Streams and Podcasts for 28 Jan 2018
Pianist Andrew Write will be featured in this week’s show from The Music Treasury, with the apt subtitle “The Art of Transcription”. Driven by his own enthusiasm and creativity, Andrew Wright has searched out “hidden gems” from some more minor figures of composers from the 19th and 20th century. Aside from piano literature, Wright has […]
The Operatic Pianist II = Works by BELLINI; LESCHETIZKY; THALBERG; WAGNER; WRIGHT; MEYERBEER; SAINT-SAENS; LISZT – Andrew Wright, piano – Divine Art
The Operatic Pianist II = BELLINI (arr. Jaell): Reminiscences de Norma; BELLINI (arr. Wright): “Col sorriso d’innocenza” from Il Pirata; LESCHETIZKY: Andante Finale de Lucia di Lammermoor; THALBERG: Fantasie sur Mose in Egito; WAGNER (arr. Liszt): Lohengrin’s Admonition; WRIGHT: Paraphrase on Verdi’s “Miserere”; MEYERBEER (arr. Kullak): Cavatine de Robert de Diable; SAINT-SAENS: Concert Paraphrase on […]
BELLINI: I Capuleti e i Montecchi (2016)
BELLINI: I Capuleti e i Montecchi (2016) You might want to pass this one up… Performers: Chorus & Orchestra of the Zurich Opera House/ Joyce DiDonato, Olga Kulchynska, Benjamin Bernheim, Roberto Lorenzi/ Fabio Luisi (cond.)/ Christof Loy (stage director)/ Franck Evin (lighting designer) Studio: Accentus Music [9/30/16] Length: 139 min. Video: 1.78:1 for 16:9 screens, […]
BELLINI: Norma (complete opera) – Cecilia Bartoli (Norma)/ Sumi Jo (Adalgisa)/ John Osborn (Pollione)/ International Ch. Vocalists/ Orch. La Scintilla/ Giovanni Antonini – Decca (2 discs)
A reconstruction according to the best guess and most up to date scholarship available—but is it moving?
“Sempre libera” = Scenes and arias from operas of BELLINI, VERDI, DONITZETTI & PUCCINI – Anna Netrebko, sop./ Mahler Ch. Orch./ Claudio Abbado – DGG stereo-only Blu-ray
This is a terrific album. Why it was released in this format is anyone’s guess.
Opera Fantaisie — BELLINI: Norma: Theme and Variations; TCHAIKOVSKY: Eugene Onegin: Fantasia; BIZET: Carmen: Paraphrase; MEHUL: Je Suis Encore dans mon Printemps: Variations; GOUNOD: Faust: Fantasia; OFFENBACH: Les Contes d’Hoffmann: Fantasia; DONIZETTI: Lucia di Lammermoor: Fantasia – Emmanuel Ceysson, harp – Naïve
The solo harp finds either a demon or an angel in Monsieur Ceysson’s accounts of “salon” arrangements of operas that may have electrified Paris in their time, but certainly astound us here and now.
Gino Marinuzzi = ROSSINI: Il Barbiere di Siviglia Overture; La Gazza ladra Overture; L’Assedio di Corinto Overture; BELLINI: Norma Overture; VERDI: I Vespri sciliani Overture; PUCCINI: Manon Lescaut: Intermezzo, Act 3; MASCAGNI: Cavalleria rusticana: Intermezzo; Le Maschere Overture; GIORDANO: Siberia – La Pasqua; PIZZETTI: Fedra; WOLF-FERRARI: Il Campiello: Ritornello Act 3; MARINUZZI: Musiche per I trionfi Sforza & Savoia – Rito Nuziale – Orch. del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/ Gino Marinuzzi – Preiser Records
A conductor-composer of potent abilities, Gino Marinuzzi traverses a series of opera overtures and excerpts that demands a second look at an under-rated talent.
GLINKA: Grand Sextet Originale; Brilliant Divertimento on Bellini’s “La Sonnambula”; TCHAIKOVSKY: String Quartet No. 1 in D – Prazak Quartet + 2 – Praga Digitals
Maybe the first of several to come dedicated to the Tchaikovsky quartets? One can only hope!
“Capriccio di Bravura” = Works of BOTTESINI for doublebass – Rick Stotijn/ Amsterdam Sinfonietta/Thompson – Channel Classics
As well as a doublebass virtuoso, Bottesini was a celebrated opera composer and conductor in his day. You can tell that right away from the music on this program.
BELLINI La Sonnambula (complete opera) (2011)
A good but not great production that stands on the talents of Eglise Gutierriez.
Kurt Baum = 18 Opera Arias by BELLINI, ROSSINI, HALEVY,VERDI, PUCCINI, GOUNOD, BIZET, LEONCAVALLO, PONCHIELLI, GIORDANO, MEYERBEER, and R. STRAUSS – Kurt Baum, tenor/Austrian Symphony Orchestra/Wilhelm Loibner – Preiser
A vocal anomaly, Kurt Baum could deliver both unblemished beauty and power and irritating, mannered histrionics at once.