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Royal Opera Gala

Bonynge / Orch Of The Royal Opera House
Release Date: 03/06/2009 
Label:  Eloquence   Catalog #: 4800952   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Georges BizetGaetano DonizettiHector BerliozModest Mussorgsky,   ... 
Performer:  Dame Joan SutherlandJosephine VeaseyJohn LaniganJoseph Rouleau,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Georg SoltiRichard BonyngeRafael KubelikEdward Downes,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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ROYAL OPERA GALA Georg Solti, cond; Richard Bonynge, cond; Rafael Kubelík, cond; Edward Downes, cond; William Walton, cond; Reginald Goodall, cond; Joan Sutherland (sop); Josephine Veasey (mez); Joseph Rouleau (bs); John Lanigan (ten); Yvonne Minton (mez); Michael Langdon (bs); Amy Shuard (sop); Delme Bryn-Jones (bar); Kenneth McDonald (ten); Elizabeth Robson (sop); Anne Howells (sop); Forbes Robinson (bs); Richard Lewis (ten); Marie Collier (sop); Peter Pears (ten);Joan Carlyle (sop); Elisabeth Vaughan (sop); Maria Pellegrini (sop); Jean Bonhomme (ten); Tito Gobbi (bar); John Dobson (ten); Geraint Evans (bar); Gwyneth Jones (sop); Read more David Kelly (bs); David Ward (bs); John Williams (gtr); Royal Op Covent Garden O & Ch DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 0952 (2 CDs 159:16)


Music from BIZET Carmen: Prelude to Act I. DONIZETTI La fille du régiment. BERLIOZ Les Troyens. MUSSORGSKY Boris Godunov. R. STRAUSS Der Rosenkavalier. Elektra. BRITTEN A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Billy Budd. TIPPETT King Priam. WALTON Troilus and Cressida. MOZART Le nozze di Figaro. PUCCINI La bohème. BEETHOVEN Fidelio. VERDI Otello. Falstaff. La traviata: Preludes to Act I & Act III. WAGNER Das Rheingold. Orchestral excerpts. ROSSINI L’italana in Algeri: Overture. Semiramide: Overture. OFFENBACH Les contes d’Hoffmann: Entr’acte. GOUNOD Faust: Ballet Music. PONCHIELLI La gioconda: Dance of the Hours


Some of these selections were issued on LP on a disc entitled “The Covent Garden Anniversary Album,” but obviously it did not contain all the material on these two discs. Disc 1 begins with the Prelude to Carmen conducted by Sir Georg Solti. Band 2 features Joan Sutherland, who brilliantly sings the aria “Salut à la France” from La fille du régiment, conducted by her husband Richard Bonynge, taken from the complete 1967 recording of the opera. All other vocal selections, specifically for this anniversary album, were recorded in six months, from February to July in 1968. The second selection sung by Josephine Veasey is from Berlioz’s Les Troyens ; however, amusingly, both the back cover of the disc and the booklet list it as from La fille du régiment . Decca needed a good proofreader in this case. Veasey was one of the prominent mezzo-sopranos for many years at Covent Garden, and had a rich, mellow voice. Rafael Kubelík is the conductor.


The selection from Boris Godunov is from the second scene of the prologue and features the bass Joseph Rouleau and the tenor John Lanigan. The stereo sound is excellent. Lanigan has a bright ringing sound. The chorus is fine, and Rouleau is a firm voiced Boris. Sir Edward Downes is the conductor. The Australian mezzo-soprano Yvonne Minton and the bass Michael Langdon give a passionate rendition of the Rosenkavalier duet, “Da . . . Herr Kavalier!” conducted by Sir Georg Solti.


Amy Shuard studied with Eva Turner and was hailed as her successor at Covent Garden. She exhibits a bright, steely dramatic soprano voice in the aria “Allein! Weh ganz allein” from Electra . The conductor is Sir Edward Downes. The quartet “Helena! Hermia! Demetrius! Lysander!” from Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is sung by four stars of Covent Garden, sopranos Elizabeth Robson and Anne Howells, tenor Kenneth McDonald, and baritone Delme Bryn-Jones. The conductor is Sir Georg Solti, who also conducts the bass Forbes Robinson in the aria “O beauty handsomeness goodness” from Britten’s Billy Budd. Richard Lewis was a star tenor who had a notable international career. He sings the aria “O rich soiled land” from Tippett’s King Priam , accompanied by John Williams, guitar. The soprano Marie Collier is joined by the tenor Sir Peter Pears in the duet “How can I sleep?” from Walton’s Troilus and Cressida. Walton, himself, is the conductor.


