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Evelyn Lear & Thomas Stewart - A Musical Tribute


Release Date: 08/08/2006 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 689702   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Franz SchubertFelix MendelssohnRobert SchumannJohannes Brahms,   ... 
Performer:  Evelyn LearThomas StewartErik WerbaMartin Vantin,   ... 
Conductor:  Otto GerdesKarl RichterMatthias LangeKarl Böhm,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna People's SymphonyMunich Bach OrchestraBerlin Singakademie,   ... 
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Evelyn Lear and Thomas Stewart - a dynamic duo, as they described themselves, and one of the great musical couples - both celebrated their 80th birthdays in 2006. 5-CD box of rarities that cover all aspects of their careers with DG in the 1960s. Look out for Wolf Orchestral Songs, Nicolai's Te Deum, a beautiful CD of Romantic Duets by Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, Dvorak, and Stephen Foster, plus rare lieder recitals of Strauss and Wolf by Evelyn Lear. CD booklet includes rare photos from the DG archives and from the artists themselves.

"A fine tribute to two significant American singers (who happened to be married), this attractive set gives a cross-section of careers that ranged from song recitals to Wagner
Read more operas (with Wolf's orchestral lieder as a link between the two)." -- Anne Midgette, The New York Times
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Works on This Recording

1.
Gesänge (4) aus Wilhelm Meister, D 877/Op. 62: no 2, Heiss mich nicht reden by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Evelyn Lear (Soprano), Thomas Stewart (Baritone), Erik Werba (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Duets (6), Op. 63: no 4, Herbstlied by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Evelyn Lear (Soprano), Thomas Stewart (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Germany 
3.
Duets (6), Op. 63: no 6, Maiglöckchen und die Blümelein by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Evelyn Lear (Soprano), Erik Werba (Piano), Thomas Stewart (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
4.
Folksongs (3) for 2 Voices: no 2, Abendlied by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Thomas Stewart (Baritone), Evelyn Lear (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: after 1839; Germany 
5.
Vocal Duets (3), Op. 43: no 3, Schöne Blümlein by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Evelyn Lear (Soprano), Thomas Stewart (Baritone), Erik Werba (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
6.
Gedichte (12) aus "Liebesfrühling", Op. 37: no 12, So wahr die Sonne scheinet by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Evelyn Lear (Soprano), Thomas Stewart (Baritone), Erik Werba (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
7.
Duets (3), Op. 20: no 3, Die Meere by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Thomas Stewart (Baritone), Evelyn Lear (Soprano), Erik Werba (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1860; Germany 
8.
Duets (3), Op. 20: no 1, Weg der Liebe I by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Evelyn Lear (Soprano), Erik Werba (Piano), Thomas Stewart (Baritone)
Written: pub 1861 
9.
Moravian Duets (4), Op. 38/B 69: no 1, Hoping in vain by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Thomas Stewart (Baritone), Erik Werba (Piano), Evelyn Lear (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Bohemia 
10.
Moravian Duets (5), Op. 29: no 5, The pledge of love by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Evelyn Lear (Soprano), Erik Werba (Piano), Thomas Stewart (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Bohemia 
11.
Moravian Duets (9), Op. 32: no 6, The maid imprisoned by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Evelyn Lear (Soprano), Thomas Stewart (Baritone), Erik Werba (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Bohemia 
12.
Duets (6), Op. 46: no 1, Evening by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Evelyn Lear (Soprano), Thomas Stewart (Baritone), Erik Werba (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
13.
Baju-bai, Op. 31 no 5 by Alexander Grechaninov
Performer:  Thomas Stewart (Baritone), Evelyn Lear (Soprano), Erik Werba (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
14.
Widmung, Op 31 no 1 by Alexander Grechaninov
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Evelyn Lear (Soprano), Thomas Stewart (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
15.
Pastorale by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Thomas Stewart (Baritone), Erik Werba (Piano), Evelyn Lear (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855; France 
16.
Beautiful dreamer by Stephen Foster
Performer:  Thomas Stewart (Baritone), Erik Werba (Piano), Evelyn Lear (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864; USA 
17.
Hard times come again no more by Stephen Foster
Performer:  Thomas Stewart (Baritone), Erik Werba (Piano), Evelyn Lear (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855; USA 
18.
Jeannie with the light brown hair by Stephen Foster
Performer:  Thomas Stewart (Baritone), Erik Werba (Piano), Evelyn Lear (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854; USA 
19.
Goethe Lieder: no 9, Mignon "Kennst du das Land" by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Thomas Stewart (Baritone)
Conductor:  Otto Gerdes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna People's Symphony
Period: Romantic 
20.
Mörike Lieder: no 28, Gebet by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Evelyn Lear (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
21.
Mörike Lieder: no 30, Neue Liebe by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Evelyn Lear (Soprano), Erik Werba (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
22.
