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Opera In English - Great Operatic Arias Vol 6 / Tomlinson


Release Date: 01/23/2001 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 3044   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Modest MussorgskyWolfgang Amadeus MozartGeorge Frideric HandelGiuseppe Verdi,   ... 
Performer:  John TomlinsonHelen WilliamsBarry BanksAndrew Shore
Conductor:  David ParryPaul Daniel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraGeoffrey Mitchell ChoirEnglish Northern Philharmonia,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The British bass John Tomlinson is a very impressive singing actor with a big resonant voice, and it and his art are beautifully captured here in this new addition to Chandos' Opera in English Series. Seventy-seven minutes of one voice can tire the ear and soul a bit, but Tomlinson's choice of music--from Mussorgsky to Gilbert and Sullivan to Verdi--coupled with his ability to color his tone, makes this recital a series of treats rather than a chore. Opening with a wicked, agile "Ruddier than the Cherry" and following with three vivid excerpts from Mozart's Abduction (aided by soprano Helen Williams and tenor Barry Banks) lends validity to his abilities as a classical singer. His mellow legato and deep-felt word-painting similarly Read more bring Verdi's Fiesco and Silva to life.


From Borodin's Prince Igor he sings the arias of three different characters, differentiating each with a slight nasality here, a bit rounder tone there. His Mikado and Policeman (from Pirates) are tangy, his Boris soulful. The CD includes none of the Wagner he is so well known and respected for, but we can get it elsewhere. The English versions are all fine and almost every word can be understood--an extra bonus of the bass voice. David Parry and the Philharmonia Orchestra give this a sense of occasion. Presuming opera-in-English is your cup of tea (and almost a quarter of the works here were written in that language anyway), you'll love this CD.
--Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Mephistopheles' song of the flea by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  John Tomlinson (Bass)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; Russia 
Venue:  Blackheath Halls, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Blackheath Halls, London, England (10/15/1999 - 10/19/1999) 
2.
Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K 384: Wer ein Liebchen hat gefunden by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  John Tomlinson (Bass)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Blackheath Halls, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Blackheath Halls, London, England (10/15/1999 - 10/19/1999) 
3.
Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K 384: Ich gehe, doch rate ich dir by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Helen Williams (Soprano), John Tomlinson (Bass)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Blackheath Halls, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Blackheath Halls, London, England (10/15/1999 - 10/19/1999) 
4.
Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K 384: Vivat Bacchus, Bacchus lebe! by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  John Tomlinson (Bass), Barry Banks (Tenor)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Blackheath Halls, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Blackheath Halls, London, England (10/15/1999 - 10/19/1999) 
5.
Samson, HWV 57: Honour and arms by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  John Tomlinson (Bass)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1743; London, England 
Venue:  Blackheath Halls, London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Blackheath Halls, London, England (10/15/1999 - 10/19/1999) 
6.
Simon Boccanegra: Il lacerato spirito by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  John Tomlinson (Bass)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; Italy 
Venue:  Blackheath Halls, London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection begins with "A te l'estremo addio..."
Blackheath Halls, London, England (10/15/1999 - 10/19/1999) 
7.
Prince Igor: No sleep, no rest "Igor's Aria" by Alexander Borodin
Performer:  John Tomlinson (Bass)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1887; Russia 
Venue:  Blackheath Halls, London, England 
Length: 8 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Blackheath Halls, London, England (10/15/1999 - 10/19/1999) 
8.
Prince Igor: How goes it, Prince? "Konchak's Aria" by Alexander Borodin
Performer:  John Tomlinson (Bass)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1887; Russia 
Venue:  Blackheath Halls, London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Blackheath Halls, London, England (10/15/1999 - 10/19/1999) 
9.
In a Persian Garden: Myself when young by Liza Lehmann
Performer:  John Tomlinson (Bass)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1896; England 
Venue:  Blackheath Halls, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Blackheath Halls, London, England (10/15/1999 - 10/19/1999) 
10.
Mikado: A more humane Mikado by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  John Tomlinson (Bass)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; England 
Venue:  Blackheath Halls, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Blackheath Halls, London, England (10/15/1999 - 10/19/1999) 
11.
Pirates of Penzance: When a felon's not engaged in his employment by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  John Tomlinson (Bass)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; England 
Venue:  Blackheath Halls, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Blackheath Halls, London, England (10/15/1999 - 10/19/1999) 
12.
Boris Godunov: My soul is sad by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  John Tomlinson (Bass)
Conductor:  Paul Daniel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Northern Philharmonia,  Opera North Chorus,  Leeds Parish Church Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1873; Russia 
Venue:  Town Hall, Leeds, England 
Language: English 
Notes: Town Hall, Leeds, England (06/08/1997 - 06/10/1997) 
13.
Prince Igor: I hate a dreary life "Galitsky's Aria" by Alexander Borodin
Performer:  John Tomlinson (Bass)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1887; Russia 
Venue:  Blackheath Halls, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection begins with "The Prince has drunk his fill?"
Blackheath Halls, London, England (10/15/1999 - 10/19/1999) 
14.
Ernani: Infelice! e tu credevi...Infin che un brando vindice by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  John Tomlinson (Bass)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Italy 
Venue:  Blackheath Halls, London, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection begins with "Che mai vegg'io!"
Blackheath Halls, London, England (10/15/1999 - 10/19/1999) 
15.
Geneviève de Brabant: Proteger les repos des villes by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  John Tomlinson (Bass), Andrew Shore (Baritone)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Paris, France 
Venue:  Blackheath Halls, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Blackheath Halls, London, England (10/15/1999 - 10/19/1999) 
16.
Rusalka: Ah, you young girls "Miller's Aria" by Alexander Dargomizhsky
Performer:  John Tomlinson (Bass)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848-1855; Russia 
Venue:  Blackheath Halls, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Blackheath Halls, London, England (10/15/1999 - 10/19/1999) 
17.
Acis and Galatea, HWV 49 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  John Tomlinson (Bass)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Blackheath Halls, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection begins with "I rage, I rage, I rage, I melt, I burn..."
Blackheath Halls, London, England (10/15/1999 - 10/19/1999)
Composition written: Cannons, England (1718).
Composition revised: London, England (1736). 

