Prima Voce - Ljuba Welitsch

Release Date: 9/8/2009
Label: Nimbus
Catalog Number: NI7959-60
Number of Discs: 2

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LJUBA WELITSCH Ljuba Welitsch (sop); Various accompaniments NIMBUS 7959 (2 CDs: 138:17)


MOZART Don Giovanni: Or sai, chi l’onore; Non mi dir. WEBER Der Freischutz: Leise, Leise. VERDI Un ballo in maschera: Ma dell’arido stelo divulsa; Morrò, ma prima in grazia. Aida: Ritorna vincitor! TCHAIKOVSKY Eugen Onegin: Tatiana’s Letter Scene. Pique Dame: Ich muss am Fenster Lehnen; Es geht auf Mitternacht. PUCCINI Tosca: Love Duet (with Richard Tucker, ten). Vissi d’arte. R. STRAUSS Salome: Final scene. J. STRAUSS II Die Fledermaus: Klange der Heimat. LEHÁR Die lustige Witwe: Viljalied. Zigeunerliebe: Lied und Czardas. MillÖcker Die Dubarry: Ich schenk’ mein Herz


Few singers have caused such an emotional uproar when they have debuted at a major opera house as Ljuba Welitsch did at Covent Garden and the Metropolitan. Welitsch debuted in England as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni , and then sang her most famous role of Salome. She caused a sensation. In Opera magazine Harold Rosenthal wrote about her as follows: “Her singing has a purity about which one can only describe as instrumental-instrumental, that is to say, in the sense that the voice itself is absolutely even from bottom to top, and that the musical line appears to be quite indestructible and independent of such mundane considerations as the need to take more breath.”


On the notes from an Odyssey LP from which some of the selections on this CD are taken, Frank Merkling, who was then the editor of Opera News , wrote about her debut in Salome: “That night, Welitsch and Reiner made history. When the great gold curtains finally swept together, the audience set up a thunderous roar, an ovation that lasted fifteen minutes.”


The arias from The Queen of Spades, Un ballo in maschera , and the songs by Lehár and Millöcker were previously issued on a London LP. She sings the Queen of Spades arias in German. All of these recordings were made between 1947 and 1950, when she was in her prime. The voice is consistently beautiful and the technique superb. The conductors are Rudolf Moralt with the Vienna State Opera Orchestra, Fritz Reiner and Max Rudolf with the Metropolitan Opera orchestra, Walter Susskind and Josef Krips with the Philharmonia Orchestra.


The discs illustrate her versatility and ability to sing beautifully whether she is singing Mozart, Verdi, Strauss, Puccini, or operetta arias. The booklet contains biographical notes, track lists that note which conductors and orchestras are involved, and timings. Any lover of great singing should have this recording; strongly recommended.


FANFARE: Bob Rose
Works on This Recording
1. Don Giovanni, K 527: Or sai chi l'onore by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Alessio De Paolis (Tenor), Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano)
Conductor: Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1787 ; Prague, Czech Republ
2. Don Giovanni, K 527: Crudele?...Non mi dir, bell' idol mio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano)
Conductor: Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1787 ; Prague, Czech Republ
3. Der Freischütz, J 277: Wie nahte mir der Schlummer by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer: Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano)
Conductor: Walter Susskind
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1817-1821 ; Dresden, Germany
4. Un ballo in maschera: Ma dall' arido stelo divulsa by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano)
Conductor: Rudolf Moralt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; Italy
5. Un ballo in maschera: Morrò, ma prima in grazia by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano)
Conductor: Rudolf Moralt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; Italy
6. Aida: Ritorna vincitor! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano)
Conductor: Josef Krips
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871 ; Italy
7. Eugene Onegin, Op. 24: Tatiana's letter scene by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer: Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano)
Conductor: Walter Susskind
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1877-1878 ; Russia
8. Queen of Spades, Op. 68: Ich muss am Fenster lehnen by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer: Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano)
Conductor: Rudolf Moralt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra
9. Queen of Spades, Op. 68: Midnight is nearing (Lisa's Aria) by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer: Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano)
Conductor: Rudolf Moralt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1890 ; Russia
10. Tosca: Love Duet by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor), Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano)
Conductor: Max Rudolf
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1900 ; Italy
11. Tosca: Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano)
Conductor: Max Rudolf
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1900 ; Italy
12. Salome, Op. 54: Final Scene by Richard Strauss
Performer: Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano)
Conductor: Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1903-1905 ; Germany
13. Die Fledermaus: Klänge der Heimat "Czardas" by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer: Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano)
Conductor: Max Rudolf
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1874 ; Vienna, Austria
14. Die lustige Witwe: Es lebt eine Vilja...Vilja, o Vilja by Franz Lehár
Performer: Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano)
Conductor: Rudolf Moralt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1905 ; Vienna, Austria
15. Zigeunerliebe: Lied und Czardas by Franz Lehár
Performer: Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano)
Conductor: Rudolf Moralt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1909-1910 ; Vienna, Austria
16. Die Dubarry: Ich schenck mein herr by Karl Millöcker
Performer: Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano)
Conductor: Rudolf Moralt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
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