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Orff: Catulli Carmina

Orff: Catulli Carmina


Janice Harsanyi (soprano), Richard Kness (tenor)

Temple University Choirs, Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy

In 1943, Orff followed up the overwhelming success of his Carmina Burana with Catulli Carmina, another staged choral work scored for percussion and pianos. The text of this parable of the power of Eros is drawn from poems by Catullus. The 1967 American Columbia recording, with Eugene Ormandy conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra and Temple University Choir and featuring soprano Judith Blegen and tenor Richard Kness “has plenty of vitality” (Gramophone). Its first appearance on CD is sure to be welcomed by the many devotees of Orff’s music.

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Sony - Sony Classical Opera - 88985470322

(CD)

$10.00

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Rossini: Tancredi

Rossini: Tancredi


Marilyn Horne (Tancredi), Ernesto Palacio (Argirio), Lella Cuberli (Amenaide), Bernadette Manca Di Nissa (Isaura), Nicola Zaccaria (Orbazzano), Patricia Schuman (Roggiero)

Teatro la Fenice di Venezia, Ralf Weikert

More bel canto artistry can be heard in the live 1985 recording of Rossini’s wonderfully lyrical opera Tancredi from La Fenice in Venice, starring Marilyn Horne in the title role and soprano Lella Cuberli. Wrote Penguin Guide: “The purity and beauty of [Cuberli’s] tone, coupled with immaculate coloratura make it a memorable performance … Horne gives a formidable perfor-mance in the breeches role of Tancredi … Ernest Palacio is an accomplished Rossini tenor, agile in the role of Argirio.”

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Sony - Sony Classical Opera - 88985470352

(CD - 3 discs)

$18.50

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Schreker: Irrelohe

Schreker: Irrelohe


Michael Pabst (Graf Heinrich), Goran Simic (Der Forster/Anselmus)), Luana De Vol (Eva), Eva Randova (Lola), Monte Pederson (Peter), Heinz Zednik (Christobald), Neven Belamaric (Der Pfarrer/Stahlbusch), Sebastian Holecek (Der Muller/Ratzekahl), Helmut Wildhaber (Funckchen/Ein Lakai)

Wiener Singverein, Wiener Symphoniker, Peter Guike

Irrelohe, a Gothic horror story of rape, pillage and arson by the Austrian composer Franz Schreker, was premiered in 1924. The “thoroughly committed” (Gramophone) 1989 live Austrian Radio recording stars Luana De Vol, Monte Pederson, Heinz Zednik and Eva Randová. Wrote the BBC Music Maga-zine, “the Vienna Symphony Orchestra under Peter Gülke gives a suitably fiery reading of the score. Another essential buy for the collector of musical decadence and ‘degeneracy’.”

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Sony - Sony Classical Opera - 88985470362

(CD - 2 discs)

$17.50

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Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame

Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame


Wieslaw Ochman (Hermann), Stefka Evstatieva (Lisa), Penka Dilova (Countess), Ivan Konsulov (Count Tomsky), Yuri Mazurok (Prince Yeletsky), Stefania Toczyska (Pauline), Angel Petkov (Chekalinsky), Peter V Petrov (Surin), Mincho Popov (Chaplitsky), Mincho Popov (Major-domo), Stoil Georgiev (Narumov), Wesselina Katsarova (Governess), Roumyana Bareva (Masha), Elena Stoyanova (Prilepa)

Svetsolav Obretenov Chorus, Sofia Festival Orchestra, Emil Tchakarov

From 1988, a superb recording of The Queen of Spades (Pique Dame), with Emil Tchakarov and Bulgarian Opera. “When Tchaikovsky’s work is as superbly performed and recorded as it is here,” wrote Gramophone, “it sounds like the most convincing and inspired opera in the Russian language … A reading that catches all the romantic yearning, feverish passion and eerie atmosphere of this amazing score.” The cast is outstanding too: “Wieslaw Ochman makes an impres-sive Herman … Yuri Mazurok is a superb Yeletsky, and the duet of Lisa and her companion, Pauline, is beautifully done by Stefka Evstateiva and Stefania Toczyska” (Penguin Guide).

