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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2012 1:37:34 PM PDT
John Ruggeri says:
I'm sure the MET has this crew of singers singing next season;-)

Concert 1956, (Live) Tebaldi / Simionatto / Bastianini

1.Giulietta Simionato
Camille Saint-Saens: Samson et Dalila
"Mon coeur s`ouvre à ta voix"
'S'apre per te il mio cor'

2.Renata Tebaldi
Piotr Ilitch Tchaïkovski: Eugene Onegin
'Letter Scene'

3.Giulietta Simionato
Pietro Mascagni : Cavalleria rusticana
'Voi lo sapete'

4.Giulietta Simionato
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro
'Voi che sapete'

5.Ettore Bastianini
Umberto Giordano: Andrea Chenier
'Nemico della patria'

6.Renata Tebaldi
Arrigo Boito: Mefistofele
'L'altra notte'

7.Renata Tebaldi & Giulietta Simionato
Amilcare Ponchielli : La Gioconda
'E un anathema'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXZaikX3jQQ&feature=em-uploademail

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2012 5:39:46 PM PDT
John Ruggeri says:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart -Le nozze di Figaro

Figaro - Ezio Pinza
Susanna - Esther Réthy
Conte Almaviva - Mariano Stabile
Contessa Almaviva - Aulikki Rautawaara
Cherubino - Jarmila Novotná
Marcellina - Angelica Cravcenco
Bartolo - Virgilio Lazzari
Basilio - William Wernigk
Curzio - Giuseppe Nessi
Antonio - Viktor Madin
Barbarina - Dora Komarek

Wiener Philharmoniker -Wiener Staatsoper -Bruno Walter -Recording Live, 11 or 18 August 1937
Salzburg.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtGGw0G_nos&feature=g-all-u

Probably the unknown quantity in the cast is Finnish soprano Aulikki Rautawaara ( May 2, 1906 in Helsinki - December 29 1990 ) . Rautawaara is particularly well-known interpreter of Sibelius's songs as well as the roles of Mozart's opera performer.

I have heard her for over a year and IMO she is major find.
ENJOY
Aulikki Rautawaara sings Edvard Grieg's Solveig's Song & Cradle Song in 1935. Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt conducts The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ET2rFTEuwYk

Aulikki Rautawaara sings "Ave Maria" from Verdi's Otello in 1942. Walter Lutze conducts Orchester des Deutschen Opernhauses, Berlin.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sebisHpoOmk

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2012 10:53:57 PM PDT
D. M. Ohara says:
John,
I don't think Aulikki Rautawaara could be called an unknown quantity by the time this Salzburg recording was made in 1937, as she had already sung the Countess in the first Glyndebourne production in 1934, and recorded the role for HMV in 34/35 in the famous Fritz Busch/Karl Ebert Glyndebourne set: that was actually the first ever recording of any Mozart opera anywhere!
Quite amazing, when quite a few complete operas had been recorded since the first Pagliacci in 1908.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2012 11:41:38 PM PDT
Great reply, Dan! I like, very much, that, "old" Busch/Glyndebourne set. Furtwangler and B. Walter could EXCEL, in Mozart opera recordings, as could Sir Thomas Beecham. To be honest - in the days AFTER some of those, great old recordings - I don't think there've been very-MANY great, Mozart opera recordings, in modern times (so to speak).

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2012 4:36:50 AM PDT
D. M. Ohara says:
John H,

I have another favourite Figaro, also from Glyndebourne, conducted by the great Vittorio Gui [who surely belongs with the other luminaries you mention]. This one, true stereo from July 1955, has a cast which includes the adorable Sena Jurinac as the Countess, with Sciutti, Wallace, Bruscantini, Calabrese, Stevens, and Cuenod. The continuo player was a young Raymond Leppard.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2012 3:31:16 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 20, 2012 6:10:12 PM PDT
John Ruggeri says:
D. M. Ohara says:

John,
I don't think Aulikki Rautawaara could be called an unknown quantity by the time this Salzburg recording was made in 1937, as she had already sung the Countess in the first Glyndebourne production in 1934, and recorded the role for HMV in 34/35 in the famous Fritz Busch/Karl Ebert Glyndebourne set: that was actually the first ever recording of any Mozart opera anywhere!

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Friend

I am sure she was known in Europe but probably most of us in the US fairly knowing folks had to wait to
YT discovery as I did. I get emails from the YT poster of most of the complete operas when they are posted - What a Gold MINE my friend. Regards as always-John
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This is the CD I have which has 2 tracks of Peter Anders to round out the disc.

