Ira Malaniuk

Mezzo-Soprano

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Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen

Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen


Das Rheingold

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

Die Walküre

James King (Siegmund), Régine Crespin (Sieglinde), Gottlob Frick (Hunding), Hans Hotter (Wotan), Birgit Nilsson (Brünnhilde), Christa Ludwig (Fricka), Brigitte Fassbaender (Waltraute), Berit Lindholm (Helmwige), Helga Dernesch (Ortlinde), Vera Schlosser (Gerhilde), Helen Watts (Schwertleite), Vera Little (Siegrune), Claudia Hellmann (Rossweise), Marilyn Tyler (Grimgerde)

Siegfried

Wolfgang Windgassen (Siegfried), Birgit Nilsson (Brünnhilde), Hans Hotter (Wanderer), Gerhard Stolze (Mime), Gustav Neidlinger (Alberich), Kurt Böhme (Fafner), Marga Höffgen (Erda), Joan Sutherland (Waldvogel)

Götterdämmerung

Wolfgang Windgassen (Siegfried), Birgit Nilsson (Brünnhilde), Gottlob Frick (Hagen), Gustav Neidlinger (Alberich), Claire Watson (Gutrune), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Gunther), Christa Ludwig (Waltraute), Lucia Popp (Woglinde), Gwyneth Jones (Wellgunde), Maureen Guy (Flosshilde), Helen Watts (Erste Norn), Grace Hoffman (Zweite Norn), Anita Välkki (Dritte Norn)

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna State Opera Chorus, Sir Georg Solti

Sir Georg Solti’s Wagner’s epic music-drama Der Ring des Nibelungen was the first-ever studio recording of Wagner’s masterpiece on an unprecedented recording scale without precedent. Masterminded by legendary producer John Culshaw and his technical team under the direction of chief engineer Gordon Parry between 1958-1965, this massive undertaking set new standards in both opera recording and the possibilities of the effective and imaginative use of stereo.

The combination of Sir Georg Solti and the Vienna Philharmonic with an international cast of the greatest Wagnerian singers available resulted in a recording which was greeted with exceptional enthusiasm and rave reviews and which quickly won numerous international awards. This edition offers something that is the supreme sound experience of what is generally acknowledged to be the greatest version of Wagner’s supreme masterpiece.

Containing Wagner’s libretti, this audiophile edition offers something that is the supreme sound experience of what is generally acknowledged to be the greatest version of Wagner’s supreme masterpiece.

This release replicates the glorious 14CD deluxe edition (0028947837022), which sold 6000 units.

This release requires a Blu-Ray player, and contains no video content other than an on-screen menu. It plays on a standard Blu-Ray player, and is not restricted regionally in any way. A Blu-Ray player can be a very simple and affordable addition to any hi-fi system, enabling true 24-bit playback.

24-bit, 48kHz

“a living, convincing, whole, holistic and vibrant experience is just what this edition delivers...it faithfully reflects the spaciousness and appropriate aura that would have been experienced had you been sitting in on those amazing recordings in Vienna's Sofien Hall over 50 years ago...this is a superb release: it has everything that the original (many would say the best) complete Ring recording had – and much more.” Classical Net, 2013

“It’s the most gorgeous thing, even though it’s not exactly a bargain, and it’s never sounded better either.” Limelight Magazine, 13th March 2013

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Decca - 4786748

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Schmidt, F: Das Buch mit Sieben Siegeln (The Book of the Seven Seals)

Schmidt, F: Das Buch mit Sieben Siegeln (The Book of the Seven Seals)


Recorded at the Salzburg Festival in 1959

Sony - 684422

(CD - 2 discs)

$12.25

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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

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.

“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 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 ****

Orfeo - Orfeo d'Or - C851121B

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Wagner's Vision: Das Rheingold, Scenes 3 and 4 (1953)

Wagner's Vision: Das Rheingold, Scenes 3 and 4 (1953)


Ludwig Weber (bass), Erich Witte (tenor), Paul Kuen (tenor), Gisela Litz (alto), Bruni Falcon (soprano), Josef Greindl (bass), Maria von Ilosvay (contralto), Hermann Uhde (baritone), Ira Malaniuk (soprano), Erich Zimmermann (tenor), Gerhard Stolze (tenor), Hans Hotter (bass-baritone), Gustav Neidlinger (baritone), Hetty Plumacher (mezzo-soprano)

Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, Clemens Krauss

Documents - Wagner's Vision - 297901

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