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Classic Recitals - Marilyn Horne Recital / Henry Lewis


Release Date: 04/13/2004 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 000214402   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giacomo MeyerbeerWolfgang Amadeus MozartGaetano DonizettiGioachino Rossini
Performer:  Marilyn Horne
Conductor:  Henry Lewis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 51 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Marilyn Horne was a 20th century vocal phenomenon, and this early recital (her first solo?) from 1964 is an example of a type of voice and singing that apparently was easy to find early in the 19th century but had little to do in the 20th until the bel canto revival. Here she offers 52 minutes of the most dazzling singing you're ever likely to hear: the voice is even and grand from high-C to more than two octaves below; her coloratura is fluid and impeccably free of aspirates; her phrasing is wise and musical; her soft singing is simply lovely; and her more extroverted moments are heart-stopping. Pages could be written about her breath control.


With the exception of "Parto, parto..." from Clemenza and Marie's
Read more Act 2 aria from La figlia del reggimento (gently sung, but sounding better from a soprano voice, for which it was composed), she kept all of these arias in her repertoire throughout her career, either in complete opera performances or in concert. Fidès' aria from Le Prophète is one of the most formidable workouts for mezzo ever written, and I've never heard it sung better, before or since I first heard Horne sing it, live or on disc. She gets the insane manic-depressive drama out of it while keeping the fiorature flowing with such virtuosity that you can only sit and listen with amazement. And it's good to have the "Parto, parto" as well--Horne's Mozartian style and even legato are a treat. Wow! [5/14/2004]
--Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Le Prophète: O prêtres de Baal by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Henry Lewis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/1964 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "Le Prophète: O toi qui m'abbandonata."
This selection shares a track and timing with "O toi qui m'abbandonata" from 'Le Prophète'. 
2.
Le Prophète: O toi qui m'abbandonata by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Henry Lewis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/1964 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "Le Prophète: O prêtres de Baal."
This selection shares a track and timing with "O toi qui m'abbandonata" from 'Le Prophète'. 
3.
La clemenza di Tito, K 621: Parto, parto, ma tu ben mio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Henry Lewis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Date of Recording: 08/1964 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Language: Italian 
4.
Les Huguenots: Nobles seigneurs, salut! by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Henry Lewis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; France 
Date of Recording: 08/1964 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Language: French 
5.
La fille du régiment: Par le rang...Salut à la France by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Henry Lewis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1964 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Language: Italian 
6.
Semiramide: Eccomi al fine in Babilonia by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Henry Lewis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1964 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "Semiramide: Ah! quel giorno ognor rammento."
This selection shares a track and timing with "Ah! quel giorno ognor rammento" from 'Semiramide'. 
7.
Semiramide: Ah! quel giorno ognor rammento by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Henry Lewis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1964 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "Semiramide: Eccomi al fine in Babilonia."
This selection shares a track and timing with "Ah! quel giorno ognor rammento" from 'Semiramide'. 
8.
L'italiana in Algeri: Cruda sorte! Amor tiranno! by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Henry Lewis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1964 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Language: Italian 
9.
La Cenerentola: Nacqui all' affano...Non più mesta by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Henry Lewis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1964 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

Semiramide / Act 1: Eccomi al fine in Babilonia
Le prophète / Act 4: O Prêtres de Baal...O toi, qui m'abandonne
La clemenza di Tito, K.621 / Act 1: "Parto, ma tu ben mio"
Les Huguenots / Act 1: "Nobles seigneurs salut" - "Une dame noble et sage"
L'italiana in Algeri / Act 1: "Cruda sorte! Amor tiranno!"
La fille du régiment / Act 2: Deciso è dunque...le richezze
La Cenerentola / Act 2: "Nacqui all'affanno e al pianto" - "Non più mesta"

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 lovely voice, fine recording March 5, 2013 By Annette M. (Calgary, AB) See All My Reviews "Memories of a few years back. Had hoped to find her duet with Joan Sutherland of the lullaby from 'Hansel & Gretel' but what i got was just fine." Report Abuse
 Mediocre Recording September 13, 2012 By Carl P Nordmark (Northfield, NH) See All My Reviews "This must have been recorded early in her career before her voice was fully "cultured and matured". In the 200th Anniversary Celebration concert of the Metropolitan Opera, she sang the aria from Sampson and Delia in a most beautiful manner, in her full mezzo voice.
This recording is more like "dentists office music".
I would not recommend this for purchase, unless you like music like this."
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