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Wagner: Die Walküre (1955), etc / Martha Mödl, Astrid Varnay, et al
Wagner: Die Walküre (1955), etc / Martha Mödl, Astrid Varnay, et al

4 CD / Testament / 2009-10-13

Works: Richard Wagner: Die Walküre; Tannhäuser
Performers: Fischer-Dieskau, Dietrich [Baritone Vocal]; Graf, Maria [Mezzo-soprano]; Greindl, Josef; Hotter, Hans [Baritone vocals]; Ilosvay, Maria von; Lammers, Gerda; Mödl, Martha; Milinkovic, Georgine vo...
Conductors: Keilberth, Joseph

The release of Joseph Keilberth’s legendary stereo recordings of the first cycle of the 1955 Ring at Bayreuth brought Testament worldwide acclaim. Partly for recording...continue...
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Hector Berlioz: Les Troyens
Hector Berlioz: Les Troyens

4 CD / Testament / 2009-08-11

Works: Hector Berlioz: Les Troyens, opera, H. 133a; Spoken Word: Jon Vickers in conversation with Jon Tolansky
Performers: Allman, Robert; Carlyle, Joan; Davies, Rhoderick; Elms, Lauris; Evans, Edgar; Kelly, David C. [Opera]; Langdon, Michael; Lewis, Ronald; Robinson, Forbes; Rouleau, Joseph; Shuard, Amy; Thebom, Blanche...
Conductors: Kubelik, Rafael
Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra

From our privileged position, half a century on, there may be a temptation to feel superior and to undervalue the 1957 Covent Garden Trojans and...continue...

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Wagner: Götterdämmerung / Keilberth, Mödl, Windgassen, Greindl, Hotter, et al
Wagner: Götterdämmerung / Keilberth, Mödl, Windgassen, Greindl, Hotter, et al

4 CD / Testament / 2009-02-10

Works: Richard Wagner: Götterdämmerung
Performers: Brouwenstijn, Gre; Graf, Maria [Mezzo-soprano]; Greindl, Josef; Hotter, Hans [Baritone vocals]; Ilosvay, Maria von; Milinkovic, Georgine von; Modl, Martha; Neidlinger, Gustav [Baritone Vocals]; Schar...
Conductors: Keilberth, Joseph
Ensemble: Bayreuth Festival Orchestra

Testament's highly acclaimed release of the legendary 1955 stereo recordings of the Ring made by Decca at Bayreuth featured the first of two cycles of...continue...

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A Portrait of Manon - Great Love Duets / Anna Moffo, et al
A Portrait of Manon - Great Love Duets / Anna Moffo, et al

2 CD / Testament / 2008-10-14

Works: Jules Massenet: Manon; Giacomo Puccini: Manon Lescaut; Madama Butterfly; La bohème; Giuseppe Verdi: La traviata; Gaetano Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor
Performers: Bergonzi, Carlo; di Stasio, Anna; Di Stefano, Giuseppe [Tenor vocals]; Elias, Rosalind [Mezzo-Soprano]; Kerns, Robert [Baritone Vocals]; Labò, Flaviano; Merrill, Robert [Baritone Vocal]; Moffo...
Conductors: Leibowitz, René; Previtali, Fernando; Leinsdorf, Erich; Prêtre, Georges
Ensemble: ; Rome Opera House Orchestra
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Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer / Klemperer, Silja, King, Adam, Talvela, et al
Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer / Klemperer, Silja, King, Adam, Talvela, et al

2 CD / Testament / 2008-10-14

Works: Richard Wagner: The Flying Dutchman
Performers: Adam, Theo; Burmeister, Annelies; King, James [Vocals]; MacDonald, Kenneth; Silja, Anja; Talvela, Martti
Conductors: Klemperer, Otto
Ensemble: BBC Chorus

