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Regina Resnik (Klytämnestra), Birgit Nilsson (Elektra), Leonie Rysanek (Chrysothemis), Wolfgang Windgassen (Aegisth), Eberhard Waechter (Orest), Fredrick Guthrie (Der Pfleger der Orest), Margareta Sjöstedt (Vertraute), Margarita Lilova (Schleppträgerin), Gerhard Unger (Junger Diener), Herbert Lackner...
[Nilsson] is achingly tender in the recognition scene with Orestes, vividly obsequious as she lures Aegisthus to his death and tireless in her final, fatal dance...like Nilsson, [Resnik] really... — More…
Ramón Vargas (Don Carlos), Alastair Miles (Philippe II), Bo Skovhus (Rodrigue), Nadja Michael (La Princesse Eboli), Iano Tamar (Elisabeth de Valois), Simon Yang (Le Grand Inquisiteur), Cornelia Salje (Thibault), Dan Paul Dumitrescu (Un Moine), Benedikt Kobel (Le Compte de Lerme), Inna Los (Un Voix...
This is an issue of major importance, which all lovers of Verdi should acquire, since it will enable them to hear about 45 minutes of his most mature music which is otherwise not available…... — More…
Sherrill Milnes (Macbeth), Christa Ludwig (Lady Macbeth), Karl Ridderbusch (Banquo), Carlo Cossutta (Macduff), Gildis Flossman (Dama) & Ewald Aichberger (Malcolm)
Chorus & Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera, Karl Böhm
Lady Macbeth has rarely seemed more of a Lady than in Ludwig’s hands on this live 1970 recording from Vienna – her arch-manipulator is regal, elegant and icily pragmatic right up until the final... — More…
Digitally remastered from Austrian Radio 1963–1995
Mirella Freni (soprano), Gianni Raimondi (Rodolfo), Plácido Domingo (Rodolfo), Alberto Rinaldi (Marcello), Luciano Pavarotti (Rodolfo), Orazio Mori (Schaunard), Margarita Guglielmi (Musetta), Wolfgang Brendel (Marcello), Peter Dvorsky (Des Grieux), Luis Lima (Don Carlo), Plácido Domingo (Otello),...
the spontaneity of the theatre brings a special vividness to all of these interpretations...Freni portrays every character very touchingly indeed, especially Elisabetta...[She] blazes through... — More…
Works by Verdi, Bellini, Puccini, Giordano, Meyerbeer, Offenbach, Bizet,Tchaikovsky & Wagner
Plácido Domingo (tenor)
Chorus and Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera, Klobucar, Luisi, Karajan, Levine, Oren, Navarro, Slatkin, Santi, Albrecht, Viotti, Badea, Steinberg, Prêtre, Ozawa, Schneider, Dohnány, Stein & Domingo
…taken all in all, his is an amazing achievement. We shall not see or hear his like again in many a moon. Throughout the recorded sound is consistently true so that we feel carried back to... — More…
Ruggero Raimondi (Filippo II), José Carreras (Don Carlo), Piero Cappuccilli (Rodrigo), Matti Salminen (Il Grande Inquisitore), Mirella Freni (Elisabetta di Valois), Agnes Baltsa (Eboli), Marjon Lambriks (Tebaldo), Ewald Aichberger (Il conte di Lerma), Thomas Moser (Un araldo reale) & Edita Gruberova...
Karajan galvanises the orchestra, the singers sound as if they are listening to one another and there are some beautifully floated soft phrases...[Raimondi] does the king's loneliness very well.... — More…
Cesare Siepi, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Rafaele Arié, Elisabeth Grümmer
Vienna State Opera Chorus, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Wilhelm Furtwängler
This is an immensely and immediately impressive performance… Furtwängler's interpretation of Mozart's equivocal opera is fraught with suspense, menace and… tension. Tempos are often on the... — More…
Erich Kunz (Figaro), Irmgard Seefried (Susanna), Paul Schöffler (Count), Lisa Della Casa (Countess), Sena Jurinac (Cherubino), Oskar Czerwenka (Bartolo), Rosette Anday (Marcellina), Murray Dickie (Basilio), Anny Felbermayer (Barbarina), Walter Berry (Antonio)
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,...
The singers here are vocally pre-eminent and the performance is alert, theatrically motivated and (at times) moving…Despite Böhm’s efforts there is sometimes a struggle between the old portentous... — More…
Werner Hollweg (Tito), Carol Neblett (Vitellia), Catherine Malfitano (Servilia), Tatiana Troyanos (Sesto), Anne Howells (Annio), Kurt Rydl (Publio)
Chor der Wiener Staatsoper & Wiener Philharmoniker, James Levine
Ludwig Welter (Marchese di Calatrava), Antonietta Stella (Leonora), Ettore Bastianini (Don Carlo), Giuseppe di Stefano (Alvaro), Giulietta Simionato (Preziosilla), Walter Kreppel (Padre Guardiano), Karl Dönch (Fra Melitone), Annemarie Ludwig (Curra)
Choir & Orchestra of the Vienna State...
Mitropoulos, who had only weeks to live, directs the work with that combination of sensitivity and drive that marked all his performances.
With the Vienna State Opera Orchestra in glowing form,... — More…