Disc 1 continues with two more familiar numbers. Joan Carlyle gives a fine account of “Dove sono” from Mozarts’s Le nozze di Figaro , conducted by Sir Georg Solti. The final selection on this disc is the quartet “Addio, dolce svegliare” from Puccini’s La bohème. It is brilliantly sung by sopranos Elizabeth Vaughan and Maria Pellegrini, tenor John Dobson, and baritone Delme Bryn-Jones, and conducted by Sir Edward Downes.


Disc 2 begins with the chorus “Fuoco di gioia” and the drinking song “Inaffia l’ugola” from Verdi’s Otello . The great baritone Tito Gobbi is assisted by tenors John Lanigan and John Dobson in a sensational performance. Sir Georg Solti conducts. Another great baritone, Sir Geraint Evans, sings the aria “Mondo ladro” from Verdi’s Falstaff. The conductor is Sir Edward Downes. The quartet “Mir ist so wunderbar” from Beethoven’s Fidelio features the sopranos Elizabeth Robson, Dame Gwyneth Jones, tenor John Dobson, and bass David Kelly. Again, the conductor is Sir Georg Solti. The final vocal selection on this collection is “Abendlich strahlt der Sonne Auge,” sung by bass David Ward and conducted by Reginald Goodall.


The final seven selections are all orchestral and are noted above in the headnotes. They are all conducted by Sir Georg Solti with the orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. The sound on these discs is very good. There are interesting notes in the booklet, but no texts. The set contains most of the leading singers at Covent Garden in the 1960s; it was a period that not only had great singers, but also wonderful conductors.


Highly recommended.


FANFARE: Bob Rose
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Works on This Recording

1.
Carmen: Act 1 Prelude "Les toréadors" by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
2.
La fille du régiment: Par le rang...Salut à la France by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Italy 
3.
Les troyens: Je vais mourir by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Josephine Veasey (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856-1858; France 
4.
Boris Godunov: Excerpt(s) by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  John Lanigan (Tenor), Joseph Rouleau (Bass)
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1873; Russia 
Notes: "Da zdrastvstvuet Tsar Boris ... Skorbit dusha!" 
5.
Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59: Da lieg' ich...Herr Kavalier by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Yvonne Minton (Mezzo Soprano), Michael Langdon (Bass)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909-1910; Germany 
6.
Elektra, Op. 58: Allein! Weh', ganz allein! by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Amy Shuard (Soprano)
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906-1908; Germany 
7.
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 64: Helena! Hermia! Demetrius! Lysander! by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Elizabeth Robson (Soprano), Kenneth MacDonald (Tenor), Delme Bryn-Jones (Baritone),
Anne Howells (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
8.
Billy Budd, Op. 50: O beauty, handsomeness, goodness by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Forbes Robinson (Bass)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
9.
King Priam: O rich soiled land by Michael Tippett
Performer:  Richard Lewis (Tenor), John Williams (Guitar)
10.
Troilus and Cressida: How can I sleep by Sir William Walton
Performer:  Marie Collier (Soprano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir William Walton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954/1976; England 
11.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: E Susanna non vien...Dove sono by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Joan Carlyle (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
12.
La Bohème: Addio, dolce svegliare (Quartet) by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Elizabeth Vaughan (Soprano), Maria Pellegrini (Soprano), Jean Bonhomme (Tenor),
Delme Bryn-Jones (Baritone)
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
13.
Otello: Fuoco di gioia by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Tito Gobbi (Baritone), John Lanigan (Tenor), John Dobson (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
14.
Falstaff: Ehi! Taverniere! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Sir Geraint Evans (Baritone)
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
15.
Fidelio, Op. 72: Mir ist so wunderbar by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Elizabeth Robson (Soprano), Dame Gwyneth Jones (Soprano), John Dobson (Tenor),
David [bass baritone] Kelly (Bass)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805/1814; Vienna, Austria 
16.
Das Rheingold: Abendlich strahlt der Sonne Auge by Richard Wagner
Performer:  David Ward (Bass)
Conductor:  Reginald Goodall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854; Germany 
17.
La traviata: Act 1 Prelude by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
18.
L'italiana in Algeri: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Italy 
19.
Les contes d'Hoffmann: Barcarolle by Jacques Offenbach
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Paris, France 
20.
La traviata: Act 3 Prelude by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
21.
Semiramide: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Italy 
22.
Faust: Ballet Music by Charles Gounod
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
23.
La Gioconda: Dance of the Hours by Amilcare Ponchielli
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Italy 

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