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Stravinsky: Le Rossignol; Maurice Delage (1879-1961): Quatre Poems Hindus, Berceuse Phoque / Janine Micheau; Jean Giraudeau. André Cluytens (rec. 1955)
Stravinsky: Le Rossignol; Maurice Delage (1879-1961): Quatre Poems Hindus, Berceuse Phoque / Janine Micheau; Jean Giraudeau. André Cluytens (rec. 1955)

1 CD / Testament / 2014-08-12

Works: Igor Stravinsky: Le Rossignol, opera (lyric tale) in 3 acts
Conductors: Cluytens, André
Ensemble: French National Radio Symphony Chorus; French National Radio Symphony Orchestra

Stravinsky's short, charming opera Le rossignol is rarely performed or recorded. Written in 1913-14 after the Rite of Spring, its libretto, based on The Nightingale...continue...
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Violinist Michael Rabin: The Unpublished Recordings, 1947 - 1971
Violinist Michael Rabin: The Unpublished Recordings, 1947 - 1971

3 CD / Testament / 2012-02-14

Works: Edouard Lalo: Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21; Niccolò Paganini: Caprices (24) for Violin solo, Op. 1; Caprice for solo violin in E flat major (Sostenuto-Andante), Op. 1/17, MS 25/17; Camille Saint-...
Performers: Johannesen, Grant; Rabin, Jeanne; Rabin, Michael; Smith, Brooks
Conductors: Rozsnyai, Zoltán

Michael Rabin's musical voice may have been quiet the past forty years, but to violin aficionados his star still shines brightly. His discography is small,...continue...
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Wagner: Parsifal
Wagner: Parsifal

4 CD / Testament / 2010-04-13

Works: Richard Wagner: Parsifal
Conductors: Kempe, Rudolf

First premiered in 1882, Wagner's last music-drama, Parsifal, was performed at Covent Garden for the first time in 1951. The opera still had a reputation,...continue...
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Schubert: Symphony No. 4; Debussy: La Mer
Schubert: Symphony No. 4; Debussy: La Mer

1 CD / Testament / 2010-04-13

Works: Gioachino Rossini: Semiramide; Franz Schubert: Symphony no 4 in C minor, D 417 "Tragic"; César Franck: Psyché; Claude Debussy: La mer
Conductors: Giulini, Carlo Maria

Recording information: Philharmonie, Berlin (02/1969)....continue...
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Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto; Dvorák: Symphony No. 7; Etc.
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto; Dvorák: Symphony No. 7; Etc.

2 CD / Testament / 2010-02-09

Works: Modest Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina; Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35; Antonin Dvorák: Symphony no 7 in D minor, Op. 70/B 141
Performers: Chung, Kyung-Wha [Violin]
Conductors: Giulini, Carlo Maria

This live concert recording dates from 1973. Carlo Maria Giulini led the Berlin Philharmonic in performances of the Tchaikovsky concerto with the Korean violinist Kyung-Wha...continue...
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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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TES 1433
Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder, etc / Eileen Farrell, Set Svanholm, et al
Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder, etc / Eileen Farrell, Set Svanholm, et al

1 CD / Testament / 2008-10-14

Works: Richard Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder; Siegfried
Performers: Farrell, Eileen [Soprano Vocals]; Svanholm, Set [Tenor Vocals]
Conductors: Stokowski, Leopold; Leinsdorf, Erich
Ensemble: Leopold Stokowski Orchestra; Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
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Tchaikovsky, Villa-Lobos, Puccini, Leoncavallo, etc / Licia Albanese
Tchaikovsky, Villa-Lobos, Puccini, Leoncavallo, etc / Licia Albanese

1 CD / Testament / 2008-10-14

Works: Giacomo Puccini: Tosca; Gianni Schicchi, opera; Alfredo Catalani: La Wally; Francesco Cilèa: Adriana Lecouvreur; Ruggero Leoncavallo: Pagliacci, opera; Giuseppe Verdi: Otello; Wolfgang Amadeus M...
Performers: Albanese, Licia; Merrill, Robert [Baritone Vocal]
Conductors: Weissmann, Frieder; Marzollo, Dick; Morel, Jean P.; Trucco, Victor; Stokowski, Leopold
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Bruckner: Symphony no 7;  Gluck: Iphigénie en Aulide Overture / Walter, New York Philharmonic
Bruckner: Symphony no 7; Gluck: Iphigénie en Aulide Overture / Walter, New York Philharmonic

