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Regina Resnik - Dramatic Scenes & Arias


Release Date: 08/12/2003 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 475017   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Georges BizetCamille Saint-SaënsGiuseppe VerdiFranz Lehár,   ... 
Performer:  Regina ResnikMario Del MonacoLuciano PavarottiFernando Corena,   ... 
Conductor:  Edward DownesThomas SchippersBruno BartolettiRichard Bonynge,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden OrchestraSuisse Romande OrchestraGeneva Grand Theatre Chorus,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A Glorious tribute compilation celebrates a remarkable and much-lauded singer.

Regina Resnik had the grand manner. When she was on stage, no matter who her partners were, it was Resnik you watched. This two-CD tribute is made up with items from various complete sets to augment her only solo recital LP, with Sir Edward Downes conducting the orchestra of the Royal Opera House, recorded in London in 1961. Resnik sang many of her signature roles at Covent Garden.

Her Carmen is fatalistic from the first words – there is little coquetry about this cigarette girl. The card scene has a measured intensity and the final duet – taken from the complete set under Schippers – has Mario del Monaco, magnificent in his
Read more murderous rage. Dalila would have seemed a natural for Resnik, but she never sang the part on stage; her ‘Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix’ is as sensual as her account of Azucena, telling the story of burning the wrong baby, is tormented. The long scene from the Rostropovitch Pique Dame includes Resnik’s touching solo, the little Grétry song ‘Je crains de lui parler la nuit’.

Although it doesn’t say so in the accompanying booklet, which includes an interview with Resnik talking to George Hall, this set was planned to mark her 80th birthday last year. Better late than never, it celebrates a remarkable career that began in 1942 (Lady Macbeth) and continued well into the 1980s. The songs from Kismet, and the campy Merry Widow ensemble fill the story out: Resnik had a career on Broadway, too.

Perhaps the roles most closely associated with her are Mistress Quickly in Falstaff and Klytemnestra in Elektra. From an LP of extracts, also conducted by Downes, comes the ‘Reverenza’ duet, with Fernando Corena as a subtle, never blustering Falstaff. The sequence ends with the Klytemnestra-Elektra confrontation. Those who saw Resnik and Nilsson in this, with Solti conducting, may agree that it was about as thrilling a scene you could ever hope to witness in an opera house. Resnik’s hysterical laughter and her cries of ‘Lichter’ may be inauthentic (the words do not appear in the libretto), but who cares? She didn’t play Klytemnestra as an hysteric, but as a deeply disturbed, wounded woman, seeking peace of mind. After every performance, the whole of Floral Street in Covent Garden was packed with members of the audience, too excited to go home, just waiting to see Solti and the cast leave the stage door, and give them one more cheer.

