Handel: Tamerlano

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Handel: Tamerlano

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Handel: Tamerlano

Franz Mazura (Tamerlano), Helen Donath (Asteria), Kieth Engen (Andronico), Raili Kostia (Irene) & Kari Nurmela (Leone)

Kantorei Barmen-Gemarke & Cappella Coloniensis, Ferdinand Leitner

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Ferdinand Leitner 1912-1996

He was born in Berlin, where he gave his first piano recital at the Bechstein Hall as a wunderkind at the age of eleven. In addition to his regular schooling, at fourteen Ferdinand Leitner was already also studying singing, composition (with Franz Schreker and others) and conducting at the famous Staatliche Hochschule für Musik. Already a "finished" pianist at sixteen, he learned his trade from masters like Bruno Walter, Fritz Busch, Hans Richter and Karl Muck (with whom he worked as rehearsal pianist in Bayreuth in 1929), gaining the experience which would later lead to his being dubbed the "singers' conductor" by all who worked with him. In 1931, at the age of nineteen, he obtained a post as conductor and composer at the Berlin State Theatre.

In 1945, after the war, Eugen Jochum secured him a conducting post at the Hamburg State Opera, and in 1946 he became opera director of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. The following year marked the beginning of an extremely productive period for him in Stuttgart, where he directed the opera and the symphony concerts and in 1950 was appointed general music director. Awards like the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (1959), the "Commandeur in de Orde van Oranje-Nassau" from the Netherlands and the Hans Georg Nägeli Medal from Switzerland reflect his growing reputation.

Innumerable guest performances at home and abroad - from 1956 he succeeded Erich Kleiber as head of the German season at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires and was music director of the Zurich Opera from 1969 to 1984 - and some 300 commercial recordings underpinned his excellent reputation as a conductor who knew few if any boundaries. He co-founded the Ansbach Bach Festival in 1947, indefatigably championed the works of Carl Orff and presented numerous world and local premieres of works by contemporary composers. His authority as a Wagner conductor and intimate collaboration with the composer's grandson Wieland Wagner led to Stuttgart being called the "Winter Bayreuth". His son Michael C. Leitner testifies to the attention he paid also to less familiar German Romantic composers like Heinrich Marschner, Otto Nicolai and Peter Cornelius. Nevertheless, Leitner's lifelong relationship with Mozart remained at the core of his sense of artistic identity: "Mozart is the only composer whom I have loved since I was eight, and that love has endured. Every melody must be singable. Dynamics are always a question of taste and of the instrument. Moderation is in any case the right thing, but the freedom of the instruments should not be restricted."

Ferdinand Leitner, the great universal classical conductor, died in Forch in Switzerland on June 3, 1996.

George Frideric Handel: Tamerlano, HWV 18


Act I: Esci, esci, oh signore

Act I: Forte e lieto a morte andrei - Non si perda di vista

Act I: Vo' dar pace a un'alma altiera - Il Tartaro ama Asteria

Act I: Bella Asteria - Il fortunato Andronico

Act I: Dammi pace, o volto amato

Act I: Se non mi vuol amar - Non ascolto più nulla

Act I: Ciel e terra armi di sdegno - S'ho a soffrir dall'amante esser tradita

Act I: Deh! Lasciatemi il nemico - Principessa infelice

Act I: Dal crudel che m'ha tradita

Act I: Chi vide mai - Benché mi sprezzi

Act II: Amico, tengo un testimon fedele

Act II: Ah, no! Dove trascorri, idolo mio? - Cerco in vano di placare - Signor, vergine illustre

Act II: Par che mi nasca in seno - Veggio da questi amori

Act II: Amor da guerra e pace

Act II: A' suoi piedi padre esangue

Act II: Sdegni! Ma di monarca a torto offeso

Act II: Voglio stragi

Act III: Figlia, siam rei, io di schernito sdegno

Act III: Cor di padre - Andronico, il mio amore

Act III: A dispetto d'un volto ingrato - Figlia, con atto vil tutta perdesti

Act III: Vivo in te, mio caro bene

Act III: Crudel più non son io - Se Irene al trono ascende

Act III: Se ad un costante core

Act III: Padre, amante - Folle sei, se lo consenti

Act III: E il soffrirete, d'onestade, oh numi - Empio, per farti guerra - Signor, tra tante cure

Act III: Vedrò ch'un di si cangerà - Oh, per me lieto

Act III: Fremi, minacci

Act III: Barbaro! Alfin sei sazio ancor?

Act III: Coronata di gigli e di rose - Ora, invitta regina

Act III: D'atra notte già mirasi a scorno

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