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Britten: Peter Grimes

Britten: Peter Grimes

Jon Vickers (Peter Grimes), Heather Harper (Ellen Orford), Norman Bailey (Balstrode), Elizabeth Bainbridge (Auntie), John Dobson (Bob Boles), Forbes Robinson (Swallow), Patricia Payne (Mrs Sedley), Phillip Gelling (Ned Keene), John Lanigan (Horace Adams), John Tomlinson (Hobson), Marilyn Hill Smith (First Niece), Anne Pashley (Second Niece)

The Royal Opera, Colin Davis, production by Elijah Moshinsky

“Colin Davis...proves an inspired interpreter, taut in control as well as warmly expressive, drawing vividly atmospheric playing from the orchestra to supplement the brilliantly effective sets, minimal but wonderfully evocative in their dark picture of the Borough.” Penguin Guide, 2010 ***

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Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: highlights

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: highlights

Norman Bailey (Hans Sachs), Kurt Moll (Veit Pogner), Bernd Weik (Sixtus Beckmesser), Gerd Nienstedt (Fritz Kothner), René Kollo (Walther von Stolzing), Adolf Dallapozza (David), Hannelore Bode (Eva), Wiener Staatsopernchor (chorus)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Sir Georg Solti

Decca - 4812551

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Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38

Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38

Recorded on April 21, 1983 at the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory.

Arthur Davies (tenor), Felicity Palmer (mezzo-soprano), Norman Bailey (baritone) & Oleg Yanchenko (organ)

London Symphony Chorus & USSR State Symphony Orchestra, Evgeny Svetlanov & Richard Hickox (chorus-master)

Edward Elgar was one of the major representatives of British music from the period of English music renaissance. Continuing the traditions of European, primarily German musical romanticism, he embodied the most distinctive features of national culture in his works. Elgar’s genius manifested itself in a most complete fashion in symphonic and choral genres.

The Dream of Gerontius (1900), often referred to as an oratorio, is Elgar’s largest composition. The poem by Cardinal John Henry Newman, an important figure in the Church of England, thinker and poet, about a journey of a soul after death was a literary foundation of the oratorio. A deeply spiritual and religious content of the oratorio, plenty of dramatic and vivid episodes, a developed vocal and choral texture, and masterful grasp of orchestral colours made it one of the most popular works of British music along with Handel’s Messiah.

Evgeny Svetlanov, who is traditionally considered an unsurpassed performer of Russian symphonic and operatic music, not infrequently made himself known as an outstanding and inspired interpreter of West European music works. Thanks to him, some of them were performed in the former USSR for the first time. That was the case with The Dream of Gerontius, which the conductor heard in England and was amazed by its power and grandeur. It was performed with great success at the Big Hall of the Moscow Conservatory in 1983 with the participation of well-known British soloists Felicity Palmer, Arthur Davies and Norman Bailey, the London Symphony Chorus conducted by Richard Hickox and the USSR State Academic Symphony Orchestra conducted by Evgeny Svetlanov.

We present a recording of that performance.

“An interesting addition to the discography of The Dream of Gerontius. It’s also a valuable document, illustrating an unexpected side to this Russian conductor who could be volatile but, at his best, inspirational” MusicWeb International, February 2015

“a powerful Gerontius, with fine British chorus and soloists...but a Russian orchestra, conducted with passionate conviction. Svetlanov and his players show thorough understanding of what Michael Kennedy calls Elgar’s masterly melodic speech rhythm, and the music flows.” Sunday Times, 22nd February 2015

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Solti dirigiert Wagner

Solti dirigiert Wagner

Norman Bailey (bass-baritone), Helga Dernesch (soprano), Victor Braun (baritone), Plácido Domingo (tenor), Hans Sotin (bass), Ben Heppner (tenor), Karita Mattila (soprano), René Pape (bass), José van Dam (bass), James King (tenor), Birgit Nilsson (soprano), René Kollo (tenor)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Chorus, Chicago Symphony Chorus, Wiener Philharmoniker, Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Staatsopernchor, Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Sir Georg Solti

