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Beverly Sills And Friends


Release Date: 10/10/2006 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 000733002   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Jules MassenetGaetano DonizettiVincenzo BelliniJacques Offenbach,   ... 
Performer:  Beverly SillsMichel TrempontGérard SouzayPatricia Kern,   ... 
Conductor:  Julius RudelThomas SchippersSir Charles MackerrasAldo Ceccato,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia OrchestraAmbrosian Opera ChorusLondon Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 20 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This collection, a tribute to Sills' collaborative spirit, brings together scenes from complete opera recordings that had come about as a result of productions at the New York City Opera, as well as six previously unreleased performances with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The operas represent her recorded works, including selections from the French romantic, Italian bel canto, and contemporary American repertoire.

The performances with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center make this an important addition even to the collections of the confirmed Sills fans who may already own the operas from which these scenes are taken. This is not repertoire for which Sills is well known, and her concert performances of
Read more these songs and arias are a real discovery; she brings to these works the same unerring sense of drama for which she was known on-stage. Schubert's Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, with Gervase de Peyer on clarinet and Charles Wadsworth on piano, emerges as a poignant monodrama, and Sills gives Adolphe Adam's extravagantly florid Ah! vous dirai-je, maman, with Paula Robison on flute and Charles Wadsworth on piano, a characterization of warmth and passion.

This CD is a fine introduction to Sills' work. As a performer who thrived on the collaborative process, and who was known for her artistic generosity, she is heard to excellent advantage in these ensembles. The characteristics that made her beloved are all in evidence here -- the distinctive creaminess of her timbre, her flawless intonation and rock-solid technique, but above all her ability to fully inhabit characters and invest them with real vulnerability and humanity. This is essentially a best-of compilation, and every selection of the highest standard. The Lucia Sextet, conducted by Julius Rudel, her frequent collaborator at the New York City Opera, is notable for its dramatic immediacy and for the excellent balance that allows the individual voices to emerge with clarity and urgency. Of special note are Sills' performances with other legendary sopranos; in the title role in Maria Stuarda, she joins with Eileen Farrell as Elizabeth, and as Anna Bolena, with Shirley Verrett as Jane Seymour. The synergy of these performers creates the kind of sizzling intensity that marks the most memorable operatic experiences.

