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Purcell - King Arthur / Gens, McFadden, Piau, S. Waters, J. Best, Padmore, Paton, Salomaa, Les Arts Florissants, Christie
4.8 out of 5 stars with 185 reviews
Purcell - King Arthur / Gens, McFadden, Piau, S. Waters, J. Best, Padmore, Paton, Salomaa, Les Arts Florissants, Christie The Fairy Queen may be the most famous of Purcell's ''semi-operas'' (spoken dramas with extended musical items incorporated--not to say dropped in), but King Arthur, with text by John Dryden, is undoubtedly the most satisfying. Not only is the music captivating on its own terms, it's unusually well-integrated into the action--for example, one musical scene depicts the
Gilbert & Sullivan - Operettas / Pro Arte Orchestra · Sir Malcolm Sargent
4.9 out of 5 stars with 271 reviews
The advent of stereo brought forth two competing Gilbert and Sullivan cycles that retain their classic status in divergent ways. Seasoned Savoyards lean towards Decca's D'Oyly Carte recordings, where the use of singing actors and inclusion of dialogue add up to a palpable theatrical experience. By contrast, EMI's competing cycle featured some of Britain's finest operatic singers of the 1950s and '60s, who largely command both music and text on equal terms. The nine operettas in this series
Rossini: The Barber of Seville / Maria Callas
mpn: 724355631022, ean: 0724355631022,
4.0 out of 5 stars with 249 reviews
Maria Callas surprised some fans when this recording appeared in 1958 by singing some of Rosina's music in the mezzo-soprano range. Originally used by Rossini, the mezzo range helped Callas in characterizing Rosina not as a bird-brained, twittering, helpless ingenue but as a crafty, intelligent woman, smarter than any of the men around her (even the resourceful Figaro). Callas's Rosina knew exactly what she wanted and how she would get it. It is a brilliant performance, made even more enjoyable
Historic Organs of Boston
4.8 out of 5 stars with 264 reviews
Boston and New England focused America's vital organ culture of the 19th and 20th centuries, with fine builders and a large group of great ones, inquiring and innovative composers and organists, a distinguished establishment of organ pedagogues who brought organ education into universities, and a creative capacity that led the stylistic development of the American organ.
This new 4-CD set is filled with the sounds of the magnificent organs that resulted from this culture, especially with 13
Reader's Digest: Treasury of Great Operettas
4.1 out of 5 stars with 183 reviews
Three discs, 73 tracks. Selections from naughty Marietta, Rose-Marie, The Student Prince, Show Boat, The Desert Song, No, No Nanette, The Merry Widow, The New Moon, and Roberta..
4.5 out of 5 stars with 243 reviews
CDs in excellent condition without any scratches..
Verdi: La Traviata (complete opera live 1955) with Maria Callas, Giuseppe di Stefano, Carlo Maria Giulini, Orchestra & Chorus of La Scala, Milan
mpn: 724356645028, ean: 0724356645028,
4.8 out of 5 stars with 263 reviews
This live recording of the 1955 Visconti production at La Scala is the best of the available Maria Callas Traviatas. Aside from a minor pitch problem or two, she's in great voice, coloring phrases to reveal character and investing the coloratura with variety and passion. Her ''Addio del passato'' is heart-breaking. She fully captures Violetta's pride and vulnerability in the scene with Germont, though her partner, Ettore Bastianini, sings insensitively, if beautifully. Giuseppe Di Stefano
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