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Wagner, Schumann: Arias & Duets / Lauritz Melchior


Release Date: 06/12/2008 
Label:  Rca Victor Gold Seal Catalog #: 7914   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Richard WagnerEugen HildachRichard TrunkGustav Adolph Lembcke,   ... 
Performer:  Lauritz MelchiorKirsten FlagstadIgnace StrasfogelLotte Lehmann
Conductor:  Eugene OrmandyEdwin McArthurJay BlacktonBruno Reibold
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia OrchestraRCA Victor Symphony OrchestraSan Francisco Opera Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Much the most valuable items here are the two duets with Flagstad as they haven't been available in Britain for years or not at all. Besides, in the Lohengrin bridal-chamber scene Melchior is almost at the peak of his form, with a fine integration of line and tone, and Flagstad sings with rapt, glowing tone. Though this version hasn't quite the intimacy and tenderness of Melchior's earlier Parlophone version with Bettendorf (reissued in a two-CD Danacord set), it needs to be heard by budding Wagnerians wanting to know what we miss in Wagner singing today. The Tristan duet, again, finds Flagstad singing freshly and ecstatically... As it happens, the other Lohengrin items also find Melchior near his best, suggesting how affecting he Read more must have been in the title-role, one of his favourite parts. Parsifal's ''Nur eine waffe taugt'' and Siegfried's second song at the forge are better heard in earlier versions.

The plums of the non-Wagner items are the Schumann duets with Lehmann—the old partners sing these gemutlich items with delightful spontaneity. One forgets and forgives the unauthenticity of the orchestral accompaniments in the enjoyment given by the exuberant singing. None of the solo songs is remarkable, though it's fun to hear Melchior's unadorned, endearing account of the old ballad, Homing, a previously unissued item."

-- Alan Blyth, Gramophone [10/1990]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Lohengrin: Mein lieber Schwan "Lohengrin's Farewell" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Lauritz Melchior (Tenor)
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1938 
Length: 4 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: German 
2.
Lohengrin: Das süsse Lied verhallt...Atmest du nicht mit mir by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Lauritz Melchior (Tenor)
Conductor:  Edwin McArthur
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1940 
Length: 18 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: This selection includes the entire scene with Elsa and Lohengrin, including the "Höchstes Vertrau'n" section. 
3.
Parsifal: Nur eine Waffe taugt by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Lauritz Melchior (Tenor)
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1882; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1938 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: German 
4.
Siegfried: Nothung! Neidliches Schwert "Forging Song" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Lauritz Melchior (Tenor)
Conductor:  Edwin McArthur
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1940 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: This selection begins near the end of the scene with "Hoho! Schmiede, mein Hammer..." 
5.
Tristan und Isolde: O sink' hernieder, Nacht der Liebe by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Lauritz Melchior (Tenor), Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Edwin McArthur
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1939 
Length: 17 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: German 
6.
Der Lenz, Op 19 no 5 by Eugen Hildach
Performer:  Ignace Strasfogel (Piano), Lauritz Melchior (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 04/1937 
Length: 1 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: German 
7.
Erster Strahl, Op. 5 no 1 by Richard Trunk
Performer:  Ignace Strasfogel (Piano), Lauritz Melchior (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1937 
Length: 1 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: German 
8.
Mailied by Gustav Adolph Lembcke
Performer:  Ignace Strasfogel (Piano), Lauritz Melchior (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 05/1938 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: German 
9.
Homing by Teresa del Riego
Performer:  Lauritz Melchior (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jay Blackton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Jay Blackton Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 01/1946 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: English 
10.
Vocal Duets (4), Op. 78: no 2, Er und Sie by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Lauritz Melchior (Tenor), Lotte Lehmann (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bruno Reibold
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1939 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: German 
11.
Gedichte (12) aus "Liebesfrühling", Op. 37: no 12, So wahr die Sonne scheinet by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Lotte Lehmann (Soprano), Lauritz Melchior (Tenor)
Conductor:  Bruno Reibold
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1939 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: German 
12.
Vocal Duets (4), Op. 34: no 3, Unterm Fenster by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Lotte Lehmann (Soprano), Lauritz Melchior (Tenor)
Conductor:  Bruno Reibold
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1939 
Length: 1 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: German 
13.
Vocal Duets (4), Op. 34: no 4, Familien-Gemälde by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Lauritz Melchior (Tenor), Lotte Lehmann (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bruno Reibold
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1939 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: German 
14.
Vocal Duets (4), Op. 78: no 3, Ich denke dein by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Lotte Lehmann (Soprano), Lauritz Melchior (Tenor)
Conductor:  Bruno Reibold
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1939 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: German 
15.
Lohengrin: In fernem Land by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Lauritz Melchior (Tenor)
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1939 
Length: 4 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: German 

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