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Great Operatic Arias Vol 2 / Brewer, Parry, Philharmonia Orchestra, et al

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492
>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Alceste
>Wagner, Richard : Tannhäuser
>Britten, Benjamin : Peter Grimes
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Fidelio, Op. 72
>Handel, George Frideric : Rodelinda
>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin
>Menotti, Gian C. : The Consul, opera
>Korngold, Erich Wolfgang : Die tote Stadt (The Dead City)
>Dvorak, Antonin : Gypsy Songs, Op. 55
>Lehár, Franz : The Land of Smiles
>Rodgers, Richard : The Sound of Music
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Notes & Reviews:

"Hats off, gentlemen. A diva. The real, rare, wondrous thing. Her name is Christine Brewer." With these words the 'Evening Standard' described the first of Christine Brewer's operatic recitals on the Opera in English label, released a couple of years ago. The new disc includes arias from Handel's 'Rodelinda', Gluck's 'Alceste', Mozart's 'The Marriage of Figaro', Beethoven's 'Fidelio', and Korngold's 'Die tote Stadt' - perhaps the most memorable song in an opera now being staged by The Royal Opera, Covent Garden for the first time.

Featuring Gluck Arias from Alceste, Wagner Arias from Tannhauser, Beethoven Fidelio Act 1, Britten, Menotti, Handel (sung in English).

Gramophone Magazine
This is a spectacular demonstration not only of Christine Brewer's vocal strength with every note firm from top to bottom, but of her extraordinary versatility in this wide range of repertory. She starts with a flawless account of the Countess's "Porgi amor" from Figaro with a wonderful range of tone colour. The Wagner items include both Elisabeth's Prayer from Tannhäuser and Elsa's Dream from Lohengrin, again both flawless, making one want to hear Brewer in a complete Wagner opera. ...when it comes to the aria from Korngold's Die tote Stadt and Magda's big aria from Menotti's The Consul one marvels at the power and tonal range of the voice.



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>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492 :: Hear my prayer, I humbly beg you
  • Performer: Christine Brewer (Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Notes: Blackheath Halls (05/19/2008-05/23/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1786

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492 :: That's amazing! How did he react? / The
  • Performers: Christine Brewer (Soprano); Judith Howarth (Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Notes: Blackheath Halls (05/19/2008-05/23/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1786

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Alceste :: Where am I?
  • Performer: Christine Brewer (Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Notes: Blackheath Halls (05/19/2008-05/23/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Wagner, Richard : Tannhäuser :: Almighty Virgin
  • Performer: Christine Brewer (Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Notes: Blackheath Halls (05/19/2008-05/23/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1843-1865

>Britten, Benjamin : Peter Grimes :: Embroidery in childhood was a luxury of idleness
  • Performer: Christine Brewer (Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Notes: Blackheath Halls (05/19/2008-05/23/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1945

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Fidelio, Op. 72 :: Vile murderer! Sadistic swine! / Come hope, you faint and distant star
  • Performer: Christine Brewer (Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Notes: Composition written: 1804-06.
  • Running Time: 7 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1804-1806

>Handel, George Frideric : Rodelinda :: If my pain, my bitter sighing
  • Performer: Christine Brewer (Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Notes: Blackheath Halls (05/19/2008-05/23/2008)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1725

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Alceste :: Great Gods! Cruel fortune has cursed me
  • Performer: Christine Brewer (Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Notes: Blackheath Halls (05/19/2008-05/23/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin :: When all my hopes departed
  • Performer: Christine Brewer (Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Notes: Blackheath Halls (05/19/2008-05/23/2008)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1848

>Menotti, Gian C. : The Consul, opera :: To this we've come
  • Performer: Christine Brewer (Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Notes: Blackheath Halls (05/19/2008-05/23/2008)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1950

>Korngold, Erich Wolfgang : Die tote Stadt (The Dead City) :: My joy lives in you
  • Performers: Christine Brewer (Soprano); Timothy Robinson (Tenor)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Notes: Blackheath Halls (05/19/2008-05/23/2008)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1920

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Gypsy Songs, Op. 55
  • Performer: Christine Brewer (Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Notes: Blackheath Halls (05/19/2008-05/23/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Franz Lehár (1870 - 1948) : The Land of Smiles :: Love
  • Performers: Christine Brewer (Soprano); Timothy Robinson (Tenor)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Notes: Blackheath Halls (05/19/2008-05/23/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Rodgers, Richard : The Sound of Music
  • Performer: Christine Brewer (Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Notes: Blackheath Halls (05/19/2008-05/23/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern