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The Record of Singing Vol 5 - From the LP to the Digital Era


Release Date: 03/10/2009 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 28949   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Richard WagnerErich Wolfgang KorngoldSir Arthur BlissGiuseppe Verdi,   ... 
Performer:  Birgit NilssonElisabeth GrümmerGottlob FrickLudwig Weber,   ... 
Conductor:  Leopold LudwigFranz KonwitschnyIssay DobrowenHermann Weigert,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraBerlin State Opera OrchestraFrench National Radio Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 10 
Recorded in: Mixed 
Length: 12 Hours 44 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The first four Record of Singing boxed sets surveyed a fairly broad compass of significant singers from 1899 to the early 1950s. Volume 5 spans more than half a century, starting in 1953 and ending in 2007. The collection's contents embrace many schools, nationalities, and styles, yet is nowhere near so comprehensive as its predecessors. Furthermore, EMI's back catalog governs Volume 5's entire curatorial agenda, and as such many key singers of the past half-century fall by the wayside. Where's Renée Fleming, Eileen Farrell, Thomas Quasthoff, Rene Pape, Jan DeGaetani, Phyllis Bryn-Julson, Maureen Forrester, Jane Eaglen, Kathleen Battle, Samuel Ramey, Cathy Berberian, Inge Nielsen, and Gustav Neidlinger, just to name a few?
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I think it best to accept this release as the EMI Vocal Celebration it is, and open yourself up to its potential discoveries. For example, the all-Wagner disc contains some terrific Lohengrin rarities featuring Astrid Varnay and Rita Gorr, plus Hans Hotter's freshest studio Wotan's Farewell. Who knew that atypical fare such as the aria from Act 1 of Roussel's Padmavati would suit Marilyn Horne's unforgettable timbre, or that the normally stentorian James King could spin out Amor ti vieta from Giordano's Fedora so idiomatically? Yvonne Minton's purity of tone and effortless breath control in È amore un ladroncello seems easier to appreciate outside the context of the sluggish complete Così fan tutte (conducted by Klemperer) from which it's excerpted.

As to be expected, Volume 5's timeline reflects an increased interest in Baroque and early music and the emergence of a rich countertenor tradition from the pioneering Alfred Deller to current artists like Phillippe Jaroussky and David Daniels. Seasoned collectors, of course, will be familiar with Flagstad's Wagner Liebestod, Callas' Verdi, Vickers' Carmen Flower Song, Christa Ludwig's Mahler, Walter Berry's Papageno, and Ben Heppner's Walther. However, that might not be the case with those just getting started in vocal music, and who'll appreciate a tasting menu of Volume 5's size and scope.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Der fliegende Holländer: Jo-ho-joe! Traft ihr das Schiff by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Birgit Nilsson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leopold Ludwig
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1957 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
2. Tannhäuser: Dich, teure Halle by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Elisabeth Grümmer (Soprano)
Conductor:  Franz Konwitschny
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1960 
Venue:  Grunewaldkirche, Berlin 
3. Tannhäuser: Dich treff' ich hier by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Gottlob Frick (Bass)
Conductor:  Franz Konwitschny
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Date of Recording: 10/1960 
Venue:  Grunewaldkirche, Berlin 
4. Tannhäuser: Gar viel und schön by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Ludwig Weber (Bass)
Conductor:  Issay Dobrowen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/06/1951 
Venue:  No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London 
5. Tannhäuser: Blick' ich umher in diesem edlen Kreise by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Conductor:  Franz Konwitschny
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1960 
Venue:  Grunewaldkirche, Berlin 
6. Lohengrin: Einsam in trüben Tagen "Elsa's dream" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Astrid Varnay (Soprano)
Conductor:  Hermann Weigert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/15/1951 
Venue:  No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London 
7. Lohengrin: Euch Lüften, die mein Klagen by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Régine Crespin (Soprano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Radio Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1961 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
8. Lohengrin: Entweihte Götter! Helft jetzt meine Rache! by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Rita Gorr (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  André Cluytens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1959 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
9. Die Walküre: Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Ludwig Suthaus (Tenor)
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1954 
Venue:  Musikvereinssaal, Vienna 
10. Die Walküre: Ho-jo-to-ho! by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Martha Mödl (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1954 
Venue:  Musikvereinssaal, Vienna 
11. Die Walküre: Weh! Weh! Süssestes Weib! by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Set Svanholm (Tenor), Birgit Nilsson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/04/1949 
Venue:  No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London 
12. Die Walküre: Leb' wohl..."Farewell and Magic Fire music" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Hans Hotter (Baritone)
Conductor:  Leopold Ludwig
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1957 
Venue:  No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London 
13. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Was duftet doch der Flieder by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Otto Edelmann (Bass)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1951 
Venue:  Festspielhaus, Bayreuth 
14. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Morgenlich leuchtend by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Rudolf Schock (Tenor), Gottlob Frick (Bass), Ferdinand Frantz (Bass Baritone),
Elisabeth Grümmer (Soprano)
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1956 
Venue:  Wintergarten, Berlin 
15. Tristan und Isolde: Tot denn alles by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Josef Greindl (Bass)
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1859; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1952 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
16. Tristan und Isolde: Mild und leise "Liebestod" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1952 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
17. Die tote Stadt, Op. 12: Glück, das mir verblieb "Mariettalied" by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Performer:  Joan Hammond (Soprano)
Conductor:  Walter Susskind
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/17/1953 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
18. A Song of Welcome: Behind the façades and faces by Sir Arthur Bliss
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Arthur Bliss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  BBC Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954 
Date of Recording: 01/26/1954 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
19. I vespri siciliani: Mercè, dilette amiche "Bolero" by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1954 
Venue:  Watford Town Hall, London 
20. Die Fledermaus: Mein Herr Marquis by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Rita Streich (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1955 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
21. Der Graf von Luxemburg: Unbekannt deshalb nich minder interessant by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Erika Köth (Soprano)
Conductor:  Frank Fox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1957 
Venue:  Grunewaldkirche, Berlin-Grunewald 
22. Schön ist die Welt: Ach, Vöglein in der Ferne by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Renate Holm (Soprano)
Conductor:  Frank Fox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  FFB Orchestra
Date of Recording: 05/1957 
Venue:  Grunewaldkirche, Berlin-Grunewald 
23. Mikado: The sun whose rays are all ablaze by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Elsie Morison (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; England 
Date of Recording: 1956 
Venue:  No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London 
24. Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Antonietta Stella (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alberto Erede
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/14/1955 
Venue:  No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London 
25. Manon: Restons ici by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Martha Angelici (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jesus Etcheverry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opéra Comique Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1884; France 
Date of Recording: 03/1958 
Venue:  Salle de la Mutualité, Paris 
26. Les Huguenots: Noble seigneur...Une dame noble et sage by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Janine Micheau (Soprano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 07/1958 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
27. Don Giovanni, K 527: Batti, batti o bel Masetto by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Graziella Sciutti (Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 1959 
Venue:  No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London 
28. Tannhäuser: Allmächt'ge Jungfrau "Elisabeth's Prayer" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Aase Nordmo-Lövberg (Soprano)
Conductor:  Walter Susskind
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/22/1959 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
29. La traviata: Ah, fors' è lui...Sempre libera by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Anna Moffo (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1959 
Venue:  No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London 
30. Orphée aux enfers: The happy bride never stumbles by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  June Bronhill (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alexander Faris
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sadler's Wells Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 04/1960 
Venue:  No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London 
31. Die Fledermaus: Klänge der Heimat "Czardas" by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Hilde Gueden (Soprano)
Conductor:  Heinrich Hollreiser
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1960 
Venue:  Musikvereinssaal, Vienna 
32. Los emigrantes: Adiós Granada, Granada mia "Granadinas" by Tomás Barrera
Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles (Guitar), Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano)
Conductor:  None
Orchestra/Ensemble:  None
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 09/1960 
Venue:  EMI Studios, Barcelona 
