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Bryn Terfel - Opera Arias / Levine, Metropolitan Opera


Release Date: 04/09/1996 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 445866   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartRichard WagnerJacques OffenbachCharles Gounod,   ... 
Performer:  Bryn Terfel
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This disc received the 1997 Grammy Award for "Best Classical Vocal Performance," and was also nominated for the Award for "Best Classical Album".
Bryn Terfel's prodigious talents for characterization come to the fore here. Brought up in the traditions of the Welsh singing contests--he used his winnings to buy soccer shoes!--Terfel became one of the most popular operatic stars almost immediately upon winning the Lieder Prize at the Cardiff Singer of the World competition in 1989. In everything he sings there is great depth and development of character. He sings not just the notes, but gives life to the words which go with them.
The program begins with arias from the Mozart-da Ponte operas ('Le Nozze di Figaro,' 'Così fan tutte,' and
Read more 'Don Giovanni'), which were Terfel's first stage engagements and which he has continued to sing to great acclaim. From there, he continues into what might be considered visions of things to come--arias from Wagner and Verdi operas which at 30 he is too young to sing on stage, and French operas in which he had not yet performed. If the excerpts are any indication, this disc will indeed be followed by great things. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Non più andrai farfallone amoroso by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2. Don Giovanni, K 527: Deh vieni alla finestra [Serenade] by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3. Don Giovanni, K 527: Madamina, il catalogo è questo by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 5 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4. Così fan tutte, K 588: Rivolgete a lui lo sguardo by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1995 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5. Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1995 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: German 
6. Tannhäuser: O, du mein holder Abendstern by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 5 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: This selection begins "Wie Todesahnung Dämmrung deckt die Lande..." 
7. Der fliegende Holländer: Die Frist ist um [Monologue] by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 11 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: German 
8. Les contes d'Hoffmann: Scintille diamant by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 09/1995 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection begins "Allez!...Pour to livre combat..." 
9. Faust: Vous qui faites l'endormie "Serenade" by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: French 
10. Prince Igor: No sleep, no rest "Igor's Aria" by Alexander Borodin
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1887; Russia 
Date of Recording: 09/1995 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 8 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
11. Don Pasquale: Bella siccome un angelo by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1995 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
12. Macbeth: Perfidi! All'anglo...Pietà, rispetto, amore by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847/1865; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 5 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
13. Falstaff: L'onore! Ladri! "Ford's Monologue" by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Ehi! paggio!..." 
14. La Cenerentola: Miei rampolli, miei rampolli femmini by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 5 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 / Act 1: "Non più andrai"
Don Giovanni, ossia Il dissoluto punito, K.527 - Prague Version 1787 / Act 2: "Deh! vieni alla finestra"
Don Giovanni, ossia Il dissoluto punito, K.527 - Prague Version 1787 / Act 1: "Madamina, il catalogo è questo"
Così fan tutte, K.588 / Act 1: Aria alternativa: "Rivolgete a lui lo sguardo"
Die Zauberflöte, K.620 / Act 1: Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja (Papageno)
Tannhäuser / Act 3: Wie Todesahnung... O du mein holder Abendstern (Wolfram)
Der fliegende Holländer / Act 1: 2. Rezitativ und Arie. "Die Frist ist um"
Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 4: Allez... Scintille, diamant (Dapertutto)
Faust - Version 1860/1869 / Act 4: No.24 Sérénade: "Vous qui faites l'endormie"
Prince Igor - Mariinsky Theatre Edition / Act 1: No.8 Aria: "Ni sna ni otdycha izmucennoj duse"
Don Pasquale / Act 1: "Bella siccome un angelo"
La Cenerentola / Act 1: "Miei rampolli femminini"
Macbeth / Act 4: Perfidi! All'anglo contro me v'unite!
Falstaff / Act 1: Ehi! paggio!... L'onore! (Falstaff)

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