WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

20/21 Previn: A Streetcar Named Desire / Previn, Fleming


Release Date: 12/22/1998 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 459366   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  André Previn
Performer:  Elizabeth FutralRodney GilfryAnthony Dean GriffeyJudith Forst,   ... 
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 42 Mins. 

In Stock: Usually ships in 24 hours.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

This opera based on Tennessee Williams' great play was commissioned by Lofti Mansouri for the San Francisco Opera and written by André Previn to feature the voice of Renée Fleming in the pivotal role of Blanche. In the play, Blanche has several extended monologues, which are aria-like in effect. These have been transformed in the opera into arias for Blanche, pretty much the only character who has them. For the most part, Previn has opted for the kind of arioso/recitative first used by Debussy and Mussorgsky, with much of the drama taking place in the orchestra. Previn's orchestral writing is masterly, effectively setting the scene in just a few bars. He has done a fine job with his text-heavy libretto which, naturally, keeps as much of Read more Williams' luminous writing as possible.
The recording is taken from the first run of performances in San Francisco with the cast Previn wrote for including the eve- lovely Renée Fleming as his affecting Blanche. The performance should be considered definitive. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
A Streetcar Named Desire by André Previn
Performer:  Elizabeth Futral (Soprano), Rodney Gilfry (Baritone), Anthony Dean Griffey (Tenor),
Judith Forst (Mezzo Soprano), Matthew Lord (Tenor), Jeffrey Lentz (),
Josepha Gayer (), Lynne Soffer (), Renée Fleming (Soprano),
Ray Reinhardt ()
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1998 
Venue:  Live  War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco 
Length: 161 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: English 

Sound Samples

A Streetcar named desire / Act 1: Scene 1: "They told me to take a streetcar named Desire" (Blanche, Eunice)
A Streetcar named desire / Act 1: "Blanche!" / "Stella! Oh Stella!" (Stella, Blanche)
A Streetcar named desire / Act 1: I can hardly stand it (Stella)
A Streetcar named desire / Act 1: You left! I stayed and I struggled! (Blanche, Stella)
A Streetcar named desire / Act 1: I... I... I... took the blows on my face (Blanche, Stella)
A Streetcar named desire / Act 1: Hey Mitch! Come back here (Stanley, Steve, Mitch, Eunice)
A Streetcar named desire / Act 1: You must be Stanley. I'm Blanche (Blanche, Stanley, Stella)
A Streetcar named desire / Act 1: Scene 2: "Hiyah, sweetheart" (Stanley, Stella)
A Streetcar named desire / Act 1: Let me enlighten you on a point or two (Stanley, Stella)
A Streetcar named desire / Act 1: Hello Stanley. Do you mind? (Blanche, Stanley, Stella)
A Streetcar named desire / Act 1: Here! There are thousands of papers (Blanche, Stanley, Stella)
A Streetcar named desire / Act 1: Scene 3: "Well, I ought to be getting home" (Mitch, Stanley, Steve, Stella, Blanche)
A Streetcar named desire / Act 1: Yes? Oh, hello (Blanche, Mitch, Stanley, Stella, Steve)
A Streetcar named desire / Act 1: "Stella!" / "Stanley, that's my... What are you doing" (Blanche, Stella, Stanley, Steve, Mitch, Eunice)
A Streetcar named desire / Act 1: "Hmmm..." / "Stella? Stella?" (Stella, Blanche)
A Streetcar named desire / Act 2: Prologue
A Streetcar named desire / Act 2: Scene 1: "Say, Blanche... Do you happen to know" (Stanley, Blanche, Stella)
A Streetcar named desire / Act 2: Soft people have got to shimmer and glow (Blanche)
A Streetcar named desire / Act 2: Ah me... Ah me... Come in (Blanche, Young Collector)
A Streetcar named desire / Act 2: Don't you love these rainy afternoons? (Blanche, Young Collector)
A Streetcar named desire / Act 2: What's the time? Come on, Mitch (Blanche)
A Streetcar named desire / Act 2: Scene 2: "'Fraid you didn't have much fun" (Blanche, Mitch)
A Streetcar named desire / Act 2: I work out with the weights (Mitch, Blanche)
A Streetcar named desire / Act 2: Blanche... How old are you? (Mitch, Blanche)
A Streetcar named desire / Act 2: I'm not a boy, she says (Mitch)
A Streetcar named desire / Act 2: He was a boy when I was a very young girl (Blanche, Mitch)

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook




YOU MUST BE A SUBSCRIBER TO LISTEN TO ARKIVMUSIC STREAMING.
TRY IT NOW FOR FREE!
Sign up now for two weeks of free access to the world's best classical music collection. Keep listening for only $19.95/month - thousands of classical albums for the price of one! Learn more about ArkivMusic Streaming
Aleady a subscriber? Sign In