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Classic Recitals - Operatic Recital - Gwyneth Jones


Release Date: 03/08/2005 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 4756412   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenLuigi CherubiniRichard WagnerGiuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Dame Gwyneth Jones
Conductor:  Argeo Quadri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 43 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Those who are familiar only with the work of dramatic soprano Gwyneth Jones from the mid-1970s onward owe it to themselves to hear this CD, originally an LP she recorded in 1966. By the '70s Jones had developed a severe wobble and her pitch could be suspect; as the years progressed both of these flaws became worse. And since the '80s, there have been times when she has been really difficult to listen to. But she always has been a vibrant vocal actress (and a stunning woman, which helped on stage) with musical intelligence and insights into the characters she portrays. This CD is so spectacular, in every way, that it can make you forget about any of Jones' later vocal problems.


All of the music here is challenging, and
Read more she sails through it with grace, ease, and beautiful tone. Her "Abscheulisher" is womanly and firm, with the runs and top notes in place and the registers perfectly matched. Medea's "De tuoi figli" may not have the pathos and manipulative power of Callas, but it is just about perfectly sung. Similarly, "Senta's Ballad", always a test of a soprano's sense of pitch, here holds no fears, and Jones alternates nicely between the extroverted and quieter passages, all in rock-solid voice. Beethoven's "Ah! Perfido" is well-handled, with its mood-swings choreographed and every note cleanly articulated.


Since Jones was known mostly for her German-language roles (and Turandot), the two Verdi arias will come as a great surprise. One of her early-ish successes was in Trovatore at Covent Garden in 1964, and the fourth-act aria, as sung here, makes it clear why: the legato is exquisite, the phrasing is elegant, and the soft, high B-flats are Milanov-worthy. And "Pace, pace..." makes you wish there were a complete Forza with her somewhere. This CD is a brief 48 minutes of great singing by an artist in the grand tradition who was all too frequently caught on recordings after her prime.
--Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Fidelio, Op. 72: Abscheulicher!...Komm, Hoffnung by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Dame Gwyneth Jones (Soprano)
Conductor:  Argeo Quadri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1966 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 7 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: German 
2.
Medea: Dei tuoi figli la madre by Luigi Cherubini
Performer:  Dame Gwyneth Jones (Soprano)
Conductor:  Argeo Quadri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797; France 
Date of Recording: 1966 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3.
Der fliegende Holländer: Jo-ho-joe! Traft ihr das Schiff by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Dame Gwyneth Jones (Soprano)
Conductor:  Argeo Quadri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1966 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 8 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: German 
4.
Ah, Perfido!, Op. 65 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Dame Gwyneth Jones (Soprano)
Conductor:  Argeo Quadri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795-1796; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1966 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 12 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: German 
5.
Il trovatore: D'amor sull' ali rosee by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Dame Gwyneth Jones (Soprano)
Conductor:  Argeo Quadri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1966 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
6.
La forza del destino: Pace, pace, mio Dio by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Dame Gwyneth Jones (Soprano)
Conductor:  Argeo Quadri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1966 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

Fidelio op.72 / Act 1: "Abscheulicher! Wo eilst du hin?"
Medea, tragedia in tre atti - Versione italiana - Atto 1: Dei tuoi figli la madre
Der fliegende Holländer / Act 2: "Johohoe! Traft ihr das Schiff im Meere an"
Ah perfido!, Op.65
Il Trovatore - Act 4: "Vanne, lasciami...D'amor sull ali rosee"
La forza del destino / Act 4: "Pace, pace, mio Dio!"

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