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Lauritz Melchior: The Art Of The Heldentenor In Opera And Song - Vol 1 & 2

Lauritz Melchior: The Art Of Heldentenor In Opera
Release Date: 02/26/2013 
Label:  Kultur Video   Catalog #: 4794  
Composer:  Charles GounodSigmund RombergRichard StraussTraditional,   ... 
Performer:  Lauritz Melchior
Conductor:  Howard Barlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 30 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The voice of Danish tenor Lauritz Melchior (1890-1973) has come to be regarded as the standard by which all other Wagnerian tenors are judged.

“Without him we would have a limited notion how well Wagner’s tenor roles can sound,” wrote J.B. Steane about this Danish singer who singularly defined the category heldentenor (the type of “heroic tenor” voice needed to sing Wagner’s most demanding tenor roles).

Astounding vocal power and stamina, beauty and evenness of tone, accuracy of intonation, perfect legato – these are the qualities which come together in Lauritz Melchior, as in no other tenor before or since.

In addition, he possessed a robust sense of humor and unique personal charm which
Read more endeared him to a large and diverse public.

This program devoted to Melchior’s appearances on The Voice of Firestone further reveals the tenor as a consummate artist and a thoroughly engaging personality.

Region: 1 (US and Canada)
Running Time: 90 minutes
Color: Black & White Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Ave Maria by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Lauritz Melchior (Tenor)
Conductor:  Howard Barlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
2.
The Student Prince: Serenade by Sigmund Romberg
Performer:  Lauritz Melchior (Tenor)
Conductor:  Howard Barlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Modern 
Written: 1924; United States of Ame 
3.
Work(s) by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Lauritz Melchior (Tenor)
Conductor:  Howard Barlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
4.
Vive l'amour by Traditional
Performer:  Lauritz Melchior (Tenor)
Conductor:  Howard Barlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Written: USA 
5.
Music in the Air: The Song is You by Jerome Kern
Performer:  Lauritz Melchior (Tenor)
Conductor:  Howard Barlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; USA 
6.
Heart's melodies, Op. 5: no 3, I love thee by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Lauritz Melchior (Tenor)
Conductor:  Howard Barlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863-1864; Norway 
7.
Songs (6), Op. 6: no 6, None but the lonely heart by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Lauritz Melchior (Tenor)
Conductor:  Howard Barlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Russia 
8.
Because by D'Hardelot
Performer:  Lauritz Melchior (Tenor)
Conductor:  Howard Barlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
9.
South Pacific: Some enchanted evening by Richard Rodgers
Performer:  Lauritz Melchior (Tenor)
Conductor:  Howard Barlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USA 
10.
I Pagliacci: Recitar!...Vesti la giubba by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  Lauritz Melchior (Tenor)
Conductor:  Howard Barlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
11.
Lohengrin: In fernem Land by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Lauritz Melchior (Tenor)
Conductor:  Howard Barlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Germany 
12.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Morgenlich leuchtend by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Lauritz Melchior (Tenor)
Conductor:  Howard Barlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Germany 
13.
Work(s) by Various
Performer:  Lauritz Melchior (Tenor)
Conductor:  Howard Barlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
14.
Tannhäuser: Freudig begrüssen "Entrance of the Guests" by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Howard Barlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
15.
Slavonic Dance(s) by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Howard Barlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Bohemia 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Those were the days! March 8, 2013 By Ronald E C. (West Hartford, CT) See All My Reviews "As a teenager I idolized Melchior and saw these Firestone shows with great interest when they were first aired. We've come along way since the early days of television, and one should by no means expect sophisticated production values. The staging seems stilted, especially when compared to whatwe see today. And one hasa to admit that Melchior was beyond his magnificent prime when these shows were made. Nevertheless, the singing is solid and the voice is still exciting" Report Abuse
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