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Charles Gounod: Faust / Boris Christoff, Victoria de los Angeles, Nicolai Gedda - Cluytens
Charles Gounod: Faust / Boris Christoff, Victoria de los Angeles, Nicolai Gedda - Cluytens

4 CD / EMI Classics / 2012-06-05

Works: Charles Gounod: Faust; Unspecified: Faust synopsis and libretto [CD-ROM Track]
Conductors: Cluytens, André
Ensemble: ; Paris National Opera Orchestra

Personnel: Rita Gorr, Victor Autran, Liliane Berton, Boris Christoff, Ernest Blanc, Victoria de los Angeles, Nicolai Gedda (vocals); Henriette Puig-Roget (organ).

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Mozart: Requiem; Exsultate Jubilate / Donath, Ludwig, Tear, Lloyd, Hendricks
Mozart: Requiem; Exsultate Jubilate / Donath, Ludwig, Tear, Lloyd, Hendricks

1 CD / EMI Classics / 2012-03-26

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem in D minor, K 626; Exsultate jubilate, K 165 (158a); Unspecified: [Untitled CD-ROM Track]
Performers: Donath, Helen [Soprano Vocal]; Hendricks, Barbara [Soprano Vocal]; Lloyd, Robert [Bass Voice]; Ludwig, Christa [Mezzo soprano]; Tear, Robert
Conductors: Giulini, Carlo Maria; Marriner, Sir Neville
Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields; Philharmoni Orchestra

Gramophone Magazine
This is above all a lyrical performance, both chorally and, more particularly, in the solo music, the realisation of which gave me especial pleasure....continue...
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Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem / Schwarzkopf, Fischer-Dieskau
Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem / Schwarzkopf, Fischer-Dieskau

1 CD / EMI Classics / 2012-03-26

Works: Johannes Brahms: German Requiem, Op. 45; Unspecified: Untitled CD-ROM Track
Performers: Downes, Ralph; Fischer-Dieskau, Dietrich [Baritone Vocal]; Schwarzkopf, Elisabeth [Soprano vocals]
Conductors: Klemperer, Otto
Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra

Recording information: Kingsway Hall, London (01/02/1961-04/26/1961)....continue...
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EMI 783302
Schubert: Lieder / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Edwin Fischer
Schubert: Lieder / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Edwin Fischer

1 CD / EMI Classics / 2012-03-26

Works: Franz Schubert: An die Musik, D 547; Im Frühling, D 882/Op. 101 no 1; Wehmut, D 772; Ganymed, D 544/Op. 19 no 3; Das Lied im Grünen, D 917/Op. 115 no 1; Gretchen am Spinnrade, D 118; An Mig...
Performers: Fischer, Edwin [Piano]; Schwarzkopf, Elisabeth [Soprano vocals]

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Schwarzkopf and Fischer make a magical partnership, with even the simplest of songs inspiring intensely subtle expression from singer and pianist alike. Fischer left...continue...
Recording information: Studio No. 1, Abbey Road, London, England (10/04/1952-10/07/1952)....continue...
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Schubert: Winterreise / Thomas Hampson, Wolfgang Sawallisch
Schubert: Winterreise / Thomas Hampson, Wolfgang Sawallisch

1 CD / EMI Classics / 2012-03-26

Works: Franz Schubert: Winterreise, D 911/Op. 89; Unspecified: Untitled CD-ROM Track
Performers: Hampson, Thomas [Baritone Vocal]; Sawallisch, Wolfgang [Conductor/Piano]

Gramophone Magazine
Hampson's reading is immaculately sung in smooth, warm tones, refined phrasing and naturally moulded diction.
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Recording information: Bavaria Musik Studio, Munich (03/18/1997-03/21/1997)....continue...
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Orff: Carmina Burana / Sheila Armstrong, Gerald English, Thomas Allen
Orff: Carmina Burana / Sheila Armstrong, Gerald English, Thomas Allen

1 CD / EMI Classics / 2012-03-26

Works: Carl Orff: Carmina burana; Unspecified: [Untitled CD-ROM Track]
Performers: Allen, Thomas; Armstrong, Sheila [Soprano Vocal]; English, Gerald
Conductors: Previn, Andre
Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra

Gramophone Magazine
Carmina burana is fun: Carmina burana has emotions that are real. Those are the two distinctive points that come out very clearly in this...continue...
Recording information: Kingsway Hall, London (11/25/1974-11/27/1974)....continue...
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Puccini: Opera Arias / Angela Gheorghiu
Puccini: Opera Arias / Angela Gheorghiu

