Ira Malaniuk

Mezzo-Soprano

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Wagner: Das Rheingold

Wagner: Das Rheingold

Recorded 1958


George London (Wotan), Gustav Neidlinger (Alberich), Set Svanholm (Loge), Kirsten Flagstad (Fricka), Claire Watson (Freia), Waldemar Kmentt (Froh), Eberhard Wächter (Donner), Paul Kuen (Mime), Jean Madeira (Erda), Walter Kreppel (Fasolt), Kurt Böhme (Fafner), Oda Balsborg (Woglinde), Hetty Plümacher (Wellgunde), Ira Malaniuk (Flosshilde)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Sir Georg Solti

“The immediacy and precise placing are thrilling...Solti gives a magnificent reading of the score, crisp, dramatic and direct. Vocally, the set is held together by the unforgettable singing of Neidlinger as Alberich...An outstanding achievement” Penguin Guide, 2010 edition ****

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Decca - Originals - 4780382

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Strauss, R: Arabella

Strauss, R: Arabella


Lisa della Casa (Arabella), Hilde Gueden (Zdenka), George London (Mandryka), Anton Dermota (Matteo), Otto Edelmann (Graf Waldner), Ira Malaniuk (Adelaide), Mimi Coertse (Fiakermilli), Waldemar Kmentt (Elemer), Eberhard Wächter (Dominik)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Sir Georg Solti

Recorded: May/June 1957

Decca - Originals - E4757731

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Strauss, R: Arabella

Strauss, R: Arabella


Lisa Della Casa (Arabella), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Mandryka), Anneliese Rothenberger (Zdenka), Ira Malaniuk (Adelaide), Karl Christian Kohn (Waldner), Eva Maria Rogner (Fiakermilli), Georg Paskuda (Matteo), Fritz Uhl (Elemer), Carl Hoppe (Dominik)

Bayerischer Staatsopernchor & Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Joseph Keilberth

(now on 2 CDs for the first time)

“A live recording from Munich's Staatsoper in its 1960s heyday. Della Casa's creamy toned Arabella is near perfect and Fischer-Dieskau a deeply sympathetic Mandryka. Keilberth's spacious tempos allow this glorious score to breath deeply.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2006 *****

“Caught live in Munich in 1963, Della Casa is still in shining, sensuous voice. Amid a gallery of overwrought characters, her Arabella is the poised centre of the opera: self-possessed yet always lovable. No soprano on disc has quite equalled her radiant serenity in the final apotheosis.” Richard Wigmore, The Telegraph, 13th September 2008

DG Opera House - 4775625

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The Greatest Don Giovanni, Vol. 9

The Greatest Don Giovanni, Vol. 9


Cesare Siepi (bass), Anton Dermota (tenor), Ira Malaniuk (alto), Lisa Della Casa (soprano), Fedora Barbieri (alto), Giuseppe Di Stefano (tenor)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Vienna Philharmonia Chorus, Wiener Singverein, NBC Symphony Orchestra, Little Orchestra Society, Bruno Walter, Herbert von Karajan, Arturo Toscanini, Thomas Scherman

Released or re-released in last 6 months

Documents - Cesare Siepi - The Greatest Don Giovanni - 282628

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Wagner: Operatic Scenes From The Ring (Classic FM The Full Works)

Wagner: Operatic Scenes From The Ring (Classic FM The Full Works)


Various Artists, George London (Baritone), Set Svanholm (Tenor), Gustav Neidlinger (Bass), Waldemar Kmentt (Tenor), Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Eberhard Wächter (Baritone), Paul Kuentz (Tenor), Hetty Plümacher (Contralto), Oda Balsborg (Soprano), Ira Malaniuk (Contralto), Hans Hotter (Bass), Birgit Nilsson (Soprano), Birgit Nilsson, Berit Lindholm (Soprano), Brigitte Fassbaender (Contralto), Claudia Hellmann (Mezzo-Soprano), Helen Watts (Contralto), Helga Dernesch (Soprano), Marilyn Tyler (Soprano), Vera Schlosser (Soprano), Wolfgang Windgassen (Tenor), Kurt Böhme (Bass), Gottlob Frick (Bass)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Sir Georg Solti

Classic FM - The Full Works - 4807977

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Mendelssohn: Elijah, Op. 70

Mendelssohn: Elijah, Op. 70

Cologne live 1962


George London (Elias), Ingrid Bjoner (soprano), Ira Malaniuk (mezzo), Waldemar Kmentt (tenor)

Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Christoph von Dohnànyi

Featuring George London, Ingrid Bjoner, Kmentt, Malaniuk; this is a live performance from Cologne 1962.