33. Paganini: Ich kann es nicht fassen - Liebe, du Himmel auf Erden by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Melitta Muszely (Soprano)
Conductor:  Werner Schmidt-Boelcke
Orchestra/Ensemble:  FFB Orchestra
Date of Recording: 06/05/1961 
Venue:  Gemeindhaus, Berlin-Zehlendorf 
34. Turandot: In questa reggia by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Amy Shuard (Soprano)
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/23/1962 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
35. Lieder (5), Op. 69: no 3, Einerlei by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Sebastian Peschko (Piano), Lisa Della Casa (Soprano)
Conductor:  None
Orchestra/Ensemble:  None
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1962 
Venue:  Kulturhaus, Loffenau 
36. Così fan tutte, K 588: Una donna a quindici anni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Hanny Steffek (Soprano)
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1962 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
37. Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93: Gern ja will ich dir vertrauen by Bedrich Smetana
Performer:  Pilar Lorengar (Soprano)
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1863-1870; Czechoslovakia 
Date of Recording: 1962 
Venue:  Bamberg & Grunewaldkirche, Berlin 
38. Mignon: Je suis Titania la blonde by Ambroise Thomas
Performer:  Andree Esposito (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jean-Claude Hartmann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opéra Comique Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; France 
Date of Recording: 1964 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
39. Zigeunerliebe: Hör' ich Cymbalklänge by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Sari Barabas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Carl Michalski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Graunke Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909-1910; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1963 
Venue:  Bürgerbräu, Munich 
40. Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Der Hölle Rache by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lucia Popp (Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1964 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
41. Madama Butterfly: Un bel dì vedremo by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Renata Scotto (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1966 
Venue:  Teatro dell’Opera, Rome 
42. Lieder (8), Op. 10: no 1, Zueignung by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1965 
Venue:  Grunewaldkirche, Berlin 
43. Don Giovanni, K 527: Vedrai, carino se sei buonino by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Mirella Freni (Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 1966 
Venue:  No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London 
44. Die lustige Witwe: Bitte, meine Herr'n by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Anneliese Rothenberger (Soprano)
Conductor:  Willy Mattes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Graunke Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1967 
Venue:  Bürgerbräu, Munich 
45. Rigoletto: Caro nome by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Reri Grist (Soprano)
Conductor:  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1967 
Venue:  Opera House, Rome 
46. Elijah, Op. 70: Behold, God hath sent Elijah by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Dame Gwyneth Jones (Soprano)
Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/1968 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
47. Rückert Lieder (5): no 2, Ich atmet' einen Linden Duft by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1964 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
48. I Pagliacci: Un tal gioco by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  Leonard Warren (Baritone), Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano), Paul Franke (Tenor),
Jussi Björling (Tenor)
Conductor:  Renato Cellini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/1953 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York 
49. Le postillon de Lonjumeau: Mes amis, écoutez l'histoire by Adolphe Adam
Performer:  Henri Legay (Tenor)
Conductor:  Georges Tzipine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1836; France 
Date of Recording: 10/1956 
Venue:  Salle de la Mutualité, Paris 
50. Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Léopold Simoneau (Tenor)
Conductor:  André Jouve
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Champs-Élysées Theater Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1955 
Venue:  Théâtre Apollo, France 
51. Werther: Pourquoi me réveiller? by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Albert Lance (Tenor)
Conductor:  Albert Wolff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opéra Comique Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1957 
Venue:  Salle de la Mutualité, Paris 
52. Cavalleria Rusticana: Mamma, quel vino è generoso "Addio" by Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  Eugenio Fernandi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nicola Rescigno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1958 
Venue:  No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London 
53. La Fanciulla del West: Una parola sola by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Birgit Nilsson (Soprano), Joao Gibin (Tenor)
Conductor:  Lovro von Matacic
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1958 
Venue:  Teatro alla Scala, Milan 
54. Messiah, HWV 56: Ev'ry valley shall be exalted by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Richard Lewis (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Date of Recording: 06/1959 