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Various Artists, Sir Neville Marriner (lead vocals), Christopher Bishop (producer), Academy Of St. Martin-In-The-Fields (lead vocals), Academy of St. Martin in the Fields (featured vocalist), Christopher Bishop (produced by), Stephen Hough (piano), Andrei Gavrilov (piano), Sabine Meyer (clarinet), Radovan Vlatkovic (horn), Claudio Desderi (baritone vocals), José Van Dam (bass vocals), Agnes Baltsa (mezzo-soprano vocals), Margaret Marshall (soprano vocals), Fiorenza Cossotto (mezzo-soprano vocals), Herbert von Karajan (lead vocals), Fritz Helmis (harp), James Galway (flute), Michel Glotz (producer), Scott Shields (produced by), Fritz Helmis (lead vocals), Berliner Philharmoniker (lead vocals), James Galway (lead vocals), Thomas Allen (vocals), London Philharmonic Choir (chorus), Hans Sotin (bass vocals), Kiri Te Kanawa (soprano vocals), Ileana Cotrubas (soprano vocals), Vienna State Opera Chorus (chorus), Emile Naoumoff (featured vocalist), Emile Naoumoff (piano), Lucia Popp (soprano vocals), Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Wolfgang Brendel/Bernard Haitink/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Theodor Holzinger (executive producer), Mirtin Wohr (engineer), Andras Adorjan (solo flute), Andras Adorjan (musicians), Theodore Holzinger (produced by), John Mordler (executive producer), Martin Wöhr (tonmeister), Wolfgang Brendel (vocals), Siegfried Jerusalem (tenor vocals), Brigitte Lindner (soprano vocals), Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (tenor vocals), Bernard Haitink (lead vocals), Roland Bracht (Baß) (bass), Heinz Zednik (tenor vocals), Edita Gruberova (soprano vocals), Bernard Haitink (tenor vocals), Klaus V. Wildemann (vocals), Bayerischer Rundfunk (lead vocals), Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (lead vocals), John Aler (tenor vocals), Christian Zacharias (featured vocalist), Gerd Berg (producer), Gerd Berg (produced by), Christian Zacharias (piano), Bernard Haitink/Edita Gruberova/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Brigitte Lindner (boy soprano), Edita Gruberova (boy soprano), Wolfgang Brendel (bass-baritone), Edita Gruberova (lead vocals), Sabine Meyer/Wiener Streichsextett, Hartwig Paulsen (engineer), Sabine Meyer (lead vocals), Wiener Streichsextett (lead vocals), Wiener Streichsextett (vocal ensemble), Edda Moser/Julia Hamari/Nicolai Gedda/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Eugen Jochum, Edda Moser (boy soprano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (bass-baritone), John Willan (produced by), Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks (chorus), Friedrich Welz (producer), Nicolai Gedda (vocals), Julia Hamari (boy soprano), Josef Schmidhuber (chorus), John Willan (producer), Friedrich Welz (produced by), Julia Hamari (mezzo-soprano vocals), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (lead vocals), Julia Hamari (lead vocals), Edda Moser (soprano vocals), Edda Moser (lead vocals), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (vocals), John Willlan (producer), Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks (lead vocals), Eugen Jochum (lead vocals), Vladimir Spivakov/English Chamber Orchestra, Vladimir Spivakov (violin), ENGLISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (lead vocals), Vladimir Spivakov (lead vocals), Peter Hofmann (tenor vocals), Theodore Holzinger (producer), Ortrun Wenkel (mezzo-soprano vocals), Aage Haugland (bass), Wolfgang Brendel (baritone vocals), John Mordler (producer), Doris Soffel (mezzo-soprano vocals), Martin Wohr (engineer), André von Mattoni (vocals), Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (chorus), Roland Bracht (featured vocalist), Erich Kunz (bass), Roland Bracht (bass), Waldemar Kmentt (tenor vocals), Norman Bailey (bass), Marilyn Richardson (soprano vocals), London Philharmonic Choir/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Franz Welser-Möst, David Bell (organ), Andrew Keener (producer), Richard Cooke (chorus), Andrew Keener (produced by), Franz Welser-Möst (lead vocals), London Philharmonic Choir (lead vocals), London Philharmonic Orchestra (lead vocals), Franz Welser-Moest (lead vocals), Eberhard Waechter, Eberhard Wächter (baritone vocals), Graziella Sciutti (soprano vocals), Neville Boyling (engineer), Radu Lupu (piano), Gianna Rolandi (soprano vocals), Dame Felicity Lott (soprano vocals), Philharmonia Orchestra/Guido Cantelli, Lawrance Collingwood (producer), Lawrence Collingwood (producer), PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA (lead vocals), Guido Cantelli (lead vocals)

