Tag Archives: Jon Vickers

HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI/Angel) Richard Wagner – Tristan Und Isolde (Vickers, Ludwig, Karajan)


Many thanks to our friend from Lake Michigan for this gem
This is one of the most popular modern recordings of the opera though partly by default as there haven’t been many and the consensus is that the most recent ones lack the great singers of the past. It somewhat lags behind Böhm’s and Furtwängler’s in popularity and critical esteem though I think it’s nearly as good. Most of the criticism has been directed at the conducting. I’ll get to that but first I want to discuss the lead singers.

Composer: Richard Wagner
Performer: Jon Vickers, Helga Dernesch, Christa Ludwig, Walter Berry

Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Vinyl 1972

Number of Discs: 5
Format: FLAC
Label: EMI/Angel
DR-Analysis: DR 11
Size: 5.03 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
Read more »

HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Hector Berlioz – Les Troyens (Davis)

front-small-boxset
All thanks for this gem go to our friend from Chicago
This was the first complete (and now there is an even MORE complete Davis recording) set of this wonderful opera. Before Beecham and Davis recorded it, this opera had to undergo a very large-scale demystification process. The myths surrounding this opera were bigger than the opera itself, and nowhere half as noble. Rumor had it that the opera was “impossible”. It is not impossible, and it is certainly not as difficult to stage as any of the Wagner operas. But Berlioz had few real champions, while Wagner had legions. So the “impossible” was really a prejudice, and it took conductors like Beecham, Munch, and Davis to bring Berlioz back from the crypt of obscurity. And what we rediscovered was a titan of music.

Composer: Hector Berlioz
Performer: Josephine Veasey, Jon Vickers, Berit Lindholm
Orchestra: Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Conductor: Colin Davis
Vinyl 1970
Number of discs: 5
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 4.86 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

Read more »

Ruggero Leoncavallo – Pagliacci, Pietro Mascagni – Cavalleria Rusticana (Vickers, Kabaivanska, Stasio, Glossop, Guelfi, Cecchele, Cossotto) (1968,DVD9)

Ruggero Leoncavallo - Pagliacci, Pietro Mascagni - Cavalleria Rusticana (Vickers, Kabaivanska, Stasio, Glossop, Guelfi, Cecchele, Cossotto) (1968,DVD9)

Ruggero Leoncavallo – Pagliacci, Pietro Mascagni – Cavalleria Rusticana (Vickers, Kabaivanska, Stasio, Glossop, Guelfi, Cecchele, Cossotto) (1968,DVD9)

Composer:Ruggero Leoncavallo ,Pietro Mascagni
Performer:Raina Kabaivanska,Anna di Stasio
Orchestra:Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala
Conductor:Herbert von Karajan
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:DVD Video
Size:7.74 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan:yes
Subtitles: German, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese
Server: datafile

Read more »

HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI) Giuseppe Verdi – Otello (Vickers/Freni)

front_small_boxset
You can get this Otello in the EMI studio version being reviewed here or as a live performance on Opera d’Oro, both almost identical in every detail musically. Vickers was, after Del Monaco’s retirement, the supreme Otello of his generation, with a huge, magnificent voice and heartbreaking pathos–he doesn’t bluster or fake it emotionally for even a bar. His death scene is one of the great things in the Verdi canon on disc. Freni is equally wonderful, exemplary in eveyr way musically and a prime example of how to act through the voice. Her Desdemona is ravishing and her last-act solos heartrending.

# Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
# Performer: Jon Vickers, José Van Dam, Mirella Freni, Stefania Malagu
# Orchestra: Berlin Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Herbert van Karajan
# Vinyl (1974)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# Label: EMI Angel
# ASIN: B0036D7Y1Q
# Size: 2.85 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server:
FF

Read more »