2 CD / Testament / 2008-10-14Works: 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...
10 CD / Decca / 2005-03-15Works: Benjamin Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 64; Phaedra, Op. 93; The Rape of Lucretia; Turn of the Screw, chamber opera, Op. 54; Death in Venice, opera, Op. 88; Gloriana, opera, Op. 53
Performers: Adams, Stephen James; Ainsley, John Mark; Alder, Eric; Bainbridge, Elisabeth; Baker, Janet, Dame [Mezzo-soprano Vocal]; Barstow, Josephine; Bates, Angela Vernon; Bauer, Michael; Bowen, Kenneth; Bowma...
Conductors: Britten, Benjamin; Bedford, Steuart; Mackerras, Charles
Ensemble: ; Welsh National Opera Chorus
These recordings of the remaining five Britten operas in the Decca catalog are conducted by mixture of the composer and two colleagues, Steuart Bedford and...continue...
2 CD / Deutsche Grammophon / 2004-05-11Works: Vincenzo Bellini: I Puritani, opera; I Capuleti e Montecchi, opera; Norma, opera; Giuseppe Verdi: Attila; La traviata; Gioachino Rossini: Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia), opera; Gaetano D...
Performers: Begg, Heather; Gedda, Nicolai [Tenor Vocals]; Glossop, Peter; Kern, Patricia; MacDonald, Kenneth; Plishka, Paul [Bass Vocals]; Sills, Beverly [Soprano Vocals]; Treigle, Norman; van Allan, Richard [Ba...
Conductors: Rudel, Julius; Jalas, Jussi; Levine, James; Ceccato, Aldo; Mackerras, Charles; Buckley, Emerson
Ensemble: Ambrosian Opera Chorus; London Philharmonic Orchestra; London Symphony Orchestra; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Vienna Volksoper Orchestra
The track list on this 2-disc set has been carefully chosen and endorsed by Beverly Sills herself, and includes a track from Norma for the...continue...
2 CD / Decca Import / 1998-12-16Works: Gaetano Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor
Performers: Cioni, Renato; MacDonald, Kenneth; Merrill, Robert [Baritone Vocal]; Pelizzoni, Rinaldo; Satre, Ana Raquel; Siepi, Cesare; Sutherland, Joan, Dame [Soprano vocals]
Conductors: Pritchard, John
Ensemble: Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
2 CD / Decca Import / 1990-02-06Works: Benjamin Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 64
Performers: Brannigan, Owen; Deller, Alfred [Counter Tenor Vocals]; Harper, Heather; Harwood, Elizabeth [Soprano Vocals]; Hemsley, Thomas; Kelly, David C. [Opera]; Lumsden, Norman; MacDonald, Kenneth; Pears, Pet...
Conductors: Britten, Benjamin
Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Good CD Guide
This recording remains as fresh and inspired as the day it was made. Britten's taut, disciplined yet magical reading is unsurpassed.