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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620 (highlights)

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620 (highlights)

1. Die Zauberflöte K620 - Overture

2. Die Zauberflöte, '(The) Magic Flute' K620 - Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja

3. Act I - Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön (Tamino)

4. Die Zauberflöte K620 - O zitt're nicht (Act 1)

5. Die Zauberflöte K620 - Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen (Pamina, Papageno)

6. Die Zauberflöte: Singspiel in two acts' K620 - Schnelle Füße, rascher Mut (Pamina, Papageno, Monostatos, Chorus)

7. Act II - O Isis und Osiris (Sarastro, Chor)

8. Act II - Der Hölle Rache (Königin)

9. Act II - In diesen heil'gen Hallen (Sarastro)

10. Act II - Ach, ich fühl's, es ist entschwunden (Pamina)

11. Act II - O Isis und Osiris, welche Wonne! (Priester)

12. Act II - Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen (Papageno)

13. Die Zauberflöte: Singspiel in two acts K620 - Papagena! Papagena! Papagena! (Papageno)

14. Die Zauberflöte: Singspiel in two acts K620 - Die Strahlen der Sonne ... Heil sei euch Geweihten! (Sarastro, Chor)

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Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream

James Bowman (Oberon), Lillian Watson (Tytania), John Graham-Hall (Lysander), Henry Herford (Demetrius), Della Jones (Hermia), Jill Gomez (Helena), Norman Bailey (Theseus), Penelope Walker (Hippolyta)

City of London Sinfonia, Richard Hickox

The mid-price collection presents some of the most important and admired recordings of the EMI Classics and Virgin Classics catalogue which make EMI - The Home of Opera.

Bonus Disc contains synopsis and libretto with translation.

“Hickox and his orchestra bring out the genius of the scoring, melody and harmony, at once so spare and so lush and, literally, so magical.” Gramophone Magazine

“this sumptuous Abbey Road recording features a strong cast” BBC Music Magazine, July 2011 ****

“With a chamber orchestra rather than the full LSO, the scale is more intimate...What makes the set indispensable is that it includes a brief 90-second sequence, intensely poetic, in the scene of the lovers' awakening in Act III, where Britten's own recording observes a cut as made in the original Aldeburgh staging.” Penguin Guide, 2010 edition ***

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Britten: Gloriana

Britten: Gloriana

Stage Production by Colin Graham, Set Design by Colin Graham, Alix Stone & Costume Design by Alix Stone

Sarah Walker (Elizabeth I), Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Essex), Jean Rigby (Lady Essex), Richard Van Allan (Raleigh), Elizabeth Vaughn (Lady Penelope Rich), Alan Opie (Cecil), Neil Howlett (Mountjoy), Malcolm Donnelly (Henry Cuffe), Lynda Russell (Lady in Waiting), Norman Bailey (Ballad Singer)

Chorus and Orchestra of the English National Opera, Mark Elder

Recording Date: 1984
Place of recording: From the London Coliseum
Running Time: 147 min
Picture Format: 4:3
Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Menu Languages NTSC: D, F, GB, SP
Subtitle Languages NTSC: D, F, GB, SP

“It was this staging that conclusively restored the work to the repertory when directed with such utter conviction in Alix Stone's and Colin Graham's evocative sets, and Stone's proud costumes. Many fine singers graced the title-part over the years. Sarah Walker is among the foremost of them. Barstow is, of course, unforgettable, but Walker's portrayal stands up to the comparison and, though a mezzo, she has no trouble with high-line passages.
At the time ENO still boasted fine ensembles.
Every other member of the cast surpasses its Opera North counterpart: Rolfe Johnson's manly, hot-headed and finely sung Essex, Richard Van Allan's menacing Raleigh, Jean Rigby's moving Frances Essex, Alan Opie's sly Cecil.
Over all presides Mark Elder, projecting a grandly conceived yet subtle account of the whole score, played with acumen by the ENO orchestra. This is an experience of a great company in full flight and should not be missed; it gives the score in its entirety, allowing us to hear what a dramatically varied and superbly crafted piece of work Britten's opera has proved to be.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“Walker sings and acts powerfully, with her final signing of Essex's death warrant at once vehement yet regretful. Even the small roles are splendidly taken.” Penguin Guide, 2010 edition ***