The great conductor Otto Klemperer was known for his 'deliberate' tempos. The Observer's review of the live performance heard here said, "From the opening bars...continue...
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TES 1423
Bellini: La sonnambula / Votto, Callas, Cossotto, Monti, Zaccaria, Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra, et al
Bellini: La sonnambula / Votto, Callas, Cossotto, Monti, Zaccaria, Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra, et al

2 CD / Testament / 2008-08-12

Works: Vincenzo Bellini: La sonnambula, opera
Performers: Callas, Maria [Soprano Vocals]; Cossotto, Fiorenza; Mantovani, Dino; Martelli, Edith; Monti, Nicola; Ricciardi, Franco; Zaccaria, Nicola [Bass Vocal]
Conductors: Votto, Antonino
Ensemble: Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra

As Rene Seghers notes in his essay, at her 1955 debut in the role of Amina, Maria Callas "dominated the ensembles and, at certain moments,...continue...
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Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen / Kempe, Hotter, Nilsson, Windgassen, Vinay, et al
Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen / Kempe, Hotter, Nilsson, Windgassen, Vinay, et al

13 CD / Testament / 2008-08-12

Works: Richard Wagner: Das Rheingold; Die Walküre; Siegfried; Götterdämmerung
Performers: Allman, Robert; Bohme, Kurt [Bass Vocal]; Coates, Edith; Dalberg, Frederick; Evans, Edgar; Fisher, Sylvia; Grant, June; Hale, Una; Hotter, Hans [Baritone vocals]; Howitt, Barbara; Ilosvay, Maria von;...
Conductors: Kempe, Rudolf
Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra

Richard Wagner's complete 'Ring' cycle led by Rudolf Kempe, recorded live at the Royal Opera House in 1957 is now available from Testament in new...continue...
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Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen / Keilberth, et al
Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen / Keilberth, et al

14 CD / Testament / 2008-02-12

Works: Richard Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen
Performers: Blankenheim, Toni; Bolotine, Mina; Brouwenstijn, Gre; Graf, Maria [Mezzo-soprano]; Greindl, Josef; Hollweg, Ilse; Hotter, Hans [Baritone vocals]; Ilosvay, Maria von; Kuen, Paul; Lammers, Gerda; Lusti...
Conductors: Keilberth, Joseph
Ensemble: Bayreuth Festival Orchestra

Testament is proud to present the first-ever stereo recording of the 'Ring' cycle featuring definitive performances by Wolfgang Windgassen as Siegfried, Hans Hotter as Wotan,...continue...
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Verdi: I vespri siciliani (highlights) / Kleiber, Callas
Verdi: I vespri siciliani (highlights) / Kleiber, Callas

2 CD / Testament / 2008-01-08

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: I vespri siciliani
Performers: Bardi, Giorgio Kokolios; Callas, Maria [Soprano Vocals]; Carmassi, Bruno; Christoff, Boris; Frosini, Mario; Mascherini, Enzo; Masini, Mafalda; Paoli, Aldo de; Pettini, Lido; Ristori, Brenno; Sarri, G...
Conductors: Kleiber, Erich
Ensemble: Florence Teatro Comunale Orchestra

Testament scores a major coup with this seminal recording by Maria Callas in its first-ever release made from newly-discovered masters. The high-quality tapes which were...continue...
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TES 1416
Verdi: Messa di Requiem / Tullio Serafin
Verdi: Messa di Requiem / Tullio Serafin

2 CD / Testament / 2007-07-10

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Requiem Mass; I vespri siciliani; Giovanna d'Arco; Nabucco; I lombardi; Ernani; Il Trovatore; Otello
Performers: Christoff, Boris; Cossotto, Fiorenza; Fernandi, Eugenio; Modesti, Giuseppe
Conductors: Serafin, Tullio
Ensemble: Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus; Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra; Philharmonia Orchestra; Rome Opera House Orchestra

"hearing this 1959 set after many years, it stands up beautifully and can be highly recommended. The hushed opening mesmerizes and the "Dies irae" and...continue...
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Verdi: La Traviata / Serafin, Stella, Gobbi, La Scala, et al
Verdi: La Traviata / Serafin, Stella, Gobbi, La Scala, et al

