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Lebendige Vergangenheit - James Melton

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620
>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin
>Wagner, Richard : Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
>Massenet, Jules : Manon
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>Flotow, Friedrich von : Martha
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly
>Godard, Benjamin : Jocelyn, Op 100
>Mascagni, Pietro : Ave Maria, for voice & orchestra
>Franck, César : Panis angelicus
>Fauré, Jean-Baptiste : Les Rameaux, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Malotte, Albert Hay : The Lord's Prayer
>Bizet, Georges : Agnus Dei, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Gounod, Charles : Ave Maria
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Notes & Reviews:

The musical crossover is a phenomenon not just of our time; it was already commonplace in the early decades of the 20th century. With one difference however: artists crossed over in the opposite direction, from entertainment to serious repertoire. Rosa Ponselle, for example, began her career in Vaudeville before coming to the Met; Dorothy Kirsten was an established radio singer in the mid-1930s and first set foot on an opera stage in 1940. The tenor James Melton was also called relatively late to the field of opera, having been one of the most successful pop singers of his time in his earlier career. The son of a junk dealer from Georgia had spent an entire decade as a star in the heavens of pop music when he made his surprising operatic debut in 1938. Melton’s lyric tenor voice had a pleasant, unforced sound that carried well, and his timbre was often compared to that of his celebrated Irish predecessor John McCormack.



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>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni :: Il mio tesoro
  • Performer: James Melton (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Paul Breisach
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1787

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620 :: O image angel-like and fair!
  • Performer: James Melton (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Paul Breisach
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1791

>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin :: In fernem Land
  • Performer: James Melton (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Paul Breisach
  • Running Time: 5 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1848

>Wagner, Richard : Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg :: Morgenlich leuchtend
  • Performer: James Melton (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Paul Breisach
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1862-1867

>Massenet, Jules : Manon :: En fermant les yeux
  • Performer: James Melton (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Sylvan Levi
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1882-1883

>Massenet, Jules : Manon :: Ah! Fuyez, douce image
  • Performer: James Melton (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Paul Breisach
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1882-1883

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: Le fleur que tu m'avais jetée
  • Performer: James Melton (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Jean Morel
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Flotow, Friedrich von : Martha :: M'appari tutt'amor
  • Performer: James Melton (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Jean Morel
  • Notes: Composition written: 1847.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1847

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: Recondita armonia
  • Performer: James Melton (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Jean Morel
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: E lucevan le stelle
  • Performer: James Melton (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Jean Morel
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900

>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly :: Stola paura, l'amor
  • Performers: Licia Albanese (Soprano); James Melton (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Frieder Weissmann
  • Notes: Composition written: 1904.
  • Running Time: 8 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1904

>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly :: Addio fiorito asil
  • Performer: James Melton (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Frieder Weissmann
  • Notes: Composition written: 1904.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1904

>Godard, Benjamin : Jocelyn, Op 100 :: Chauchés dans cet asile
  • Performer: James Melton (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Frank Black
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1888

>Mascagni, Pietro : Ave Maria, for voice & orchestra
  • Performer: James Melton (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Frank Black
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>César Franck (1822 - 1890) : Panis angelicus
  • Performer: James Melton (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Frank Black
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1872

>Jean-Baptiste Fauré (Baritone Vocal/Composer) (1830 - 1914) : Les Rameaux, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performer: James Melton (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Frank Black
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Malotte, Albert Hay : The Lord's Prayer
  • Performer: James Melton (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Frank Black
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935

>Bizet, Georges : Agnus Dei, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performer: James Melton (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Frank Black
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1872

>Gounod, Charles : Ave Maria
  • Performer: James Melton (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Frank Black
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1852