Sir John Pritchard

Conductor

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Arnold Cooke: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5

Arnold Cooke: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5


Cooke, A:

Symphony No. 4 in E flat

BBC Broadcast 15 January 1975. First performance. Live from the Royal Festival Hall

BBC Symphony Orchestra, John Pritchard

Symphony No. 5 in G

BBC Broadcast 17 July 1981

BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra, Bernard Keeffe


‘My music is mainly based on traditional procedures and principles … I do not have any particular theories of composition, just a natural inclination for it’. These clear and precise observations by Arnold Cooke (1906-2005 ) are indicative of a practical approach to his craft. During a long creative life he abstained discreetly from a battery of stylistic trends, including serialism, aleatoricism, minimalism, musique concrète and electronic music, and established single-mindedly a substantial canon notable for its unfaltering cogency and integrity. In his review of the BBC broadcast of Cooke’s Symphony no.4, Meirion Bowen commented that, ‘The format is entirely that of the traditional four movement symphony – crystal clear to follow, perfectly proportioned in the best academic traditions’. The score has a certain Brucknerian grandeur and it is a tribute to the closely-argued intensity of Cooke’s writing that he achieves this feeling of thematic opulence in a work which is roughly half the time span of an average Bruckner symphony.

Lyrita Itter Broadcast Collection - REAM1123

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Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor

Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor


Joan Sutherland (Lucia), Renato Cioni (Edgardo), Cesare Siepi (Raimondo), Robert Merrill (Enrico), Kenneth MacDonald (Arturo), Ana Raquel Satra (Alisa), Rinaldo Pelizzoni (Normanno)

Chorus and Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Rome, John Pritchard

Alto - ALC2025

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Great Scenes from Aida

Great Scenes from Aida

Decca Most Wanted Recitals Vol. 31


Verdi:

Ritorna vincitor! (from Aida)

Birgit Nilsson (Aida)

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, John Pritchard

Fu la sorte dell'armi a' tuoi funesta (from Aida)

Birgit Nilsson (Aida), Grace Hoffman (Amneris)

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, John Pritchard

Qui Radamès verrà!... O patria mia (from Aida)

Birgit Nilsson (Aida), Louis Quilico (Amonasro)

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, John Pritchard

Rivedrai le foreste imbalsamate (from Aida)

Birgit Nilsson (Aida), Louis Quilico (Amonasro), Luigi Ottolini (Radames)

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, John Pritchard

La fatal pietra sovra me si chiuse (from Aida)

Birgit Nilsson (Aida), Luigi Ottolini (Radames)

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, John Pritchard

Wagner:

Wesendonck-Lieder (5)

Birgit Nilsson (soprano)

London Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis


Decca Most Wanted Recitals - 4808168

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Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K492

Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K492

Live Recording From The Glyndebourne Festival Opera, 1973


Knut Skram (Figaro), Ileana Cotrubas (Susanna), Kiri Te Kanawa (Countess Almaviva), Benjamin Luxon (Count Almaviva), Frederica von Stade (Cherubino), Marius Rintzler (Bartolo), Nucci Condo (Marcellina)

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Glyndebourne Chorus, John Pritchard (conductor) & Peter Hall (director)

Le nozze di Figaro, Mozart’s timeless opera buffa, is one of the greatest of all operatic masterpieces. It is based on Beaumarchais’ comedy Le Mariage de Figaro and tells the tale of the servant Figaro, who is about to marry the maid Susanna. Count Almaviva, keeping an eye on Susanna himself, tries to prevent this marriage with the help of Bartolo, the doctor, but is continually thwarted.

This classic 1973 production by legendary director Peter Hall features a cast of renowned opera singers lead by Kiri Te Kanawa as the Countess, arguably her finest role and certainly the role that made her an international superstar. Knut

Skram’s charming and charismatic take on the character of Figaro complements Ileana Cotrubas’ gentle Susanna, and also noteworthy is the outstanding performance by Frederica von Stade as Cherubino.

