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Opera In English - Great Operatic Arias Vol 10 / Montague


Release Date: 04/22/2003 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 3093   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartChristoph W. GluckGeorge Frideric HandelRichard Heuberger,   ... 
Performer:  Diana MontagueAlastair YoungSusanne BeerAlan Opie,   ... 
Conductor:  Walter WellerDavid Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic OrchestraGeoffrey Mitchell ChoirPhilharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This second collection of the British mezzo singing in English plays to her strengths. Her voice sounds fresh and mobile (even though the recorded quality is distant and a touch cloudy) and the wide-ranging repertoire traverses several areas where she has had significant success. There’s a good deal of Mozart, for instance, with her Cherubino eager and responsive to words, and her Sesto (La clemenza di Tito) forthright and expressive, the final flamboyant phrases delivered with an energy that never hardens into the mechanical. Dorabella’s ‘Torture and agony’ from Così fan tutte is dramatically vivid as well as musically scrupulous. Two Handel items suit her very well, and she moves over to the lighter side with skill in three Read more operetta numbers. Orlofsky’s soigné elegance comes across in his aria from Fledermaus, with Montague successfully avoiding the ‘whooping’ effect often caused by the tricky tessitura. Here, and in the numbers from The Merry Widow and Der Opernball, Walter Weller’s Viennese pedigree ensures stylish delivery of the accompaniments. Perhaps best of all are the items from Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride, which show how well her high mezzo has responded to the occasional soprano assignment. -- George Hall, BBC Music Magazine Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Non so più cosa son, cosa faccio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Diana Montague (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Walter Weller,  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir,  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/2002 
Venue:  Blackheath Halls, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: English 
2.
La clemenza di Tito, K 621: Parto, parto, ma tu ben mio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Diana Montague (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Walter Weller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Date of Recording: 02/2002 
Venue:  Blackheath Halls, London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: English 
3.
Iphigénie en Tauride: O malheureuse Iphigénie! by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Diana Montague (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Walter Weller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778-1779; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/2002 
Venue:  Blackheath Halls, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: English 
4.
Iphigénie en Tauride: Je t'implore et je tremble by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Diana Montague (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Walter Weller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778-1779; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/2002 
Venue:  Blackheath Halls, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: English 
5.
Alcina, HWV 34: Verdi prati by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Diana Montague (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Walter Weller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; London, England 
Date of Recording: 02/2002 
Venue:  Blackheath Halls, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: English 
6.
Atalanta, HWV 35: Care selve by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Diana Montague (Mezzo Soprano), Alastair Young (Harpsichord), Susanne Beer (Cello)
Conductor:  Walter Weller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1736; London, England 
Date of Recording: 02/2002 
Venue:  Blackheath Halls, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: English 
7.
Così fan tutte, K 588: Soave sia il vento by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Alan Opie (Baritone), Diana Montague (Mezzo Soprano), Orla Boylan (Soprano)
Conductor:  Walter Weller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/2002 
Venue:  Blackheath Halls, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: English 
8.
Così fan tutte, K 588: Ah costati...Smanie implacabili by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Diana Montague (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Walter Weller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/2002 
Venue:  Blackheath Halls, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: English 
9.
Così fan tutte, K 588: Sorella...Prenderò quel brunettino by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Orla Boylan (Soprano), Diana Montague (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Walter Weller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/2002 
Venue:  Blackheath Halls, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: English 
10.
Vado, ma dove?, K 583 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Diana Montague (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Walter Weller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/2002 
Venue:  Blackheath Halls, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: English 
11.
Chi sa qual sia, K 582 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Diana Montague (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Walter Weller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/2002 
Venue:  Blackheath Halls, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: English 
12.
Così fan tutte, K 588: Il core vi dono by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Alan Opie (Baritone), Diana Montague (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Walter Weller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/2002 
Venue:  Blackheath Halls, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: English 
13.
Der Opernball: Im chambre séparée "Midnight Bells" by Richard Heuberger
Performer:  Diana Montague (Mezzo Soprano), Helen Williams (Soprano)
Conductor:  Walter Weller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/2002 
Venue:  Blackheath Halls, London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: English 
14.
Prince Igor: In the absence of water the flower withers in the sun by day by Alexander Borodin
Performer:  Diana Montague (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Walter Weller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1887; Russia 
Date of Recording: 02/2002 
Venue:  Blackheath Halls, London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 57 Secs. 
15.
Die Fledermaus: Ich lade mir gern Gäste ein by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Diana Montague (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Walter Weller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/2002 
Venue:  Blackheath Halls, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: English 
16.
Faust: Si le bonheur à sourir by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Diana Montague (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  Blackheath Halls, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: English 
17.
Die lustige Witwe: Wie eine Rosenknospe by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Bruce Ford (Tenor), Diana Montague (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Walter Weller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/2002 
Venue:  Blackheath Halls, London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: English 
18.
Bist du bei mir by Gottfried H. Stölzel
Performer:  Susanne Beer (Cello), Diana Montague (Mezzo Soprano), Alastair Young (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Walter Weller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 02/2002 
Venue:  Blackheath Halls, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This work, formerly attributed to J.S. Bach, is currently believed to have been composed by Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel. 

Sound Samples

Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492, Act I: Aria: Is it pain, is it pleasure that fills me (Non so piu)
La clemenza di Tito, K. 621: Act I: Aria: Send me, but, my beloved (Parto, Parto)
Iphigenia auf Tauris (Iphigenia in Tauris): Act II: Chorus and Aria: Farewell, beloved homeland - No hope remians in my affliction (A malheureuse Iphigenie)
Iphigenia auf Tauris (Iphigenia in Tauris): Act III: Aria: I implore thee and tremble (Je t'implore et je tremble)
Alcina, HWV 34: Act II: Aria: Verdant pastures, leafy woodlands (Verdi prati)
Atalanta, HWV 35: Act I: Aria: Noble forests, sombre and shady (Care selve)
Cosi fan tutte, K. 588: Act I: Trio: Blow gently, you breezes (Soave sia il vento)
Cosi fan tutte, K. 588: Act I: Recitative and Aria: Ah! Leave me now - Torture and Agony (Smanie implacabili)
Cosi fan tutte, K. 588: Act II: Duet: I will take the handsome, dark one (Prendero quel brunettino)
Vado, ma dove? Oh Dei!, K. 583: Vado, ma dove? (Banished, rejected, God save me!), K. 583
Chi sa qual sia (Who knows what feeling), K. 582
Cosi fan tutte, K. 588: Act II: Duet: My heart here I give you (Il core vi dono)
Der Opernball (The Opera Ball), Op. 40: Der Opernball: This is the clock (Gehen wir ins Chambre separee)
Knyaz Igor (Prince Igor): Act II: Song: Tender flower, starved of water
Die Fledermaus: Act II: Aria: Three score and ten (Ich lade gern mir Gaste ein)
Faust: Act IV: Romance: When happy days (Si le bonheur a sourire t'invite)
Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow): Act II: Duet: Calm down, my friend! (Wie eine Rosenknospe)
Anna Magdalena Notenbuch (Clavier-Buchlein III): Bist du bei mir, BWV 508 (attrib. to G.H. Stolzel): Bach - Bist du bei mir (If you are near), BWV 508

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