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Judith Weir (b. 1954): The Vanishing Bridegroom, opera / Ailish Tynan, soprano; Anna Stéphany, soprano; Andrew Tortise, tenor; Owen Gilhooly, baritone. BBC SO, Brabbins
Judith Weir (b. 1954): The Vanishing Bridegroom, opera / Ailish Tynan, soprano; Anna Stéphany, soprano; Andrew Tortise, tenor; Owen Gilhooly, baritone. BBC SO, Brabbins

2 CD / NMC Classics / 2014-09-09

Works: Judith Weir: The Vanishing Bridegroom, opera
Performers: Alcantara, Lynette; Birchall, Simon [Bass Baritone Vocals]; Bowen, Christopher; Curievici, Paul Haas [Vocals]; Gilhooly, Owen; Goater, Edward; Lemalu, Jonathan; Menna, Sian; Murgatroyd, Andrew; Price...
Conductors: Brabbins, Martyn
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

Judith Weir's opera, commissioned by Glasgow District Council for the 1990 City of Culture celebrations, takes three Scottish folktales, all concerned with disappearance: The Inheritance...continue...
Recording information: Barbican Concert Hall, London, England (01/19/2008)....continue...
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Love Duets: From Puccini to Bernstein / Ailyn Pérez, soprano; Stephen Costello, tenor
Love Duets: From Puccini to Bernstein / Ailyn Pérez, soprano; Stephen Costello, tenor

1 CD / Warner Classics / 2014-06-03

Works: Jules Massenet: Manon; Pietro Mascagni: L'amico Fritz; Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto; La traviata; Gaetano Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore, opera; Charles Gounod: Faust; Giacomo Puccini: La bohème; Le...
Performers: Costello, Stephen [Tenor Vocals]; Perez, Ailyn [Soprano Vocals]
Conductors: Summers, Patrick
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra

Dubbed "America's fastest-rising husband-and-wife opera stars" (AP) and praised for their "palpable chemistry" (New York Times), Ailyn Pérez (soprano) and Stephen Costello (tenor) have risen...continue...
Recording information: Studio 1, BBC, Maida Vale, London (12/09/2013-12/11/2013)....continue...
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Mahler: Symphony No. 4; Wagner: Parsifal Prelude; Mendelssohn: Ruy Blas Overture / Rudolf Kempe (rec. 1957-67)
Mahler: Symphony No. 4; Wagner: Parsifal Prelude; Mendelssohn: Ruy Blas Overture / Rudolf Kempe (rec. 1957-67)

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2013-11-19

Works: Gustav Mahler: Symphony no 4 in G major; Richard Wagner: Parsifal; Felix Mendelssohn: Ruy Blas Overture, Op. 95
Conductors: Kempe, Rudolf
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; London Symphony Orchestra

The highly distinguished conductor Rudolf Kempe (1910-1976) started as an oboist with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. During the Second World War, he was chief conductor...continue...
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ICA 5117
Donizetti: Belisario / Joyce El-Khoury; Camilla Roberts; Russell Thomas; Nicola Alaimo; Alastair Miles. BBC SO, Elder
Donizetti: Belisario / Joyce El-Khoury; Camilla Roberts; Russell Thomas; Nicola Alaimo; Alastair Miles. BBC SO, Elder

2 CD / Opera Rara / 2013-11-12

Works: Gaetano Donizetti: Belisario, opera
Conductors: Elder, Mark
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

Belisario is, quite simply, one of Donizetti's finest achievements. Dating from the high watermark of Donizetti's maturity, Belisario proved a triumph on stages throughout the...continue...
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Donizetti: Caterina Cornaro / Carmen Giannattasio, Colin Lee, Troy Cook, Vuyani Mlinde, Loic Félix
Donizetti: Caterina Cornaro / Carmen Giannattasio, Colin Lee, Troy Cook, Vuyani Mlinde, Loic Félix

2 CD / Opera Rara / 2013-09-10

Works: Gaetano Donizetti: Caterina Cornaro, opera
Conductors: Parry, David
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

Caterina Cornaro was the last of Donizetti's operas to be premiered in his lifetime, and the only opera of his later period not to have...continue...
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Smetana: The Bartered Bride / Dana Buresova, soprano; Thomas Juhas, tenor; Jozef Benci, bass
Smetana: The Bartered Bride / Dana Buresova, soprano; Thomas Juhas, tenor; Jozef Benci, bass

