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Lebendige Vergangenheit - Maartje Offers


Release Date: 02/26/2002 
Label:  Preiser Records   Catalog #: 89549   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  Christoph W. GluckGaetano DonizettiGiuseppe VerdiRichard Wagner,   ... 
Performer:  Maartjie OffersTina Poli-RandaccioHerbert Dawson
Conductor:  A. D. Van BuurenCarlo SabajnoSir John BarbirolliAlbert Coates,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  OrchestraLondon Symphony OrchestraString Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Maartje Offers's voice was discovered at an early age. She studied in The Hague and in Rotterdam. As early as 1910 she gave her first church recital and in the years following she seemed destined for a career as an oratorio singer. To everyone's great surprise she was offered a contract by the Opera Francaise in The Hague in 1917 where she first appeared in the role of Dalila. In 1927, she was discovered by Sir Thomas Beecham who made her the leading contralto of his new Beecham Opera Company. Offers's career was one of those which, after a promising start, came to a sudden halt. She may have had a certain lack of temperament on stage and her - even for those days - heavy-weight figure, may have prevented her from progressing further. Read more During World War II, she was evacuated from The Hague to the island of Tholen where she died on January 28, 1944. She was buried in The Hague. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Orfeo ed Euridice: Che farò senza Euridice? by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Maartjie Offers (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  A. D. Van Buuren
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/23/1926 
Length: 4 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2.
La Favorita: O mio Fernando by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Maartjie Offers (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlo Sabajno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/22/1927 
Length: 4 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3.
Il trovatore: Stride la vampa! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Maartjie Offers (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  A. D. Van Buuren
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Date of Recording: 09/23/1926 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4.
Il trovatore: Condotta ell' era in ceppi by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Maartjie Offers (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/19/1928 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5.
Don Carlos: O don fatale by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Maartjie Offers (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Date of Recording: 03/19/1928 
Length: 4 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
6.
Aida: Fu la sorte dell'armi a'tuoi funesta by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Maartjie Offers (Mezzo Soprano), Tina Poli-Randaccio (Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlo Sabajno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/09/1923 
Length: 8 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
7.
Rienzi: Gerechter Gott! by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Maartjie Offers (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlo Sabajno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1843; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/06/1924 
Length: 8 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: German 
8.
Götterdämmerung: Seit er von dir geschieden by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Maartjie Offers (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Albert Coates
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1927-28 
Length: 7 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: German 
9.
Mignon: Connais-tu le pays? by Ambroise Thomas
Performer:  Maartjie Offers (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; France 
Date of Recording: 01/20/1926 
Length: 4 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: French 
10.
Samson et Dalila, Op. 47: Printemps, qui commence by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Maartjie Offers (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
Date of Recording: 01/18/1926 
Length: 4 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: French 
11.
Samson et Dalila, Op. 47: Amour, viens aider ma faiblesse by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Maartjie Offers (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
Date of Recording: 01/18/1926 
Length: 4 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: French 
12.
Samson et Dalila, Op. 47: Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Maartjie Offers (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
Date of Recording: 01/18/1926 
Length: 4 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: French 
13.
Serse, HWV 40: Ombra mai fu "Largo" by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Maartjie Offers (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  A. D. Van Buuren
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738; London, England 
Date of Recording: 09/27/1926 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
14.
Caro mio ben by Tommaso Giordani
Performer:  Maartjie Offers (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  A. D. Van Buuren
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Date of Recording: 09/27/1926 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This work is erroneously attributed to Giuseppe Giordani. 
15.
Ave verum corpus in D major, K 618 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Maartjie Offers (Mezzo Soprano), Herbert Dawson (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/27/1926 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
16.
Agnus Dei by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Herbert Dawson (Organ), Maartjie Offers (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  String Quartet
Date of Recording: 01/21/1926 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This work was arranged by Ernest Guiraud from the Intermezzo of Bizet's
'L'arlésienne.' 
17.
Wilt heden nu treden by Adriaen Valerius
Performer:  Maartjie Offers (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  George Byng
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 1929 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: German 

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