1 CD / Testament / 2008-10-14

Works: Recorded Sound: Applause; Christoph Willibald Gluck: Iphigénie en Aulide; Anton Bruckner: Symphony no 7 in E major, WAB 107
Conductors: Walter, Bruno
Ensemble: New York Philharmonic

"For those who know only the commercial recordings of Bruckner by Bruno Walter (1876-1962), especially the inscriptions made in Los Angeles after his heart attack...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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Jussi Björling in Song
Jussi Björling in Song

1 CD / Testament / 2008-09-09

Works: Henry Geehl: For you alone; Ruggero Leoncavallo: Mattinata; Ernesto de Curtis: Torna a Surriento; Emil Sjögren: I drömmen di är mig nära; August Körling: Vita rosor; Gerald A...
Performers: Björling, Jussi [Tenor Vocal]; Schauwecker, Frederick
Conductors: Grevillius, Nils
Ensemble: Orchestra

Historic Masters Ltd., a company formed to continue historic reissues of vocal recordings initiated by the British Institute of Recorded Sound, contributed to this release...continue...
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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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Cesare Valletti sings Mozart, Scarlatti, Schubert, Berlioz, etc
Cesare Valletti sings Mozart, Scarlatti, Schubert, Berlioz, etc

2 CD / Testament / 2008-06-10

Works: Giuseppe Sarti: Giulio Sabino; Alessandro Stradella: Le gare dell'amor eroico; Alessandro Scarlatti: Work(s); Il Pirro e Demetrio; Il Sedecia, re di Gerusalemme; Il Flavio; George Frederick Handel: M...
Performers: Taubman, Leo; Valletti, Cesare [Tenor Vocals]

The leading operatic 'tenore di grazia' of the 1950s and '60s, Cesare Valletti (1922-2000) was also an incomparable interpreter of songs. A few years after...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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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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Strauss: Four Last Songs;  Wagner / Furtwängler, Flagstad
Strauss: Four Last Songs; Wagner / Furtwängler, Flagstad

1 CD / Testament / 2007-06-12

Works: Richard Strauss: Four Last Songs, AV 150; Richard Wagner: Tristan und Isolde; Götterdämmerung
Performers: Flagstad, Kirsten [Soprano Vocals]
Conductors: Furtwängler, Wilhelm

"As Michael Tanner opines in an interesting booklet-note, these two formidable artists had several collaborations in these Wagnerian excerpts, but caught live in very reasonable...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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Meyerbeer, Goldmark, Bizet, et al / Toscanini, NBC SO
Meyerbeer, Goldmark, Bizet, et al / Toscanini, NBC SO

2 CD / Testament / 2007-02-13

Works: Giacomo Meyerbeer: Le pardon de Ploërmel "Dinorah"; Karl Goldmark: Rustic Wedding, symphonic poem in E flat major, Op. 26; Georges Bizet: La Jolie Fille de Perth, orchestral suite; Jules Massene...
Performers: Cooley, Carlton; koff, Mischa
Conductors: Toscanini, Arturo
Ensemble: NBC Symphony Orchestra

"Mono sound, surprisingly clear and luminous, is what we have on an unmissable two-CD Testament set of live NBC recordings conducted by Toscanini... these are...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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Margherita Grandi sings Verdi
Margherita Grandi sings Verdi

1 CD / Testament / 2006-12-12

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Macbeth; Don Carlos; Il Trovatore
Performers: Frank, Ernst; Grandi, Margherita; McKinley, Andrew; Midgeley, Walter; Tajo, Italo; Terry, Vera; Thomas, Edward; Valentino, Francesco; Vivian, Robert
Conductors: Goldschmidt, Berthold; Beecham, Thomas; Erede, Alberto; Goehr, Walter
Ensemble: ; Glyndebourne Festival Chorus; London Symphony Orchestra; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

"Margherita Grandi, Australian by birth, Italian by musical upbringing, was something of a hit-and-miss meteor in her stuttering career, badly affected by two world wars....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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Donizetti: L'Elisir d'Amore / Santini, Carosio, Gobbi, et al
Donizetti: L'Elisir d'Amore / Santini, Carosio, Gobbi, et al

