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Living Stereo - A Program Of Song / Leontyne Price


Release Date: 11/19/2002 
Label:  Rca Victor Special Imports Catalog #: 61499   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Gabriel FauréFrancis PoulencRichard StraussHugo Wolf
Performer:  Leontyne PriceDavid Garvey
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 40 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

This recital reveals Leontyne Price as a natural interpreter of both Lieder and melodies - her refusal to indulge herself through slow speeds and self-regarding gestures consistently takes her to the heart of the matter.

This disc provides a treasurable pendant to RCA's comprehensive reissue of Price's opera recitals (12/92). The singer's debut recording, made in the Town Hall, New York in January 1959, reveals her as a natural interpreter of both Lieder and melodies so much so that one must regret that she didn't devote more time to pursuing a career in this field. Where she scores so easily over many of her American successors is in her refusal to indulge herself through slow speeds and self-regarding gestures: she
Read more sings the songs for what they are and with scrupulous attention to text and (mostly) dynamics, no more, no less, and thereby usually goes to the heart of the matter. Nowhere is that truer than in her Faure: each of the five performances here is a delight, not only for the full tone, though lighter than it was to become, but also for the sensuously moulded line and the patent sincerity of the readings, entirely free of artifice. Perhaps Au cimetiere is the finest of the set, with the resignation sadly expressed and the single climax achieved—of course—with a thrilling ease. Price's Poulenc is equally welcome with special praise for ''Tu vois le feu du soir'' (the second of the Miroirs brulants). Few non-French singers have in my experience come so close to the soul of this plangent piece. Not all the French vowels are correctly sounded but for once that seems hardly to matter.

Similarly, her German accent sometimes slips but that can be overlooked when, for instance, the mood of Strauss's Allerseelen is so unerringly caught, the phrasing expansive yet never cloying. That makes a somewhat cool account of Freund-liche Vision a surprising disappointment made up for by the uninhibited passion and generous tone accorded Wolf's Lebe wohl, which usually has to manage with less gorgeous voices. The same goes for Geh', Geliebter, geh' jetz. It's no exaggeration to say that this matches the eagerness and generosity of Rethberg's famous version in HMV's old Hugo Wolf Society recording (2/35—nla). Here, too, David Garvey confirms earlier impressions that he is worthy partner for his distinguished singer.

The recording is a shade confined but honest. The disc is enhanced by Irving Kolodin's perceptive notes and the inclusion of texts and translations. The short measure is hardly of consequence when the content is so desirable. The many addicts of Price's voice will surely want this addition to her British discography, but so will many who love this repertory.

-- Alan Blyth, Gramophone [5/1993]
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Works on This Recording

1. Clair de lune, Op. 46 no 2 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano), David Garvey (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1959 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: French 
2. Ce doux petit visage by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano), David Garvey (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1959 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: French 
3. Lieder (8), Op. 10: no 8, Allerseelen by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano), David Garvey (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1959 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: German 
4. Mörike Lieder: no 17, Der Gärtner by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  David Garvey (Piano), Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1959 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 1 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: German 
5. Notre amour, Op. 23 no 2 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano), David Garvey (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1879; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1959 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 1 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: French 
6. Au cimetière, Op. 51 no 2 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano), David Garvey (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1959 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: French 
7. Mélodies (5), Op. 58 "de Venise": no 1, Mandoline by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  David Garvey (Piano), Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1959 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 1 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: French 
8. Miroirs brûlants: no 2, Je nommerai ton front by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  David Garvey (Piano), Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1959 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 1 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: French 
9. Miroirs brûlants: no 1, Tu vois le feu du soir by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  David Garvey (Piano), Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1959 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: French 
10. Lieder (3), Op. 29: no 2, Schlagende Herzen by Richard Strauss
Performer:  David Garvey (Piano), Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1959 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: German 
11. Lieder (5), Op. 48: no 1, Freundliche Vision by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano), David Garvey (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 01/1959 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: German 
12. Lieder aus Lotusblättern (6), Op. 19: no 4, Wie sollten wir geheim sie halten by Richard Strauss
Performer:  David Garvey (Piano), Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885-1888; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1959 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: German 
13. Mörike Lieder: no 36, Lebe wohl by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  David Garvey (Piano), Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1959 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: German 
14. Spanisches Liederbuch: no 44, Geh', Geliebter, geh' jetzt by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  David Garvey (Piano), Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1959 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: German 
15. Alte Weisen (6): no 4, Wand' ich in dem Morgentau by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano), David Garvey (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1959 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 1 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: German 
16. Au bord de l'eau, Op. 8 no 1 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano), David Garvey (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1959 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: French 
17. Main dominée par le coeur by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  David Garvey (Piano), Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1959 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 1 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: French 

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