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Janet Baker (Dido), Raimund Herincx (Aeneas), Patricia Clark (Belinda), Monica Sinclair (Sorceress)
English Chamber Orchestra, Anthony Singers, Anthony Lewis
listening to Janet Baker as Dido in her celebrated recording made at the dawn of her career, in 1962, still leaves one breathless with admiration and moved to the core by her combination of glorious... — More…
Robert Tear (Hippolyte), Angela Hickey (Aricie), Janet Baker (Phèdre), Rae Woodland (Diane), John Shirley-Quirk (Thésée), Gerald English (Tisiphone), Nigel Rogers (Mercure), Jill Gomez (Une Prêtresse)
English Chamber Orchestra, Saint Anthony Singers
Lewis’s realization now seems historical in the old-fashioned sense…So is the set still worth hearing? Most certainly, yes! At its heart are a brace of performances time has not wearied, nor... — More…
Roderick Kennedy (bass), Patricia Taylor (contralto), Anne Dawson (soprano), David Wilson-Johnson (baritone), Valery Hill (soprano), Roger Bryson (bass-baritone), Maldwyn Davies (tenor)
English Chamber Orchestra, The Geoffrey Mitchell Choir, Alan G Melville
The Immortal Hour is part of theatrical folklore: in London in the early 1920s it ran, unprecedentedly, for 216 consecutive performances and, shortly afterwards, for a further 160 at the first... — More…
Sumi Jo (Angèle d’Olivarès), Isabelle Vernet (Brigitte de San Lucar), Bruce Ford (Horace de Massarena), Patrick Power (Count Juliano), Martine Olmeda (Jacinthe), Jules Bastin (Gil Perez), Doris Lamprecht (Ursule), Jocelyne Taillon (La tourière) & Gilles Cachemaille (Lord Elfort)
Bonygne finds a masterly opéra-comique in Auber’s little performed work. Sumi Jo is magnificent as the heroine Angèle and Bruce Ford a vocally handsome lover, with a properly French supporting... — More…
Alfreda Hodgson, Jennifer Vyvyan, James Bowman, Peter Pears, Ian Partridge, John Shirley-Quirk, English Chamber Orchestra, Anthony Lewis
Vyvyan’s admirers will doubtless have already gone for the earlier ‘pure’ version of The Fairy Queen, yet there is just so much here to enjoy from both Vyvyan and a splendid roster of British... — More…
Kathleen Battle (Semele), Marilyn Horne (Juno/Ino), Samuel Ramey (Cadmus/Somnus), John Aler (Jupiter), Michael Chance (Athamas), Neil Mackie (Apollo), Sylvia McNair (Iris)
Ambrosian Opera Chorus, English Chamber Orchestra, John Nelson
[The recording] turns away from current fashion in using modern rather than period instruments, but the balance of advantage is in its favour. Nelson's performance is briskly paced, with rhythms... — More…
Judith Raskin (Madame Herz), Reri Grist (Mademoiselle Silberklang), Richard Lewis (Vogelsang), Sherrill Milnes (Buff)
English Chamber Orchestra, André Previn
Mozart’s one-act comedy is sung and spoken in an English version created by conductor André Previn’s then wife, Dory. Modern instruments but impressive singing, and the whole goes with considerable... — More…
Peter Pears (Albert), Sylvia Fisher (Lady Billows), Sheila Rex (Mum), John Noble (Mr Gedge), Catherine Wilson (Nancy), Joseph Ward (Sid), Johanna Peters (Florence Pike), Edgar Evans (Mr Upfold), April Cantelo (Miss Wordsworth), Owen Brannigan (Budd), Sheila Amit (Emmie), Anne Pashley (Cis), Stephen...
An indispensable set, an obvious basis for any collection, large or small, offering the composer's definitive performances — More…
Elizabeth Harwood (Tytania), Alfred Deller (Oberon), Peter Pears (Lysander), Thomas Hemsley (Demetrius), Heather Harper (Helena), Josephine Veasey (Hermia), John Shirley-Quirk (Theseus), Helen Watts (Hippolyta), Owen Brannigan (Bottom), Norman Lumsden (Quince), Dame Janet Baker (Lucretia), Peter Pears...
the set remains an essential bargain investment for collectors drawn to this repertoire — More…
Joan Sutherland (Adina), Luciano Pavarotti (Nemorino), Dominic Cossa (Belcore), Spiro Malas (Dulcamara), Maria Casula (Giannetta)
English Chamber Orchestra & Ambrosian Opera Chorus, Richard Bonynge
Bonynge leads a team ... which not only conveys jollity but which sings and plays as though full opera house applause is to be expected a the end of each number ... The ECO playing ... has a... — More…