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Donizetti: The Elixir of Love

Donizetti: The Elixir of Love


Donizetti:

L'elisir d'amore

Sung in English (translation by Arthur Jacobs)


Barry Banks (Nemorino), Mary Plazas (Adina), Ashley Holland (Belcore), Andrew Shore (Dulcamara)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Geoffrey Mitchell Choir, David Parry

'Barry Banks's Nemorino could hardly be better: flexible, secure in intonation and silken in tone… he was an inspired choice for the part.' The Observer

Building a Library

English Language Version - April 2002

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Chandos Opera in English - CHAN3027

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Berg: Wozzeck

Berg: Wozzeck

Sung in English (translation by Richard Stokes)


Andrew Shore (Wozzeck), Dame Josephine Barstow (Marie), Alan Woodrow (Drum Major), Peter Bronder (Andres), Stuart Kale (Hauptmann), Clive Bayley (Doktor), Leslie John Flanagan (1.Handwerkbursch), Iain Paterson (2.Handwerkbursch), John Graham-Hall (Narr), Jean Rigby (Margaret)

Susan Singh Choristers, Geoffrey Mitchell Choir, Philharmonia Orchestra, Paul Daniel

“This is one of the finest recordings so far in Chandos's 'Opera in English' series, and there's certainly no need to make allowances for the performance because of the language. A Wozzeck to be measured against the very finest modern recordings, a genuine alternative to any one of them, linguistically and musically.” Andrew McGregor, bbc.co.uk, 9th July 2003

“This is a fine Wozzeck; the perfect complement to the outstanding Abbado version which has been the top recommendation for so long.
Abbado's was recorded live in Vienna, and any studio recording of an opera risks sounding score-bound when compared with a real, live performance in the theatre. But with Wozzeck a studio ambience can bring real advantages, especially if it underlines the kind of claustrophobic intimacy and obsessiveness which theatrical histrionics inevitably broaden and – in some instances – coarsen. Ranting and raving are kept to a minimum in Paul Daniel's interpretation, and the result is intensely moving without in any way underplaying the music's visceral dramatic power.
One result of Daniel's concentrated yet warmly expressive moulding of the score is a strong sense of its late-Romantic background in Strauss and also in Mahler. The Philharmonia play superbly throughout, and the recording successfully balances a spacious orchestral canvas of the widest dynamic range while placing the voices effectively. Nor are there any weak links in the cast, with three tenors, John Graham- Hall, Stuart Kale and Alan Woodrow, making particularly telling contributions. Josephine Barstow has one or two squally moments in delineating Marie's bewilderment and fear, but her voice remains in remarkably good shape, and the character's conflicting impulses are brilliantly conveyed. Shore is one of the best operatic baritones of our time, and he dominates the drama with an utterly convincing blend of the menacing and the pathetic. Moreover, his way with the text is exemplary.
This performance proves that an English Wozzeck can easily match the impact of the best German performances. Its virtues are such that it makes as powerful a case for this extraordinary work as any other version.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Chandos Opera in English - CHAN3094

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Puccini: Tosca

Puccini: Tosca

Sung in English (translation by Edmund Tracey)


Jane Eaglen (Tosca), Dennis O'Neill (Cavaradossi), Gregory Yurisich (Scarpia), Peter Rose (Angelotti), Andrew Shore (Sacristan), John Daszak (Spoletta)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Peter Kay Children`s Choir, David Parry

“David Parry with Jane Eaglen, in one of her performances on disc, directs a gripping account of Puccini's red-blooded drama...What above all seals the success of the set is the power and command of Jane Eaglen as Tosca. The confident sureness with which she attacks every top note is a delight” Penguin Guide, 2010 edition ***

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Chandos Opera in English - CHAN3000

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Donizetti: Don Pasquale

Donizetti: Don Pasquale

Sung in English (translation by David Parry)


