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Anna Russell Takes On Nabucco & The Magic Flute

Release Date: 04/25/2006 
Label:  Vai Audio   Catalog #: 1253   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartGiuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Anna Russell
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

There were more of Anna Russell’s operatic send-ups than her classic take on Wagner’s Ring, but none of them appeared on her three Columbia (Sony) albums. Here we have two of the funniest, live from the opening season of the Sidney Opera House in 1973: Nabucco and The Magic Flute. Russell’s many fans will need no urging from me to grab this VAI CD. For those unfamiliar with Russell’s particular brand of comedy, in which her delivery is just as hilarious as what she actually says, [listen to] her description of the first Queen of the Night aria from Mozart’s Magic Flute.

As for the rest, you also get an introduction in which she makes several pointed remarks about the architectural design of the new Sydney Opera House that are
Read more well worth hearing. The sound is quite good, the audience appreciative. Their laughter indicates pretty clearly that we are also missing a certain visual element (if you’ve seen Russell’s DVDs, then you know all about her on-stage “business”), but we’re lucky to have these two essential examples of her inimitable art.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Excerpt(s) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Anna Russell (Voice)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1973 
Nabucco: Excerpt(s) by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Anna Russell (Voice)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1973 

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