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Gliere: Coloratura Concerto, Harp Concerto, Etc / Sutherland


Release Date: 04/18/2007 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 430006   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Reinhold GliereAlexander GrechaninovIgor StravinskyCésar Cui,   ... 
Performer:  Dame Joan SutherlandOsian EllisRichard BonyngeJosef Sivo
Conductor:  Richard BonyngeHorst Stein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraSuisse Romande Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Of the rarities presented in this unusual Russian music collection, the most tantalizing is Gliére's Concerto for Coloratura Soprano and Orchestra. Judging by the slight surface noise, it sounds as if this transfer could have been made from an LP. No matter, the sound is fine, and Joan Sutherland sings radiantly, pouring out beguiling tone throughout her range, while her trademark trills are put to good use by Gliére's vocal writing, which isn't particularly original, especially considering it was composed in 1943. The same can be said for Gliére's 1938 Harp Concerto: beguiling solo writing set against standard-fare 19th-century orchestral accompaniment.

Sutherland's singing also graces three slighter
Read more items: Cui's melancholy Ici bas, Gretchaninov's soothing Cradle Song, and Stravinsky's Pastorale, in which Sutherland provides vocal counterpoint for the piquant woodwind melody.

Glazunov's Violin Concerto is the most substantial work in this collection, featuring virtuoso solo writing (performed with aplomb by violinist Josef Sivo) combined with engaging melodies and sparkling orchestration. Richard Bonynge expertly accompanies Sutherland in all of her numbers, while Horst Stein does the same for Sivo in the Glazunov. In all, it's a special album that makes a most welcome reappearance thanks to Arkivmusic.com.

--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Coloratura Soprano and Orchestra, Op. 82 by Reinhold Gliere
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1943; USSR 
Date of Recording: 1968 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
Length: 11 Minutes 32 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Harp, Op. 74 by Reinhold Gliere
Performer:  Osian Ellis (Harp)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1938; USSR 
Date of Recording: 1968 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
Length: 25 Minutes 45 Secs. 
3.
Songs, Op. 1: no 5, Cradle song by Alexander Grechaninov
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Richard Bonynge (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1927; France 
Date of Recording: 1968 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 
4.
Pastorale for Soprano, Oboe, English Horn, Clarinet and Bassoon by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; France 
Date of Recording: 1968 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
5.
Mélodies (5), Op. 54: no 5, Ici-bas by César Cui
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Richard Bonynge (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1890; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1968 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
6.
Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 82 by Alexander Glazunov
Performer:  Josef Sivo (Violin)
Conductor:  Horst Stein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1971 
Venue:  Victoria Hall, Geneva 
Length: 18 Minutes 51 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Concerto for Coloratura & Orchestra, Op.82: 1. Andante
Concerto for Coloratura & Orchestra, Op.82: 2. Allegro
Pastorale
Ici bas
Lullaby
Concerto for Harp and Orchestra, Op.74: 1. Allegro moderato
Concerto for Harp and Orchestra, Op.74: 2. Tema con variazioni (Andante)
Concerto for Harp and Orchestra, Op.74: 3. Allegro giocoso
Violin Concerto in A minor, Op.82: 1. Moderato - 2. Andante
Violin Concerto in A minor, Op.82: 3. Allegro

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