1 CD / EMI Classics / 2012-03-26

Works: Giacomo Puccini: Madama Butterfly; Edgar, opera; La La rondine; La bohème; La fanciulla del West; Manon Lescaut; Suor Angelica; Gianni Schicchi, opera; Le villi; Turandot; Tosca; Unspecified: ...
Performers: Alagna, Roberto; Gheorghiu, Angela
Conductors: Coppola, Anton; Pappano, Antonio
Ensemble: ; Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi

Gramophone Magazine
Everything Gheorghiu achieves here is technically assured, thought through and emotionally rewarding. This is a deeply satisfying traversal of the Puccini canon.
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Bizet: Les Pêcheurs de Perles [Highlights] / Ileana Cotrubas, Alain Vanzo, Roger Sofer
Bizet: Les Pêcheurs de Perles [Highlights] / Ileana Cotrubas, Alain Vanzo, Roger Sofer

1 CD / EMI Classics / 2012-02-07

Works: Georges Bizet: Les Pêcheurs de perles; Unspecified: [CD-ROM Track]
Performers: Cotrubas, Ileana; Sarabia, Guillermo; Soyer, Roger; Vanzo, Alain
Conductors: Prêtre, Georges

Gramophone Magazine
An enjoyable, recommendable performance of Bizet's fascinating opera à PrOtre draws superb playing and singing from his forces.
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Recording information: Salle Wagram, Paris (07/18/1977-07/27/1977)....continue...
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Bellini: I Puritani [Highlights]  / Caballe, Kraus, Hamari, Manuguerra, Ferrin
Bellini: I Puritani [Highlights] / Caballe, Kraus, Hamari, Manuguerra, Ferrin

1 CD / EMI Classics / 2012-02-07

Works: Vincenzo Bellini: I Puritani, opera; Unspecified: [CD-ROM Track]
Performers: Caballe, Montserrat [Soprano Vocals]; Elenkov, Stefan; Ferrin, Agostino; Hamari, Julia [Contralto Vocals]; Kraus, Alfredo [Tenor Vocals]; Manuguerra, Matteo; O'Neill, Dennis [Tenor Vocal]
Conductors: Muti, Riccardo
Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra

Gramophone Magazine
Elvira might have been written with CaballT's limpid tones and predominantly gentle art in mind, Arturo with Alfredo Kraus's sense of line and plangency...continue...
Recording information: Kingsway Hall, London (1979-06-18_1979-06-30&1979-)....continue...
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Gounod: Romeo & Juliette [Highlights] / Alagna, Gheorghiu, Van Dam, Keenlyside
Gounod: Romeo & Juliette [Highlights] / Alagna, Gheorghiu, Van Dam, Keenlyside

1 CD / EMI Classics / 2012-02-07

Works: Charles Gounod: Roméo et Juliette; Unspecified: [CD-ROM Track]
Performers: Alagna, Roberto; Gheorghiu, Angela; Keenlyside, Simon; Larcher, Claire; Todorovitch, Marie-Ange; Van Dam, Jose [Bass Baritone Vocals]
Conductors: Plasson, Michel
Ensemble: ; Choir du Capitole de Toulouse

Personnel: Guy Fletcher (vocals); Alain Vernhes, Alain Fondary (baritone).

Recording information: Halle aux grains, Toulouse (10/17/1995-10/26/1995)....continue...
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EMI 290362B
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (highlights) / Theo Adam, Rene Kollo, Peter Schreier
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (highlights) / Theo Adam, Rene Kollo, Peter Schreier

1 CD / EMI Classics / 2012-02-07

Works: Richard Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg; Unspecified: [CD-ROM Track]
Performers: Adam, Theo; Buchner, Eberhard; Donath, Helen [Soprano Vocal]; Evans, Geraint [Baritone]; Hesse, Ruth; Kelemen, Zoltan; Kollo, Rene [Tenor Vocal]; Lunow, Horst; Ridderbusch, Karl; Schreier, Peter [Ten...
Conductors: Karajan, Herbert v.
Ensemble: ; Dresden State Opera Chorus

Recording information: Lukaskirche, Dresden (11/24/1970-12/04/1970)....continue...
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EMI 290382B
Verdi: Don Carlo [Highlights] / Carreras, Freni, Ghiarov, Baltsa, Raimondi
Verdi: Don Carlo [Highlights] / Carreras, Freni, Ghiarov, Baltsa, Raimondi

