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Opera Choruses / Gardelli, Royal Opera House


Release Date: 02/12/2008 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 09032   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Gioachino RossiniGiuseppe VerdiPietro MascagniGiacomo Puccini,   ... 
Performer:  Ruggero RaimondiBianca Maria CasoniDavid BellPauline Tinsley,   ... 
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic OrchestraAmbrosian Opera ChorusRoyal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The sound is good and anyone needing a collection of – mainly – standard opera choruses need look no further.

Lamberto Gardelli was one of the most reliable opera conductors for almost half a century. Directly after completing his studies in Pesaro and Rome he was chosen by Tullio Serafin to be his assistant. His conducting debut was in Rome in 1944 and two years after that he was appointed resident conductor at the Royal Opera in Stockholm, where he stayed for a decade. After some years as head of the Danish Radio Orchestra he moved to Budapest, where he worked for over thrity years. He was a conductor sought after by the leading record companies and his list of complete opera recordings is long indeed. Sets for Decca,
Read more EMI, Philips (a whole series of early Verdi operas) as well as a number of recordings for Hungaroton are evidence enough not only of his reliability but also of his deep insight and ability to instil enthusiasm into musicians and singers.

The first three tracks on this disc are from two of his highly praised EMI sets. His 1972 recording of Guillaume Tell was the first and still the only recording of this monumental work in the original French, it still has claims to be the most recommendable version, with a starry cast including Montserrat Caballé, Nicolai Gedda and Gabriel Bacquier. The chorus from act 1 is idyllic and well sung by the Ambrosian Opera Chorus. They also participate in the two excerpts from the slightly earlier La forza del destino, which is also a front-runner with top-notch Verdians like Carlo Bergonzi and Piero Cappuccilli. There’s also a young Ruggero Raimondi, Martina Arroyo and Bianca Maria Casoni, all heard on these two excerpts, though Arroyo is not mentioned on the inlay, which is a shame, since her La vergine degli angeli at the end of track 2 is so ravishingly beautiful, indeed angelic. Raimondi opens the track with smooth and sonorous singing, though he is more baritone than bass. The Rataplan chorus is lively but Casoni is a rather squally Preziosilla. The chorus though is first class.

The rest of the disc is a mixed programme of opera choruses, separately recorded with Covent Garden forces during two days in September 1971. Gardelli engaged some fine soloists here too and the result is wholly admirable. The Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves from Nabucco is known to everyone, not only opera enthusiasts, and Gardelli is as always a sure-footed Verdian – everything seems right but there is still something missing. I only had to play the same chorus from his complete Decca recording of the work to hear the difference. There, with Vienna State Opera forces, there is incisiveness and an irresistible lilt that makes the EMI pale by comparison. Let me add, though, that in its own right the Covent Garden version is more than acceptable. The bite I felt missing is much more to the fore in Fuoco di gioia from the first act of Otello, where the joy is well caught, and the Anvil Chorus from Il trovatore is lively, though the anvil seems only medium-sized.

The Easter Hymn from Cavalleria rusticana is one of Mascagni’s finest creations and with David Bell very prominent at the organ and Pauline Tinsley a good Santuzza it is a success. I happened to listen to it on Good Friday, so I was in the right mood.

The two Puccini choruses are not to be faulted but they tend to pale against the Chorus of the Scottish refugees from Macbeth, music that is unique in early Verdi, due to the darkness and truthfulness. Verdi wrote in the score ‘come un lamento’ and it is certainly a funeral march.

The joyous second act chorus from Lucia di Lammermoor, where Lucia’s marriage to Arturo is imminent, has rhythmic thrust and not too much sophistication. The enthusiasm is infectious and Kenneth Collins is an excellent Arturo. The prayer from Mosé in Egitto is the only number from this opera that has a life of its own. The Royal Opera Chorus presents it with excellent homogenous tone and the soloists are splendid with the young Robert Lloyd a sonorous Mosé.

The festive chorus from Don Pasquale is lively as it should be and it also reminds us that this opera is one of the most constantly inspired and spirited in Donizetti’s oeuvre. Festive is also the word for the Triumphal Scene from Aida with brilliant trumpets and powerful singing.

There are brief notes on the music but no texts. The sound is good and anyone needing a collection of – mainly – standard opera choruses need look no further.

-- Göran Forsling, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1. Guillaume Tell: Quel jour serein le ciel présage by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1972 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, Engl 
Length: 4 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: French 
2. La forza del destino: Il santo nome di Dio Signore by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Ruggero Raimondi (Bass)
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 1969 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, Engl 
Length: 7 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Composition written: Italy (1862).
Composition revised: Italy (1869). 
3. La forza del destino: Rataplan, della gloria pel soldato by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Bianca Maria Casoni (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1969 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, Engl 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4. Nabucco: Va, pensiero by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, Engl 
Length: 4 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, England (09/05/1971 - 09/07/1971) 
5. Otello: Fuoco di gioia by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, Engl 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, England (09/05/1971 - 09/07/1971) 
6. Il trovatore: Vedi! le fosche notturne "Anvil Chorus" by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, Engl 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, England (09/05/1971 - 09/07/1971) 
7. Cavalleria Rusticana: Regina coeli laetare by Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  David Bell (Organ), Pauline Tinsley (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Italy 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, Engl 
Length: 5 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "Cavalleria Rusticana: Ineggiamo, il Signor "Easter Hymn"."EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, England (09/05/1971 - 09/07/1971) 
8. Cavalleria Rusticana: Ineggiamo, il Signor "Easter Hymn" by Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  David Bell (Organ), Pauline Tinsley (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Italy 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, Engl 
Length: 5 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "Cavalleria Rusticana: Regina coeli laetare."
EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, England (09/05/1971 - 09/07/1971) 
9. Madama Butterfly: Humming Chorus by Giacomo Puccini
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, Engl 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, England (09/05/1971 - 09/07/1971) 
10. Turandot: Gira la cote by Giacomo Puccini
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, Engl 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, England (09/05/1971 - 09/07/1971) 
11. Macbeth: Patria oppressa! by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847/1865; Italy 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, Engl 
Length: 7 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, England (09/05/1971 - 09/07/1971) 
12. Lucia di Lammermoor: Per te d'immenso giubilo (Bridal Chorus) by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Kenneth Collins (Tenor)
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, Engl 
Length: 3 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, England (09/05/1971 - 09/07/1971) 
13. Mosè in Egitto: Dal tuo stellato soglio "Prayer" by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  David Hughes (Tenor), Elizabeth Shelley (Mezzo Soprano), Robert Lloyd (Bass),
Pauline Tinsley (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, Engl 
Length: 5 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, England (09/05/1971 - 09/07/1971) 
14. Don Pasquale: Che interminabile andiri "Servants' Chorus" by Gaetano Donizetti
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Italy 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, Engl 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, England (09/05/1971 - 09/07/1971) 
15. Aida: Gloria all' Egitto by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, Engl 
Length: 7 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, England (09/05/1971 - 09/07/1971) 

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 nice November 1, 2013 By Hermann Baumann (Redwood City, CA) See All My Reviews "for the price of the CD it is surprisingly good quality" Report Abuse
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