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Lebendige Vergangenheit - Nan Merriman

Album Summary

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo
>Donizetti, Gaetano : La Favorita
>Rossini, Gioachino : Otello
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Don Carlos
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>Thomas, Ambroise : Mignon
>Falla, Manuel de : El Amor Brujo
>Bernstein, Leonard : Symphony no 1 "Jeremiah"
Performer Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Nan Merriman was born in 1920 in Pittsburgh. She grew up in Los Angeles where she took lessons from Lotte Lehmann. She was singing on radio and film soundtracks before she was 20, which drew her to the attention of Laurence Olivier, who hired her for a 1940 US tour. In 1943 Merriman participated in a competition staged by NBC and Toscanini heard the singer for the first time. This was the beginning of a long association with the maestro. Toscanini's preference for Merriman was based on the fact that she reminded him of the mezzo-sopranos of the late 19th and early 20th centuries with whom he had worked: singers with light, slender voices.



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Works Details

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo :: Che farò senza Euridice
  • Performer: Nan Merriman (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Frieder Weissmann
  • Ensemble: RCA Victor Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Donizetti, Gaetano : La Favorita :: O mio Fernando
  • Performer: Nan Merriman (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Frieder Weissmann
  • Ensemble: RCA Victor Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1840

>Rossini, Gioachino : Otello :: Assisa a piè d'un salice
  • Performer: Nan Merriman (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Walter Susskind
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 14 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1816

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Don Carlos :: O don fatale
  • Performer: Nan Merriman (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
  • Ensemble: NBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1884.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto :: Un dì, se ben rammentomi
  • Performer: Nan Merriman (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
  • Ensemble: NBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 15 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle
  • Performer: Nan Merriman (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Pierre Monteux
  • Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: Près des remparts de Séville
  • Performer: Nan Merriman (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Pierre Monteux
  • Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: Voyons, que j'essaie à mon tour
  • Performer: Nan Merriman (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Pierre Monteux
  • Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Thomas, Ambroise : Mignon :: Me voici dans son boudoir
  • Performer: Nan Merriman (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Frieder Weissmann
  • Ensemble: RCA Victor Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1866

>Falla, Manuel de : El Amor Brujo :: Canción del amor dolido
  • Performer: Nan Merriman (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Leopold Stokowski
  • Ensemble: Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1915

>Falla, Manuel de : El Amor Brujo :: Canción del fuego fatuo
  • Performer: Nan Merriman (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Leopold Stokowski
  • Ensemble: Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1915

>Falla, Manuel de : El Amor Brujo :: Danza del juego de amor
  • Performer: Nan Merriman (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Leopold Stokowski
  • Ensemble: Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1915

>Bernstein, Leonard : Symphony no 1 "Jeremiah" :: Lamentation
  • Performer: Nan Merriman (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1942.
  • Running Time: 10 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1942