1 CD / EMI Classics / 2012-02-07

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Don Carlo; Unspecified: [CD-ROM Track]
Performers: Baltsa, Agnes; Cappuccilli, Piero; Carreras, Jose [Tenor Vocal]; Freni, Mirella [Soprano Vocals]; Ghiaurov, Nicolai [Bass Vocals]; Gruberova, Edita; Van Dam, Jose [Bass Baritone Vocals]
Conductors: Karajan, Herbert v.
Ensemble: ; German Opera Chorus

Gramophone Magazine
Freni is an involved and sympathetic Elisabetta with a voice that sounds warm and even throughout. Carreras is ideally ardent as Carlos and Baltsa...continue...
Recording information: Philharmonie, Berlin (09/15/1978-09/20/1978)....continue...
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Fauré: Requiem; Debussy: Images / Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Victoria de los Angeles
Fauré: Requiem; Debussy: Images / Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Victoria de los Angeles

1 CD / EMI Classics / 2012-01-24

Works: Claude Debussy: Images for Orchestra; Gabriel Fauré: Requiem, Op. 48; Unspecified: Untitled CD-ROM Track
Performers: Puig-Roget, Henriette
Conductors: Cluytens, André
Ensemble: Paris Conservatory Orchestra

Recording information: L'Église Saint-Roch, Paris (1962-02-14_1962-02-15&1962-); Salle Wagram, Paris (1962-02-14_1962-02-15&1962-); L'Église Saint-Roch, Paris (1963-09-11_1963-09-12&1963-); ...continue...
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EMI 851882
Verdi: Requiem; Four Sacred Songs / Schwarzkopf; Gedda; Baker; Ludwig; Ghiaurov
Verdi: Requiem; Four Sacred Songs / Schwarzkopf; Gedda; Baker; Ludwig; Ghiaurov

2 CD / EMI Classics / 2012-01-24

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Requiem Mass; Sacred Pieces (4), for chorus & orchestra; Unspecified: Untitled CD-ROM Track
Performers: Baker, Janet, Dame [Mezzo-soprano Vocal]; Gedda, Nicolai [Tenor Vocals]; Ghiaurov, Nicolai [Bass Vocals]; Ludwig, Christa [Mezzo soprano]; Schwarzkopf, Elisabeth [Soprano vocals]
Conductors: Giulini, Carlo Maria
Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra

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EMI 852192B
Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin / Dietrich Fischer Dieskau, baritone; Gerald Moore, piano
Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin / Dietrich Fischer Dieskau, baritone; Gerald Moore, piano

1 CD / EMI Classics / 2012-01-24

Works: Franz Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin, D 795/Op. 25; Unspecified: Untitled CD-ROM Track
Performers: Moore, Gerald [Piano]

Recording information: Gemeindehaus, Berlin-Zehlendorf (12/02/1961-12/04/1961)....continue...
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EMI 852092
Strauss: Four Last Songs; Lieder / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, soprano
Strauss: Four Last Songs; Lieder / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, soprano

1 CD / EMI Classics / 2012-01-24

Works: Richard Strauss: Four Last Songs, AV 150; Lieder (3), Op. 43; Lieder (8), Op. 49; Lieder (8), Op. 10; Lieder (5), Op. 48; Lieder (6), Op. 56; Lieder (4), Op. 27; Lieder (6), Op. 37; Lieder (5), Op. 4...
Performers: Peinemann, Edith; Schwarzkopf, Elisabeth [Soprano vocals]
Conductors: Szell, George
Ensemble: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra; London Symphony Orchestra
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EMI 873182
The Callas Effect / Standard Edition
The Callas Effect / Standard Edition

2 CD / EMI Classics / 2011-10-11

Works: Gioachino Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia; Giuseppe Verdi: I vespri siciliani; Rigoletto; La traviata; Macbeth; Il trovatore; Ernani; Aida, opera; Don Carlo; Giacomo Puccini: Gianni Schicchi, opera;...
Performers: Berbié, Jane; Callas, Maria [Soprano Vocals]; Dickie, William; Ercolani, Renato; Forte, Carlo; Sautereau, Nadine
Conductors: Serafin, Tullio; Ghione, Franco; Prêtre, Georges; Rescigno, Nicola; De Sabata, Victor; Karajan, Herbert v.

