Monday, December 26, 2005

JACKPOT! -or- Opera Party Chez Moi

My dad is a professor, composer and choral conductor at a college here in Monterey, CA. I am home for the War on Christmas.

He mentioned to me that he had been given a substantial collection of opera recordings and videos from a local guy doing some downsizing. He also suggested I raid said collection. I sort of thought I'd be shy about digging through it, but that thought lasted about two seconds.

After sifting through only about 20% or so of this collection, this is what I managed to pilfer(!!):

VIDEOS:
WAGNER:

LOHENGRIN
Bayreuth, Conducted by Peter Schneider
With Paul Frey, Cheryl Studer 1991...

DAS RHEINGOLD
Bayreuth, Barenboim, 1991, etc (this looks particularly neat)

PARSIFAL
Met, Levine, 1992(?)
With Waltraud Meier, Siegfried Jerusalem, Kurt Moll

STRAUSS:

ARABELLA Glyndebourne, Bernard Haitink, 1984
With Ashley Putnam, Gianna Rolandi, Regina Sarfaty

SALOME
Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm, 1974(?)
With Teresa Stratas, Hans Beirer, Astrid Varnay, Bernd Weikl

DER ROSENKAVALIER
Wiener Staatsoper, Carlos Kleiber, 1994
With Felicity Lott, Anne Sofie von Otter, Barbara Bonney, Kurt Moll, Gottfried Hornik

JANACEK:

JENUFA
Glyndebourne, Andrew Davis, 1989
With Roberta Alexander (who is awesome in this), Mark Baker, Anja Silja, Menai Davies, Philip Langridge
*Remounting of the original 1904 Brno production

KATYA KABANOVA (pick your favorite spelling...)
Glyndebourne, Andrew Davis, 1988
With Nancy Gustafson, Felicity Palmerr, Ryland Davies, Barry McCauley, John Graham-Hall, Louise Winter

CD:

WAGNER:

2 COMPLETE RING CYCLES:

1) (Decca/London) Wiener Philharmoniker, Solti, 1962
With Birgit Nilsson, Wolfgang Windgassen, George London, Gustav Neidlinger, Regine Crespin, Lucia Popp

2) Bayreuth, Clemens Krauss, 1953
Many, not all, of the same as above. Astrid Varnay as Brünnhilde.

2 TRISTAN UND ISOLDE:
1) Berliner Philharmoniker, Barenboim, 1995(?)
With Siegfried Jerusalem, Waltraud Meier

2)Bayreuth, Karl Böhm, 1966 (Live)
With Wolfgang Windgassen, Birgit Nilsson

PARSIFAL
Bayreuth, Clemens Krauss, 1953
With George London, Martha Mödl, Ludwig Weber, Ramon Vinay, Josef Greindl

LOHENGRIN
Wiener Philharmoniker, Solti, 1987
With Placido Domingo, Jessye Norman (as Elsa?!!), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Eva Randova, Siegmund Nimsgern, Hans Sotin

DIE MEISTERSINGER
Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Wolfgang Sawallisch, 1993
With Bernd Weikl, Ben Heppner, Cheryl Studer, Kurt Moll

2 DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER
1) Met, Levine, 1994
With Deborah Voigt, Ben Heppner, James Morris, Jan-Hendrik Rootering, Paul Groves, Birgitta Svenden

2) Rias Symphonie-Orchester, Ferenc Fricsay, 1953
With Josef Greindl, Annelies Kupper, Wolfgang Windgassen, Sieglinde Wagner

STRAUSS:

2 ARIADNE AUF NAXOS
1) Staatskapelle Dresden, Giuseppe Sinopoli, 2001
With Deborah Voigt, Natalie Dessay,, Anne Sofie von Otter, Ben Heppner

2) Philharmonia Orchestra, Karajan, 1954
With Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Rita Streich, Irmgard Seefried, Rudolf Schock

2 DER ROSENKAVALIER
1)Wiener Staatsoper, Knappertsbusch, 1955 (Live)
With Maria Reining, Kurt Böhme, Sena Jurinac, Alfred Poell, Hilde Güden

2)Philharmonia Orchestra, Karajan, 1957
With Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Otto Edelman, Christa Ludwig, Eberhard Wächter, Teresa Stitch-Randall

ARABELLA
Wiener Philharmoniker, Solti, 1958
With Otto Edelmann, Ira Malaniuk, Lisa della Casa, Hilde Gueden, George London, Anton Dermota, Eberhard Wächter

