Another big “thank you” for this gem flights to our Chicago friend 😀 Fortunately we have two wonderful Forza’s with Leontyne Price–a later one (and one more readily available) with Placido Domingo, Sherill Milnes, Fiorenza Cosotta and Gabriel Bacquier, conducted by James Levine, and this earlier one from 1965. While the later one is an excellent recording, the earlier one takes the cake.
Conducted by Thomas Schippers, whose career was tragically cut short by cancer, it bursts forth with an energy and enthusiasm that just can’t be surpassed. The cast is an American Who’s Who of opera in the mid-’60s. Leontyne Price was not yet 40 when she recorded Leonora on this recording, and she brings to the production the skill and dramatic ability of a mature artist but with a voice still with the bloom of youth and freshness. The combination is incredible.
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Leontyne Price, Richard Tucker, Robert Merrill, Shirley Verrett, Giorgio Tozzi, Ezio Flagello
Orchestra: RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra
Conductor: Thomas Schippers
Vinyl 1965 Number of Discs: 4 Format: FLAC Label: RCA DR-Analysis: DR 13 Size: 3.54 GB Scan: yes Server: FF Continue reading →
All thanks for this go to Bob Premiered in Birmingham town hall in 1846, and a fixture of massed British choral societies ever since, Elijah is a prime culprit of George Bernard Shaw’s quip accusing Mendelssohn of “despicable oratorio-mongering”. But get a performance as fleet-footed and intelligent as this and all stodge and sanctimony are swept away. There is heft when it matters, in Yet Doth the Lord, and drama-charged recitatives from fulsome voiced soloists. But what’s more compelling is the nimbleness, the swift-moving parts. There are quick corners and shapely inner voices, subtle weft even in classic fat chorus numbers such as Blessed are the Men who Fear Him. Raspy period strings add God-fearing menace, the choir sound rich but luminous in detail.
Composer: Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Performer: Shirley Verrett, Jane Marsh, Richard Lewis, Tom Krause, Singing City Choir Of Philadelphia, The Columbus Boychoir Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra
Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
Number of discs: 3
DR-Analysis: DR 13 Size: 2.85 GB
Orchestra:Orchestra and Chorus of the San Francisco Opera
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format: DVD Video
Subtitles:Francais, English, Deutsch, Espanol