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James Levine - Celebrating 40 Years At The Met [32 CD Set]


Release Date: 12/07/2010 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 1135701354  
Composer:  Alban BergHector BerliozClaude DebussyJohn Harbison,   ... 
Performer:  David KueblerJames CourtneyHanna SchwarzClifton Forbis,   ... 
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera OrchestraMetropolitan Opera Chorus
Number of Discs: 32 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"An extraordinary career deserves an extraordinary tribute - which is exactly what the Metropolitan Opera has accomplished to mark the fortieth anniversary of James Levine's 1971 company debut...In celebration of Levine's forty-year Met career, the Met has issued two boxed sets of Levine performances, all captured live, and most of which have never been previously available in any format...the sets stand stand as a fitting testament to an era and a career that will never be equaled - and deliver the goods at a very fair price." -- F. Paul Driscoll, Opera News

The Met Celebrates the 40th Anniversary of James Levine’s Company Debut with James Levine: Celebrating 40 Years at the Met: a Box Set of 32 CDs featuring 11
Read more historic performances from the longtime Music Director’s record-breaking career with the company.

Berg: Lulu
Christine Schäfer, Hanna Schwarz, David Kuebler, Clifton Forbis, James Courtney; April 21, 2001

Berg: Wozzeck
José van Dam, Anja Silja, Ragnar Ulfung, Richard Cassilly, Dieter Weller; March 8, 1980

Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini
Marcello Giordani, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Kristine Jepson, Peter Coleman-Wright, John Del Carlo, Robert Lloyd; December 27, 2003

Berlioz: Les Troyens
Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Deborah Voigt, Ben Heppner, Dwayne Croft, Robert Lloyd; February 22, 2003

Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande
Jeannette Pilou, Dale Duesing, Jocelyne Taillon, José van Dam, Jerome Hines; January 22, 1983

Harbison: The Great Gatsby
Jerry Hadley, Dawn Upshaw, Dwayne Croft, Susan Graham, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Mark Baker; January 1, 2000

Parade (triple bill)—Satie: Parade / Poulenc: Les Mamelles de
Tirésias / Ravel: L’Enfant et les Sortilèges
Ainhoa Arteta, Danielle de Niese, Earle Patriarco, Ruth Ann Swenson, Wendy White; March 16, 2002

Schoenberg: Moses und Aron
Philip Langridge, John Tomlinson; February 20, 1999

Stravinsky: The Rake’s Progress
Dawn Upshaw, Paul Groves, Samuel Ramey, Stephanie Blythe; April 19, 2003

Stravinsky (triple bill)—Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps / Le Rossignol / Oedipus Rex
William Lewis, Florence Quivar, Franz Mazura, Gianna Rolandi, Philip Creech; February 25, 1984

Wagner: Lohengrin
Ben Heppner, Deborah Voigt, Deborah Polaski, Hans-Joachim Ketelsen, Eric Halfvarson; March 21, 1998
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Works on This Recording

1.
Lulu by Alban Berg
Performer:  David Kuebler (Tenor), James Courtney (Bass), Hanna Schwarz (Mezzo Soprano),
Clifton Forbis (Tenor), Christine Schäfer (Soprano)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929-1935; Austria 
Date of Recording: 4/21/2001 
2.
Wozzeck, Op. 7 by Alban Berg
Performer:  Anja Silja (Soprano), Ragnar Ulfung (Tenor), José Van Dam (Bass Baritone),
Dieter Weller (Baritone), Richard Cassilly (Tenor)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917-1922; Austria 
Date of Recording: 3/8/1980 
3.
Benvenuto Cellini by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Marcello Giordani (Tenor), Peter Coleman-Wright (Bass), John del Carlo (Baritone),
Kristine Jepson (Mezzo Soprano), Robert Lloyd (Bass), Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834-1837; France 
Date of Recording: 12/27/2003 
4.
Les troyens by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Ben Heppner (Tenor), Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Mezzo Soprano), Dwayne Croft (Baritone),
Deborah Voigt (Soprano), Robert Lloyd (Bass)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856-1858; France 
Date of Recording: 2/22/2003 
5.
Pelléas et Mélisande by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jerome Hines (Bass), José Van Dam (Bass Baritone), Dale Duesing (Baritone),
Jeannette Pilou (Soprano), Jocelyne Taillon (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1893-1902; France 
Date of Recording: 1/22/1983 
6.
The Great Gatsby by John Harbison
Performer:  Mark Baker (Vocals), Susan Graham (Mezzo Soprano), Dawn Upshaw (Soprano),
Dwayne Croft (Baritone), Jerry Hadley (Tenor), Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Written: 1999 
Date of Recording: 1/1/2000 
7.
Parade by Erik Satie
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; France 
Date of Recording: 3/16/2002 
8.
Les mamelles de Tirésias by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Wendy White (Mezzo Soprano), Earle Patriarco (Baritone), Aïnhoa Arteta (Soprano),
Danielle De Niese (Soprano), Ruth Ann Swenson (Soprano)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; France 
Date of Recording: 3/16/2002 
9.
L'enfant et les sortilèges by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Danielle De Niese (Soprano), Aïnhoa Arteta (Soprano), Earle Patriarco (Baritone),
Wendy White (Mezzo Soprano), Ruth Ann Swenson (Soprano)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920-1925; France 
Date of Recording: 3/16/2002 
10.
Moses und Aron by Arnold Schoenberg
Performer:  John Tomlinson (Bass), Philip Langridge (Tenor)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930-1932; Berlin, Germany 
Date of Recording: 2/20/1999 
11.
Rake's Progress by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Samuel Ramey (Bass), Dawn Upshaw (Soprano), Stephanie Blythe (Mezzo Soprano),
Paul Groves (Tenor)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948-1951; USA 
Date of Recording: 4/19/2003 
12.
Le sacre du printemps by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1913 
Date of Recording: 2/25/1984 
13.
Le rossignol by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Philip Creech (Tenor), Gianna Rolandi (Soprano), Florence Quivar (Alto),
William Lewis (Tenor), Franz Mazura (Baritone)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908-1914; Russia 
Date of Recording: 2/25/1984 
14.
Oedipus rex by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Florence Quivar (Alto), William Lewis (Tenor), Franz Mazura (Baritone),
Philip Creech (Tenor), Gianna Rolandi (Soprano)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1927; France 
Date of Recording: 2/25/1984 
15.
Lohengrin by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Deborah Voigt (Soprano), Ben Heppner (Tenor), Deborah Polaski (Soprano),
Hans-Joachim Ketelsen (Bass), Eric Halfvarson (Bass)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 3/21/1998 

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