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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. 

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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

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 

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