“An arresting portrayal, which is supported by a number of outstanding performances, notably Anthony Rolfe Johnson’s ardent and beautifully sung Essex.” Sunday Times

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Mozart - Die Zauberflöte (highlights)

Mozart - Die Zauberflöte (highlights)

Bernard Haitink/Roland Bracht/Doris Soffel/Ortrun Wenkel/Wolfgang Brendel/Brigitte Lindner/Heinz Zednik/Peter Hofmann/Aage Haugland/Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Siegfried Jerusalem/Norman Bailey, Peter Hofmann (vocals), Ortrun Wenkel (vocals), Norman Bailey (bass-baritone), Roland Bracht (bass), Siegfried Jerusalem (vocals), Wolfgang Brendel (bass-baritone), Waldemar Kmentt (vocals), Theodore Holzinger (recorder), Marilyn Richardson (boy soprano), John Mordler (recorder), Brigitte Lindner (boy soprano), André von Mattoni (vocals), Aage Haugland (bass), Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks (chorus), Doris Soffel (boy soprano), Heinz Zednik (vocals), Erich Kunz (bass-baritone), Edita Gruberova (boy soprano), Lucia Popp (boy soprano), Bernard Haitink (lead vocals), Brigitte Lindner (soprano vocals), Martin Wöhr (tonmeister), John Mordler (producer), Wolfgang Brendel (tenor vocals), Siegfried Jerusalem (tenor vocals), Theodor Holzinger (executive producer), Theodore Holzinger (producer), Andras Adorjan (solo flute), Roland Bracht (Baß) (bass), Lucia Popp (soprano vocals), Edita Gruberova (soprano vocals), Heinz Zednik (tenor vocals), Bayerischer Rundfunk (lead vocals), Andras Adorjan (musicians), Klaus V. Wildemann (vocals), Wolfgang Brendel/Bernard Haitink/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Mirtin Wohr (engineer), Theodore Holzinger (produced by), John Mordler (executive producer), Wolfgang Brendel (vocals), Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (tenor vocals), Bernard Haitink (tenor vocals), Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (lead vocals), Siegfried Jerusalem/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Bernard Haitink, Edita Gruberova/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Bernard Haitink, Edita Gruberova (lead vocals), Wolfgang Brendel (baritone vocals), Bernard Haitink/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Lucia Popp/Wolfgang Brendel/Heinz Zednik, Heinz Zednik (lead vocals), Wolfgang Brendel (lead vocals), Lucia Popp (lead vocals), Roland Bracht (bass vocals), Chor Des Bayerischen Rundfunks (lead vocals), Erich Kunz (bass), Martin Wohr (engineer), Norman Bailey (bass), Ortrun Wenkel (boy soprano), Ortrun Wenkel (mezzo-soprano vocals), Roland Bracht (featured vocalist), Doris Soffel (mezzo-soprano vocals), Marilyn Richardson (soprano vocals), Roland Bracht/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Bernard Haitink, Roland Bracht (lead vocals), Lucia Popp/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Bernard Haitink, Waldemar Kmentt/Erich Kunz/André von Mattoni/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Bernard Haitink, Erich Kunz (lead vocals), Wolfgang Brendel/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Bernard Haitink, Bernard Haitink/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Wolfgang Brendel/Brigitte Lindner, Brigitte Lindner (lead vocals), Roland Bracht/Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Bernard Haitink

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Wagner: Götterdämmerung: Act 3

Wagner: Götterdämmerung: Act 3

sung in English

Rita Hunter (Brünnhilde), Norman Bailey (Gunther), Alberto Remedios (Siegfried), Clifford Grant (Hagen), Margaret Curphey (Gutrune)

Sadler Wells Opera Chorus, Sadlers' Wells Orchestra, Reginald Goodall

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