2 CD / Harmonia Mundi / 2012-10-09

Works: Bedrich Smetana: Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93
Conductors: Belohlávek, Jirí
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

Although for nearly 150 years Bedrich Smetana's The Bartered Bride has triumphed in opera houses all over the world, the work's road to success was...continue...
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Beecham Collection - Smetana, Verdi, Mozart, et al
Beecham Collection - Smetana, Verdi, Mozart, et al

1 CD / SOMM / 2011-10-11

Works: Bedrich Smetana: Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93; Giuseppe Verdi: Macbeth; Giacomo Puccini: Manon Lescaut; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: La clemenza di Tito, K 621; Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin, Op....
Performers: Grandi, Margherita; Schoeffler, Paul
Conductors: Beecham, Thomas, Sir
Ensemble: ; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; BBC Symphony Orchestra; London Philharmonic Orchestra; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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SOMM BEE900
Rozhdestvensky at the BBC Proms / Glinka, Tchaikovsky [DVD]
Rozhdestvensky at the BBC Proms / Glinka, Tchaikovsky [DVD]

1 DVD Video / ICA Classics / 2011-06-28

Works: Mikhail Glinka: Ruslan and Ludmila; A Life for the Tsar; Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker
Conductors: Rozhdestvensky, Gennadi
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

Performed during his tenure as Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony, the BBC Proms performances featured on this DVD represent Gennadi Rozhdestvensky at the highest...continue...
Run Time: 64 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Mono,
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Weber, Tippett, Brahms / Schmidt-Isserstedt, BBC SO
Weber, Tippett, Brahms / Schmidt-Isserstedt, BBC SO

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2008-05-27

Works: Carl Maria von Weber: Euryanthe, J 291/Op. 81; Michael Tippett: Fantasia concertante on a theme of Corelli; Johannes Brahms: Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98
Performers: Dekany, Bela; Goren, Eli; Vigay, Denis
Conductors: Schmidt-Isserstedt, Hans
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

Berlin born Hans Schmidt-Issserstedt was steeped in the German tradition. He formed the NDR Orchestra (Northern German Radio) in Hamburg which he conducted for 26...continue...
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BBC 42352
The Puccini Experience / Mehta, Italian Radio SO Rome, Italian Radio Chorus Rome
The Puccini Experience / Mehta, Italian Radio SO Rome, Italian Radio Chorus Rome

2 CD / Warner Classics / 2008-05-20

Works: Giacomo Puccini: Gianni Schicchi, opera; La bohème; Manon Lescaut; Tosca; La Rondine; Madama Butterfly; Chrysanthemums, elegy for string quartet; Suor Angelica; Il tabarro (The Cloak), opera; ...
Performers: Blasi, Angela Maria; Canonici, Luca; Carreras, Jose [Tenor Vocal]; Cowan, Richard; Cura, Jose; d'Artegna, Francesco Ellero; Domingo, Placido [Tenor Vocals]; Gallardo-Domas, Cristina; Hendricks, Barba...
Conductors: Barbacini, Maurizio; Conlon, James; Domingo, Placido; Sado, Yutaka; Nagano, Kent; Mehta, Zubin; López-Cobos, Jesús; Slatkin, Leonard; Szilvay, Géza; Szilvay, Csaba; Verrot, Pasca...
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Berlin State Opera Orchestra; French National Orchestra; Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome; Lyon Opera Orchestra; Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra; Munich Radio Orchestra; Ph...
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Dukas: Ariane et Barbe-Bleue / Botstein, Philips, et al
Dukas: Ariane et Barbe-Bleue / Botstein, Philips, et al

2 CD / Telarc / 2007-07-24

Works: Paul Dukas: Ariane et Barbe-Bleue, opera
Performers: Bardon, Patricia; Danby, Graeme; Davies, Sarah-Jane; James, Ana; Nolen, Laura Vlasak; Phillips, Lori; Rose, Peter de; Touchais, Daphne
Conductors: Botstein, Leon
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

"Nearly a century after its premiere it's time we wised up to the modernity of Paul Dukas' only opera... The three-act score, with its taut,...continue...
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Grieg, Wagner / Flagstad, Sargent, BBC SO
Grieg, Wagner / Flagstad, Sargent, BBC SO

