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Meyerbeer: Le Prophete / Horne, Gedda, Lewis, Et Al

Release Date: 05/23/2000 
Label:  Opera D'oro   Catalog #: 1245   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Margherita RinaldiMarilyn HorneNicolai GeddaRobert Amis El Hage,   ... 
Conductor:  Henry Lewis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra TurinItalian Radio Chorus Turin
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 22 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The composer we now know as Giacomo Meyerbeer was born Jakob Liebmann Beer in Berlin in 1796. After receiving a sizable legacy from a relative named Meyer, he converted his name to Meyerbeer. Wildly prolific, Meyerbeer was originally a Rossini disciple and wrote six Italian operas before shifting his attention elsewhere. Meyerbeer moved to Paris, absorbed French culture and became one of the great composers of French grand opera. His operas 'Robert le Diable' and 'Les Huguenots' set the standard for the large-scale French five act opera, a form much maligned by Richard Wagner.
Meyerbeer's operas are grandiose and only work when a first rate cast is assembled. This live recording of 'Le Prophète' is taken from a 1970 Turin performance and
Read more delivers the goods with a golden age cast that includes tenor Nicolai Gedda, mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne and soprano Margherita Rinaldi. Gedda is superb in the title role and sings with elegance and, when needed, heroic power. Horne is at her vocal peak, singing with melting tenderness and dramatic savvy. Conductor Henry Lewis captures all the grandeur of the work, especially in the famous Coronation March, Meyerbeer's most famous work. Read less

Works on This Recording

Le Prophète by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Margherita Rinaldi (Soprano), Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano), Nicolai Gedda (Tenor),
Robert Amis El Hage (Bass), Alfredo Giacomotti (Bass), Boris Carmeli (Bass),
Fritz Peter (Tenor)
Conductor:  Henry Lewis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin,  Italian Radio Chorus Turin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/11/1970 
Venue:  Live  RAI Studios, Turin, Italy 
Length: 201 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: French 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 great singing. bad burn May 23, 2015 By Gregory Lorenz (New York, NY) See All My Reviews "I have heard excerpts for this recording over the years and desired it greatly. The singing by Horne and Gedda is what any young singer should model. Unfortunately, Arkiv didn't take the same care in burning the CD and the there are skips throughout the recording." Report Abuse
 Bel Canto fan July 14, 2012 By Perry S. (New Plymouth, -) See All My Reviews "Opera D'oro recordings range from good to very poor and fortunately, this opera is one of their good ones.
From Torino in 1970, the age is not obvious in the music and voices. The sound is good.
Marilyn Horne and Nicolai Gedda are both in good voice and the rest of the cast are perfectly satisfactory, without being star quality.
It is not an opera which I knew and there is little choice, so this has been a fortunate bargain and as such is to be recommended.
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