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Grand Opera Choruses


Release Date: 05/12/1998 
Label:  London/Decca Opera Gala Series Catalog #: 458205   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giacomo PucciniRichard WagnerGiuseppe VerdiLudwig van Beethoven,   ... 
Performer:  Victor BraunHelga DerneschRobert JohnsonPhilip Kraus,   ... 
Conductor:  Herbert von KarajanSir Georg SoltiRichard BonyngeRafael Kubelik,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera ChorusVienna Philharmonic OrchestraChicago Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The choruses from Grand Opera are among the most famous and stirring choral music around. This album covers all of the great and popular opera choral numbers ranging from the mysterious and beautiful "Humming Chorus" in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly to the boisterous "Anvil Chorus" from Verdi’s Il trovatore. Also included is the "Hunters' Chorus" from Weber’s Der Freischütz and the ever-famous "Bridal Chorus" from Wagner’s Lohengrin. In short, all the most popular opera choruses are here plus some you may not have heard, and most importantly, all are beautifully sung by top-notch choruses lead by famous conductors, drawn from Decca’s library of great opera recordings. There have been many opera Read more chorus albums over the years and most music lovers are happy with one in their collection. This is a good one to have.

- Greg La Traille, ArkivMusic.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Madama Butterfly: Humming Chorus by Giacomo Puccini
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1974 
2. Tannhäuser: Beglückt darf nun dich "Pilgrims' Chorus" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Victor Braun (Baritone), Helga Dernesch (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1970 
3. Nabucco: Va, pensiero by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1989 
4. Il trovatore: Vedi! le fosche notturne "Anvil Chorus" by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1989 
5. Fidelio, Op. 72: O, welche Lust! by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Robert Johnson (Tenor), Philip Kraus (Bass)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805/1814; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1979 
6. Lohengrin: Treulich geführt "Bridal Chorus" by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1985 
Notes: This selection includes the Prelude to Act 3 of 'Lohengrin.' 
7. Carmen: Les voici! Les voici! by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Haberdashers' Aske's School Boys Choir,  John Alldis Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 1975 
Notes: Composition written: France (1873 - 1874). 
8. Faust: Déposons les armes [Soldiers' Chorus] by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Margreta Elkins (Mezzo Soprano), Monica Sinclair (Alto), Robert Massard (Baritone)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Date of Recording: 1966 
Notes: This selection begins with "Marthe!..." 
9. Boris Godunov: Prologue - I am oppressed "Coronation scene" by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass), Alexei Maslennikov (Tenor)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
10. Norma: Guerra, guerra le Galliche selve by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Samuel Ramey (Bass), Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Chorus,  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1984 
Notes: This selection begins with "Squilla il bronzo del dio!..." 
11. Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor: O süsser Mond by Otto Nicolai
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Berlin, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1977 
12. Les troyens: Dieux protecteurs de la ville éternelle by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Montreal Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856-1858; France 
Date of Recording: 1993 
13. I Pagliacci: Din, don! Suona vespero by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  James McCracken (Tenor)
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra,  Colosseum Boys' Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1967 
Notes: This selection begins with "I zampognari!..." 
14. Der Freischütz, J 277: Was gleicht wohl "Hunters' Chorus" by Carl Maria von Weber
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817-1821; Dresden, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1979 

Sound Samples

Nabucco / Act 3: Chorus: "Va, pensiero, sull'ali dorate"
Il Trovatore / Act 2: "Vedi! le fosche notturne spoglie" (Anvil Chorus)
Norma / Act 2: Squilla il bronzo del dio...Guerra, guerra
Fidelio op.72 / Act 1: "O welche Lust, in freier Luft den Atem leicht zu heben!"
Lohengrin / Act 3: Prelude Act III...Treulich geführt ziehet dahin
Faust / Act 4: Marthe! - Dieu soit loué! C'est vous!...Déposons nos (Soldiers' Chorus)
Madama Butterfly / Act 2: Coro a bocca chiusa (Humming Chorus)
Pagliacci / Act 1: I zampognari!...Don din don
Tannhäuser - Paris version / Act 3: "Beglückt darf nun dich, o Heimat" (Pilgrims Chorus)
Carmen / Act 4: Les voici, les voici (Toreador Chorus)
Der Freischütz / Act 3: "Was gleicht wohl auf Erden dem Jägervergnügen?"
The Merry Wives of Windsor (Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor) / Act 3: O süßer Mond
Les Troyens / Act 1: No.4 Marche et hymne: "Dieux protecteurs"
Boris Godounov / Prologue: Coronation Scene

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