It is doubtless thanks to the supreme conductorship of John Pritchard that excellent singers, who perform even in supporting roles, provide a well-rounded ensemble performance. Pritchard had been associated to the Glyndebourne theatre since 1947, and he gradually took over to continue Fritz Busch’s initial work as a Choirmaster and Assistant.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 4:3

DVD Format: DVD 9 / NTSC

Subtitle Languages: IT (Original Language), GB, DE, FR, ES

Running Time: 185 mins

FSK: 0

“A straightforward production by Peter Hall and a near-ideal cast proves as completely satisfactory as I can imagine this perfect opera being.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2013 *****

“Skram, lithe of figure and firm of tone is very good...Te Kanawa sings the Countess with beautiful tone, clarity and phrasing...No wonder she was the outstanding exponent of the role in the last decades of the nineteen hundreds...Cotrubas, as ever, presents an appealing stage presence and acts well whilst singing with clear diction and expressiveness.” MusicWeb International, 25th June 2013

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Format: NTSC

Arthaus Musik - 102301

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Joan Sutherland Collector’s Album: Rare Broadcasts

Joan Sutherland Collector’s Album: Rare Broadcasts


Bononcini, G B:

Per la gloria d'adorarvi (from Griselda)

Richard Bonynge (piano)

Donizetti:

Confusa è l'alma mia (from Emilia di Liverpool)

1957

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Liverpool Music Singers Group, John Pritchard

Madre, deh placati..Ah! di contento (from Emilia di Liverpool)

1957

with April Cantelo (soprano)

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Liverpool Music Singers Group, John Pritchard

Handel:

Di, cor mio, quanto t'amai (from Alcina)

with Norma Procter (mezzo), Thomas Hemsley (tenor)

Capella Coloniensis, Ferdinand Leitner

Tornami a vagheggiar (from Alcina)

Capella Coloniensis, Ferdinand Leitner

Ombre pallide (from Alcina)

1959

Capella Coloniensis, Ferdinand Leitner

Haydn:

Si ti perdo amata sposa, Hob.XXIVb: B1

1956

Dennis Brain (horn)

Goldsborough Orchestra, Charles Mackerras

Horn, C E:

Cherry Ripe

Richard Bonynge (piano)

Mozart:

Exsultate, jubilate, K165

1959

Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra, Alberto Erede

Rossini:

La fioraia Fiorentina

Richard Bonynge (piano)

La promessa

Richard Bonynge (piano)

Soirées musicales: L'orgia

Ernest Lush (piano)

Soirées musicales: La pastorella dell'Alpi

Richard Bonynge (piano)

Soirées Musicales: La gita in gondola

Richard Bonynge (piano)


Joan Sutherland (soprano)

“This collection of broadcast material shows Sutherland's amazing precision and tonal clarity” BBC Music Magazine, February 2013 *****

“The lively, refreshing Exsultate, jubilate, a piece Sutherland didn't record commercially, shows us the capabilities of this kind of voice...you rarely hear it sung so easily and freely, or with such bright, clear, full-bodied tone. Nor is the singing merely mechanical, or inexpressive. The phrasing is deft and shapely in the outer movements...and the central Tu virginum corona is serene.” MusicWeb International, April 2013

Alto - ALC1185

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Verdi: La Traviata

Verdi: La Traviata


Joan Sutherland (Violetta Valéry), Miti Truccato Pace (Flora Bervoix), Dora Carral (Annina), Carlo Bergonzi (Alfredo Germont), Robert Merrill (Giorgio Germont), Giorgio Germont (Gastone), Paolo Pedani (Barone Douphol), Silvio Maionica (Marchese d’Obigny), Giovanni Foiani (Dottore Grenvil), Angelo Mercuriali (Giuseppe), Tenero Meridionale (Domestico di Flora)

Orchestra e coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Sir John Pritchard

La Traviata – the ultimate opera of love and loss – is a great favourite of opera-goers. To coincide with Opera Australia’s Traviata production in the spectacular setting of “Opera on the Harbour”, Eloquence releases Joan Sutherland’s first recording of La Traviata, complete on 2 CDs. It is for many her greatest recorded portrayal of the doomed heroine Violetta. Her Alfredo is the ‘simply supreme’ (Gramophone) Carlo Bergonzi and Sir John Pritchard conducts a ‘most persuasive, well-balanced and well-timed account’ (Gramophone) of this magnificent opera.

