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James Morris Sings Verdi and Wagner / Weikert, Munich RSO


Release Date: 12/16/2009 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 49287   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giuseppe VerdiRichard Wagner
Performer:  James Morris
Conductor:  Ralf Weikert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

[Morris's] account of the Dutchman's monologue is not only resplendently sung, it also tells us something about the inner workings of the tortured man's mind. Hotter is said to have told Morris at a teaching session, "If only I had had your voice," and there is little doubt that this difficult solo has seldom been sung with such complete mastery of its awkward tessitura. Morris's bass-baritone bestrides the wide range of Wagner's writing with consummate ease.

-- Gramphone [7/1989]
[Morris's] account of the Dutchman's monologue is not only resplendently sung, it also tells us something about the inner workings of the tortured man's mind. Hotter is said to have told Morris at a teaching session, "If only I had had your voice," and there is little doubt that this difficult solo has seldom been sung with such complete mastery of its awkward tessitura. Morris's bass-baritone bestrides the wide range of Wagner's writing with consummate ease.

-- Gramphone [7/1989]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Don Carlos: Ella giammai m'amò...Dormirò sol sul manto mio regal by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  James Morris (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Ralf Weikert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
Language: Italian 
2.
Simon Boccanegra: Il lacerato spirito by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  James Morris (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Ralf Weikert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; Italy 
Language: Italian 
3.
I vespri siciliani: O tu, Palermo by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  James Morris (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Ralf Weikert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855; Italy 
Language: Italian 
4.
Macbeth: Come dal ciel precipita by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  James Morris (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Ralf Weikert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847/1865; Italy 
Language: Italian 
5.
Ernani: Infelice! e tu credevi by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  James Morris (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Ralf Weikert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Italy 
Language: Italian 
6.
Der fliegende Holländer: Die Frist ist um [Monologue] by Richard Wagner
Performer:  James Morris (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Ralf Weikert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
Language: German 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Great American bass baritone December 13, 2013 By J. Stanton (Castlemaine, Victoria) See All My Reviews "James Morris was one of the great bass baritones of his generation. A favourite of James Levine he is represented on many complete recordings and filmed performances. This recording presents a recital which includes his famous 'Wotan" and some of the best known bass arias from Verdi. His voice is wonderfully gritty and even with formidable breath control and technique, but the excerpts are not just recitals per se, as he brings to them a dramatic awareness not always found on complete works. His 'Macbeth" aria for example has a tenseness and apprehension that bring it into immediate context. It is not an overly generous disc by today's standards at just over 60 minutes, and obviously a straight transfer from the original vinyl. An essential for any collector." Report Abuse
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