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Parsifal
By Melodram
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$299.99

ean: 0608974100421,

4.6 out of 5 stars with 29 reviews
Compared to Knappertsbusch's stodgy, lethargic Bayreuth Parsifals from the 50s, this 1964 performance, Knappertsbusch's last, is quite different. Textures have lightened, tempos are faster, and Wagner's long arcs soar instead of sag. These qualities characterize Knappertsbusch's ''official'' 1962 Philips Parsifal, but 1964 has a better cast. Hotter relishes Gurnemanz's long, inward monologues, while, by contrast, Vickers projects the title role with wound-up intensity. Thomas Stewart's Amfortas


Dmitri Hvorostovsky - Credo
By Polygram Records
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$95.00

mpn: BJ, ean: 0028944608922,

4.0 out of 5 stars with 45 reviews
Brand New This album is curiously packaged: the Latin title Credo on a recording of Russian liturgical music, sold not with religious symbolism but with a close-up of the heavy-lidded, dark eyes of Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Fortunately, the contents are eminently worthwhile. Hvorostovsky is, deservedly, one of the rising stars of our time, with a rich, chocolaty baritone consistently wielded with intelligence. The St. Petersburg Chamber Choir deserves to be better known; although they're frequently s


Mozart: Don Giovanni - 1956 Salzburger Festpiele
By Sony Classical
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$49.99

mpn: 074646426326, ean: 0074646426326,

4.8 out of 5 stars with 58 reviews
Recorded live at the 1956 Salzburg Festival, this is one of the great Don Giovannis on disc. Why? Look at the cast list--the top Mozartians of the 1950s in their prime. Cesare Siepi was THE Don of his generation, a carefree rake with a glorious bass voice. Fernando Corena, for all his stage mugging, was made for Leporello. Elisabeth Grummer's powerful Donna Anna reminds us of her shameful neglect by recording companies. Lisa Della Casa's Elvira is beautifully sung and characterized. Leopold Simo


Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen (Milan, 1950)
By Music & Arts Program
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$69.99

ean: 0017685091421,

4.5 out of 5 stars with 53 reviews
Wilhelm Furtwangler's only live opera house recording of the complete Ring is indispensable for serious Wagnerians. (A 1953 broadcast concert series from Rome had an inferior orchestra and lesser singers.) This 1950 La Scala Ring with the house band and chorus and a stellar cast of mostly German Wagnerians sports crude recorded sound, but the Music & Arts transfer is far superior to its previous incarnations. Furtwangler's conducting is incandescent. His command of structure is awesome; you sens


Rossini - L'Italiana in Algeri / Horne · Ramey · Battle · Palacio · Zaccaria · I Solisti Veneti · Scimone
By Erato
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$65.99

mpn: 2292-45404-2, ean: 0022924540424,

4.4 out of 5 stars with 60 reviews
Isabella in L'Italiana was one of Marilyn Horne's great roles, and this recording attests to it. The character is smart, spunky, and sarcastic, with a sure-of-herself twinkle in her eye and voice. Horne was so in control of her vast talent when this set was recorded that she seems to be born into the role. She tosses off the most difficult coloratura with ease. The tone is big and grand from high B to low B and back again, and the fun she's obviously having is infectious. Her supporting cast is


Puccini: La Rondine
By EMI
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$50.00

ean: 0724355633828,

4.4 out of 5 stars with 19 reviews
This is one of the problem operas of Puccini's maturity, something he began writing while under the spell of Lehar's The Merry Widow that never quite came together as a piece of theater. But the score contains some of Puccini's most congenial music and attractive scoring. An alert, resourceful new presence on the opera scene, conductor Antonio Pappano is just the one to make the best possible attempt at holding it together. Stars Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna show you why the opera world w


Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor
By DECCA,OPERA,CLASSICO,
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$32.39

mpn: 028941019325, ean: 0028941019325,

4.6 out of 5 stars with 28 reviews
All our books are brand new. We ship worldwide This was Joan Sutherland's second recording of Lucia, made with an all-star cast in prime vocal condition, and it is a must for those who believe that bel canto opera should live up to its descriptive title: ''beautiful singing.'' In the 10 years since her first Lucia recording, she had settled more comfortably into the character and become even more expert in the music. Her costars are among the greatest singers of our time, a point that is particu


Bellini: I Puritani
By Decca
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$34.56

mpn: 028941758828, ean: 0028941758828,

4.0 out of 5 stars with 53 reviews
All our books are brand new. We ship worldwide Sutherland's second recording of I Puritani is a substantial step beyond her first, thanks largely to the excellent cast assembled around her and to Richard Bonynge's growth in power and subtlety as a conductor. Her voice was still at or near its peak when she made this recording, and her verbal (as contrasted with purely vocal) skills had grown. Still, her mad scene, heard immediately after Callas's, comes cross as more pretty than dramatic. On the


Puccini: Tosca
By EMI Classics
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$79.95

mpn: 7243 5 56304 2 1,, ean: 0724355630421,

4.1 out of 5 stars with 20 reviews
Maria Callas is at the top of her game, and still very much in her vocal prime. Her dramatic approach to ''Tosca'' is arguably even better captured in the live recordings from Covent Garden a decade later, but at that point her voice had lost some of its bloom; depending on your tastes, this may be the better example of her doing the role. Tito Gobbi owned the role of Scarpia, and considered it his finest characterization. Although he and Callas wouldn''t perform the opera together on-stage for


Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream
By DECCA,PRIMO NOVECENTO
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$21.51

mpn: 028942566323, ean: 0028942566323,

4.3 out of 5 stars with 30 reviews
Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream (View amazon detail page) ASIN: B0000041WB Binding: Audio CD UPC: 028942566323 Following the premiere of A Midsummer Night's Dream, one critic proclaimed the opera ''an achievement far beyond the capacity of any other living composer.'' Another called it ''dreadful'' while still another marveled at the score's ''audacious inspiration . . .in which extreme economy of invention and lavish imagination walk hand-in-hand in truly dream-like amity.'' Sure enough,


A Time to Remember
By Emm/Angel
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$26.95

mpn: 724353656522, ean: 0724353656522,

4.2 out of 5 stars with 13 reviews
Celtic tenor John McDermott has ''a way of reaching into your past with words that caress the back of your neck'' (The Standard). His eagerly awaited new album is about memories, the circle of life, emotions, and common experiences--the things that bring us together. Seen on public television. (1 hour 18 minutes) John McDermott is known in America as one of the Irish Tenors, and is recognized as a bestselling solo artist in his native Canada. The songs on A Time to Remember were recorded for the


Romeo & Juliet
By Polygram Records
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$35.00

mpn: 28944213423, ean: 0028944213423,

4.6 out of 5 stars with 21 reviews
This brilliant recording is Sir Colin Davis's second shot at Hector Berlioz's setting of Roméo et Juliette, and it proves one of the best- justified cases for rethinking a score to be found on disc. There are splendid performances from mezzo-soprano Olga Borodina (one of the few Russian singers who perform non-Slavic works satisfactorily for the Western ear), tenor Thomas Moser, bass Alastair Miles, and, not least, the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, whose chorusmaster, unforgivably, is not nam


Wagner: Tannhäuser ~ Domingo, Studer, Baltsa, Salminen, A. Schmidt; Sinopoli
By Deutsche Grammophon
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$27.99

mpn: 028942762527, ean: 0028942762527,

4.7 out of 5 stars with 23 reviews
CD Another Paris Tannhäuser recording, this one seeing the adaptable Placido Domingo take a break from the world of Italianate opera to try on the mantle of Heldentenor. Domingo's clear, manly voice is well suited to the transformation--precisely why Italians usually don't think of him as a bella voce. Agnes Baltsa approaches the role of Venus in a less shrill and more human manner than often is heard in portrayals of the excitable goddess. The sound is exceptionally clear in the recording, a c



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