Maria Callas is the ultimate and original diva. She is widely regarded as the greatest opera singer and performer of all time whose life, voice...continue...
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The Callas Effect / Delux Edition: 2 CDs plus DVD Video
The Callas Effect / Delux Edition: 2 CDs plus DVD Video

3 CD / EMI Classics / 2011-10-11

Works: Gioachino Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia; Giuseppe Verdi: I vespri siciliani; Rigoletto; La traviata; Macbeth; Il trovatore; Ernani; Aida, opera; Don Carlo; Giacomo Puccini: Gianni Schicchi, opera;...
Performers: Berbié, Jane; Callas, Maria [Soprano Vocals]; Dickie, William; Ercolani, Renato; Forte, Carlo; Sautereau, Nadine
Conductors: Serafin, Tullio; Ghione, Franco; Prêtre, Georges; Rescigno, Nicola; De Sabata, Victor; Karajan, Herbert v.

Maria Callas is the ultimate and original diva. She is widely regarded as the greatest opera singer and performer of all time whose life, voice...continue...
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Bellini: Norma [Highlights] / Callas, Corelli, Ludwig, Zaccaria
Bellini: Norma [Highlights] / Callas, Corelli, Ludwig, Zaccaria

1 CD / EMI Classics / 2011-09-13

Works: Vincenzo Bellini: Norma, opera; Unspecified: [Untitled CD-ROM Track]
Performers: Callas, Maria [Soprano Vocals]; Corelli, Franco; Ludwig, Christa [Mezzo soprano]; Zaccaria, Nicola [Bass Vocal]
Conductors: Serafin, Tullio
Ensemble: Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano

Gramophone Magazine
That the phrasing, the pronunciation, the weight and shape and meaning of the music, are peerlessly conceived can go without saying. The conducting is...continue...
Recording information: Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Italy (09/05/1960-09/12/1960)....continue...
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Verdi: Rigoletto [Highlights] / Beverly Sills, Sherrill Milnes, Alfredo Kraus and Mignon Dunn
Verdi: Rigoletto [Highlights] / Beverly Sills, Sherrill Milnes, Alfredo Kraus and Mignon Dunn

1 CD / EMI Classics / 2011-09-13

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto; Unspecified: [Untitled CD-ROM Track]
Performers: Dunn, Mignon; King, Malcolm; Kraus, Alfredo [Tenor Vocals]; Milnes, Sherrill [Baritone Vocals]; Murray, Ann; O'Neill, Dennis [Tenor Vocal]; Rawnsley, John; Sills, Beverly [Soprano Vocals]
Conductors: Rudel, Julius

Gramophone Magazine
Kraus's singing is elegant and attractive throughout ... The Philharmonia plays with admirable élan and a great deal of subtlety for Rudel.
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Recording information: No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (08/15/1978-08/25/1978)....continue...
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Verdi: Il Trovatore [Highlights] / Corelli, Tucci, Simionato, Merrill
Verdi: Il Trovatore [Highlights] / Corelli, Tucci, Simionato, Merrill

1 CD / EMI Classics / 2011-09-13

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Il Trovatore; Unspecified: [Untitled CD-ROM Track]
Performers: Corelli, Franco; Mazzoli, Ferruccio; Mercuriali, Angelo; Merrill, Robert [Baritone Vocal]; Moneta, Luciana; Simionato, Giulietta; Tucci, Gabriella
Conductors: Schippers, Thomas
Ensemble: Rome Opera Orchestra

Gramophone Magazine
Tucci really seems to feel the music's shape and her singing is always a good instrument for Verdi's ideas.
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Recording information: Teatro dell'Opera, Rome (07/06/1964-07/12/1964); Teatro dell'Opera, Rome (07/14/1964); Teatro dell'Opera, Rome (07/17/1964); Teatro dell'Opera, Rome (07/31/1964); Teatro dell'Op...continue...
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Leoncavallo: I Pagliacci; Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana [Highlights] / Scotto, Carreras, Nurmela, Benelli
Leoncavallo: I Pagliacci; Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana [Highlights] / Scotto, Carreras, Nurmela, Benelli

1 CD / EMI Classics / 2011-09-13

Works: Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act; Ruggero Leoncavallo: Pagliacci; Unspecified: Untitled CD-ROM Track
Performers: Allen, Thomas; Benelli, Ugo; Caballe, Montserrat [Soprano Vocals]; Carreras, Jose [Tenor Vocal]; Hamari, Julia [Contralto Vocals]; Manuguerra, Matteo; Nurmela, Kari; Scotto, Renata [Soprano Vocals]; ...
Conductors: Muti, Riccardo
Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra

Gramophone Magazine
Caballé and Scotto have some lovely moments and both are strong in dramatic commitment ... Carreras gives generously of voice and emotion in both...continue...
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Verdi: La Traviata [Highlights] /Sills, Gedda, Panerai
Verdi: La Traviata [Highlights] /Sills, Gedda, Panerai