Aulikki Rautawaara, Historical Recordings from von 1934-42
| Format: Audio CD
Label: HAFG
ASIN: B000V2J7IS

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 21, 2012 1:58:08 PM PDT
John Ruggeri says:
Susanna - Esther Réthy in the earlier posted Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart -Le nozze di Figaro
(22 October 1912 - 28 January 2004) was a Hungarian operatic soprano who had a major career in Europe from 1934 through 1968. She was notably a principal artist at the Vienna State Opera for over a decade and was a frequent performer at the Salzburg Festival. She performed a broad opera repertoire that encompassed French, German, Italian, Czech, and Hungarian operas. The latter part of her career was dedicated mainly to performing the German operetta literature at the Vienna Volksoper. A very beautiful woman, she was a greatly admired Angele in Richard Heuberger's Der Opernball.
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Alexander Kipnis, Jussi Björling and Esther Rethy sing "Alerte! Alerte! fom Faust by Charles Gounod
Jussi Björling sings in Swedish - Orchestra of the " Wiener Staatsoper"
Josef Krips, conductor -recorded live: 07. III. 1937
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2r7VoefPNzg
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Johannes Heesters und Esther Rethy - Über die Prärie (Indian Love Call) How beautifully she sings.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=875weZJJsnI

Posted on Jun 21, 2012 2:08:32 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 21, 2012 2:10:50 PM PDT
D. M. Ohara says:
John,
Three days before the Bjorling/Kipnis/Rethy Faust at the VSO, Tauber, who had just returned from a month-long gruelling tour of Egypt, was singing Giuditta with Novotna and Wiedemann, conducted by Alwin: and three days after it, Tauber was singing Tiefland, conducted by Krips. Then another Giuditta on 11th, and on 13th, Don Giovanni with Tauber, Jerger, Kipnis, Souez, Helletsgruber and Perras, conducted by Krips again. Oh to have been alive in that time!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 21, 2012 2:20:56 PM PDT
John Ruggeri says:
D. M. Ohara says:

John,
Three days before the Bjorling/Kipnis/Rethy Faust at the VSO, Tauber, who had just returned from a month-long gruelling tour of Egypt, was singing Giuditta with Novotna and Wiedemann, conducted by Alwin: and three days after it, Tauber was singing Tiefland, conducted by Krips. Then another Giuditta on 11th, and on 13th, Don Giovanni with Tauber, Jerger, Kipnis, Souez, Helletsgruber and Perras, conducted by Krips again. Oh to have been alive in that time!
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Dan

What a musically glorious age. !!!!!

John

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 21, 2012 3:33:57 PM PDT
Hey, Dan - thanks for that wonderful NOTE, about the 1955 Figaro ... with Graziella Sciutti, Ms. Jurinac, Rise Stevens ... and the (fledgling) continuo player ... Raymond Leppard! Yeah, man ... it's funny, in a way, that recordings from a half-century (or more) ago, could be the STANDARDS to have. No need, I guess, to comment-on the operatic recordings of Pinza, Stracciari, Ponselle ... or even (the rare ones) of Bjorling. Etc.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 21, 2012 4:44:55 PM PDT
John Ruggeri says:
Enrico Caruso is so famous that a food was named for him AKA "Pasta ala Caruso". Here is the great man earnng his Kudos and Recipes.

There are other wonderful recordings of this aria but NONE in this league for beauty, ease and feeling IMO.
Una Furtiva Lagrima - Enrico Caruso 1904
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t936rzOt3Zc

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Enrico Caruso - Donizetti: Deserto in terra (1908) - The line is so smooth that it would make a spider's web seem jagged.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovsanItc7Po

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 21, 2012 6:37:13 PM PDT
John Ruggeri says:
Seems like a fine cast/s.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K 384

Selim..........Ernst Dernburg
Konstanze......Sári Barabás (Eva Barlog)
Belmonte.......Anton Dermota (Hansgeorg Laubenthal)
Pedrillo.......Helmut Krebs
Osmin..........Josef Greindl
Blonde.........Rita Streich (Rita Streich)

RIAS-Symphonie-Orchester -Kammerchor -Ferenc Fricsay, conductor
Recorded, 19-21 December 1949 -Jesus-Christus-Kirche Dahlem, Berlin-Dahlem

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9p-4g4nIQZY&feature=em-uploademail

Posted on Jun 21, 2012 7:35:43 PM PDT
Soucient says:
Saw on TV last night an excerpt from "The Mikado." Super! Funny!

An aged and more corpulent (than in her prime) Helen Traubel played and sang Katisha. She couldn't have been better. Every word could be clearly understood. And her buffoonery was spot on. I do love her.

Guess who played and sang (I GUESS you could say that he sang) the role of Koko?

Groucho Marx.

I say again, "Groucho Marx" !

Can't find the words to describe how funny he was. He's was half the size of Traubel, and when he sidles up to her, jiggles his eyebrows, and asks for a kiss...

Well, you had to BE there. And I'm glad I was!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 21, 2012 11:04:27 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 21, 2012 11:06:39 PM PDT
D. M. Ohara says:
John,
Yes, what a musically glorious age .... then exactly a year later Hitler and his thugs took over Vienna and everything changed!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2012 3:05:22 PM PDT
John Ruggeri says:
I never heard this great soprano sing this work - ALL enjoy.