2 CD / Testament / 2007-07-10

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: La traviata
Performers: Di Stefano, Giuseppe [Tenor vocals]; Dickie, William; Forti, Carlo; Galassi, Elvira; Gobbi, Tito; Maionica, Silvio [Bass vocals]; Mandelli, Luisa; Stella, Antonietta [Soprano Vocals]; Zaccaria, Nicol...
Conductors: Serafin, Tullio
Ensemble: Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra

Testament's La Traviata presents the first CD release of EMI's original 1956 recording. Walter Legge would have preferred Maria Callas for Violetta, but she was...continue...
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Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande / Cluytens, Souzay, et al
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande / Cluytens, Souzay, et al

3 CD / Testament / 2007-04-10

Works: Claude Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande
Performers: Collard, Jeanine; de los Angeles, Victoria; Froumenty, Pierre; Jansen, Jacques; Souzay, Gerard; Vieuille, Jean
Conductors: Cluytens, André

Gramophone says of Andre Cluytens' Pelleas et Melisande, "Reactions to this recording will not be lukewarm." Many opera lovers prefer a more symphonic approach to...continue...
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Wagner: Götterdämmerung / Keilberth, et al
Wagner: Götterdämmerung / Keilberth, et al

4 CD / Testament / 2007-02-13

Works: Richard Wagner: Götterdämmerung
Performers: Bolotine, Mina; Brouwenstijn, Gré; Graf, Maria [Mezzo-soprano]; Greindl, Josef; Ilosvay, Maria von; Milinkovic, Georgine von; Neidlinger, Gustav [Baritone Vocals]; Schartel, Elisabeth; Uhde, H...
Conductors: Keilberth, Joseph
Ensemble: Bayreuth Festival Chorus

"So the great project reaches its glorious close, as magnificently conducted, played, and sung as the rest of this revelatory Ring. One wonders anew at...continue...
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Wagner: Das Rheingold / Keilberth, Hotter, Lustig, et al
Wagner: Das Rheingold / Keilberth, Hotter, Lustig, et al

2 CD / Testament / 2006-12-12

Works: Richard Wagner: Das Rheingold
Performers: Blankenheim, Toni; Graf, Maria [Mezzo-soprano]; Greindl, Josef; Hotter, Hans [Baritone vocals]; Ilosvay, Maria von; Kuen, Paul; Lustig, Rudolf; Milinkovic, Georgine von; Neidlinger, Gustav [Baritone ...
Conductors: Keilberth, Joseph
Ensemble: Bayreuth Festival Orchestra

"It turns out that the landmark account of Wagner's "Ring" with Georg Solti conducting the Vienna Philharmonic, begun in 1958, was not the first stereo...continue...
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Glyndebourne Festival Opera - Mozart: Così fan tutte
Glyndebourne Festival Opera - Mozart: Così fan tutte

1 CD / Testament / 2006-10-10

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Così fan tutte, K 588
Performers: Borriello, Mario; Jurinac, Sena; Kunz, Erich; Lewis, Richard [Tenor Vocals]; Noni, Alda; Thebom, Blanche
Conductors: Busch, Fritz; Susskind, Walter
Ensemble: Glyndebourne Festival Orchestra; Philharmonia Orchestra
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Wagner: Die Walküre / Keilberth, Varnay, Brouwenstijn, et al
Wagner: Die Walküre / Keilberth, Varnay, Brouwenstijn, et al

4 CD / Testament / 2006-06-13

Works: Richard Wagner: Die Walküre
Performers: Brouwenstijn, Gre; Graf, Maria [Mezzo-soprano]; Greindl, Josef; Hotter, Hans [Baritone vocals]; Ilosvay, Maria von; Lammers, Gerda; Milinkovic, Georgine von; Schartel, Elisabeth; Scheppan, Hilde; Var...
Conductors: Keilberth, Joseph
Ensemble: Bayreuth Festival Orchestra