Venue:  Huddersfield Town Hall 
55. Manon Lescaut: Donna non vidi mai by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Charles Craig (Tenor)
Conductor:  Michael Collins
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1959 
Venue:  No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London 
56. La Fanciulla del West: Ch'ella mi creda libero e lontano by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Giuseppe Campora (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gabriele Santini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1958 
Venue:  Opera House, Rome 
57. Martha: Ach, so fromm by Friedrich von Flotow
Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor)
Conductor:  Berislav Klobucar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1960 
Venue:  Grunewaldkirche, Berlin 
58. Oedipus rex: Nonne erubescite, reges, clamare by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Ronald Dowd (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1927; France 
Date of Recording: 11/1961 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
59. Così fan tutte, K 588: Un' aura amorosa by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Alfredo Kraus (Tenor)
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1962 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
60. Il barbiere di Siviglia: All' idea di qual metallo by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Sesto Bruscantini (Baritone), Luigi Alva (Tenor)
Conductor:  Vittorio Gui
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1962 
Venue:  No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London 
61. Dies natalis, Op. 8: Wonder by Gerald Finzi
Performer:  William Brown (Tenor)
Conductor:  Christopher Finzi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925-1939; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1963 
Venue:  No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London 
62. Lohengrin: In fernem Land by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Jess Thomas (Tenor)
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1962-1963 
Venue:  Theater an der Wien, Vienna 
63. La Favorita: Spirto gentil by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Franco Corelli (Tenor)
Conductor:  Franco Ferraris
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Written: 1843 
Date of Recording: 1961-1962 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
64. Undine: Vater, Mutter, Schwestern, Brüder by Albert Lortzing
Performer:  Peter Schreier (Tenor)
Conductor:  Robert Heger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1966 
Venue:  Berlin 
65. Die Königin von Saba, Op. 27: Magische Töne by Karl Goldmark
Performer:  Nicolai Gedda (Tenor)
Conductor:  Heinrich Bender
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1875; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1967 
Venue:  Bürgerbräu, Munich 
66. Fedora: Amor ti vieta by Umberto Giordano
Performer:  James King (Tenor)
Conductor:  Kurt Eichhorn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1968 
Venue:  Munich 
67. L'Amico Fritz: Ed anche Beppe amò...O amore, o bella luce by Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1968 
Venue:  No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London 
68. Andrea Chénier: Nemico della patria by Umberto Giordano
Performer:  Tito Gobbi (Baritone)
Conductor:  Oliviero de Fabritiis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/1955 
Venue:  Teatro dell’Opera, Rome 
69. Nabucco: Sperate, o figli...D'Egitto la sui lidi...Come notte by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Boris Christoff (Bass)
Conductor:  Vittorio Gui
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/1955 
Venue:  Teatro dell’Opera, Rome 
70. Il trovatore: Il balen del suo sorriso by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Rolando Panerai (Baritone)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1956 
Venue:  Teatro alla Scala, Milan 
71. La Bohème: Vecchia zimarra by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Nicola Zaccaria (Bass)
Conductor:  Antonino Votto
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1956 
Venue:  Teatro alla Scala, Milan 
72. Si j'étais roi: Dans le sommeil by Adolphe Adam
Performer:  Michel Dens (Baritone)
Conductor:  Pierre Dervaux
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opéra Comique Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1852; France 
Date of Recording: 09/1956 
Venue:  Salle de la Mutualité, Paris 
73. Don Giovanni, K 527: Deh vieni alla finestra [Serenade] by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Eberhard Wächter (Baritone)
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 1959 
Venue:  No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London 
74. Thaïs: Voilà donc la terrible cité by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Ernest Blanc (Baritone)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Society of the Conservatory Concerts Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; France 
Date of Recording: 09/1961 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
75. Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Hermann Prey (Baritone)
Conductor:  Horst Stein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: c1961 
76. Don Giovanni, K 527: Finch' han dal vino [Brindisi] by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 1966 
Venue:  No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London 
77. Rigoletto: Cortigiani, vil razza dannata by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Cornell MacNeil (Baritone)
Conductor:  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1967 
Venue:  Teatro dell’Opera, Rome 
