Royal Opera Gala: Covent Garden Anniversary Album

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Royal Opera Gala: Covent Garden Anniversary Album
Joan Carlyle, Joan Sutherland, Josephine Veasey, Yvonne Minton, Amy Shuard, Peter Pears, David Ward, etc

[ Decca ABC Eloquence / 2 CD ]

Release Date: Friday 10 April 2009

"Lots of riches on these two well-filled discs."
(MusicWeb July 2009)

"Lots of riches on these two well-filled discs. Maybe the appeal is greatest for those who went to Covent Garden forty years and more ago and saw and heard all these artists in the flesh, but even I who started going regularly to London far too late to have heard more than a handful of them still found a lot to enjoy."
(MusicWeb July 2009)

The stunning 'Covent Garden Anniversary Album' released complete for the first time on CD, and coupled with Solti's firecracker accounts of Overtures and Preludes. Soloists include a range of 1960s Covent Garden stalwarts, including Carlyle, Sutherland, Veasey, Minton, Shuard, Collier, Gobbi, Evans, Pears and Ward, and conductors include Downes, Bonynge, Walton and Goodall. Nearly 160 minutes of inspirational operatic performances mined from the rich Decca archives.

Tracks:

CD 1
BIZET: Prelude: Act I Carmen
DONIZETTI: Par le rang … Salut à la France La Fille du Régiment
BERLIOZ Je vais mourir Les Troyens
MUSSORGSKY Da zdrastvstvuet Tsar Boris ... Skorbit dusha! Boris Godunov
STRAUSS: Da … Herr Kavalier! Der Rosenkavalier
STRAUSS: Allein! Weh, ganz allein Elektra
BRITTEN: Helena! Hermia! Demetrius! Lysander! A Midsummer Night's Dream
BRITTEN: O beauty, handsomeness, goodness' Billy Budd
TIPPETT: O rich soiled land King Priam
WALTON: How can I sleep? Troilus and Cressida
MOZART: Dove sono Le nozze di Figaro
PUCCINI: Addio, dolce svegliare La Bohème
VERDI: Fuoco di gioia…Inaffia l'ugola Otello
VERDI: Eh! Taverniere…Mondo ladro Falstaff
BEETHOVEN: Mir ist so wunderbar Fidelio
WAGNER: Abendlich strahlt der Sonne Auge Das Rheingold
VERDI: Prelude: Act I La Traviata
ROSSINI: Overture L'italiana in Algeri
OFFENBACH: Entr'acte (Barcarolle) Les Contes d'Hoffmann
VERDI: Prelude Act III La Traviata
ROSSINI: Overture Semiramide
GOUNOD: Ballet Music Faust
PONCHIELLI: Dance of the Hours La Gioconda

CD2
VERDI: Fuoco di gioia...Inaffia l'ugola! Otello
VERDI: Eh! Taverniere!...Mondo ladro Falstaff
BEETHOVEN: "Mir ist so wunderbar" Fidelio
WAGNER: Abendlich strahlt der Sonne Auge Das Rheingold
VERDI: Prelude La Traviata
ROSSINI: Overture L'italiana in Algeri
OFFENBACH: Entr'acte (Barcarolle) Les Contes d'Hoffmann
VERDI: Prelude La Traviata
ROSSINI: Overture Semiramide
GOUNOD: Faust, Ballet Music (1869)
PONCHIELLI: Dance of the Hours La Gioconda