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Sony - Sony Classical Opera - 88985470382

(CD - 3 discs)

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Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor

Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor


Lily Pons (Lucia), Richard Tucker (Edgardo), Frank Guarrera (Enrico), Norman Scott (Raimondo), Thomas Hayward (Arturo), Thelma Votipka (Alisa), James McCracken (Normanno)

Metropolitan Opera Association, Fausto Cleva

‘Neglected’ doesn’t apply to the oldest recording here, presenting a repertoire cornerstone of the Italian repertoire – Donizetti’s coloratura showcase Lucia di Lammermoor. At the Met, the title role was long associated with the delightful French soprano Lily Pons, who made her house debut as Lucia in 1931 and reigned over New York until her farewell stage appearance 28 seasons later, again as Lucia. She only recorded the part once, in 1954, opposite tenor Richard Tucker and with the Metro-politan Opera Orchestra conducted by Fausto Cleva. That famous set, sounding better than ever, is now available on CD for the first time, remastered from the original analogue tapes.

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Sony - Sony Classical Opera - 88985470392

(CD - 2 discs)

$17.50

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Weinberger, J: Schwanda the Bagpiper

Weinberger, J: Schwanda the Bagpiper

sung in German


Hermann Prey (Schwanda), Siegmund Nimsgern (Devil), Alexander Malta (Magician), Gwendolyn Killebrew (Queen), Lucia Popp (Dorota), Siegfried Jerusalem (Babinsky), Albert Gassner (Executioner), Karl Kreile (Judge)

Chor Des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Heinz Wallberg

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Sony - Sony Classical Opera - 88985470412

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 8

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 8


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 'Eroica'

Recorded at Walthamstow Town Hall, October 1988

Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93

Recorded at Watford Town Hall, August 1988


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Alto - ALC1353

(CD)

$6.50

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Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 & Scottish Fantasy

Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 & Scottish Fantasy


Brahms:

Hungarian Dance No. 9 in E minor

arr. for violin Joachim

with Vladimir Yampolsky (piano)

Hungarian Dance No. 8 in A minor

arr. for violin Joachim

with Vladimir Yampolsky (piano)

Hungarian Dance No. 5

arr. for violin Joachim

with Vladimir Yampolsky (piano)

Bruch:

Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26

London Symphony Orchestra

Scottish Fantasy, Op. 46

London Symphony Orchestra


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Alto - ALC1356

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$6.50

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Lehár: Die Lustige Witwe

Lehár: Die Lustige Witwe


Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Hanna Glawari), Erich Kunz (Danilo Danilowitsch), Nicolai Gedda (Camille de Rosillon), Emmy Loose (Valencienne), Anton Niessner (Baron Mirko Zeta), Otakar Kraus (Cascada), Josef Schmidinger (Raoul de St Brioche)

Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus, Otto Ackermann

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Alto - ALC1363

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Puccini: Tosca

Puccini: Tosca


Puccini:

Tosca

In quelle trine morbide (from Manon Lescaut)

BONUS ALBUM TRACKS ‘Callas sings Puccini’

Sola, perduta, abbandonata (from Manon Lescaut)

BONUS ALBUM TRACKS ‘Callas sings Puccini’

Si, mi chiamano Mimi (from La Bohème)

BONUS ALBUM TRACKS ‘Callas sings Puccini’

Donde lieta usci (from La Bohème)

BONUS ALBUM TRACKS ‘Callas sings Puccini’

Un bel di vedremo (from Madama Butterfly)

BONUS ALBUM TRACKS ‘Callas sings Puccini’

Senza mamma, o bimbo (from Suor Angelica)

BONUS ALBUM TRACKS ‘Callas sings Puccini’

O mio babbino caro (from Gianni Schicchi)

BONUS ALBUM TRACKS ‘Callas sings Puccini’

Signore, ascolta! (from Turandot)

BONUS ALBUM TRACKS ‘Callas sings Puccini’

In questa reggia (from Turandot)

BONUS ALBUM TRACKS ‘Callas sings Puccini’

Tu che di gel sei cinta (from Turandot)

BONUS ALBUM TRACKS ‘Callas sings Puccini’


Maria Callas (Tosca), Giuseppe di Stefano (Cavaradossi), Tito Gobbi (Scarpia)

Orchestra La Scala Milan, Victor de Sabata

+ BONUS ALBUM

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Alto - ALC2030

(CD - 2 discs)

$11.25

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