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Opera Overtures, Choruses and Duets


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From Mozart to Leoncavallo: three hours of opera’s greatest hits in rhythmically buoyant, highly enjoyable East-German recordings. Taped between 1959 (Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer) and 1993 (Die Fledermaus), a collection of overtures gets this operatic compilation off to a (literally) flying start. Suitner in particular directs deliciously sprung performances of Humperdinck (Hansel und Gretel), Smetana (The Bartered Bride) and Suppé (Dichter und Bauer / Poet and Peasant and Leichte Kavallerie / Light Cavalry). The Austro-Germanic angle of the first half of the release is widened on the second half by a selection of opera choruses that represents some of the most powerful moments of 19th-century Italian opera. There is the triumphant hymn in praise of Egypt from the second act of Aida as well as the sublime song of pride and defiance, ‘Va pensiero’, that crowns Nabucco and became before long the unofficial anthem of the Risorgimento and the struggle for Italian unification. Verismo choruses are here too, taken from that evergreen pairing of Pagliacci and Cavelleria rusticana. Favourite German operatic choruses include the Chorus of Guests in Wagner’s Tannhäuser as well as the hymn of the priests in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Suitner directs all these: a compilation album made in Berlin in 1978. He also exercises a subtle guiding hand over the Staatskapelle Dresden for a compilation of tenor/baritone opera duets recorded in 1972 with the two foremost East-German male singers of their generation, Peter Schreier and Theo Adam. ‘Expectably’ commented Fanfare, ‘the results are echt Deutsch’ – even if the repertoire itself again covers Smetana, Gounod and Verdi as well as Mozart and Lortzing, with all the numbers sung in German and ‘performed with zest’.
Facts
Item number BRI95414
Barcode 5028421954141
Release date 4/5/2019
Category Classical Music
Label BRILLIANT CLASSICS
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 3
Performers
Classical Artist Various Artists
Disc: 1
Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor00:08:36
1 Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor (The Merry Wives o 00:08:33 Klee, Bernhard Staatskapelle Berlin
Prodaná nevesta (The Bartered Bride): Overture00:04:00
2 Prodaná nevesta (The Bartered Bride): Overture 00:06:23 Suitner, Otmar Orchester der Staatsoperette Dresden
Hansel und Gretel: Overture00:00:00
3 Hansel und Gretel: Overture 00:07:47 Orchester der Staatsoperette Dresden Suitner, Otmar
Der fliegende Holländer, WWV 6300:10:05
4 Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman): Ove 00:11:29 Konwitschny, Franz Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
La traviata00:02:00
5 La Traviata, Act III: Prelude 00:04:08 Patanè, Giuseppe Orchester der Staatsoperette Dresden
Donna Diana00:06:00
6 Donna Diana, Act I: Overture 00:04:15 Dresdner Philharmonie Kegel, Herbert
Dichter und Bauer00:09:38
7 Dichter und Bauer (Poet and Peasant): Overture 00:09:14 Suitner, Otmar Orchester der Staatsoperette Dresden
Leichte Kavallerie (Light Cavalry): Overture00:07:00
8 Leichte Kavallerie (Light Cavalry): Overture 00:07:09 Suitner, Otmar Orchester der Staatsoperette Dresden
Die Fledermaus: Overture00:09:00
9 Die Fledermaus: Overture 00:07:56 Honeck, Manfred Bamberger Symphoniker
Otello00:11:24
10 Otello, Act I: Fuoco di gioia! 00:02:42 Chor der Berliner Staatsoper Staatskapelle Berlin Suitner, Otmar Dresden Philharmonic Children's Choir
Carmen, WD 3102:00:00
11 Carmen, Act IV: Les voici! Voici la quadrille des 00:04:05 Chor der Berliner Staatsoper Staatskapelle Berlin Suitner, Otmar Dresden Philharmonic Children's Choir
The Flying Dutchman00:01:00
12 Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman), Act 00:03:38 Chor der Berliner Staatsoper Staatskapelle Berlin Dresden Philharmonic Children's Choir Suitner, Otmar
Cavalleria rusticana00:10:00