78. La forza del destino: Me pellegrina ed orfana by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Martina Arroyo (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 1969 
Venue:  Watford Town Hall 
79. Roméo et Juliette: Je veux vivre dans le rêve "Waltz Song" by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Mady Mesplé (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jean-Pierre Marty
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; France 
Date of Recording: 1969 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
80. Ridente la calma, K 152 (210a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Elly Ameling (Soprano), Jörg Demus (Piano)
Conductor:  None
Orchestra/Ensemble:  None
Period: Classical 
Written: 1772-1775; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1969 
Venue:  Gemeindhaus Studio, Berlin-Zehlendorf 
81. Il pirata: Col sorriso d'innocenza by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Montserrat Caballé (Soprano)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1970 
Venue:  RAI Studios, Rome 
82. Fidelio, Op. 72: O namenlose Freude by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Helga Dernesch (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805/1814; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1970 
Venue:  Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin 
83. The Seasons, H 21 no 3: Knurre, schnurre, knurre by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Gundula Janowitz (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Date of Recording: 11/1972 
Venue:  Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin-Dahlem 
84. Die Zauberflöte, K 620: O zittre nicht...Zum Leiden bin ich by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Edda Moser (Soprano)
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/1972 
Venue:  Bürgerbraü, Munich 
85. Songs (6), Op. 6: no 6, None but the lonely heart by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  James Lockhart (Piano), Margaret Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  None
Orchestra/Ensemble:  None
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Russia 
Date of Recording: 08/1973 
Venue:  Barking Town Hall 
86. Il barbiere di Siviglia: Una voce poco fa...Io sono dolcile by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Beverly Sills (Soprano)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Date of Recording: 1974-1975 
Venue:  All Saints’ Church, Tooting Graveney 
87. Satires (5), Op. 109: no 2, Spring Awakening by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Piano), Galina Vishnevskaya (Soprano)
Conductor:  None
Orchestra/Ensemble:  None
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USSR 
Date of Recording: 10/1974 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
88. Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Porgi, amor, qualche ristoro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Heather Harper (Soprano)
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/1976 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
89. Il trovatore: D'amor sull' ali rosee by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1977 
Venue:  Philharmonie, Berlin 
90. Manon: Allons! Il le faut pour lui-même by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Ileana Cotrubas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Michel Plasson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra
Written: 1884 
Date of Recording: 07/1982 
Venue:  Halle-aux-Grains, Toulouse 
91. War Requiem, Op. 66: Dies irae by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Elisabeth Söderström (Soprano)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; England 
Date of Recording: 1983 
Venue:  Great Hall, University of Birmingham 
92. Shéhérazade: no 2, La flûte enchantée by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Pritchard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; France 
Date of Recording: 1983 
Venue:  Radio Building, Brussels 
93. I lombardi: Te, Vergin santa...Salve Maria by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Ghena Dimitrova (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1984 
Venue:  Bavarian Music Studios, Munich 
94. La belle Hélène: Amours divins by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Jessye Norman (Soprano)
Conductor:  Michel Plasson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 07/1984 
Venue:  Halle-aux-Grains, Toulouse 
95. La sonnambula: Come per me sereno...Sovra il sen by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Edita Gruberova (Soprano)
Conductor:  Kurt Eichhorn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/1984 
Venue:  Bayerischer Rundfunk, Munich 
96. Die Walküre: Der Männer Sippe sass hier im Saal by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Hildegard Behrens (Soprano)
Conductor:  Peter Schneider
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1986 
Venue:  Bayerischer Rundfunk, Munich 
97. Les contes d'Hoffmann: Les oiseaux dans la charmille by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Luciana Serra (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sylvain Cambreling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1988 
Venue:  Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels 
98. Carmen: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle "Habañera" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Grace Bumbry (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Opera Orchestra
Written: 1873-1874 
Date of Recording: 1969-1970 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
99. Don Carlos: Nel giardin del bello "Veil Song" by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Shirley Verrett (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1970 