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2006-09-19

Works: Recorded Sound: Applause; Edvard Grieg: Elegiac Melodies (2) for Strings, Op. 34; Melodies (12), Op. 33; Fyremål (The Goal), song for voice & piano, Op. 33/12; Romances (6), Op. 39; Songs (5), O...
Performers: Flagstad, Kirsten [Soprano Vocals]
Conductors: Sargent, Malcolm
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

Almost overnight, Kirsten Flagstad, was regarded as the supreme Wagnerian soprano of her generation. In 1936-37, she sang with Beecham, Fritz Reiner and Wilhelm Furtwangler...continue...
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BBC 41902
Barber: Vanessa / Slatkin, Graham, Brewer, et al
Barber: Vanessa / Slatkin, Graham, Brewer, et al

2 Super Audio CD / Chandos Records / 2004-11-23

Works: Samuel Barber: Vanessa, Op. 32
Performers: Birchall, Simon [Bass Baritone Vocals]; Brewer, Christine; Burden, William; Charlesworth, Stephen; Davies, Neal [Bass-Baritone Vocal]; Graham, Susan; Wyn-Rogers, Catherine
Conductors: Slatkin, Leonard
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

"Christine Brewer...[gave] a performance of extraordinary emotional and vocal span. What a cast of formidable American singers this was. There was Susan Graham, with an...continue...
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CHA 5032
Grand Tier - Massenet: Sapho / Keefe, Andrew, et al
Grand Tier - Massenet: Sapho / Keefe, Andrew, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2004-10-05

Works: Jules Massenet: Sapho, lyric piece in 5 acts (2 versions)
Performers: Andrew, Milla; Dickerson, Bernard; Hill, Jenny; MacPherson, George; Oliver, Alexander; Sarti, Laura; Taylor, Nelson
Conductors: Keefe, Bernard
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
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ODO 7015
Strauss, Ravel, Mozart / Elisabeth Söderström, et al
Strauss, Ravel, Mozart / Elisabeth Söderström, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2004-09-21

Works: Richard Strauss: Four Last Songs, AV 150; Capriccio, Op.85; Maurice Ravel: Shéhérazade, poems (3) for soprano (or tenor) & orchestra (or piano); Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Le nozze di Fig...
Performers: Soderstrom, Elisabeth
Conductors: Dorati, Antal; Boulez, Pierre; Pritchard, John
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Elisabeth Soderstrom has remaimed a member of the Swedish Royal opera for life. Her repertoire includes a wide range of roles - from Monteverdi's Poppea,...continue...
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BBC 41532
Massenet: Sapho / Keefe, Andrew, Oliver, et al
Massenet: Sapho / Keefe, Andrew, Oliver, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2002-08-06

Works: Jules Massenet: Sapho, lyric piece in 5 acts (2 versions)
Performers: Andrew, Milla; Dickerson, Bernard; Hill, Jenny; MacPherson, George; Oliver, Alexander; Sarti, Laura; Taylor, Nelson
Conductors: Keefe, Bernard
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

Massenet's 13th opera, the story of a sculptor's model and her insatiable love for a younger man, was not unlucky; it had an enthusiastic reception...continue...
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ODO 1360
Schubert: Symphony no 9;  Cherubini, Cornelius / Boult
Schubert: Symphony no 9; Cherubini, Cornelius / Boult

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2001-10-23

Works: Luigi Cherubini: Anacréon ou L'amour fugitif, opera-ballet in 2 acts; Franz Schubert: Symphony no 9 in C major, D 944 "Great"; Peter Cornelius: Der Barbier von Bagdad
Conductors: Boult, Adrian
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

"Schubert's 'Great' C major symphony was a work very close to Sir Adrian Boult's heart, and at a 1969 Prom he gave a vintage performance....continue...
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Birtwistle: The Mask of Orpheus / Davis, BBC Singers, et al
Birtwistle: The Mask of Orpheus / Davis, BBC Singers, et al

3 CD / NMC Classics / 1998-07-16

Works: Harrison Birtwistle: The Mask of Orpheus
Performers: Allen, Stephen; Angel, Marie; Booth, Juliet; Bronder, Peter; Dames-Longworth, Philippa; Ebrahim, Omar; Folwell, Nicholas; Garrison, Jon; McCormack, Elizabeth; Morgan, Arwel Huw; Opie, Alan; Owens, An...
Conductors: Davis, Andrew, Sir
Ensemble: BBC Singers; BBC Symphony Orchestra

"...In his operas, the vocal lines sit with remarkable ease on both the voice and the words with none of the chalk-on-blackboard quality that pervades...continue...
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