"This is the second release in the much-awaited, almost legendary "missing" Ring from 1955 that was professionally recorded live at Bayreuth and then dumped because...continue...
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Strauss: Arabella / Kempe, Della Casa, Trötschel, et al
Strauss: Arabella / Kempe, Della Casa, Trötschel, et al

2 CD / Testament / 2006-03-14

Works: Richard Strauss: Arabella, Op. 79
Performers: Casa, Lisa della; Fehenberger, Lorenz; Malaniuk, Ira; Nentwig, Kathe; Peter, Albrecht; Proebstl, Max; Trotschel, Elfriede; Uhde, Hermann
Conductors: Kempe, Rudolf
Ensemble: Bavarian State Opera Orchestra

This set features a live performance of 'Arabella' given by the Bayerischen Staatsoper at the Royal Opera House during their visit to London since the...continue...
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Verdi: Aida / Barbirolli, Callas, Baum, Simionato, et al
Verdi: Aida / Barbirolli, Callas, Baum, Simionato, et al

2 CD / Testament / 2005-04-12

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Aida, opera
Performers: Baum, Kurt; Callas, Maria [Soprano Vocals]; Langdon, Michael; Neri, Giulio; Simionato, Giulietta; Sutherland, Joan, Dame [Soprano vocals]; Thomas, Hector; Walters, Jesse
Conductors: Barbirolli, John

When Sir John Barbirolli first heard that he was to be working with Maria Callas, he wondered what he was in for as the myth...continue...
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Verdi: Messa da Requiem / Toscanini, Milanov, et al
Verdi: Messa da Requiem / Toscanini, Milanov, et al

2 CD / Testament / 2004-10-12

Works: Recorded Sound: Applause; Giuseppe Verdi: Requiem Mass
Performers: Milanov, Zinka [Soprano Vocal]; Moscona, Nicola; Rosvaenge, Helge; Thorborg, Kerstin
Conductors: Toscanini, Arturo
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

The performance heard on these discs is particularly remarkable, not only for historical reasons, but also because it seems to be the earliest extant viable...continue...
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Fauré, Ravel, Milhaud, Aubert: Mélodies / Irma Kolassi
Fauré, Ravel, Milhaud, Aubert: Mélodies / Irma Kolassi

1 CD / Testament / 2003-05-01

Works: Gabriel Fauré: La chanson d'Eve, Op. 95; Automne, Op. 18 no 3; Soir, Op. 83 no 2; Mélodies (5), Op. 58 "de Venise"; Maurice Ravel: Mélodies populaires grecques (5); Greek Traditional...
Performers: Bonneau, Jacqueline; Collard, Andre; Kolassi, Irma

"Testament has again reached into the archives at Decca to release this compilation of recordings oringinally issued on LP between 1952 and 1954. One wonders...continue...
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Wagner: Overtures, Preludes, Arias / André Cluytens, et al
Wagner: Overtures, Preludes, Arias / André Cluytens, et al

1 CD / Testament / 2003-04-01

Works: Richard Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg; Tannhäuser; The Flying Dutchman; Lohengrin; Tristan und Isolde
Performers: Gorr, Rita
Conductors: Cluytens, André

Cluytens came to Strauss even earlier in his career than to Wagner, conducting the Antwerp premiere of 'Salome' in his father's theatre. The opera Strauss...continue...
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TES 1256
The EMI Record of Singing Vol 3 - 1926-1939
The EMI Record of Singing Vol 3 - 1926-1939