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4806039

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Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore

Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore


Ileana Cotrubas (Adina), Plácido Domingo (Nemorino), Geraint Evans (Dulcamara), Ingvar Wixell (Belcore), Lillian Watson (Giannetta)

Orchestra And Chorus Of The Royle Opera House‚ Covent Garden, Sir John Pritchard

L’elisir d’amore was the most frequently performed of Donizetti’s 65 operas during his lifetime and that popularity endures today. Donizetti believed that pathos was an essential element of comedy and in his witty and charming story of the love of the peasant

Nemorino for Adina, a farm owner, perfectly demonstrates this in Nemorino’s famous aria “Una furtiva lagrima.

Release includes a booklet with a three language synopsis [English / French / German], full cast list and detailed track list.

Sony - The Sony Opera House - 88697446442

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Essential Verdi

Essential Verdi

40 of his Greatest Masterpieces


Verdi:

La donna è mobile (from Rigoletto)

Va, pensiero (from Nabucco)

La Forza del Destino: Sinfonia

Un dì felice, eterea (from La traviata)

Mercè, dilette amiche 'Bolero' (from I Vespri Siciliani)

Libiamo, ne' lieti calici (from La Traviata)

Di quella pira (from Il trovatore)

Anvil Chorus (from Il Trovatore)

Stride la vampa (from Il Trovatore)

Ritorna vincitor! (from Aida)

Dio, che nell'alma infondere (from Don Carlo)

La traviata: Prelude to Act 1

Caro nome (from Rigoletto)

O don fatale (from Don Carlo)

Se quel guerrier io fossi!…Celeste Aida (from Aida)

Celeste Aida (from Aida)

Surta è la notte...Ernani! Ernani, involami (from Ernani)

Di' tu se fedele (from Un ballo in maschera)

Morrò, ma prima in grazia (from Un Ballo in Maschera)

Quando le sere al placido (from Luisa Miller)

Gloria all'Egitto (from Aida)

Dies Irae (from Requiem)

Pace, pace mio Dio! (from La forza del destino)

Questa o quella (from Rigoletto)

Bella figlia dell'amore (from Rigoletto)

Ave Maria (from Otello)

Parigi, o cara (from La Traviata)

Ah, la paterna mano (from Macbeth)

Squilli, echeggi la tromba (from Il Trovatore)

O Carlo, ascolta (from Don Carlo)

Ingemisco (from Requiem)

Come in quest'ora bruna (from Simon Boccanegra)

Si colmi il calice di vino eletto (from Macbeth)

O patria mia (from Aida)

La mia letizia infondere (from I Lombardi)

Lo sguardo avea degli angeli (from I Masnadieri)

Solenne in quest'ora (from La Forza del Destino)

Patria oppressa (from Macbeth)

Tacea la notte (from Il Trovatore)

Ah sì, ch'io senta ancora … Dal più remoto esilio (from I Due Foscari)

Spuntato ecco il di d'esultanza (from Don Carlo)


Decca - 4671282

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Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor

Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor

comes complete with a listening guide taking the listener on a journey through the opera's plot


Joan Sutherland (Lucia), Renato Cioni (Edgardo), Cesare Siepi (Raimondo), Robert Merrill (Enrico), Kenneth MacDonald (Arturo), Ana Raquel Satra (Alisa), Rinaldo Pelizzoni (Normanno)

Orchestra e Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, John Pritchard

Recorded in 1961

Decca - Double Decca - E4607472

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Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor

Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor


Joan Sutherland (Lucia), Renato Cioni (Edgardo), Robert Merrill (Enrico), Cesare Siepi (Raimondo), Kenneth MacDonald (Arturo), Rinaldo Pelizzoni (Normanno), Ana Raquel Satra (Alisa)

Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Sir John Pritchard

Recorded in 1961

“Sutherland enthusiasts will be thrilled, as indeed I am, by the sheer beauty and power of the singing, by the soprano's total command of the technical requirements the role calls for, and by the identification, in a general sense, with the character's situation” Gramophone Magazine, December 1989

“Sutherland's coloratura virtuosity remains breathtaking, and the cast is a strong one, with Pritchard a most understanding conductor.” Penguin Guide, 2003/4

Presto Greatest Recordings

1960s

Decca Legends - 4676882

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