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Barber: Vanessa / Bell, Montvidas, Verrez, Hrusa, London Philharmonic [Blu-ray]

Release Date: 06/21/2019 
Label:  Opus Arte   Catalog #: 7258  
Composer:  Samuel Barber
Performer:  Edgaras MontvidasEmma BellVirginie VerrezRosalind Plowright,   ... 
Conductor:  Jakub HrusaNicholas Jenkins
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic OrchestraThe Glyndebourne Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
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Abandoned by her lover Anatol, Vanessa retreats from the world, waiting and hoping with only her mother and her niece Erika for company. But when, 20 years later, Anatol’s handsome young son arrives unexpectedly, he shatters the calm of this shuttered household of women. Past and present love collides, and the aftershocks threaten to destroy them all. Samuel Barber’s Pulitzer Prize-winning first opera boasts one of the 20th century’s most
Read more beautiful scores. Poised constantly on the edge of song, Vanessa unfolds in generous swathes of melody, rich in filmic strings and soaring brass, with echoes of Puccini, Berg and Strauss. It climaxes in a final quintet of Mozartean poignancy – one of the great ensembles of the contemporary repertoire.



Warner’s handsome and perceptive staging of Barber’s Vanessa has probably done more to silence the work’s naysayers than any in recent memory. Thanks to Warner’s perception and motivation this excellent cast really deliver. Shadowy, opulent, effulgent – Barber’s Vanessa is the opera that bridges Hollywood and the Broadway stage.

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Works on This Recording

Vanessa, Op. 32 by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Edgaras Montvidas (Tenor), Emma Bell (Soprano), Virginie Verrez (Mezzo-soprano),
Rosalind Plowright (Contralto), Donnie Ray Albert (Baritone), William Thomas (Bass),
Romanas Kudriasovas (Bass)
Conductor:  Jakub Hrusa,  Nicholas Jenkins
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  The Glyndebourne Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USA 

Customer Reviews

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 I wish August 31, 2019 By George Miller (Montrose, CO) See All My Reviews "I wish I could praise this recording. This is an opera I've grown to love hearing and I wanted to like seeing it as well. And there was much for me to admire in this production. Or should be. It felt rich, first class if you will. The cast seemed at home in it. But I couldn't be. I felt disoriented, caught between two moving panels, that could be either mirror-like one moment or windows another. I wanted a more natural setting, one where I could believe in the story. Although there's really nothing very natural about the story, yet it seemed to need it - a more claustrophobic atmosphere, perhaps to depict just how trapped these three women are, and never really able to let us know why. The music was beautiful, but I preferred closing my eyes while I listened." Report Abuse
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