Andrew Shore (Don Pasquale), Jason Howard (Dr Malatesta), Barry Banks (Ernesto), Lynne Dawson (Norina), Clive Bayley (Notary)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Geoffrey Mitchell Choir, David Parry

Barry Banks as Ernesto, a performance to compare favourably with those by foreign tenors who have a wider but not necessarily more justified international reputation.' The Times

“Andrew Shore's ripe buffo-baritone is ideally suited to Pasquale. A thoroughly delightful performance.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2005

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Chandos Opera in English - CHAN3011

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Rossini: The Barber of Seville

Rossini: The Barber of Seville


Rossini:

Il barbiere di Siviglia

Sung in English (translation by Amanda and Anthony Holden)


Alan Opie (Figaro), Della Jones (Rosina), Bruce Ford (Count Almaviva), Andrew Shore (Bartolo), Peter Rose (Don Basilio), Peter Snipp (Fiorello), Jennifer Rhys-Davies (Berta)

English National Opera Orchestra, English National Opera Chorus, Gabriele Bellini

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Jane Eaglen Sings Tosca

Jane Eaglen Sings Tosca


Puccini:

Tosca (highlights)

Track list:

1. Mario! Mario! Mario!

2. Our little house in the country

3. What eyes in all the wide world

4. Ah, that explains it

5. It seemed wise to arrest him . . .

6. Now you and I can talk

7. Enough. Tosca, your answer

8. Floria!

9. How much?

10. Life has taught me singing and loving

11. Which route have you chosen?

12. Ah! Safe-conduct for Floria Tosca…

13. Oh, hands of mercy

14. What a time they are taking


Jane Eaglen (Tosca), Dennis O'Neill (Cavaradossi), Gregory Yurisich (Scarpia), Andrew Shore (Sacristan), John Daszak (Spoletta)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Geoffrey Mitchell Choir, Peter Kay Children`s Choir, David Parry

“…one of the most formidable, vocally satisfying portrayals of the role of Tosca in years. The thrilling security with which she [Jane Eaglen] attacks one top note after another is a delight…” The Guardian

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Chandos Opera in English - CHAN3066

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Great Operatic Arias 9 - Andrew Shore

Great Operatic Arias 9 - Andrew Shore

Sung in English


Donizetti:

Udite, udite, o rustici (from L'elisir d'amore)

Sung in English as 'Attention! Attention! You country folk!’

Voglio dire, lo stupendo (from L'Elisir d'amore)

Sung in English as ‘Good doctor...It was Tristan who employed it’

Barry Banks (Nemorino)

Quanto amore (from L'elisir d'amore)

Sung in English as 'How he loved me!'

Mary Plazas (Adina)

Ei corregge ogni difetto (from L'elisir d'amore)

Sung in English as 'It will give you cheeks like peaches'

Mary Plazas (Adina), Barry Banks (Nemorino), Ashley Holland (Belcore)

Un foco insolito, mi sento addosso (from Don Pasquale)

Sung in English as 'Quite unexpectedly passions inflame me’

Jason Howard (Malatesta)

Signorina, in tanta fretta (from Don Pasquale)

Sung in English as 'Well good evening! You’re in a hurry’

Lynne Dawson (Norina)

Cognato, in me vedete un morto che cammina (from Don Pasquale)

Sung in English as 'Ah brother… a living corpse is standing here before you’

Jason Howard (Malatesta)

Mozart:

Madamina, il catalogo è questo (from Don Giovanni)

Sung in English as 'Pretty lady, I have something to show you’

Rossini:

A un dottor della mia sorte (from Il barbiere di Siviglia)

Sung in English as 'Dare you offer such excuses?’

Ai capricci della sorte (from L'Italiana in Algeri)

Sung in English as 'All the changes in my fortune'

Della Jones (Isabella)

Verdi:

Ehi! Paggio! ... L'onore! Ladri! (from Falstaff)

Sung in English as 'Hey, Page boy!...Your honour? Vermin!’