Sound Samples

Acis and Galatea, HWV 49: Act II: Recitative: I rage, I rage, I rage, I melt, I burn! - Aria: O ruddier than the cherry
Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail (Abduction from the Seraglio), K. 384: Act I: When a maiden takes your fancy (Wer ein Liebchen hat gefunden)
Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail (Abduction from the Seraglio), K. 384: Act II: Duet: I'm going, but take my advice (Ich gehe, doche rate ich dir)
Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail (Abduction from the Seraglio), K. 384: Act II: Duet: Vivat Bacchus! Long live Bacchus! (Vivat Bacchus! Bacchus lebe!)
Samson, HWV 57: Act II: Aria: Honour and arms scorn such a foe
Simon Boccanegra: Prologue: Scene: A last farewell I bid you (A te l'estremo addio) - My soul is torn with suffering (Il lacerato spirito)
Pesnya Mefistofelya v pogrebke Auerbakha (Mephistopheles's Song in Auerbach's Cellar), "Song of the Flea": Mephistopheles's Song in Auerbach's Cellar (Pesnya Mefistofelya v pogrebke Auerbakha)
Knyaz Igor (Prince Igor): Act II: Aria: No rest, no slumber (Ni sna, ni otdikha)
Knyaz Igor (Prince Igor): Act I: The Prince has drunk his fill? ... The sober life of boredom (Greshno tait)
Knyaz Igor (Prince Igor): Act II: Aria: Igor, listen (Zdorov li, Knaz?)
Rusalka, Act I: Ah! You young girls are all the same (Okh, toto vse vi devky molodiye)
Ernani: Act I: Scene: Can I believe it? (Che mai vegg'io!) - Cavatina: Vain illusion! When I believed her (Infelice! ... e tuo credivi)
In a Persian Garden: Myself when young
The Mikado (excerpts): The Mikado, Act II: A more humane Mikado ... My object all sublime
Genevieve de Brabant (Sung in English): Genevieve de Brabant: Duet: We're public gaurdians bold and wary
The Pirates of Penzance: Act II: When a felon's not engaged in his employment
Boris Godunov (sung in English): Boris Godunov, Prologue Scene 2: Coronation Scene: My soul is sad (Skorbit dusha!)

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