2 CD / Testament / 2006-11-14

Works: Gaetano Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore, opera; Lucia di Lammermoor; Pietro Mascagni: L'Amico Fritz
Performers: Gobbi, Tito; Lelio, Loretta Di; Luise, Melchiorre; Monti, Nicola; Vocals], Margherita Carosio [Soprano
Conductors: Santini, Gabriele
Ensemble: Rome Opera House Orchestra
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Elisabeth Schwarzkopf - Unpublished EMI Recordings 1946-52
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf - Unpublished EMI Recordings 1946-52

2 CD / Testament / 2006-11-14

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata no 51, "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen," BWV 51; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Exsultate jubilate, K 165 (158a); Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620; Das Veilchen,...
Performers: Feasey, Norman; Hudez, Karl; Moore, Gerald [Piano]; Pougnet, Jean; Schwarzkopf, Elisabeth [Soprano vocals]
Conductors: Susskind, Walter; Krips, Josef; Braithwaite, Warwick; Dobroven, Issay

"A glimpse into the singer's workshop" - a phrase from Schwarzkopf's spoken introduction to her excerpts from 'The Magic Flute' - aptly describes this collection...continue...
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Ten Top Tenors / Caruso, Roswaenge, Gigli, Tauber, et al
Ten Top Tenors / Caruso, Roswaenge, Gigli, Tauber, et al

1 CD / Testament / 2006-11-14

Works: Ruggero Leoncavallo: Pagliacci, opera; Salvatore Cardillo: Core' ngrato; Adolphe Adam: Le postillon de Lonjumeau; Daniel-François-Esprit Auber: Fra Diavolo; Charles Gounod: Faust; Giacomo Puccin...
Performers: Björling, Jussi [Tenor Vocal]; Caruso, Enrico [Tenor Vocals]; Gigli, Beniamino [Tenor vocals]; Kreisler, Fritz [Composer/Violin]; Martinelli, Giovanni; McCormack, John [Tenor Vocal]; Melchior, L...
Conductors: Rogers, Walter B.; Seidler-Winkler, Bruno; Goossens, Eugene, Sir; Ghione, Franco; Szell, George; Paulik, Anton; Gaubert, Philippe; Heurteur, Fernand; Grevillius, Nils; Ormandy, Eugene; Collingwood, L...
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Erich Kunz - Opera, Operetta & Song
Erich Kunz - Opera, Operetta & Song

1 CD / Testament / 2006-10-10

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492; Don Giovanni; Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620; Albert Lortzing: Der Waffenschmied; Zar und Zimmerma...
Performers: Kunz, Erich; Seefried, Irmgard
Conductors: Karajan, Herbert v.; Ackermann, Otto; Moralt, Rudolf; Paulik, Anton;
Ensemble: Kemmeter-Faltl Schrammel Ensemble; Philharmonia Orchestra; Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; Vienna Volksoper Orchestra
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Victoria de los Angeles - Baroque & Religious Arias
Victoria de los Angeles - Baroque & Religious Arias

1 CD / Testament / 2006-10-10

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Exsultate jubilate, K 165 (158a); Ch'io mi scordi di te...Non temer, amato bene, K 505; Ave verum corpus; Laudate Dominum; George Frederick Handel: As When the Dove Laments H...
Performers: de los Angeles, Victoria; Lewis, Richard [Tenor Vocals]; Menuhin, Yehudi [Violin]; Moore, Gerald [Piano]; Rothwell, Evelyn; Thalben-Ball, George, Sir [Composer/Organ]
Conductors: Boult, Adrian; Goldsborough, Arnold; Menuhin, Yehudi [Violin]
Ensemble: ; Bath Festival Orchestra; London Symphony Orchestra
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Wagner: The Flying Dutchman / Keilberth, et al
Wagner: The Flying Dutchman / Keilberth, et al

2 CD / Testament / 2006-10-10

Works: Richard Wagner: The Flying Dutchman
Performers: Lustig, Rudolf; Schartel, Elisabeth; Traxel, Josef; Uhde, Hermann; Varnay, Astrid; Weber, Ludwig [Bass Vocal]
Conductors: Keilberth, Joseph
Ensemble: Bayreuth Festival Orchestra