1 CD / EMI Classics / 2011-09-13

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata; Unspecified: [CD-ROM Track]
Performers: Erwen, Keith; Gedda, Nicolai [Tenor Vocals]; Lloyd, Robert [Bass Voice]; Panerai, Rolando; Sharpe, Terence; Sills, Beverly [Soprano Vocals]; van Allan, Richard [Bass-Baritone Vocal]; Wallis, Delia
Conductors: Ceccato, Aldo
Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Gramophone Magazine
Beverly Sills is a spirited, subtle and sensitive heroine. Nicolai Gedda gives an attractive performance and Aldo Ceccato conducts with finesse.
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Recording information: All Saints' Church, Tooting Graveney, London, England (1971-07-06_1971-07-09&1971-)....continue...
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Wagner: Lohengrin [Highlights] / Thomas, Grummer, Fischer-Dieskau, Ludwig, Frick
Wagner: Lohengrin [Highlights] / Thomas, Grummer, Fischer-Dieskau, Ludwig, Frick

1 CD / EMI Classics / 2011-09-13

Works: Richard Wagner: Lohengrin; Unspecified: Untitled CD-ROM Track
Performers: Fischer-Dieskau, Dietrich [Baritone Vocal]; Frick, Gottlob; Grummer, Elisabeth; Ludwig, Christa [Mezzo soprano]; Thomas, Jess; Wiener, Otto
Conductors: Kempe, Rudolf
Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Gramophone Magazine
Thomas combines ardour and anguish as well as any. Fischer-Dieskau is a formidable (but never over-emphatic) antagonist, and Gottlob Frick a majestic King Henry
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Recording information: Theater an der Wien, Vienna, Austria (1962-11-23_1962-11-30&1962-)....continue...
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Puccini: Tosca [Highlights] / Scotto, Domingo, Bruson
Puccini: Tosca [Highlights] / Scotto, Domingo, Bruson

1 CD / EMI Classics / 2011-09-13

Works: Giacomo Puccini: Tosca; Unspecified: [Untitled CD-ROM Track]
Performers: Bruson, Renato; Capecchi, Renato; Domingo, Placido; Hudson, Paul; Perlman, Itzhak; Scotto, Renata [Soprano Vocals]; Velis, Andrea
Conductors: Levine, James
Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra

Gramophone Magazine
Scotto provides perhaps the most telling use of the text since Callas's, and she constantly lets one see the distraught, temperamental woman behind the...continue...
Recording information: Kingsway Hall, London (07/29/1980-08/02/1980)....continue...
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Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro [Highlights] / Taddei, Schwarzkopf, Moffo, Cossotto, Wachter
Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro [Highlights] / Taddei, Schwarzkopf, Moffo, Cossotto, Wachter

1 CD / EMI Classics / 2011-09-13

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro; Unspecified: [Untitled CD-ROM Track]
Performers: Cappuccilli, Piero; Cossotto, Fiorenza; Ercolani, Renato; Fusco, Elisabetta; Gatta, Dora; Moffo, Anna [Soprano vocal]; Schwarzkopf, Elisabeth [Soprano vocals]; Taddei, Giuseppe; Vinco, Ivo; Wachter, ...
Conductors: Giulini, Carlo Maria
Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra

Gramophone Magazine
The best performance comes from Eberhard Wächter, who sings the Count's aria with steely passion, articulating the triplets - and this is rare -...continue...
Recording information: Kingsway Hall, London (1959-09-17_1959-09-19&1959-)....continue...
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Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor [Highlights] / Gruberova, Kraus, Bruson, Lloyd
Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor [Highlights] / Gruberova, Kraus, Bruson, Lloyd

1 CD / EMI Classics / 2011-09-13

Works: Gaetano Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor; Unspecified: [Untitled CD-ROM Track]
Performers: Bottone, Bonaventura; Bruson, Renato; Gruberova, Edita; Kraus, Alfredo [Tenor Vocals]; Kuhlmann, Kathleen; Lazzeretti, Bruno; Lloyd, Robert [Bass Voice]
Conductors: Rescigno, Nicola
Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Gramophone Magazine
Gruberova constantly pleases by her innate musicality ... Kraus is a master of Donizetti style.
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Recording information: No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (05/16/1983-05/26/1983)....continue...
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Puccini: La Boheme, highlights / Pappano
Puccini: La Boheme, highlights / Pappano