From a 1957 recording, here is Eileen Farrell with the Boston Pops Orchestra and Arthur Fiedler in this song from Grieg's "Peer Gynt".
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0baPh93HMg&feature=g-all-u

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2012 5:43:41 PM PDT
John Ruggeri says:
Enough A list singers IMO.

Ludwig van Beethoven -Fidelio, Op. 72

Hans Braun........Don Fernando
Paul Schöffler....Don Pizarro
Hans Hopf.........Florestan
Birgit Nilsson....Leonora
Gottlob Frick.....Rocco
Ingeborg Wenglor..Marzelline
Gerhard Unger.....Jaquino

Kölner Rundfunkchor -Bernhard Zimmermann -Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester
Erich Kleiber, Conductor-Recorded, January 1956 -KÖln

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaywQ-SkYn4&feature=em-uploademail

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2012 7:08:25 PM PDT
JohnR~

Oh, and have you promoted Hans Hopf to the A-list, boyo?

While I believe that he had natural talents but remained an underachiever, I've never understood the utter disdain so many have for him.

LARRY

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2012 7:34:47 PM PDT
John Ruggeri says:
Larry

I was cautious and said "Enough A list singers". I am not totally insane;-) I am big fans of Vickers
and Roswaenge in this scene.

Here is HH from the performance in his big moment. Sounds good but a bit blustery to me.
Hans Hopf sings "Gott, welch Dunkel hier" from Fidelio
by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) -Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester
ERICH KLEIBER, conductor -recorded in 1956
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPDsJfo_2f0

Regards friend-John

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2012 9:44:44 PM PDT
John Ruggeri says:
Her voice and temper are so suited to this music. The tone and portamenti are sublime.

Renata Tebaldi sings "La Vergine degli Angeli" -from La Forza del Destino by Giuseppe Verdi
Coro & Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano -Antonino Votto, conductor
Milano, 26.IV.1955
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=632PnahxnkA&feature=em-uploademail

Beauty and excitement to spare.

Renata Tebaldi sings "Pace mio Dio" -from La Forza del Destino by Giuseppe Verdi
Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano -Antonino Votto, conductor
Milano, 26.IV.1955
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PnnPPZ8JG8

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 23, 2012 11:41:15 AM PDT
John Ruggeri says:
Soucient

I found this clip of Groucho Marx and Helen Traubel in THE MIKADO.

"There is Beauty in the Bellow of the Blast" --Performed by Groucho Marx and Helen Traubel
Bell Telephone Hour Orchestra --Donald Voorhees, cond.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T83W3rgQuXQ

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 23, 2012 1:37:13 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 23, 2012 7:41:35 PM PDT
John Ruggeri says:
What a great natural voice BUT sadly he had a hard head and sing too open and too heavy.
Here in a good moment.

Tenore GIUSEPPE DI STEFANO Gioachino Rossini IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA "Se il mio nome saper voi bramate" -Mexico City, Palacio de Bellas Artes 7 july
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZ4vNhFoYBk&feature=em-uploademail

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 23, 2012 9:49:42 PM PDT
John Ruggeri says:
A wonderful performance. Vinay is noble and touching and Tebaldi as Desdemona is "Sui Generis"
and Santini is in wonderful form.
Ramon Vinay & Renata Tebaldi sing "Gia nella notte densa"
from Otello by Giuseppe Verdi-Orchestra del Teatro San Carlo di Napoli-Gabriele Santini, conductor
Napoli, 13.12.1952

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tSxSgGd0vM&feature=em-uploademail

Posted on Jun 24, 2012 1:27:07 AM PDT
Soucient says:
I quite like Roswaenge. Good, consistent sound throughout his range and no irritating swoops and scoops. These are my particular points of irritation. Theymake the singer seem so sloppy unless they're done for effect.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2012 12:10:01 PM PDT
John Ruggeri says:
Soucient et al

Helge in full flight up to high C in the cabaletta which is often omitted
De miei bollenti spiriti...Oh mio rimorso! in German -Verdi -La Traviata -1928
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JXio3qlAdo
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And in the great scene form "Fidelio"
Beethoven,Fidelio act II, Florestan. Staatsoper Berlin Orchester, dir Bruno Seidler-Winkler, enr 04-1938, Berlin.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_qrFUoOFgM&feature=related

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2012 12:23:06 PM PDT
John Ruggeri says:
A top notch cast for this beautiful opera.

Gaetano Donizetti -Don Pasquale

Ernesto..........Tito Schipa
Don Pasquale.....Ernesto Badini
Norina...........Adelaide Saraceni
Dr Malatesta.....Afro Poli
Carlino..........Giordano Callegari

Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano -Direttore; Carlo Sabajno -Recorded, October 1932, Milano.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7zNEhMfypY&feature=em-uploademail
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