-- Patrick O'Connor, Gramophone [Gramophone Awards, 2003]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Carmen: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle "Habañera" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Regina Resnik (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Written: 1873-1874 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Notes: This selection begins with "Quand je vous aimerai?..."
Composition written: France (1873 - 1874). 
2.
Carmen: Près des ramparts de Seville "Seguidilla" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Regina Resnik (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: France (1873 - 1874). 
3.
Carmen: Les tringles des sistres tintaient "Gypsy Song" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Regina Resnik (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Length: 4 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: France (1873 - 1874). 
4.
Carmen: Carreau, pique...la mort! by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Regina Resnik (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
5.
Carmen: C'est toi! C'est moi!...Carmen, il est temps encore by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Regina Resnik (Mezzo Soprano), Mario Del Monaco (Tenor)
Conductor:  Thomas Schippers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Geneva Grand Theatre Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Length: 8 Minutes 56 Secs. 
6.
Samson et Dalila, Op. 47: Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Regina Resnik (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 40 Secs. 
7.
Un ballo in maschera: Re dell' abisso, affrettati by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Regina Resnik (Mezzo Soprano), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Bruno Bartoletti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Notes: This selection begins with "Zitti... L'incanto non dèssi turbare..." 
8.
Il trovatore: Condotta ell' era in ceppi by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Regina Resnik (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 48 Secs. 
9.
Don Carlos: O don fatale by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Regina Resnik (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Length: 4 Minutes 43 Secs. 
10.
Falstaff: Siam pentiti e contriti by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Regina Resnik (Mezzo Soprano), Fernando Corena (Bass), Robert Bowman (Tenor),
Michael Langdon (Bass)
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 38 Secs. 
11.
Die lustige Witwe: Da geh' ich zu Maxim by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Regina Resnik (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Richard Bonygne 
12.
Kismet: Not since Nineveh by George Forrest
Performer:  Regina Resnik (Mezzo Soprano), Ian Wallace (Baritone)
Conductor:  Annuncio Paolo Mantovani
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mike Sammes Singers,  Mantovani & His Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
13.
Maid of Orleans: Adieu, forêts by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Regina Resnik (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1879; Russia 
Length: 7 Minutes 5 Secs. 
14.
Tristan und Isolde: Hörst du sie noch? by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Regina Resnik (Mezzo Soprano), Birgit Nilsson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 
Length: 12 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: This selection concludes with "...Dem Freund zulieb' erfand diese List aus Mitlied Melot." 
15.
Tristan und Isolde: Einsam wachend...Habet Acht! by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Regina Resnik (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
16.
Die Walküre: So ist es denn aus mit den ewigen Göttern by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Regina Resnik (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 16 Secs. 
17.
Elektra, Op. 58: Was willst du, fremder Mensch? by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Regina Resnik (Mezzo Soprano), Birgit Nilsson (Soprano), Margarete Sjösted (Mezzo Soprano),
Margarita Lilowa (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906-1908; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
18.
Elektra, Op. 58: Die Götter! bist doch selber eine Göttin! by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Regina Resnik (Mezzo Soprano), Birgit Nilsson (Soprano), Margarete Sjösted (Mezzo Soprano),
Margarita Lilowa (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906-1908; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
19.
Elektra, Op. 58: Ich will nichts hören by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Regina Resnik (Mezzo Soprano), Birgit Nilsson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906-1908; Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 48 Secs. 
20.
Elektra, Op. 58: Ich habe keine gute Nächte by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Birgit Nilsson (Soprano), Regina Resnik (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906-1908; Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 11 Secs. 
21.
Elektra, Op. 58: Wenn das rechte Blutopfer by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Birgit Nilsson (Soprano), Regina Resnik (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906-1908; Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 55 Secs. 
22.
Elektra, Op. 58: Was bluten muss? by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Birgit Nilsson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906-1908; Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 24 Secs. 
23.
Elektra, Op. 58: Was sagen sie ihr denn? by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Regina Resnik (Mezzo Soprano), Birgit Nilsson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906-1908; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs. 
24.
Queen of Spades, Op. 68: Je crains de lui "Countess' Scene" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Peter Gougaloff (Tenor), Regina Resnik (Mezzo Soprano), Galina Vishnevskaya (Soprano)
Conductor:  Mstislav Rostropovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Russia 
Length: 15 Minutes 14 Secs. 
25.
Kismet: Rahadlakum by George Forrest
Performer:  Regina Resnik (Mezzo Soprano), Robert Merrill (Baritone)
Conductor:  Annuncio Paolo Mantovani
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mike Sammes Singers,  Mantovani & His Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; USA 
Length: 4 Minutes 33 Secs. 
26.
Die Fledermaus: Ich lade mir gern Gäste ein by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Regina Resnik (Mezzo Soprano), Waldemar Kmentt (Tenor)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Carmen / Act 1: E l'amore uno strano angelo (Habañera)
Carmen / Act 1: "Près des remparts de Séville"
Carmen / Act 2: "Les tringles des sistres tintaient"
Carmen - Sung in Italian / Act 3: Quadri! Picche! (Card scene)
Carmen / Act 4: C'est toi! - C'est moi!
Carmen / Act 4: Viva! Viva! la course est belle
Samson et Dalila / Act 2: "Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix"
Un ballo in maschera / Act 1: "Zitti...l'incanto non dèssi turbare"
Il Trovatore / Act 2: "Condotta ell'era in ceppi"
Don Carlo / Act 4: "O don fatale"
Falstaff / Act 2: Siam pentiti e contriti
Die Fledermaus - Act 2: Nr.7 Couplet: "Ich lade gern mir Gäste ein"
The Merry Widow (Die lustige Witwe) / Act 2: Cancan: We're the famous Maxime playgirls
Not Since Ninevah [Kismet]
Rhahadlakum [Kismet]
Pique Dame (Pikovaya Dama) / Act 2: Blagodetelnitsa nasha
Pique Dame (Pikovaya Dama) / Act 2: "Akh, postyl mne etot svet!"
Pique Dame (Pikovaya Dama) / Act 2: "Je crains de lui parler la nuit"
Pique Dame (Pikovaya Dama) / Act 2: "Ne pugaites!"
Pique Dame (Pikovaya Dama) / Act 2: "Yesli kogda nibud"
Pique Dame (Pikovaya Dama) / Act 2: "Chto zdes za shum?"
The Maid of Orléans - original version "Die Jungfrau von Orleans" / Act 1: Adieu, fôrets (Joan's Aria)
Tristan und Isolde / Act 2: "Hörst du Sie noch?"
Tristan und Isolde / Act 2: "Dem Freund zu lieb"
Tristan und Isolde - Act 2: "Einsam wachend in der Nacht"
Die Walküre / Zweiter Aufzug: So ist es denn aus mit den ewigen Göttern
Elektra, Op.58: "Was willst du? Seht doch dort!"
Elektra, Op.58: "Die Götter! bist doch selber eine Göttin."
Elektra, Op.58: "Ich will nichts hören!"
Elektra, Op.58: "Ich habe keine guten Nächte."
Elektra, Op.58: "Wenn das rechte Blutopfer unterm Beile fällt"
Elektra, Op.58: "Was bluten muß? Dein eigenes Genick"
Elektra, Op.58: "Was sagen Sie ihr denn?"

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