Venue:  Walthamstow Town Hall 
100. Così fan tutte, K 588: E amore un ladroncello by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Yvonne Minton (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1971 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
101. Ariettes oubliées: no 2, Il pleure dans mon coeur by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Frederica Von Stade (Mezzo Soprano), Dalton Baldwin (Piano)
Conductor:  None
Orchestra/Ensemble:  None
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1885-1888; France 
Date of Recording: 1978 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
102. Macbeth: La luce langue by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Fiorenza Cossotto (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1976 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studios & Kingsway Hall, Lond 
103. Ivan the Terrible, Op. 116: Song about the beaver by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Irina Arkhipova (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 1977 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
104. Adriana Lecouvreur: Acerba volutta by Francesco Cilèa
Performer:  Elena Obraztsova (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Patané
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1977 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
105. Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Non so più cosa son, cosa faccio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Teresa Berganza (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/1976 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
106. Werther: Va! laisse couler mes larmes! by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Tatiana Troyanos (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Michel Plasson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; France 
Date of Recording: 1979 
Venue:  No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London 
107. Don Carlos: O don fatale by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Agnes Baltsa (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Date of Recording: 09/1978 
Venue:  Philharmonie, Berlin 
108. Auf dem Wasser zu singen, D 774/Op. 72 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Conductor:  None
Orchestra/Ensemble:  None
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1980 
Venue:  No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London 
109. Padmâvatî, Op. 18: Aux armes...Il est trop tard by Albert Roussel
Performer:  Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Michel Plasson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 1982-1983 
Venue:  Halle-aux-Grains, Toulouse 
110. La clemenza di Tito, K 621: Parto, parto, ma tu ben mio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Date of Recording: 04/1984 
Venue:  Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh 
111. La forza del destino: La vita è inferno...O tu che in seno agli angeli by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 1969 
Venue:  Watford Town Hall 
112. Carmen: La fleur que tu m'avais jetée "Flower song" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Jon Vickers (Tenor)
Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris National Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Date of Recording: 1969-1970 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
113. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Abendlich glühend by Richard Wagner
Performer:  René Kollo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862-1867; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1970 
Venue:  Lukaskirche, Dresden 
114. Die schöne Müllerin, D 795/Op. 25: no 7, Ungeduld by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Ian Partridge (Tenor), Jennifer Partridge (Piano)
Conductor:  None
Orchestra/Ensemble:  None
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1973 
Venue:  St Dunstan’s Church, East Cheam 
115. Macbeth: Ah, la paterna mano by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Donald Smith (Tenor)
Conductor:  Vanco Cavdarski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847/1865; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1973 
Venue:  Australian Broadcasting Corporation Stud 
116. Il trovatore: Di quella pira by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Franco Bonisolli (Tenor), Horst Nitsche (Tenor), Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1977 
Venue:  Philharmonie, Berlin 
117. Don Carlos: Io l'ho perduta by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1978 
Venue:  Philharmonie, Berlin 
118. Les pêcheurs de perles: Je crois entendre encore by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Alain Vanzo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; France 
Date of Recording: 07/1977 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
119. Les contes d'Hoffmann: Ils se sont Éloignés enfin! by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Luciana Serra (Soprano), Neil Shicoff (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sylvain Cambreling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 1988 
Venue:  Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels 
120. Mystical Songs (5): no 4, The call by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  John Shirley-Quirk (Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; England 
Date of Recording: 08/1966 
Venue:  King’s College Chapel, Cambridge 
121. La forza del destino: Urna fatale del mio destino by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Piero Cappuccilli (Baritone)
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1969 
Venue:  Watford Town Hall 

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