Mörike Lieder: no 31, Wo find'ich Trost? by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Evelyn Lear (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
23.
Goethe Lieder: no 1, Harfenspieler I "Wer sich der Einsamkeit ergibt" by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Thomas Stewart (Baritone)
Conductor:  Otto Gerdes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna People's Symphony
Period: Romantic 
24.
Goethe Lieder: no 2, Harfenspieler II "An die Türen will ich schleichen" by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Thomas Stewart (Baritone)
Conductor:  Otto Gerdes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna People's Symphony
Period: Romantic 
25.
Goethe Lieder: no 3, Harfenspieler III "Wer nie sein Brot mit Tränen ass" by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Thomas Stewart (Baritone)
Conductor:  Otto Gerdes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna People's Symphony
Period: Romantic 
26.
Goethe Lieder: no 49, Prometheus by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Thomas Stewart (Baritone)
Conductor:  Otto Gerdes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna People's Symphony
Period: Romantic 
27.
Mörike Lieder: no 16, Elfenlied by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Evelyn Lear (Soprano), Erik Werba (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
28.
Mörike Lieder: no 7, Das verlassene Mägdlein by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Evelyn Lear (Soprano), Erik Werba (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
29.
Mörike Lieder: no 8, Begegnung by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Evelyn Lear (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
30.
Mörike Lieder: no 18, Zitronenfalter im April by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Evelyn Lear (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
31.
Mörike Lieder: no 14, Agnes by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Evelyn Lear (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
32.
Mörike Lieder: no 24, In der Frühe by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Evelyn Lear (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
33.
Mörike Lieder: no 11, An eine Äolsharfe by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Evelyn Lear (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
34.
Mörike Lieder: no 38, Lied vom Winde by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Evelyn Lear (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
35.
Mörike Lieder: no 12, Verborgenheit by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Evelyn Lear (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
36.
Mörike Lieder: no 25, Schlafendes Jesuskind by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Evelyn Lear (Soprano), Erik Werba (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
37.
Mörike Lieder: no 23, Auf ein altes Bild by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Evelyn Lear (Soprano), Erik Werba (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
38.
Mörike Lieder: no 39, Denk es, o Seele! by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Evelyn Lear (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
39.
Mörike Lieder: no 9, Nimmersatte Liebe by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Evelyn Lear (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
40.
Mörike Lieder: no 41, Rat einer Alten by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Evelyn Lear (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
41.
Mörike Lieder: no 42, Erstes Liebeslied eines Mädchens by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Evelyn Lear (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
42.
Lieder (3), Op. 29: no 2, Schlagende Herzen by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Evelyn Lear (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; Germany 
43.
Lieder (8), Op. 10: no 8, Allerseelen by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Evelyn Lear (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Germany 
44.
Lieder aus Lotusblättern (6), Op. 19: no 6, Mein Herz ist stumm by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Evelyn Lear (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885-1888; Germany 
45.
Lieder (6), Op. 68: no 2, Ich wollt' ein Sträusslein binden by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Evelyn Lear (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Germany 
46.
Lieder (6), Op. 68: no 3, Säusle, liebe Myrthe by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Evelyn Lear (Soprano), Erik Werba (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Germany 
47.
Lieder (8), Op. 10: no 4, Die Georgine by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Evelyn Lear (Soprano), Erik Werba (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Germany 
48.
Lieder (8), Op. 10: no 3, Die Nacht by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Evelyn Lear (Soprano), Erik Werba (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Germany 
49.
Lieder (6), Op. 17: no 2, Ständchen by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Evelyn Lear (Soprano), Erik Werba (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885-1887; Germany 
50.
Lieder (5), Op. 39: no 4, Befreit by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Evelyn Lear (Soprano), Erik Werba (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
51.
Lieder (4), Op. 27: no 4, Morgen by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Evelyn Lear (Soprano), Erik Werba (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Germany 
52.
Lieder (6), Op. 67: Nos 1-3 "Ophelia Lieder" by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Evelyn Lear (Soprano), Erik Werba (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Germany 
53.
Lieder (4), Op. 27: no 1, Ruhe, meine Seele by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Evelyn Lear (Soprano), Erik Werba (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Germany 
54.
Lieder (5), Op. 39: no 1, Leises Lied by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Evelyn Lear (Soprano), Erik Werba (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Germany 
55.
Lieder (5), Op. 69: no 5, Schlechtes Wetter by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Evelyn Lear (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Germany 
56.
Saint John Passion, BWV 245: no 13, Ich folge dir gleichfalls by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Evelyn Lear (Soprano)
Conductor:  Karl Richter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Bach Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
57.
Saint John Passion, BWV 245: no 63, Zerfliesse, mein Herze by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Evelyn Lear (Soprano)
Conductor:  Karl Richter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Bach Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
58.
Samson, HWV 57: How willing my paternal love by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Thomas Stewart (Baritone)
Conductor:  Karl Richter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Bach Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1743; London, England 
59.
Te Deum by Otto Nicolai
Performer:  Martin Vantin (Tenor), Thomas Stewart (Baritone), Manfred Schenk (Bass),
Heinz Hoppe (Tenor), Evelyn Lear (Soprano), Raili Kostia (Alto),
Marina Türke (Soprano), Kathleen Basler (Alto)
Conductor:  Matthias Lange
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Singakademie
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1831; Germany 
60.
Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Ach, ich fühl's, es ist verschwunden by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Evelyn Lear (Soprano)
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
61.
Nabucco: Dio di Giuda! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Evelyn Lear (Soprano), Martti Talvela (Bass), Gernot Pietsch (Tenor),
Thomas Stewart (Baritone)
Conductor:  Horst Stein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 
Language: German 
62.
Nabucco: Oh, dischiuso è il firmamento! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Martti Talvela (Bass), Evelyn Lear (Soprano), Thomas Stewart (Baritone),
Gernot Pietsch (Tenor)
Conductor:  Horst Stein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 
Language: German 
63.
Der fliegende Holländer: Die Frist ist um [Monologue] by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Evelyn Lear (Soprano), Thomas Stewart (Baritone)
Conductor:  Hans Löwlein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
64.
Der fliegende Holländer: Jo-ho-joe! Traft ihr das Schiff by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Evelyn Lear (Soprano), Thomas Stewart (Baritone)
Conductor:  Hans Löwlein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
65.
Der fliegende Holländer: Wie aus der Ferne by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Evelyn Lear (Soprano), Thomas Stewart (Baritone)
Conductor:  Hans Löwlein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
66.
Die Walküre: Leb' wohl..."Farewell and Magic Fire music" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Thomas Stewart (Baritone)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
67.
Un ballo in maschera: Volta la terrea by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Evelyn Lear (Soprano)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Patané
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
Language: German 
68.
Un ballo in maschera: Saper vorreste di che si veste by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Evelyn Lear (Soprano)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Patané
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
Language: German 
69.
Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor: Nun eilt herbei! by Otto Nicolai
Performer:  Evelyn Lear (Soprano)
Conductor:  Hans Löwlein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Berlin, Germany 
70.
Les contes d'Hoffmann: Scintille diamant by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Thomas Stewart (Baritone)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Patané
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Paris, France 
Language: German 
71.
Tiefland: Hüll in die Mantille dich by Eugène d' Albert
Performer:  Thomas Stewart (Baritone)
Conductor:  Hans Löwlein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus,  Bamberg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Germany 
72.
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24: Tatiana's letter scene by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Evelyn Lear (Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Gerdes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Russia 
Language: German 
73.
Wozzeck, Op. 7: Und ist kein Betrug "Marie's Monologue" by Alban Berg
Performer:  Evelyn Lear (Soprano)
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917-1922; Austria 
74.
Wozzeck, Op. 7: Act 1 - Scene 3 by Alban Berg
Performer:  Evelyn Lear (Soprano)
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917-1922; Austria 
75.
Lulu: Wenn sich die Menschen um meinetwillen umgebracht by Alban Berg
Performer:  Evelyn Lear (Soprano)
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Austria 
Notes: Composition written: Austria (1929 - 1935). 
76.
On the Town: Carnegie Hall Pavane by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Evelyn Lear (Soprano), Marie McLaughlin (Soprano)
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Voices
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; USA 
77.
Va, ti consola, addio, J 125/Op. 31 no 2 by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Evelyn Lear (Soprano), Thomas Stewart (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1811; Germany 