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Great Operatic Arias 6 - John Tomlinson Volume 1

Great Operatic Arias 6 - John Tomlinson Volume 1

Sung in English


Borodin:

Ni sna, ni otdikha izmuchennoi dushe (from Prince Igor)

Sung in English as 'No rest, no slumber’

Greshno tait, ya skuki ne lyublyu (from Prince Igor)

Sung in English as 'The Prince has drunk his fill?...The sober life of boredom’

Zdorov-li, Knaz? (from Prince Igor)

Sung in English as 'Igor, listen’

Dargomïzhsky:

Okh, toto vse vi devky molodiye (from Russalka)

Sung in English as 'Like every maiden in the whole of Russia’

Handel:

I rage, I melt, I burn…O ruddier than the cherry (from Acis and Galatea)

Samson: Honour and arms scorn such a foe

Lehmann, L:

Myself when young from In a Persian Garden

Mozart:

Wer ein Liebchen hat gefunden (from Die Entführung aus dem Serail)

Sung in English as 'When a maiden takes your fancy’

Ich gehe, doch rate ich dir (from Die Entführung aus dem Serail)

Sung in English as 'I’m going, but take my advice’

Helen Williams (Blonde)

Vivat Bacchus! Bacchus lebe! (from Die Entführung aus dem Serail)

Sung in English as 'Vivat Bacchus! Long live Bacchus!’

Barry Banks (Pedrillo)

Mussorgsky:

Mephistopheles' Song of the Flea

Sung in English as 'There lived a king of old’

Skorbit dusha! (from Boris Godunov)

Sung in English as 'My soul is sad'

Offenbach:

Couplets des deux hommes d'armes (from Geneviève de Brabant)

Sung in English as ‘We’re public guardians bold yet wary’

Andrew Shore (baritone)

Sullivan, A:

A more humane Mikado never (from The Mikado)

When a felon's not engaged in his employment (from The Pirates of Penzance)

Verdi:

A te l'estremo addio ... Il lacerato spirito (from Simon Boccanegra)

Sung in English as 'A last farewell I bid you...My soul is torn with suffering’

Che mai vegg'io … Infelice! e tu credevi (from Ernani)

Sung in English as 'Vain illusion! When I believed her’


“A strong voice, varied repertoire and vivid characterization make this an appealing disc” Gramophone Magazine

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Chandos Opera in English - Great Operatic Arias - CHAN3044

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Puccini: La Bohème

Puccini: La Bohème

Sung in English (translation by William Grist and Percy Pinkerton, with amendments by David Parry)


Cynthia Haymon (Mimi), Dennis O'Neill (Rodolfo), Alan Opie (Marcello), Marie McLaughlin (Musetta), Alastair Miles (Colline), William Dazeley (Schaunard), Andrew Shore (Benoit), Mark Milhofer (Parpignol)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Geoffrey Mitchell Choir, Peter Kay Children`s Choir, David Parry

“The magic mixture of humour and pathos in this unsinkable masterpiece is brought all the closer for having it in translation...Cynthia Haymon as a touching Mimi has never sounded more beautiful on disc, with the widest range of expression and tone...Highly recommended to all who enjoy opera in English.” Penguin Guide, 2010 edition ***

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Chandos Opera in English - CHAN3008

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Strauss, R: Der Rosenkavalier (highlights)

Strauss, R: Der Rosenkavalier (highlights)

Sung in English (translation by Alfred Kalisch)


Yvonne Kenny (Marschallin), Diana Montague (Octavian), Rosemary Joshua (Sophie), John Tomlinson (Baron Ochs), Andrew Shore (Faninal)

London Philharmonic Orchestra , Geoffrey Mitchell Choir, Peter Kay Children's Choir, David Parry

“Parry paces the score most persuasively, and the orchestral sound is aptly sumptuous...Diana Montague is a winningly expressive Octavian, and Rosemary Joshua a sweet-toned Sophie.” Penguin Guide, 2010 edition **/***

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Chandos Opera in English - CHAN3022

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