Fernando Corena, bass. Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Gianandrea Gavazzeni & James Walker, conductors.
Label: Decca. Format: cutout CD.
UPC: 028947571704. Daedalus Item Code: 18091
A master of Italian buffo roles and an outstanding singing actor, Fernando Corena was the son of a Turkish father and an Italian mother who was born in Switzerland. In this 1957 recital he also shows ... (Read More)
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Inge Borkh, Maria Stader, David Molnar & Dino Dondi. Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala. Christoph Lertz, conductor, & others.
Label: Gala Music. Format: 2 CDs.
UPC: 8712177051649. Daedalus Item Code: 27557
"Inge Borkh was my first Elektra, and I'll never forget the way she dug for that ax," wrote Albert Innaurato in Opera News of this German soprano, who began as an actress and switched to ... (Read More)
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Kiri Te Kanawa, soprano. London Philharmonic Orchestra. Sir John Pritchard, conductor.
Label: Sony Classical. Format: CD.
UPC: 827969260524. Daedalus Item Code: 49045
Recorded at a time when Dame Kiri's voice was at its most glorious, this 1981 collection features two Puccini arias used in the Merchant–Ivory film Room with a View ("Chi il bel sogno di ... (Read More)
Nancy Gustafson, Jerry Hadley, Naomi Itami & others. English Chamber Orchestra. Richard Bonynge, conductor.
Label: Telarc. Format: cutout CD.
UPC: 089408041921. Daedalus Item Code: 47828
Franz Lehár's 1929 operetta The Land of Smiles is a romance about a young Viennese noblewoman who marries a Chinese diplomat and follows him back home, where the court summarily rejects her. ... (Read More)
Alessandro Corbelli, Christine Brewer, Gilles Cachemaille, Thomas Allen & others. Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Sir Charles Mackerras, conductor.
Label: Telarc. Format: 11 cutout CDs, boxed.
UPC: 089408074622. Daedalus Item Code: 47814
Sometimes one must pause to marvel that humans are capable of creating such gorgeous, transcendent music. The late Sir Charles Mackerras was keen on 18th-century performance practice, and in a ... (Read More)
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Nellie Melba, soprano. Herman Bemberg, piano. New Symphony Orchestra. Landon Ronald, conductor, & others.
Label: Nimbus. Format: CD.
UPC: 710357789021. Daedalus Item Code: 49064
Australia's first prima donna, Nellie Melba ruled Covent Garden for nearly 40 years and was described as having a voice like a nightingale. One critic described her trill as "a string of pearls." In ... (Read More)
John Lill, piano. Kurt Moll, bass. Kodaly Quartet. Cappella Istropolitana. Barry Wordsworth, conductor, & others.
Label: World Music Network. Format: 2 CDs.
UPC: 605633124224. Daedalus Item Code: 47521
A composer of intense passion and power, Beethoven set the standard for others to follow as his symphonies, sonatas, concertos, and other works revolutionized the history of music. Pieces sampled on ... (Read More)
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Daniel Lager, Roberta Invernizzi, Kai Wessel & others. Musica Alta Ripa. Bernward Lohr, conductor.
Label: MD&G Records. Format: 3 CDs.
UPC: 760623156620. Daedalus Item Code: 47585
In 2004, Musica Alta Ripa celebrated its 20th anniversary in the Hanover Opera House with three gala concerts commemorating the 350th anniversary of the birth of Agostino Steffani. The Italian-born ... (Read More)
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Marita Paparizou, mezzo-soprano. I Solisti Veneti. Claudio Scimone, conductor.
Label: MD&G Records. Format: CD.
UPC: 760623174426. Daedalus Item Code: 47686
As the title suggests, Marita Paparizou focuses on Vivaldi in this disc of emotive vocals, with pieces by two of his contemporaries added as seasoning. Supported by Baroque opera experts Claudio ... (Read More)
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