10 CD / Testament / 1999-12-01

Works: Richard Wagner: Tannhäuser; Die Walküre; Lohengrin; Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg; Das Rheingold; The Flying Dutchman; Siegfried; Wesendonck Lieder; Rudolf Wille: Königsballade, ...
Performers: Albanese, Licia; Allin, Norman; Andresen, Ivar; Angelis, Nazzareno de; Arangi-Lombardi, Giannina; Austral, Florence; Baccaloni, Salvatore; Badia, Conchita; Badini, Ernesto; Baillie, Isobel; Balbon, A...
Conductors: Barbirolli, John; Viebig, Ernst; Heidenreich, Johannes; Seidler-Winkler, Bruno; Weissmann, Frieder; Kun, Cornelius; Dobrindt, Otto; Blech, Leo; Muller, Hans Udo; Orthmann, Erich; Alwin, Carl; Schmals...
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Wagner: Götterdämmerung / Hans Knappertsbusch, et al
Wagner: Götterdämmerung / Hans Knappertsbusch, et al

4 CD / Testament / 1999-09-01

Works: Richard Wagner: Götterdämmerung
Performers: Aldenhoff, Bernd; Hongen, Elisabeth; Ludwig, Hanna; Malaniuk, Ira; Modl, Martha; Pflanzl, Heinrich; Schwarzkopf, Elisabeth [Soprano vocals]; Siewert, Ruth; Topper, Hertha; Uhde, Hermann; Varnay, Astr...
Conductors: Knappertsbusch, Hans
Ensemble: Bayreuth Festival Orchestra

"This set... belatedly becomes the most important; no other... makes the drama at once so immediate and so substantial... the most conspicuous recorded example of...continue...
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Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia / Serafin, de los Angeles
Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia / Serafin, de los Angeles

2 CD / Testament / 1998-12-10

Works: Gioachino Rossini: Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia), opera
Performers: Bechi, Gino; Benatti, Erminio; Canali, Anna Maria; de los Angeles, Victoria; Luise, Melchiorre; Monti, Nicola; Rossi-Lemeni, Nicola
Conductors: Serafin, Tullio
Ensemble: Milan Opera Chorus
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Puccini: Madama Butterfly / De los Angeles, Gobbi, et al
Puccini: Madama Butterfly / De los Angeles, Gobbi, et al

2 CD / Testament / 1998-12-01

Works: Giacomo Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Performers: Canali, Anna Maria; de los Angeles, Victoria; Di Stefano, Giuseppe [Tenor vocals]; Ercolani, Renato; Gobbi, Tito; Huder, Maria; La Porta, Arturo [Baritone Vocal]; Sbalchiero, Bruno
Conductors: Gavazzeni, Gianandrea
Ensemble: Rome Opera House Orchestra
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Nan Merriman - French & Spanish Songs / Gerald Moore
Nan Merriman - French & Spanish Songs / Gerald Moore

1 CD / Testament / 1998-05-10

Works: Claude Debussy: Chansons (3) de Bilitis; Mandoline; Poèmes (5) de Baudelaire; Ballades (3) de François Villon; Fêtes galantes (3), song cycle for voice & piano, Set I, L. 80; Alfre...
Performers: Merriman, Nan; Moore, Gerald [Piano]
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Schubert: Mass no 6;  Bach / Wunderlich, Lorengar, etc
Schubert: Mass no 6; Bach / Wunderlich, Lorengar, etc

1 CD / Testament / 1997-11-10

Works: Franz Schubert: Mass in E flat major, D 950; Johann Sebastian Bach: Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227
Performers: Allen, Betty; Greindl, Josef; Lorengar, Pilar [Lyric soprano]; Schmidt, Manfred; Wunderlich, Fritz [Tenor Vocals]
Conductors: Leinsdorf, Erich
Ensemble: St. Hedwig's Cathedral Choir
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Ravel: L'Enfant et les sortilèges / Ernest Bour, et al
Ravel: L'Enfant et les sortilèges / Ernest Bour, et al

1 CD / Testament / 1996-01-01

Works: Maurice Ravel: L'enfant et les sortilèges, opera-ballet in 2 parts
Performers: Angelici, Martha; Michel, Solange; Peyron, Joseph; Sautereau, Nadine; Scharley, Denise; Vessieres, Andre
Conductors: Bour, Ernest
Ensemble: Radio France Maîtrise
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