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    Opera Night Saturday 10 August 2013

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    Opera Night

    Tonight, Bernard Clarke dips into some of the great, some of the infamous opera recordings surrounding Wagner.

    Details of recordings played

    Track Name: Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla
    Composer: Wagner & Johann Strauss
    Orchestra: Cleveland
    Conductor: George Szell
    Album Title: Szell conducts Wagner
    Record Label: SONY
    Record Catalogue Number: SS 89035
    Duration: 06:34

    Track Name: Morgenlich...
    Complete Work Name: Wagner Scenes & Arias
    Composer: Wagner & Johann Strauss
    Soloist: Leo Slezak
    Orchestra: Berlin State Orchestra
    Additional Performers: 1928 recording
    Conductor: Manfred Gurlitt
    Album Title: Wagner Scenes & Arias
    Record Label: Deutsche Grammophon
    Record Catalogue Number: 459 006-2
    Duration: 04:26

    Track Name: Dich, teure Halle...
    Complete Work Name: Legendary Wagner Singers of the 1930s
    Composer: Wagner, Richard
    Soloist: Hilde Konetzni
    Orchestra: Berlin Deutsche Oper
    Conductor: Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt
    Album Title: Legendary Wagner Singers of the 1930s
    Record Label: Teldec
    Record Catalogue Number: 8573-83022-2
    Duration: 03:05

    Track Name: Das der mein Vater...
    Complete Work Name: Legendary Wagner Singers of the 1930s
    Composer: Wagner, Richard
    Soloist: Max Lorenz
    Orchestra: Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
    Conductor: Heinz Tietjen
    Album Title: Legendary Wagner Singers of the 1930s
    Record Label: Teldec
    Record Catalogue Number: 8573-83022-2
    Duration: 09:38

    Track Name: Tristan und Isolde Act 3 Scene 3
    Complete Work Name: Tristan und Isolde
    Composer: Wagner, Richard
    Soloist: Kirsten Flagstad
    Orchestra: Philharmonia
    Additional Performers: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau; Blanche Theobom; Edgar Evans; Josef Greindel
    Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwangler
    Album Title: Tristan und Isolde
    Record Label: EMI

    Record Catalogue Number: CDS 7243 556254 2
    Duration: 16:54

    Track Name: Parsifal-conclusion
    Complete Work Name: Parsifal
    Composer: Wagner, Richard
    Soloist: Hans Hotter
    Orchestra: Bayreuth Festival
    Choir: Bayreuth Festival Chorus
    Additional Performers: George London; Jess Thomas
    Conductor: Hans Knappertsbusch
    Album Title: Parsifal
    Record Label: Philips
    Record Catalogue Number: 464 756-2
    Duration: 19:43

    Track Name: Das Rheingold-conclusion
    Complete Work Name: Das Rheingold
    Composer: Wagner, Richard
    Soloist: George London
    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic
    Additional Performers: Eberhard Wachter; Set Svanholm; Kirsten Flagstad
    Conductor: Georg Solti
    Album Title: Das Rheingold
    Record Label: DECCA
    Record Catalogue Number: 455 556-2
    Duration: 11:42

    Track Name: Die Walkure-opening storm
    Complete Work Name: Die Walkure-
    Composer: Wagner, Richard
    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic
    Conductor: Herbert Von Karajan
    Album Title: Die Walkure-
    Record Label: Deutsche Grammophon
    Record Catalogue Number: 457 785-2
    Duration: 02:51

    Track Name: Die Walkure-Act 1 conclusion
    Composer: Wagner, Richard
    Soloist: Jon Vickers & Gundula Janowitz
    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic
    Conductor: Herbert Von Karajan
    Album Title: Die Walkure
    Record Label: Deutsche Grammophon
    Record Catalogue Number: 457 786-2
    Duration: 16:13

    Track Name: Tannhauser-beginning
    Complete Work Name: Tannhauser
    Composer: Wagner, Richard
    Soloist: Wolfgang Windgassen
    Orchestra: Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
    Choir: Bayreuth Festival Chorus
    Additional Performers: Grace Bumbry
    Conductor: Wolfgang Sawallisch
    Album Title: Wagner-Great Operas from the Bayreuth Festival
    Record Label: DECCA
    Record Catalogue Number: 478 0279
    Duration: 35:47

    Track Name: Die Meistersinger -excerpts
    Complete Work Name: Die Meistersinger -excerpts
    Composer: Wagner, Richard
    Orchestra: Chicago Symphony
    Conductor: Fritz Reiner
    Album Title: Fritz Reiner The Director
    Record Label: BMG
    Record Catalogue Number: 74321 84219 2
    Duration: 12:08

    Track Name: Wesendonck-Lieder (3) Im Treibhaus
    Complete Work Name: Wesendonck-Lieder
    Composer: Wagner, Richard
    Soloist: Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)
    Orchestra: Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin
    Conductor: Donald Runnicles
    Album Title: Kaufmann - Wagner
    Record Label: Decca
    Record Catalogue Number: 4785189
    Duration: 06:07

     

    Saturday December 20th - Le Nozze di Figaro
    Margaret Juntwait presents Richard Eyre's season-opening new production of Mozart's eternal masterpiece is set in an 18th-century manor house in Seville during the 1930s. Erwin Schrott in the title role leads a stellar cast that also includes Mariusz Kwiecien as the Count and Danielle de Niese as Susanna, along with Met debutantes Rachel Willis-Sørensen as the Countess and Serena Malfi as Cherubino. Edo de Waart conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. (Erwin Schrott in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro. Photo Marty Sohl, Metropolitan Opera)

    Saturday December 27th - La Traviata
    Verdi's consumptive courtesan returns in Willy Decker's timeless setting, with rising soprano Marina Rebeka takes the role of the title heroine. Francesco Demuro is Alfredo, Ludovic Tézier is Germont, and Marco Armiliato conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

    Watch the rehearsal footage below of "Libiamo", with Stephen Costello and Marina Rebeka.

    Music Played on the Show

    • 19:00
      Title: Entrance Of The Gods Into Valhalla
      Performer(s): Wagner & Johann Strauss
      Performer(s): Wagner & Johann Strauss
      Duration: 6:49
    • 19:11
      Title: Morgenlich...
      Performer(s): Wagner & Johann Strauss
      Performer(s): Wagner & Johann Strauss
      Duration: 4:40
    • 19:17
      Title: Dich, Teure Halle...
      Performer(s): Wagner, Richard
      Performer(s): Wagner, Richard
      Duration: 3:20
    • 19:21
      Title: Das Der Mein Vater...
      Performer(s): Wagner, Richard
      Performer(s): Wagner, Richard
      Duration: 9:52
    • 19:53
      Title: Parsifal-Conclusion
      Performer(s): Wagner, Richard
      Performer(s): Wagner, Richard
      Duration: 19:58
    • 20:14
      Title: Das Rheingold-Conclusion
      Performer(s): Wagner, Richard
      Performer(s): Wagner, Richard
      Duration: 11:57
    • 21:39
      Title: Die Meistersinger -Excerpts
      Performer(s): Wagner, Richard
      Performer(s): Wagner, Richard
      Duration: 12:22

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