Menotti: The Medium & The Telephone

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Menotti: The Medium & The Telephone



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28th March 2011




77 minutes


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Menotti: The Medium & The Telephone

Recorded in New York, Oct 1947


The Telephone

Marilyn Cotlow (Lucy) & Frank Rogier (Ben)

The Medium

Evelyn Keller (Monica), Marie Powers (Madame Flora (Baba)), Beverly Dame (Mrs Gobineau), Frank Rogier (Mr Gobineau) & Catherine Mastice (Mrs Nolan)

Orchestra, Emanuel Balaban


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The pairing of the comic opera The Telephone with the sinister music-drama The Medium proved to be a big hit for composer Gian Carlo Menotti when they opened together on Broadway in 1947. The double bill ran for over 200 performances, and enjoyed similar success in London during 1948. This original 1947 cast recording of The Medium, made by the American Columbia company, was first released in the UK in 1961, when The Gramophone wrote enthusiastically “its effectiveness as a musical work for the stage is beyond argument”.

Reissue Producer and Engineer: Mark Obert-Thorn

Gian Carlo Menotti: The Medium

Act I: Introduction

Act I: Where, oh, where (Monica)

Act I: How many times I've told you not to touch my things! (Baba, Monica)

Act I: Good evening, Madame Flora (Mrs. Gobineau, Mr. Gobineau, Baba, Mrs. Nolan)

Act I: It happened long ago (Mrs. Gobineau, Mr. Gobineau, Baba)

Act I: You must be very silent (Mr. Gobineau, Baba, Monica, Mrs. Nolan)

Act I: Mother, mother, are you there? (Monica, Mr. Gobineau, Mrs. Nolan, Mrs. Gobineau)

Act I: What is it? Who is it? (Baba, Mr. Gobineau, Mrs. Gobineau, Mrs. Nolan)

Act I: Baba, what has happened? (Monica, Baba)

Act I: The sun has fallen and it lies in blood (Monica, Baba)

Act II: Introduction

Act II: Bravo! (Monica)

Act II: Monica, Monica, can't you see (Monica)

Act II: Where is Monica? (Baba)

Act II: Good evening, Madame Flora (Mrs. Gobineau, Mrs. Nolan, Mr. Gobineau, Monica)

Act II: Don't stand there like a fool! (Baba, A Voice)

Act II: Afraid, am I afraid? (Baba)

Act II: Who's there? Who's there? (Baba, Monica)

Gian Carlo Menotti: The Telephone


Oh! just what I wanted (Lucy, Ben)

That was Margaret (Lucy, Ben)

It is four-fifteen (Lucy, Ben)

Try again and again (Ben, Lucy)

Hello, this is Lucy (Lucy, Ben)

Hello? … Hello? (Lucy, Ben)

BBC Music Magazine

October 2011


“Celebrated Broadway double-bill of melodramatic tragedy and domestic comedy, the latter stolen by sparkling coloratura of soprano Marilyn Cotlow”

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