-- Stephen Eddins, All Music Guide Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Manon: Je marche sur tous chemins "Gavotte" by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Beverly Sills (Soprano)
Conductor:  Julius Rudel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1884; France 
Date of Recording: 07/1970 
Venue:  All Saint's Church, Tooting, London, UK 
Length: 2 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: French 
2.
Manon: Obéissons quand leur voix appelle "Gavotte" by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Michel Trempont (Baritone), Beverly Sills (Soprano)
Conductor:  Julius Rudel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1884; France 
Date of Recording: 07/1970 
Venue:  All Saint's Church, Tooting, London, UK 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: French 
3.
Manon: Un mot, s'il vous plait, Chevalier by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Beverly Sills (Soprano), Gérard Souzay (Baritone), Patricia Kern (Mezzo Soprano),
Nicolai Gedda (Tenor), Nico Castel (Tenor), Helia T'Hezan (Mezzo Soprano),
Michele Raynaud (Soprano)
Conductor:  Julius Rudel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 07/1970 
Venue:  All Saint's Church, Tooting, London, UK 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Composition written: France (1883 - 1884). 
4.
Lucia di Lammermoor: Sulla tomba che rinserra by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor), Beverly Sills (Soprano)
Conductor:  Thomas Schippers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1970 
Venue:  EMI Studios, London 
Length: 10 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5.
Lucia di Lammermoor: Chi mi frena in tal momento? (Sextet) by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Patricia Kern (Mezzo Soprano), Beverly Sills (Soprano), Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor),
Piero Cappuccilli (Baritone), Adolf Dallapozza (Tenor), Justino Diaz (Baritone)
Conductor:  Thomas Schippers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1970 
Venue:  EMI Studios, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
6.
I puritani: Sai com' arde in petto mio by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Beverly Sills (Soprano), Paul Plishka (Bass)
Conductor:  Julius Rudel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1973 
Venue:  EMI Studios, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "O amato zio." 
7.
I puritani: Chi mosse a miei desir il genitor by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Beverly Sills (Soprano), Paul Plishka (Bass)
Conductor:  Julius Rudel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1973 
Venue:  EMI Studios, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
8.
I puritani: Qual suon si desta by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Beverly Sills (Soprano), Paul Plishka (Bass)
Conductor:  Julius Rudel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1973 
Venue:  EMI Studios, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
9.
Anna Bolena: Dio, che mi vedi...Sul capo...Va, infelice by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Beverly Sills (Soprano), Shirley Verrett (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Julius Rudel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1972 
Venue:  EMI Studios, London 
Length: 16 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
10.
Roberto Devereux: Nunzio son del Parlamento by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Kenneth MacDonald (Tenor), Don Garrard (Bass), Beverly Sills (Soprano),
Gwynne Howell (Bass), Beverly Wolff (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1969 
Venue:  EMI Studios, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
11.
Maria Stuarda: Va, preparati furente by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Eileen Farrell (Soprano), Stuart Burrows (Tenor), Beverly Sills (Soprano),
Christian Du Plessis (Baritone), Patricia Kern (Mezzo Soprano), Louis Quilico (Baritone)
Conductor:  Aldo Ceccato
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1971 
Venue:  Fairfield Hall, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
12.
Les contes d'Hoffmann: Barcarolle by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Beverly Sills (Soprano), Susanne Marsee (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Julius Rudel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alldis Choir,  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Paris, France 
Venue:  EMI Studios, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: EMI Studios, London, England (07/1972 - 08/1972) 
13.
Les contes d'Hoffmann: Malheureux, tu ne comprends donc pas by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Stuart Burrows (Tenor), Beverly Sills (Soprano), Norman Treigle (Bass)
Conductor:  Julius Rudel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alldis Choir,  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Paris, France 
Venue:  EMI Studios, London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: EMI Studios, London, England (07/1972 - 08/1972) 
14.
Le toréador: Variations on "Ah! vous dirai-je maman" by Adolphe Adam
Performer:  Charles Wadsworth (Piano), Beverly Sills (Soprano), Paula Robison (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Period: Romantic  
Written: 1849; France 
Date of Recording: 03/1972 
Venue:  Rutgers Presbyterian Church, New York 
Length: 6 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: French 
15.
Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D 965/Op. 129 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Beverly Sills (Soprano), Gervase de Peyer (Clarinet), Charles Wadsworth (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1972 
Venue:  Rutgers Presbyterian Church, New York 
Length: 11 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: German 
16.
German Arias (9): no 6, Meine Seele hört im Sehen, HWV 207 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Charles Wadsworth (Harpsichord), Beverly Sills (Soprano), Paula Robison (Flute),
Leslie Parnas (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724-1727; London, England 
Date of Recording: 03/1972 
Venue:  Rutgers Presbyterian Church, New York 
Length: 7 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: German 
17.
Artaxerxes: The soldier tir'd of war's alarms by Thomas Augustine Arne
Performer:  Charles Treger (Violin), Beverly Sills (Soprano), Leslie Parnas (Cello),
Charles Wadsworth (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1762/1777; England 
Date of Recording: 03/1972 
Venue:  Rutgers Presbyterian Church, New York 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: English 
18.
Comedy of errors: Lo, here the gentle lark by Henry Bishop
Performer:  Paula Robison (Flute), Charles Wadsworth (Piano), Beverly Sills (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; England 
Date of Recording: 03/1972 
Venue:  Rutgers Presbyterian Church, New York 
Length: 5 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: English 
19.
Der Zarewitsch: Einer wird kommen, der wird mich begehren by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Beverly Sills (Soprano)
Conductor:  Julius Rudel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1927; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1971 
Venue:  Fairfield Halls, Croydon, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: German 
20.
Maria Stuarda: Morta al mondo by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Stuart Burrows (Tenor), Eileen Farrell (Soprano), Louis Quilico (Baritone),
Beverly Sills (Soprano), Patricia Kern (Mezzo Soprano), Christian Du Plessis (Baritone)
Conductor:  Aldo Ceccato
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1971 
Venue:  Fairfield Hall, London, England 
Length: 8 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Deh! l'accogli!" 
21.
Les contes d'Hoffmann: Cher ange! by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Beverly Sills (Soprano), Norman Treigle (Bass), Stuart Burrows (Tenor)
Conductor:  Julius Rudel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Paris, France 
Venue:  EMI Studios, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: EMI Studios, London, England (07/1972 - 08/1972) 
22.
Cantate (12) da camera, Op. 3: La rosa by Antonio Caldara
Performer:  Charles Wadsworth (Harpsichord), Beverly Sills (Soprano), Leslie Parnas (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1699; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/1972 
Venue:  Rutgers Presbyterian Church, New York 
Length: 7 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: German 
23.
The Ballad of Baby Doe: Willow Song by Douglas Moore
Performer:  Beverly Sills (Soprano)
Conductor:  Emerson Buckley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York City Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1959 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: English 
24.
The Ballad of Baby Doe: Oh, Mr. Tabor by Douglas Moore
Performer:  Beverly Sills (Soprano), Walter Cassel (Baritone), Frances Bible (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Emerson Buckley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York City Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1959 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 1 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: English 
25.
The Ballad of Baby Doe: Warm as the Autumn Light by Douglas Moore
Performer:  Walter Cassel (Baritone), Frances Bible (Mezzo Soprano), Beverly Sills (Soprano)
Conductor:  Emerson Buckley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York City Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1959 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: English 

