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Ljuba Welitsch - The Complete Columbia Recordings


Release Date: 06/03/1997 
Label:  Sony Classical Masterworks Catalog #: 62866   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Richard StraussGiacomo PucciniWolfgang Amadeus MozartJohann Strauss Jr.,   ... 
Performer:  Ljuba WelitschRichard TuckerAlessio De PaolisPaul Ulanowsky
Conductor:  Fritz ReinerMax Rudolf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 2 Hours 24 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The famous Salome Closing Scene here is still the best of all in many ways: tone bright, defined and sustained like a laser beam, timbre womanly-strong and girlish-fresh, energy inexhaustible, with resources (sparingly exploited) of wilful shrewishness and devouring sensuality. There have been subtler versions, and perhaps we are now spoilt by recordings where the splendours of orchestration overwhelm as they cannot really do here: a fine orchestral performance under Reiner, none the less, and no apologies needed. As Philip Hope-Wallace felt, however, reviewing this selection in 1969, admirers of Welitsch -in the flesh" might well feel apologetic about the "Vissi d'arte", shallow in feeling, short-breathed in phrasing. Better Read more is her Donna Anna, better still, perhaps, her Zigeunerbaron solo. But the Salome is what matters: "singing with her nerves," as PH-W said, "at a tension which is not in the slightest danger of snapping".

-- Gramophone [5/1984]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Salome, Op. 54: Final Scene by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano)
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1905; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/14/1949 
2.
Tosca: Quagl' occhio al mondo by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Richard Tucker (Tenor), Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano)
Conductor:  Max Rudolf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/23/1950 
Notes: This selection begins "Mia gelosa!" 
3.
Tosca: Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano)
Conductor:  Max Rudolf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/23/1950 
4.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Or sai chi l'onore by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano), Alessio De Paolis (Tenor)
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 02/10/1950 
Notes: This selection begins "Don Ottavio! son morta!". 
5.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Crudele?...Non mi dir, bell' idol mio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano)
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 02/10/1950 
6.
Die Fledermaus: Klänge der Heimat "Czardas" by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano)
Conductor:  Max Rudolf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/10/1950 
7.
Der Zigeunerbaron: So elend und so treu by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano)
Conductor:  Max Rudolf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/10/1950 
Notes: This selection begins with "Habet acht..." 
8.
Four Last Songs, AV 150: no 1, Frühling by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano), Paul Ulanowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1948; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/18/1953 
Language: German 
9.
Four Last Songs, AV 150: no 2, September by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano), Paul Ulanowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1948; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/18/1953 
Language: German 
10.
Four Last Songs, AV 150: no 3, Beim Schlafengehen by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Paul Ulanowsky (Piano), Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1948; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/18/1953 
Language: German 
11.
Four Last Songs, AV 150: no 4, Im Abendrot by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Paul Ulanowsky (Piano), Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1948; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/18/1953 
Language: German 
12.
Songs (4), Op. 43: no 1, Von ewiger Liebe by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano), Paul Ulanowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864; Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1952 
Language: German 
13.
Songs (5), Op. 105: no 1, Wie Melodien zieht es mir by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Paul Ulanowsky (Piano), Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1952 
Language: German 
14.
Romances and Songs (5), Op. 84: no 4, Vergebliches Ständchen by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Paul Ulanowsky (Piano), Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1877-79; Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1952 
Language: German 
15.
Songs (4), Op. 43: no 2, Die Mainacht by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano), Paul Ulanowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864; Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1952 
Language: German 
16.
Songs (9), Op. 63: no 5, Junge Lieder I "Meine Liebe ist grün" by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano), Paul Ulanowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1952 
Language: German 
17.
Gretchen am Spinnrade, D 118/Op. 2 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano), Paul Ulanowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/06/1950 
Language: German 
18.
Die junge Nonne, D 828/Op. 43 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano), Paul Ulanowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1952 
Language: German 
19.
Schwanengesang, D 957: no 1, Liebesbotschaft by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano), Paul Ulanowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1952 
Language: German 
20.
Die Forelle, D 550 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano), Paul Ulanowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1952 
Language: German 
21.
Myrthen, Op. 25: no 1, Widmung by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano), Paul Ulanowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1952 
Language: German 
22.
Liederkreis, Op. 39: no 5, Mondnacht by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano), Paul Ulanowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1952 
Language: German 
23.
Myrthen, Op. 25: no 3, Der Nussbaum by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano), Paul Ulanowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1952 
Language: German 
24.
Zigeunerlieder, Op. 103: no 1, He, Zigeuner, greife by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano), Paul Ulanowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1888; Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1952 
Language: German 
25.
Zigeunerlieder, Op. 103: no 2, Hochgetürmte Rimaflut by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano), Paul Ulanowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1888; Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1952 
Language: German 
26.
Zigeunerlieder, Op. 103: no 4, Lieber Gott, du weisst by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano), Paul Ulanowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1888; Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1952 
Language: German 
27.
Zigeunerlieder, Op. 103: no 7, Kommt dir manchmal by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano), Paul Ulanowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1888; Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1952 
Language: German 
28.
I am sad by Alexander Dargomizhsky
Performer:  Paul Ulanowsky (Piano), Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848; Russia 
Date of Recording: 03/06/1950 
29.
The miller by Alexander Dargomizhsky
Performer:  Paul Ulanowsky (Piano), Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850-1851; Russia 
Date of Recording: 03/06/1950 
30.
Where art thou, little star? by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano), Paul Ulanowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857/1858; Russia 
Date of Recording: 03/06/1950 
31.
Italienisches Liederbuch: Hat dich die Liebe berüht by Joseph Marx
Performer:  Paul Ulanowsky (Piano), Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907-1911; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/06/1950 
32.
Lieder aus dem "Pierrot Lunaire": no 1, Valse de Chopin by Joseph Marx
Performer:  Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano), Paul Ulanowsky (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/06/1950 
33.
Lieder (8), Op. 10: no 3, Die Nacht by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano), Paul Ulanowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/06/1950 
Language: German 
34.
Lieder (4), Op. 27: no 2, Cäcilie by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano), Paul Ulanowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/06/1950 
Language: German 
35.
Rückert Lieder (5): no 2, Ich atmet' einen Linden Duft by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Paul Ulanowsky (Piano), Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/30/1953 
Language: German 
36.
Rückert Lieder (5): no 1, Blicke mir nicht in die Lieder by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Paul Ulanowsky (Piano), Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/30/1953 
Language: German 
37.
Rückert Lieder (5): no 3, Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Paul Ulanowsky (Piano), Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/30/1953 
Language: German 
38.
Rückert Lieder (5): no 4, Um Mitternacht by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Paul Ulanowsky (Piano), Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/30/1953 
Language: German 

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