s hard to imagine the slow movement’s famous alto-sax solo more hauntingly played.” Sunday Times, 1st September 2013

“Rattle’s account of The Bells is very impressive: he has three excellent soloists and the choral and orchestral contributions are first class...I’m equally taken with his reading of the Symphonic Dances...the Berlin playing is simply fabulous...These are two of Rachmaninov’s greatest works and Simon Rattle has done them proud with this exciting disc.” MusicWeb International, 22nd September 2013

“Lucid detail, refined shaping, polished instrumental solos and a shrewd way with texture and rhythmic ebb and flow contribute to an interpretation as astutely conceived as it is vital in execution.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2013

“this Bells may be unsurpassable...The three soloists are superb, even if Dmytro Popov is a more heroic tenor than usual and Luba Orgonasova plays firm matriarch at the wedding rather than young bride. Mikhail Petrenko's bass is another quality voice, prefaced and mirrored by the most human cor anglais solo I've ever heard....a remarkable achievement.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2013 *****

“I always think Rattle is at his interpretative best when he's conducting music that is full of interesting orchestral colours, and this is certainly the case here...What I like about Rattle's interpretation is the amount of space he allows...this is easily one of my favourite recordings of the year so far.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, 26th August 2013

Presto Disc of the Week

26th August 2013

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GGramophone Awards 2014

Shortlisted - Choral

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Mariss Jansons conducts Schubert and Gounod

Mariss Jansons conducts Schubert and Gounod

Live-Recording, Munich, Herkulessaal, 27.-29.03.2007


Gounod:

St Cecilia Mass

Schubert:

Mass No. 2 in G major, D167


These two popular 19th century orchestral masses could hardly be more different: even though there are only 40 years between Franz Schubert’s Mass No. 2 in G major D. 167 and Charles Gounod’s St. Cecilia Mass. While Schubert at the tender age of 18 wrote his mass - in a single week! - in the customary style at the time of the Missa brevis, Charles Gounod’s St. Cecilia Mass stands out by virtue of lustrous tone colors with harp and winds - reminiscent in many places of grand opéra.

The recording of the present CD took place in March of 2007 in Munich’s Herkulessaal in the Residence and reveal Mariss Jansons, the Chief Conductor of the Chor and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks in an especially deeply felt program.

Schubert and Gounod: two popular 19th century orchestral masses united on one CD.

After Haydn’s Harmony Mass the second BR-KLASSIK CD with masses under the direction of Chief Conductor Mariss Jansons.

“splendidly controlled by Mariss Jansons. There is also a fine tenor solo from Christian Elsner in the 'Sanctus', and both performance and recording do well with the three soloists in 'et incarnatus', which Gounod wanted sung as quietly as possible” International Record Review, February 2012

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Schubert: Alfonso und Estrella, D732

Schubert: Alfonso und Estrella, D732

Sung in German


Filmed at the Theater an der Wien during performances in May 1997.

Stage Director: Jürgen Flimm

Set Design: Erich Wonder

Costumes: Florence von Gerkan

An all-star cast, world-famous choir and orchestra conducted by the renowned Nikolaus Harnoncourt came together in May 1997 to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Franz Schubert’s birth with a new production of his rarely performed opera Alfonso und Estrella.

Despite his inexperience in the field, Schubert provides some of his most poignantly beautiful music, notable for its sensitive use of orchestral colour and strong vocal lines.

Winner of two Emmys and many other prestigious awards, Brian Large directed this historic Vienna Festival production of one of Schubert’s most ambitious major works.

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Naxos - 2110260

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Honegger: Symphony No. 3

Honegger: Symphony No. 3


Honegger:

Symphony No. 3, H186 'Liturgique'

Poulenc:

Gloria

Luba Orgonásová (soprano)

The Netherlands Radio Choir


“The Netherlands Radio Choir is impressively well-drilled… The Slovakian soprano Luba Orgonásová soars majestically over the whole, alternately creating serenity and high drama as required. …a modern reading that is monumental but never melodramatic.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2008

Building a Library

First Choice - March 2008

Building a Library

First Choice - November 2010

Super Audio CD

Format:

Hybrid Multi-channel

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Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K384

Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K384


Luba Orgonasova (Konstanze), Cyndia Sieden (Blonde), Stanford Olsen (Belmonte), Uwe Peper (Pedrillo), Cornelius Hauptmann (Osmin), Hans-Peter Minetti (Bassa Selim)

