Notes and Editorial Reviews
Sony Classical is delighted to offer lovers of singing another ten complete recordings from the RCA Red Seal, CBS/Sony Classical and Eurodisc catalogues. The latest instalment of this wide-ranging series not only features some of the greatest voices of the last century but also spotlights once popular works that have been unduly neglected in recent times. In 1967, RCA recorded Andre Previn conducting a sparkling performance of Mozart’s The Impresario (Der Schauspieldirektor). This slight 1786 “comedy with music” is fitted out with a new English libretto by Previn’s then wife Dory, who transplanted the amusing tale to the 20th century. The fine cast of this international CD premiere release includes sopranos Reri Grist and Judith Raskin as
well as the distinguished actor Leo McKern in the title role.
Mozart’s one-act comedy is sung and spoken in an English version created by conductor André Previn’s then wife, Dory. Modern instruments but impressive singing, and the whole goes with considerable swing.
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Works on This Recording
Der Schauspieldirektor, K 486 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Richard Lewis (Tenor),
Judith Raskin (Soprano),
Sherrill Milnes (Baritone),
Reri Grist (Soprano)
English Chamber Orchestra
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria
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