At Bayreuth, Decca and their German subsidiary Teldec had already recorded 'Parsifal' and an unreleased 'Ring' cycle in 1951, and 'Lohengrin' in 1953. During the...continue...
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Guido Cantelli Conducts Wagner and Brahms / Philharmonia
Guido Cantelli Conducts Wagner and Brahms / Philharmonia

1 CD / Testament / 2006-10-10

Works: Richard Wagner: Siegfried; Siegfried Idyll; Johannes Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68
Performers: Brain, Dennis [French Horn]
Conductors: Cantelli, Guido
Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
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Wagner: Orchestral Excerpts / Toscanini, NBC SO
Wagner: Orchestral Excerpts / Toscanini, NBC SO

1 CD / Testament / 2006-07-11

Works: Richard Wagner: The Flying Dutchman; Tannhäuser; Parsifal
Conductors: Toscanini, Arturo

"Although I cannot ascertain if Testament's restorations were effected from the best extant sources, they've never sounded cleaner or better defined... Lastly, the original, extended...continue...
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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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Wagner: Siegfried / Joseph Keilberth, et al
Wagner: Siegfried / Joseph Keilberth, et al

4 CD / Testament / 2006-04-11

Works: Richard Wagner: Siegfried
Performers: Greindl, Josef; Hollweg, Ilse; Hotter, Hans [Baritone vocals]; Ilosvay, Maria von; Kuen, Paul; Neidlinger, Gustav [Baritone Vocals]; Varnay, Astrid; Windgassen, Wolfgang [Tenor Vocals]
Conductors: Keilberth, Joseph
Ensemble: Bayreuth Festival Chorus

"Magnificent is the only word for it and the stereo definition is more vivid than one dared to expect. This is team-work on an exalted...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
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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TES 1367
Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel, etc;  Wagner / Karajan, et al
Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel, etc; Wagner / Karajan, et al

1 CD / Testament / 2005-08-09

Works: Richard Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28; Don Juan, Op. 20; Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24; Richard Wagner: Tannhäuser
Conductors: Karajan, Herbert v.
Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
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TES 1383
Verdi: La Traviata / Monteux, Carteri, Valletti, et al
Verdi: La Traviata / Monteux, Carteri, Valletti, et al

2 CD / Testament / 2005-07-12

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: La traviata; Il Trovatore; Simon Boccanegra; La forza del destino
Performers: Carteri, Rosanna; Caselli, Dario; Keast, Raymond; La Porta, Arturo [Baritone Vocal]; Maccagnani, Rina Allesandri; Marimpietri, Lidia; Monreale, Leonardo; Scarlini, Glauco; Tommaso, Salvatore De; Vall...
Conductors: Monteux, Pierre; Morel, Jean P.; Cellini, Renato
Ensemble: ; Rome Opera House Orchestra

This 1956 'Traviata' departed from the usual formula in that the conductor chosen was Pierre Monteux, an eminent figure in the field of French music...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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TES 1355
French Opera Arias / Janine Micheau
French Opera Arias / Janine Micheau

1 CD / Testament / 2004-12-14

Works: Gustave Charpentier: Louise; Ambroise Thomas: Mignon; Jacques Offenbach: Gaîté Parisienne; Georges Bizet: The Pearl Fishers, opera; Charles Gounod: Mireille; Roméo et Juliette; Emma...
Performers: Gianotti, Pierre; Luca, Libero de; Micheau, Janine; Mollien, Jean
Conductors: Desormiere, Roger; Erede, Alberto; Fournet, Jean

In all her roles, Micheau was admired for the care, skill and taste with which she used her decidedly French vocal timbre. Her light voice...continue...
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TES 1347
Strauss: Tod und Verklärung, etc;  Wagner / Knappertsbusch
Strauss: Tod und Verklärung, etc; Wagner / Knappertsbusch

1 CD / Testament / 2004-07-01

Works: Richard Strauss: Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24; Don Juan, Op. 20; Richard Wagner: Rienzi; Parsifal
Performers: Treptow, Gunther
Conductors: Knappertsbusch, Hans
Ensemble: Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris; Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Hans Knappertsbusch's posthumous reputation rests mainly on his association with the music of Wagner, Bruckner, Brahms and Strauss. The performances on this disc clearly demonstrate...continue...
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TES 1338
Guido Cantelli - The NBC Broadcast Concerts
Guido Cantelli - The NBC Broadcast Concerts

