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Jerry Hadley (Candide), June Anderson (Cunegonde), Adolph Green (Dr. Pangloss/Martin), Christa Ludwig (Old Lady), Nicolai Gedda (Governor/Vanderdendur/Ragotski)
London Symphony Chorus & Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein
an irreplaceable treasure...Jerry Hadley is an ideal Candide (what a good career as a Broadway lead he might have had in another era), June Anderson is a grand opera Cunegonde with high wattage... — More…
Rachel Harnisch (Ursula/Marie/Ygraine), Annika Schlicht (Marthe/Bellangère), Ronnita Miller (Handmaiden), Stephen Bronk (Grandfather/An old man/Aglovale), Thomas Blondelle (Uncle/Stranger), Tim Severloh, Matthew Shaw, Martin Wölfel (Drei Dienerinnen)
Das Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin,...
In the theatre, where these simple but potent stories would make a visual impact, the effect would surely be stronger than on a recording where the music alone creates atmosphere but is otherwise... — More…
Candide - Jerry Hadley, Cunegonde - June Anderson, Dr.Pangloss/Martin - Adolph Green, Old Lady - Christa Ludwig, Govenor/Vanderdendur/Ragotski - Nicolai Gedda, Paquette - Della Jones & Maximilian/Captain - Kurt Ollmann
London Symphony Chorus & London Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein
Joan Carlyle (Jenifer), Elizabeth Harwood (Bella), Helen Watts (Sosostris), Elizabeth Bainbridge (She-Ancient), Stuart Burrows (Jack), Alberto Remedios (Mark), Raimund Herincx (King Fisher), Stafford Dean (He-Ancient), David Whelan (Half-Tipsy Man), Andrew Daniels (Dancing Man)
the recording needs no defending, with singers, chorus and orchestra in full and lively presence, the soloists in excellent balance with the accompaniment...this issue is a life-enhancing creation... — More…
Danielle de Niese (Eileen), Alysha Umphress (Ruth), Nathan Gunn (Bob Baker), Duncan Rock (Wreck), David Butt Philip (Lonigan), Ashley Riches (Guide/First Editor/Frank)
London Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Chorus, Sir Simon Rattle
Rattle obviously adores the score and in broad terms he certainly enters into its spirit…but there’s just a slight touch of restrain about the whole enterprise; it’s all a bit too tasteful…The... — More…
Two Chamber Operas
Owen Gilhooly (Harry Jordan), Pippa Goss (Mrs Prest), Clare McCaldin (Miss Tina/Servant), Louise Winter (Juliana Bordereau), Nicholas Morton (Count Gervaise de Polisson), Garry Humphreys (Antoine, his manservant), Rhian Lois (La Marquise de Belle Poitrine), Matthew Buswell (Le Marquis), Simon Lepper...
The juicy stuff lies in the orchestral writing (beautifully played), often suffused with a wistful melancholy distantly suggesting the moodier film scores of Bernard Herrmann…George Vass's team... — More…
Hilde Güden (Rosalinde), Eberhard Wächter (Eisenstein), Giuseppe Zampieri (Alfred), Rita Streich (Adele), Gerhard Stolze (Orlofsky), Peter Klein (Blind), Walter Berry (Falke), Erich Kunz (Frank), Josef Meinrad (Frosch), Elfriede Ott (Ida)
Wiener Staatsopernchor & Wiener Philharmoniker,...
The most luxuriantly Viennese of all Fledermice, with Karajan and the Philharmonic at their most effervescent and a delectable Staatsoper cast, plus a gala of 1950s Decca stars including Björling,... — More…
Chor und Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Horst Stein
Von Einem’s music chases Dürrenmatt’s scene-setting most (almost too) faithfully with colourful often loud tone-painting…The performance sounds well-organised (by conductor Stein) and fluent... — More…