DAPHNE
Wiener Symphoniker, Karl Böhm, 1965
With Hilde Güden, Paul Schöffler, Vera Little, Fritz Wunderlich, James King

DIE ÄGYPTISCHE HELENA
Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Antal Dorati, 1979
With Gwyneth Jones, Matti Kastu, Dinah Bryant, Barbara Hendricks, Willard White

CAPRICCIO
Philharmonia Orchestra, Sawallisch, 1957
With Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Eberhard Wächter, Nicolai Gedda, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Hans Hotter, Christa Ludwig, Anna Moffo

FRIEDENSTAG
Staatskapelle Dresden, Giuseppe Sinopoli, 1999
With Albert Dohmen, Deborah Voigt, Alfred Reiter, Tom Martinsen, Jochen Kupfer

STRAVINSKY:

OEDIPUS REX
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen, 1991
With Anne Sofie von otter, Vinson Cole, Simon Estes, Hans Sotin, Nicolai Gedda, Patrice Chereau

LE ROSSIGNOL
Orchestre de L'Opera National de Paris, James Conlon, 1998
With Natalie Dessay, Marie McLaughlin, Violetta Urmana, Vsevolod Grivnov

VERDI:

AIDA
Met, Levine, 1990
With Aprille Millo, Placido Domingo, Dolora Zajick, James Morris, Samuel Ramey, Hei-Kyung Hong

OTELLO
Wiener Philharmoniker, Furtwängler, 1951(Live)
With Ramon Vinay, Dragica Martinis, Paul Schöffler, Anton Dermota, Sieglinde Wagner, Josef Greindl

MISCELLANEOUS:

Bartok's Bluebeards Castle
Bavarian State Orchestra, Sawallisch, with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Julia Varady 1979

Cherubini's Medea
Covent Garden, Nicola Rescigno, with Maria Callas, Jon Vickers, Fiorena Cossotto, Nicola Zaccaria, 1959

Dukas' Ariane et Barbe-Bleue
1983, "Nouvel Orchestre Philharmonique" Armin Jorda

Britten's The Turn of the Screw
Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Harding, with Joan Rodgers, Ian Bostridge 2002

Berg's Lulu
1959 Live recording from Rome. Bruno Maderna conducting. Original unfinished version.

Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande
Montreal Symphony, Charles Dutoit, With Didier Henry, Colette Alliot-Lugaz 1991

Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffman
Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire (wha?), André Cluytens, with Nicolai Gedda, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Victoria De Los Angeles, Gianna D'Angelo, George London 1965

I think that is all. Now, as long as I ship tomorrow, these babies should beat me back to New York.

8 comments:

Alex said...

You are like my opera santa claus. We need to have brooklyn movie night stat. I'll get the svedka if you bring the janacek...

Clayton said...

What a catch! Congratulations. I hope the guy who gave this collection away doesn't see your post. He might have regrets.

Clayton said...

P.S. On the other hand, he probably had to downsize and is glad that the collection found a good home.

Henry Holland said...

1) (Decca/London) Wiener Philharmoniker, Solti, 1962
With Birgit Nilsson, Wolfgang Windgassen, George London, Gustav Neidlinger, Regine Crespin, Lucia Popp


I love this traversal of the cycle -- it broke my Ring cherry, as it were -- but what a pity that by the time of the Walkure, Hans Hotter's voice was in tatters.

CAPRICCIO
Philharmonia Orchestra, Sawallisch, 1957
With Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Eberhard Wächter, Nicolai Gedda, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Hans Hotter, Christa Ludwig, Anna Moffo


Mein Gott, what a recording! Hans Hotter when he still had a voice! :-)

DAPHNE
Wiener Symphoniker, Karl Böhm, 1965
With Hilde Güden, Paul Schöffler, Vera Little, Fritz Wunderlich, James King


Strauss may have hated the tenor voice but the very missed Wunderlich and King don't care, they sing the shit out of this music. Too bad Hilde Guden is very poor as Daphne.

TRISTAN UND ISOLDE:
Bayreuth, Karl Böhm, 1966 (Live)
With Wolfgang Windgassen, Birgit Nilsson


Ah, my favorite opera recording, no contest. Ludwig, Waechter and Talvela are fantastic too and while Bohm's "Wagner as Strauss" conducting isn't to all tastes, I love it.

Any chance we'll get reviews in the future of your treasure trove?

Jonathan said...

Please Henry, you know I will write/shout reviews for just about anyone who will listen.

Thanks for further whetting the appetite with the above!

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