1 CD / EMI Classics / 2011-06-21

Works: Giacomo Puccini: La bohème; Unspecified: [CD-ROM Track]
Performers: Alagna, Roberto; Fissore, Enrico; Hampson, Thomas [Baritone Vocal]; Keenlyside, Simon; Ramey, Samuel [Bass-Baritone Vocal]; Swenson, Ruth Ann; Vaduva, Leontina
Conductors: Pappano, Antonio
Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra

Penguin Guide
Pappano's CD recording of Boheme is conducted with ever-fresh imagination, bringing out not just subtle emotions alonside high passion, but also the fun of...continue...
Recording information: No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (08/01/1995-08/10/1995)....continue...
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Bizet: Carmen
Bizet: Carmen

1 CD / EMI Classics / 2011-06-21

Works: Georges Bizet: Carmen, opera; Unspecified: Carmen libretto [CD-ROM track]
Conductors: Plasson, Michel

Personnel: Angela Gheorghiu (vocals); Inva Mula-Tchako, Yann Beuron, Ludovic Tézier, Elisabeth Vidal, Isabelle Cals, Nicolas Cavallier, Nicolas Rivenq, Roberto Alagna, Thomas Hampson (vocals)....continue...
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Lesson In Love / Kate Royal
Lesson In Love / Kate Royal

1 CD / EMI Classics / 2011-03-08

Works: William Bolcom: Waitin for voice & piano; Robert Schumann: Jemand, Op. 25 no 4; Lied der Braut aus dem Liebesfrühling I ("Mutter! Mutter! Glaube nicht!"), song for voice & piano (M; Lied der Bra...
Performers: Martineau, Malcolm

A Lesson in Love tells the universal story of a love won and lost, containing beautiful and emotional German lieder and French melodies, as well...continue...
Recording information: Potton Hall, Suffolk (2010-04-18_2010-04-19&2010-)....continue...
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Loewe: Ballads / Thomas Quasthoff
Loewe: Ballads / Thomas Quasthoff

1 CD / EMI Classics / 2011-03-08

Works: Carl Loewe: Odins Meeresritt, Op. 118; Edward, for voice & piano, Op. 1/1; Herr Oluf (Lord Oluf), for voice & piano, Op. 2/2; Tom der Reimer, Op. 135a; Ballads (3) for voice & piano, Op 129, no 2, "D...
Performers: Quasthoff, Thomas; Shetler, Norman

Recording information: Saal des Landgasthofes, Riehen bei Basel, Switzerland (05/04/1989-05/07/1989)....continue...
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Berg: Wozzeck / Rattle
Berg: Wozzeck / Rattle

3 CD / EMI Classics / 2010-11-09

Works: Alban Berg: Wozzeck, opera, Op. 7; Lulu-Suite, 5 symphonic pieces from the opera for soprano & orchestra ("Lulu-Symphonie"); Unspecified: Untitled CD-ROM Track
Performers: Skovhus, Bo [Baritone Vocal]; Vocal], Chris Merritt [Tenor
Conductors: Metzmacher, Ingo; Rattle, Simon, Sir

International Record Review
The advantages of hearing this opera live are demonstrated very effectively through Bo Skovhus's intense and theatrical account of the title-role, with Angela...continue...
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Donizetti: Don Pasquale / Muti
Donizetti: Don Pasquale / Muti

3 CD / EMI Classics / 2010-11-09

Works: Gaetano Donizetti: Don Pasquale; Unspecified: Don Pasquale Synopsis & Libretto [CD-ROM]
Conductors: Muti, Riccardo

Gramophone Magazine
The charm of this recording lies in the ensemble work, the elegance of Gösta Winbergh's tenor, and the excellence of the orchestral playing. It...continue...
Recording information: Kingsway Hall, London (1982-06-28_1982-06-30&1982-)....continue...
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Vincenzo Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi / Muti
Vincenzo Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi / Muti

3 CD / EMI Classics / 2010-11-09

Works: Vincenzo Bellini: I Capuleti e Montecchi, opera; Unspecified: [I Capuleti e i Montecchi] Synopsis & Libretto [CD-ROM Track]
Conductors: Muti, Riccardo

Recording information: The Royal Opera House, London, England (04/1984)....continue...
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Gounod: Romeo et Juliette / Plasson
Gounod: Romeo et Juliette / Plasson

4 CD / EMI Classics / 2010-11-09

Works: Charles Gounod: Roméo et Juliette; Unspecified: Roméo et Juliette Synopsis & Librettist [CD-ROM Track]
Conductors: Plasson, Michel