Christoph von Dohnànyi conducts George London as Elias – it is the only existing recording, which will be a must for collectors.

Andromeda - ANDRCD5155

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Wagner's Vision: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (1951)

Wagner's Vision: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (1951)


Otto Edelmann (bass), Heinz Borst (tenor), Arnold van Mill (bass), Werner Faulhaber (bass), Erich Majkut (tenor), Erich Kunz (baritone), Heinz Tandler (bass), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano), Josef Janko (tenor), Frederick Dalberg (bass), Hans Berg (bass), Heinrich Pflanzl (baritone), Hans Hopf (tenor), Gerhard Unger (tenor), Ira Malaniuk (soprano), Karl Mikorey (tenor), Gerhard Stolze (tenor)

Bayreuth Festival Chorus, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan

Documents - Wagner's Vision - 297934

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Wagner's Vision: Tristan und Isolde, Act I (1952)

Wagner's Vision: Tristan und Isolde, Act I (1952)


Ramon Vinay (tenor), Hermann Uhde (baritone), Ludwig Weber (bass), Gerhard Stolze (tenor), Martha Modl (soprano), Wilhelm Pitz (choirmaster), Hans Hotter (bass-baritone), Ira Malaniuk (soprano), Werner Faulhaber (bass), Gerhard Unger (tenor)

Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, Bayreuth Festival Chorus, Herbert von Karajan

Documents - Wagner's Vision - 297917

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Wagner's Vision: Tristan und Isolde, Act II (1952)

Wagner's Vision: Tristan und Isolde, Act II (1952)


Ramon Vinay (tenor), Werner Faulhaber (bass), Gerhard Stolze (tenor), Ira Malaniuk (soprano), Hermann Uhde (baritone), Martha Modl (soprano), Hans Hotter (bass), Ludwig Weber (bass), Gerhard Unger (tenor)

Bayreuth Festival Chorus, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan

Documents - Wagner's Vision - 297918

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Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'


Beethoven’s 9th Symphony remains to this day the only work that does not belong to the Bayreuth canon or the 'Wagner Ten', so to speak – and yet has nevertheless been performed on the Green Hill along with them. Both within and without the Bayreuth walls, the performance history of this symphony is associated with no conductor more than with Wilhelm Furtwängler. The opening performance of the first post-War Bayreuth Festival in 1951 was of Beethoven’s Ninth under Furtwängler, and there already exists an ORFEO release based on the original radio broadcast. Several technical hurdles had to be overcome before the performance of 1954 could also be released on CD, however, for none of the accessible sources could be prepared satisfactorily without employing the most modern mastering possibilities. The result is undoubtedly a vital document: both for those interested in the history of the Bayreuth Festival and for those who are enthused by the concurrent continuity and constant change that is a hallmark of Wilhelm Furtwängler’s style of interpretation. This Ninth would be his farewell to Bayreuth and was in fact one of his very last concerts anywhere, for it took place just three months before his death. Its interpretation is more direct and less ceremonial than in earlier recordings under this great conductor. In the last bars of this symphony’s famous choral finale he achieves a climax not just through his scorching pace, but also through a well-nigh breathless intensification of the musical content. The Bayreuth Festival Chorus and Orchestra and the solo quartet (led by the Dutch soprano Gré Brouwenstijn, here in magnificent voice) follow the maestro’s beat even here with an unmistakeable sense of tension and the utmost, unrelenting attention. It is surely herein that lies the secret of the fascination that Furtwängler exudes even now. As perhaps no other conductor he always understood how to avoid the routine in works that he conducted so many times. Instead he was time and again able to summon up and maintain an awareness of them as something extraordinary and unique: for himself, his fellow musicians and his listeners.

“Orfeo offers the best sound yet for this performance, even though the vocal soloists remain painfully spotlit. Furtwängler conducts with spacious grandeur and elemental drive.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2013 ****

“The restored sound is poor, but the electricity of the performance – the power of its climaxes and dramatic intensity – is unmistakable. Furtwängler fans will certainly want to hear this account.” The Guardian, 24th January 2013 ***

Orfeo - Orfeo d'Or - C851121B

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