The Monteverdi Choir &The English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner

“One of Mozart's most colourful and delightful scores, The Seraglio is stylishly sung here in a performance that includes the spoken dialogue. Gardiner's orchestral forces are on tip-top form, and the sound is warm and fresh.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2005 *****

“The overture immediately establishes the extra zest of the performance, with Orgonasova in particularly outstanding form” Penguin Guide

DG Opera House - E4775593

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Beethoven: Missa Solemnis in D major, Op. 123

Beethoven: Missa Solemnis in D major, Op. 123


Luba Orgonasova (soprano), Anna Larsson (contralto), Rainer Trost (tenor), Franz-Josef Selig (bass)

Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Schweizer Kammerchor, David Zinman

Arte Nova - 74321870742

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Haydn: The Creation

Haydn: The Creation


Per Vollested (bass), Eike Wilm Schulte (baritone), Luba Orgonasova (soprano), Joan Rodgers (soprano), John Mark Ainsley (tenor), Joao Rodrigues (tenor), Victor Gaspar (bass), Graziela Lé (soprano), Gonçalo Gonçalves (tenor), Ruth Farrapa (soprano), Susana Teixeira (contralto), Joana Nascimento (contralto), Nuno Pólvora (bass)

Gulbenkian Choir, Orchestra Of The 18th Century, Gulbenkian Choir, Frans Brüggen

Decca - 4830351

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Beethoven: Christus am Ölberge, Op. 85

Beethoven: Christus am Ölberge, Op. 85


'Christus am Ölberge', text by Franz Xaver Huber, is Beethoven's only oratorio and an isolated piece in his overall output. He composed it early in 1803, shortly before his great Third Symphony and a few months before he began work on his only opera, 'Fidelio'. Huber chose the biblical accounts of Jesus and his disciples in the garden of Gethsemane and of Christ's capture there as the basis of his work.

Originally released in November 2003, this spectacular recording launched a new collaboration between Kent Nagano and harmonia mundi.

“At its best, it is pure Beethoven...Placido Domingo and the radiant Luba Orgonasova are excellent soloists, and Kent Nagano conducts an eloquent performance.” Sunday Times, 5th January 2014

“Nagano is often very expressive… Both Fritz Wunderlich and Keith Lewis are more apt with their lighter, smoother, more beautiful voices… Orgonasova’s big, creamy, rounded voice provides its own thrills, especially as, despite its large size, it is very flexible… The chorus is excellent and very well placed in the sound picture to make the maximum dramatic effect.” MusicWeb International, December 2013

“Not perhaps Beethoven's best-known choral work, but a worthwhile piece nonetheless; this recording conducted by Kent Nagano features a spectacular trio of soloists including Plácido Domingo as Jesus, whose German pronunciation won't satisfy everyone, but who sings with glorious tone. The Rundfunkchor Berlin sing resplendently, with great playing from the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical

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Klassik ohne Krise: Grandioser Gesang

Klassik ohne Krise: Grandioser Gesang


Luba Orgonasova (soprano), Adriana Kohutkova (soprano), Denisa Slepkovska (mezzo-soprano), Thomas Harper (tenor), Miriam Gauci (soprano), Janez Lotric (tenor), Igor Morozov (baritone), Jana Valaskova (soprano), Alan Titus (baritone), Andrea Martin (baritone), Graciela Alperyn (mezzo-soprano), Marina Mescheriakova (soprano), Monika Krause (soprano), Yordy Ramiro (tenor), Nicola Martinucci (tenor), John Dickie (tenor), Herbert Lippert (tenor), Hellen Kwon (soprano), Roberto Servile (baritone), Giorgio Lamberti (tenor), Alida Ferrarini (soprano), Maria Pia Ionata (soprano), Patrizia Pace (soprano), Joanna Borowska (soprano), Rohangiz Yachmi (mezzo-soprano), Peter Mikulas (bass)

Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Slovak Philharmonic Chorus, Belgian Radio and Television Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Mozart Orchestra, CSR Symphony Orchestra, Bratislava, Capella Istropolitana, Failoni Orchestra, Budapest, Budapest Failoni Chamber Orc, Will Humburg, Johannes Wildner, Michael Halasz, Oliver Dohnanyi, Alexander Rahbari, Konrad Leitner, Pier Giorgio Morandi

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