Sound Samples

Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt, D.877 No.4 (Mignons Gesang, 4th ver sion): Lied der Mignon D.877 No.4
Duets, Op.31: Va, ti consola, Op.31 No.2
Herbstlied, Op.63, No.4
Maiglöckchen und die Blümelein, Op.63, No.6
Abendlied, o.Op.
Schön Blümelein, Op.43, No.3
Zwölf Gedichte aus F.Rückerts "Liebesfrühling" Op.37: 12. So wahr die Sonne scheinet
Drei Duette op.20: 3. Die Meere
Drei Duette op.20: 1. Weg der Liebe (First Part)
Moravian Duets, Op.38: 1. Moznost
Moravian Duets, Op. 32: 5. Slavíkovský polecko malý
Moravian Duets, Op. 32: 6. Holub na javore
Six Duets, Op. 46: 1. Vecher
Five Children Songs, Op. 31: 5. Baju bai
Five Children Songs, Op. 31: 1. Ai dudu
Pastorale
Beautiful Dreamer - Arr. Thomas Stewart
Hard times come again no more - Arr.: Thomas Stewart
I Dream Of Jeannie With The Light Brown Hair - Arr.: Thomas Stewart
Lieder der Mignon - Orchestrated by Hugo Wolf: Mignon: "Kennst du das Land"
Mörike-Lieder - Orchestrated by Hugo Wolf: Gebet
Mörike-Lieder - Orchestrated by Hugo Wolf: Neue Liebe
Mörike-Lieder - Orchestrated by Hugo Wolf: Wo find' ich Trost
Gedichte von J. W. von Goethe Published Vienna 1890 - Orch. Wolf: Harfenspieler I: Wer sich der Einsamkeit ergibt
Gedichte von J. W. von Goethe Published Vienna 1890 - Orch. Wolf: Harfenspieler II: An die Türen will ich schleichen
Gedichte von J. W. von Goethe Published Vienna 1890 - Orch. Wolf: Harfenspieler III: Wer nie sein Brot mit Tränen ass
Gedichte von J. W. von Goethe Published Vienna 1890 - Orch. Wolf: Prometheus
Mörike-Lieder: 16. Elfenlied
Mörike-Lieder: 7. Das verlassene Mägdlein
Mörike-Lieder: 8. "Begegnung"
Mörike-Lieder: 18. Zitronenfalter im April
Mörike-Lieder: 14. Agnes
Mörike-Lieder: 24. "In der Frühe"
Mörike-Lieder: 11. An eine Äolsharfe
Mörike-Lieder: 38. Lied vom Winde
Mörike-Lieder: 12. "Verborgenheit"

Customer Reviews

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 The Quick Tour August 21, 2012 By E. Barnes (Dunn Loring, VA) See All My Reviews "Living in Washington, DC can have some peculiar advantages. One of them was having retired opera superstars Evelyn Lear and Thomas Stewart in our midst. They were active helping younger singers get a start. And Stewart even performed Titurel to Placido Domingo's Parsifal at the Kennedy Center (an unforgettable experience in so many ways). I already own a light smattering of Lear's and Stewart's recordings, but this "Musical Tribute" from DG was just what the doctor ordered. Three of the five discs are devoted to their intimate song artistry, a generous sampling to be sure, but you come away wanting more. Lots more. The remaining two discs celebrate their genius in opera and choral interpretations with a complete performance of Otto Nicolai's "Te Deum" and a wide-ranging selection of arias from operas. It's just the kind of mix I would have made had I been in DG's shoes (except I would have been tempted to make it ten discs). If you don't know much about these two great singers, you need to know more, and this compilation is a terrific discovery tour." Report Abuse
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