13 Cavalleria rusticana: Gli aranci olezzano 00:07:08 Chor der Berliner Staatsoper Staatskapelle Berlin Suitner, Otmar Dresden Philharmonic Children's Choir
Pagliacci01:01:00
14 Pagliacci, Act I: Don, Din, Don, Din 00:02:38 Chor der Berliner Staatsoper Staatskapelle Berlin Suitner, Otmar Dresden Philharmonic Children's Choir
Lohengrin03:39:00
15 Lohengrin, Act III: Treulich geführt, ziehet dahin 00:04:41 Chor der Berliner Staatsoper Staatskapelle Berlin Suitner, Otmar Dresden Philharmonic Children's Choir
Die Zauberflöte, K. 62003:00:00
16 Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620, Act II: 00:02:35 Chor der Berliner Staatsoper Staatskapelle Berlin Suitner, Otmar Dresden Philharmonic Children's Choir
Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor00:05:00
17 Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Act III: O susser 00:03:53 Chor der Berliner Staatsoper Staatskapelle Berlin Suitner, Otmar Dresden Philharmonic Children's Choir
Martha00:06:27
18 Martha, Act I: Mädchen, brav und treu 00:02:48 Chor der Berliner Staatsoper Staatskapelle Berlin Suitner, Otmar Dresden Philharmonic Children's Choir
Aida01:08:00
19 Aida, Act II: Gloria all'Egitto 00:06:57 Chor der Berliner Staatsoper Staatskapelle Berlin Suitner, Otmar Dresden Philharmonic Children's Choir
Faust, CG 400:10:00
20 Act I: Vin ou bière, bière ou vin 00:05:04 Chor der Berliner Staatsoper Staatskapelle Berlin Suitner, Otmar Dresden Philharmonic Children's Choir
21 Act IV: Gloire immortelle 00:02:51 Chor der Berliner Staatsoper Staatskapelle Berlin Suitner, Otmar Dresden Philharmonic Children's Choir
Der Freischütz, J. 27702:04:00
22 Der Freischütz, J. 277, Act III: Was gleicht wohl 00:02:35 Chor der Berliner Staatsoper Staatskapelle Berlin Suitner, Otmar Dresden Philharmonic Children's Choir
Don Pasquale00:16:00
23 Don Pasquale, Act III: Che interminabile andirivie 00:03:48 Chor der Berliner Staatsoper Staatskapelle Berlin Suitner, Otmar Dresden Philharmonic Children's Choir
Tannhäuser02:32:00
24 Tannhäuser, Act II: Freudig begrüssen wir die edle 00:06:37 Chor der Berliner Staatsoper Staatskapelle Berlin Suitner, Otmar Dresden Philharmonic Children's Choir
Nabucco01:56:00
25 Nabucco, Act III: Va pensiero, sull'ali dorata 00:04:21 Chor der Berliner Staatsoper Staatskapelle Berlin Suitner, Otmar Dresden Philharmonic Children's Choir
Prodana nevesta (The Bartered Bride) (Sung in Germ02:18:33
26 Prodana nevesta (The Bartered Bride), Act II: Komm 00:07:52 Schreier, Peter Adam, Theo Suitner, Otmar Orchester der Staatsoperette Dresden
Faust (Sung in German)00:06:00
27 Faust, Act I: Ich bin da! Was soll das Estaunen? ( 00:07:26 Schreier, Peter Adam, Theo Suitner, Otmar Orchester der Staatsoperette Dresden
Les pecheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers) (Sung i00:08:00
28 Les pecheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers), Act I: 00:06:07 Schreier, Peter Adam, Theo Suitner, Otmar Orchester der Staatsoperette Dresden
La forza del destino (Sung in German)02:17:00
29 La forza del destino: Die Stunde ist heilig (Sung 00:04:11 Schreier, Peter Adam, Theo Suitner, Otmar Orchester der Staatsoperette Dresden
Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K. 38400:12:59
30 Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Abduction from the 00:02:02 Schreier, Peter Adam, Theo Suitner, Otmar Orchester der Staatsoperette Dresden
Undine02:45:00
31 Act IV: Lied: Ich war in meinen jungen Jahren - Im 00:04:39 Schreier, Peter Adam, Theo Suitner, Otmar Orchester der Staatsoperette Dresden
32 Act II: Was seh ich? Ihr seid glucklich wieder da? 00:06:46 Schreier, Peter Adam, Theo Suitner, Otmar Orchester der Staatsoperette Dresden
Die Zauberflöte, K. 62003:00:00
33 Act I: Die Weisheitslehre dieser Knaben 00:06:19 Schreier, Peter Adam, Theo Suitner, Otmar Orchester der Staatsoperette Dresden
34 Act II: Bewahret euch vor Weibertucken 00:00:51 Schreier, Peter Adam, Theo Suitner, Otmar Orchester der Staatsoperette Dresden
35 Act II: Pamina, wo bist du? 00:03:40 Schreier, Peter Adam, Theo Suitner, Otmar Orchester der Staatsoperette Dresden
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