Sound Samples

Manon / Act 3: Je marche sur les chemins
Manon / Act 3: Obéissons quand leur voix appelle
Manon / Act 4: Un mot, s'il vous plait, Chevalier
Lucia di Lammermoor / Part 1: "Sulla tomba che rinserra" - "Verranno a te sull'aure"
Lucia di Lammermoor / Part 2 / Act 1: "Chi mi frena in tal momento" / "Chi raffrena il mio furore?"
I Puritani / Act 1: O amato zio, o mio secondo padre!
I Puritani / Act 1: Chi mosso a' miei desir il genitor?
I Puritani / Act 1: Odi... Qual suon si desta?
Anna Bolena - Tragedia lirica in due atti / Act 2: Dio, che mi vedi in core
Anna Bolena - Tragedia lirica in due atti / Act 2: Sul suo capo aggravi un Dio (Anna, Giovanna)
Anna Bolena - Tragedia lirica in due atti / Act 2: Dal mio cor punita io sono (Giovanna, Anna)
Anna Bolena - Tragedia lirica in due atti / Act 2: Va, infelice
Roberto Devereux - original version / Act 1: Nunzio son del Parlamento (Cecil, Sara, Elisabetta, Paggio, Raleigh, Coro)
Maria Stuarda / Act 2: "Deh! l'accogli" - "Morta al mondo, e morta al trono"
Maria Stuarda / Act 2: "Va, preparati, furente"
Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 3: Barcarolle "Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour"
Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 3: Cher ange
Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 3: Malheureux, tu ne comprends donc pas
The Ballad of Baby Doe / Act 1: Willow, where we met together
The Ballad of Baby Doe / Act 1: Oh, Mr. Tabor!
The Ballad of Baby Doe / Act 1: Warm as the autumn light
Le Toréador - Opéra bouffon in 2 Acts / Act 1: Ah! vous dirai-je, maman
Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D.965
Meine Seele hört im Sehen
Artaxerxes - original version / Act 3: The soldier tir'd of war's alarms
Cantata "La rosa"
Lo! hear the gentle lark
Der Zarewitsch, Operetta in 3 Acts / Act 1: Einer wird kommen

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 greatly missed March 5, 2013 By Annette M. (Calgary, AB) See All My Reviews "Such a loveely lady with a lovely voice and a fine recording." Report Abuse
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