4 CD / Testament / 2004-07-01

Works: Gioachino Rossini: L'assedio di Corinto; Béla Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra, Sz 116; Franz Schubert: Symphony no 2 in B flat major, D 125; Giorgio Federico Ghedini: Concerto dell'Albatro f...
Performers: Balsam, Artur; Hollander, Max; koff, Mischa; Miller, Frank [Cello]
Conductors: Cantelli, Guido
Ensemble: NBC Symphony Orchestra

Perhaps the best way to sum up the significance of the performance in Testament's 3 boxed sets of Cantelli's 1949-50 NBC Symphony broadcast recordings is...continue...
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TES 1336
Wolf-Ferrari: Overtures, Intermezzi, etc;  Verdi / Mackerras
Wolf-Ferrari: Overtures, Intermezzi, etc; Verdi / Mackerras

1 CD / Testament / 2004-04-01

Works: Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari: Il segreto di Susanna; I quattro rusteghi, opera; I gioielli della Madonna; Giuseppe Verdi: Luisa Miller; Il Trovatore; I vespri siciliani; Otello; Amilcare Ponchielli: Dance of...
Conductors: Mackerras, Charles
Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra; Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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TES 1327
Verdi: Overtures, etc / Mackerras, Philharmonia Orchestra
Verdi: Overtures, etc / Mackerras, Philharmonia Orchestra

1 CD / Testament / 2004-04-01

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: La forza del destino; Nabucco; Alzira; Charles Mackerras: The Lady and the Fool, romantic ballet suite (after Verdi)
Conductors: Mackerras, Charles
Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
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TES 1326
Scarlatti, Monteverdi, Lawes, Handel / Janet Baker, et al
Scarlatti, Monteverdi, Lawes, Handel / Janet Baker, et al

1 CD / Testament / 2004-02-01

Works: Domenico Scarlatti: Work(s); Claudio Monteverdi: L'Incirinazione Di Poppea; Alessandro Scarlatti: Non sò qual piú m'ingombra, chamber cantata for soprano, 2 violins & continuo ("Cantata Pas...
Performers: Baker, Janet, Dame [Mezzo-soprano Vocal]; Fischer-Dieskau, Dietrich [Baritone Vocal]; Malcolm, George
Conductors: Leppard, Raymond
Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra

The Monteverdi and Scarlatti recital reissued here was made in the summer of 1969 and published the following year. Though well-established as one of England's...continue...
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TES 1321
Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien, etc / Matacic, et al
Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien, etc / Matacic, et al

1 CD / Testament / 2004-02-01

Works: Alexander Borodin: Prince Igor; Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Capriccio italien, Op. 45; Eugen Onegin; The Storm, overture for orchestra, Op. 76
Conductors: Matacic, Lovro von
Ensemble: Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra; Philharmonia Orchestra
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TES 1330
The Great Violinists - Recordings from 1900-1913
The Great Violinists - Recordings from 1900-1913

2 CD / Testament / 2004-02-01

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonata for Violin solo no 1 in G minor, BWV 1001; Partita for Violin solo no 1 in B minor, BWV 1002; Orchestral Suite no 3 in D major, BWV 1068; Joseph Joachim: Romance for vio...
Performers: Barcewicz, Stanislaw; Burmester, Willy; Creus, Camille de; Dessau, Bernhard; Gregorowicz, Karol; Hall, Marie; Joachim, Joseph; Kreisler, Fritz [Composer/Violin]; Kubelík, Jan; Marteau, Henri; ...
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TES 1323
Beethoven: Fidelio / Klemperer, Jurinac, Vickers, et al
Beethoven: Fidelio / Klemperer, Jurinac, Vickers, et al

2 CD / Testament / 2004-01-01

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Fidelio, Op. 72
Performers: Dobson, John; Frick, Gottlob; Godfrey, Victor; Hotter, Hans [Baritone vocals]; Howarth, Elgar; Jurinac, Sena; Morison, Elsie; Robinson, Forbes; Vickers, Jon; Ward, Joseph [Tenor Vocal]
Conductors: Klemperer, Otto
Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus

"No opera was closer to Klemperer's heart than 'Fidelio', and his famous 1962 EMI recording has remained the benchmark by which all others are judged....continue...
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