Gramophone Magazine
Gheorghiu brings a fine conviction to the despairing scene with Friar Laurence and then to the scene of the potion ... There are many,...continue...
Recording information: Halle aux grains, Toulouse (10/1995)....continue...
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Bizet: Les Pêcheurs de Perles / Dervaux
Bizet: Les Pêcheurs de Perles / Dervaux

3 CD / EMI Classics / 2010-11-09

Works: Georges Bizet: The Pearl Fishers, opera; Unspecified: Les Pêcheurs de perles Synopsis & Libretto
Conductors: Dervaux, Pierre

Gramophone Magazine
The second-act Serenade, "De mon amie fleur endormie", arguably the score's most subtle number, is beautifully sung by Gedda. Ernest Blanc, in the difficult...continue...
Recording information: Salle Wagram, Paris (1960-10-05_1960-10-12&1960-)....continue...
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Verdi: Il Trovatore / Karajan
Verdi: Il Trovatore / Karajan

3 CD / EMI Classics / 2010-11-09

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Il Trovatore; Unspecified: Il trovatore Synopsis & Libretto [CD-ROM Track]
Performers: Zaccaria, Nicola [Bass Vocal]
Conductors: Karajan, Herbert v.

Gramophone Magazine
Leonora was one of Callas's finest stage roles and this recording is wonderfully intense, with a dark concentrated loveliness of sound in the principal...continue...
Recording information: Teatro alla Scala, Milan (1956-08-03_1956-08-04&1956-)....continue...
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Verdi: Aida / Muti
Verdi: Aida / Muti

4 CD / EMI Classics / 2010-11-09

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Aida, opera; Unspecified: Aida Synopsis & Libretto [CD-ROM Track]
Conductors: Muti, Riccardo
Ensemble: Trumpeters of the Royal Military School of Music,

BBC Music Magazine
Montserrat Caballé's Ethiopian slave-girl is tender, subtle and often thrilling. By her side, her rival Fiorenza Cossotto's Egyptian princess Amneris is sinuous yet...continue...
Recording information: Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London (1974-07-02_1974-07-09&1974-)....continue...
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Puccini: La Rondine / Pappano, Alagna, Gheorghiu
Puccini: La Rondine / Pappano, Alagna, Gheorghiu

3 CD / EMI Classics / 2010-11-09

Works: Giacomo Puccini: La Rondine; Morire?, song for voice & piano; Le villi; Unspecified: Untitled CD-ROM Track
Performers: Alagna, Roberto; Bacelli, Monica; Biccire, Patrizia; Ciofi, Patrizia; Gheorghiu, Angela; Matteuzzi, William; Mula-Tchako, Inva; Pappano, Antonio [Conductor]; Rinaldi, Alberto
Conductors: Pappano, Antonio

Gramophone Magazine
From first to last, tenderly, often with a throb in the voice, Gheorghiu's vocal acting convinces you that Magda's are genuine, deep emotions, painful...continue...
Recording information: No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (08/01/1996-08/10/1996)....continue...
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Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel / Karajan
Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel / Karajan

3 CD / EMI Classics / 2010-11-09

Works: Engelbert Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel; Unspecified: Hänsel und Gretel Synopsis & Libretto [CD-ROM track]
Conductors: Karajan, Herbert v.

International Record Review
...it's remarkably good for its age and the GROC remastering used here brings out more detail than earlier incarnations. The performance is adorable...continue...
Recording information: Kingsway Hall, London (1953-06-27&1953-06-29&1953-)....continue...
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Rossini: Guillaume Tell / Gardelli
Rossini: Guillaume Tell / Gardelli

5 CD / EMI Classics / 2010-11-09

Works: Gioachino Rossini: Guglielmo Tell; Unspecified: Guillaume Tell Synopsis & Libretto [CD-ROM Track]
Conductors: Gardelli, Lamberto

Gramophone Magazine
Lamberto Gardelli draws rich and lucid playing from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, giving a splendid performance of the overture and the ballet music and...continue...
Recording information: Kingsway Hall, London (1982-06-28_1982-06-30&1982-)....continue...
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Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Serafin, Di Stefano
Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Serafin, Di Stefano

3 CD / EMI Classics / 2010-11-09

Works: Giacomo Puccini: Manon Lescaut; Unspecified: Untitled CD-ROM Track
Performers: Di Stefano, Giuseppe [Tenor vocals]; Formichini, Dino
Conductors: Serafin, Tullio

"Callas may present a rather formidable portrait of a young girl in Act 1, but here the final act with its long duet and the...continue...
Recording information: Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Italy (07/18/1957-07/27/1957)....continue...
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Gluck: Armide / Hickox
Gluck: Armide / Hickox

