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Jon Vickers - Four Operatic Portraits

Vickers,Jon
Release Date: 10/01/2002 
Label:  Video Artists International   Catalog #: 4219  
Composer:  George Frideric HandelGiuseppe VerdiLudwig van BeethovenBenjamin Britten
Performer:  Jon Vickers
Conductor:  Franz Paul Decker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Arts Centre Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Gala performance from the National Arts Centre, Ottawa, from the video archives of the CBC, Toronto. Four fully staged operatic scenes showcase the tenor's towering interpretations of Handel's Samson, Beethoven's Florestan (Fidelio), Britten's Peter Grimes, and Verdi's Otello. A magnificent testament to one of the opera world's most extraordinary singing actors. National Arts Centre Orchestra conducted by Franz-Paul Decker. 1984. VHS, H-Fi, Color, approx. 52 minutes. FULLY-STAGED SCENES, TAPED NOVEMBER 9, 1984: HANDEL: SAMSON Act I Why by an angel . . . Total eclipse (11:20) VERDI: OTELLO Act IV Chi è là? Otello? . . . Niun mi tema (17:28) Cast Otello: Jon Vickers Desdemona: Stephanie Bogle Emilia: Sandra Graham Iago: Read more Ingemar Korjus Cassio: Daniel Lichti Montano: John Nieboer Lodovico: Rudolf Neufeld BEETHOVEN: FIDELIO Act II Gott! welch Dunkel hier! (9:13) BRITTEN: PETER GRIMES Act III Steady . . . there you are . . . (13:19) Ottawa National Arts Centre Orchestra (with the National Arts Centre Choir) FRANZ-PAUL DECKER, conductor BONUS SELECTION: CONCERT PERFORMANCE, TAPED DECEMBER 16, 1969 WAGNER: DIE WALKÜRE Act I, Scene 3 Ein Schwert verhiess mir der Vater . . . Der Männer Sippe . . . Winterstürme . . . Du bist der Lenz . . . (30:41) with Irène Lensky Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal FRANZ-PAUL DECKER, conductor Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Samson, HWV 57: Why by an angel was my birth foretold by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Jon Vickers (Tenor)
Conductor:  Franz Paul Decker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Arts Centre Orchestra
2. Otello: Niun mi tema (Death of Otello) by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Jon Vickers (Tenor)
Conductor:  Franz Paul Decker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Arts Centre Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
3. Fidelio, Op. 72: Gott! welch Dunkel hier!...In des Lebens... by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jon Vickers (Tenor)
Conductor:  Franz Paul Decker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Arts Centre Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805/1814; Vienna, Austria 
4. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Steady . . . there you are by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Jon Vickers (Tenor)
Conductor:  Franz Paul Decker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Arts Centre Orchestra

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