4 CD / EMI Classics / 2010-11-09

Works: Christoph Willibald Gluck: Armide; Unspecified: Armide Libretto [CD-ROM track]
Performers: Daniel, Paul [Conductor]
Conductors: Hickox, Richard

Gramophone Magazine
The playing and singing of Hickox's own orchestra and chorus are always mindful of stylistic matters, crisp and airy in the sensuous dance music,...continue...
Recording information: Abbey Road Studios, London (06/1982)....continue...
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Richard Strauss: Elektra / Sawallisch
Richard Strauss: Elektra / Sawallisch

3 CD / EMI Classics / 2010-11-09

Works: Richard Strauss: Elektra; Unspecified: Elektra Synopsis & Libretto [CD-ROM Track]
Performers: Calm, Birgit; Close, Shirley; Evangelatos, Daphne; Falkner, Julie
Conductors: Sawallisch, Wolfgang

BBC Music Magazine
The women are particularly good: Eva Marton's heavy duty soprano especially rich in lower colours in the title role; Cheryl Studer's Chrysothemis light...continue...
Recording information: Herkulessaal, Munich (01/02/1990-01/10/1990)....continue...
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Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail / Krips
Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail / Krips

3 CD / EMI Classics / 2010-11-09

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio), opera, K. 384; Unspecified: Die Entführung aus dem Serail Synopsis & Libretto [CD-ROM Track]
Conductors: Krips, Josef

Gramophone Magazine
Anneliese Rothenberger sings Constanze's music quite beautifully. Krips takes all the arias at just the right pace, never hurrying her and always allowing her...continue...
Recording information: Theater an der Wien (02/07/1966-02/15/1966)....continue...
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Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

5 CD / EMI Classics / 2010-11-09

Works: Richard Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg; Unspecified: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Synopsis & Libretto [CD-ROM Track]

International Record Review
Karajan is at his most winning, drawing sound of magnificent warmth from the Dresden Staatskapelle and coaxing superlative results from his cast. The...continue...
Recording information: Lukaskirche, Dresden (1970-11-24_1970-11-30_1970-)....continue...
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Wagner: Tannhäuser / Haitink
Wagner: Tannhäuser / Haitink

4 CD / EMI Classics / 2010-11-09

Works: Richard Wagner: Tannhäuser; Unspecified: Tannhäuser Synopsis & Libretto [CD-ROM Track]
Conductors: Haitink, Bernard

BBC Music Magazine
Haitink charts a leisurely course through Wagner's Tannhauser...Best of the principals is Lucia Popp's fresh Elisabeth. Waltraud Meier's Venus is potent yet sounds...continue...
Recording information: Herkulessaal, Munich (01/02/1985-01/13/1985)....continue...
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Paul Hindemith: Mathis der Maler / Kubelik
Paul Hindemith: Mathis der Maler / Kubelik

4 CD / EMI Classics / 2010-11-09

Works: Paul Hindemith: Mathis der Maler (Mathias the Painter), opera in 7 scenes; Unspecified: Untitled CD-ROM Track
Conductors: Kubelik, Rafael

Gramophone Magazine
This is a very fine version of one of the pinnacles of 20th-century German opera ... Kubelík's devilish-sounding Bavarians in the famous "Temptation of...continue...
Recording information: Herkulessaal der Residenz, Munich (06/1977/12/1977)....continue...
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Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana; Leoncavallo: Pagliacci
Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana; Leoncavallo: Pagliacci

3 CD / EMI Classics / 2010-11-09

Works: Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act; Ruggero Leoncavallo: Pagliacci, opera; Unspecified: Untitled CD-ROM Track
Performers: Gobbi, Tito
Conductors: Serafin, Tullio

International Record Review
...there are few [conductors] that have the unerring sense of pace and unostentatious musicianship that Serafin brings to these recordings...Callas is mighty impr...continue...
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Italian Concertos / Alison Balsom, trumpet
Italian Concertos / Alison Balsom, trumpet

1 CD / EMI Classics / 2010-10-25

Works: Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 3 no 6/RV 356; Concerto for Violin, strings & continuo in G major ("L'estro armonico" no 3), Op. 3/3, RV 3; Alessandro Marcello: Concerto for Oboe...
Performers: Balsom, Alison
Conductors:
Ensemble: Scottish Ensemble

Following the popular and critical international success of her Haydn and Hummel concertos recording, Alison Balsom has recorded a program of Italian Baroque concertos. In...continue...
Recording information: Caird Hall, Dundee (2009-10-30_2009-11-02_2009-)....continue...
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