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Farewell, April 16, 1966, at 8.00
The New York MET was going to be opened in the newly built Lincoln Centre on September 16, 1966.
In the 1970s various pirate record labels were created specifically by people who loved rare live performances not being issued by the big labels. Radio stations broadcasted forums and discussions, they produced live broadcasts of performances in concert halls and opera houses. The quality of these live performances varied. But very often these productions had performers, artists, singers, and instrumentalists with well known names.
Members of small record clubs and typically opera discussion groups talked about what was happening in the world of music and often regretted not having been able to attend this or that performance. A few people realized that there was a niche in the market for rare performances and often historic performances. The result was that a few pirate record labels came into exsistence to serve the die-hard, the expert and amateur, the collector. They all wanted something special, not the mass product, but the rare and ephemere performance with the soul of the music recorded on the spur of the moment, be it more or less perfect.
One of those labels was MRF maintained by Mauro R. Fuggette. (Other labels were Melodram from Germany, and Foyer.) Generally the records were pressed in Italy and the quality of matrix and pressings were good. That could not always be said of the quality of the sound recording. Some recordings were made from radio broadcasts which had been taped by opera buffs, already in the late 1940s when the tape recorder had become available. And when Philips had introduced the Compact Cassette, many a music lover took the small recorder to the performance and hung the little microphones just over the balcony and adjusted the recording level during the performance to get the best sound possible on the tiny unwinding small tape with even smaller tracks. Some of these were also issued on LP.
Gala Farewell at the Old Met. MRF-7. 3 LP box. Issued 1981. Box mechanically NM. Front VG because of shelf wear. Records NM. Sound quality of old radio sound. Simple Inlay with program EX. Label states "Private recording not for sale".
Farewell. MRF-7. 3xLP. Private recording issued in 1981. Box VG to NM.
Records NM. Inlay EX. $22.
Wolfgang Sawallisch at Bayreuth
Tannhäuser and the Singers' Contest at Wartburg Castle
Live recording of the 1962 performance led by Wolfgang Sawallisch
Greindl - Bass
and Chorus of the Bayreuther Festspiele. Chorus director - Wilhelm Pitz
is a controversy about this performance. Not because of the effdort os
able conductor Wolfgang Sawallisch. But because of the so called "New
Bayreuth" shaped by Wieland Wagner the grandson of Richard Wagner.
According to critics he knew less about his grandfather's work than his
father Siegfried, son of Richard, would know.
Philips HiFi Stereo 835 178/179/180 AY - ED.1. Records EX to VG+. Book NM. Notes in German, English and French. Libretto in German with side notes in German, English and French. Box NM.
Tannäuser-Sawallisch-Bayreuth-Windgassn, Wächter, Stolze, Bumbry, Greindl
et al. 1962 live recording. Philips 835 178/79/80. Records EX to VG+.
Book and Box NM. $ 24.
barbieri di Seviglia
Fiorello – Calvin Marsh
RCA-Victor Red Seal SER 4512/3/4/5Condition: Records M- to EX except for Side 7 which has 20 ticks and 20 softer unobtrusive ticks that do not prevent enjoying the performance. Original plastic gatefold: EX.
The EMI recording with Maria Calas was rated as the performance with the highest artistic level, ably conducted by Alceo Galliera. The Leinsdorf recording was also very well received. It was a Met production that RCA wanted to put on record. Therefor Capitol granted permission to Leinsdorf's appearance on RCA. Warren Demotte evaluated the recording as follows: "The Leinsdorf performance is engaging, incisive and zestful, with intelligent, capable singing and playing, plus excellent recording." This recording was first published on 4 discs, later reduced to 3 and after a few years brought back to 2 records only.
Leinsdorf-Rossini-Barber of Seville. Marsh-Valetti-Merrill-Peters-Corena-Tozzi. Metropolitan Opera. UK RCA-Decca SER 4512/5. 4xLP. Records M- to EX. Gatefold EX. $ 22.
Leonard Bernstein conducts Richard Wagner:
TRISTAN UND ISOLDE
Hofmann - Tristan
of the Bavarian Radio
Leonard Bernstein is a master in conveying the deepest feelings. He did this in many performances and recordings of various composers. His Mahler Symphonies do show this clearly. Wagner is of course a completely different composer and author. Bernstein's captivating mastery is right there, also in Tristan and Isolde already in the Prelude (Vorspiel). I dare say that never the Prelude was conducted and shaped so extraordinarily as Bernstein has done. If you want more info on this extraordinary Philips set, you can visit various sites with reviews written by laymen and professionals alike. This is obviously an item for the Bernstein fan who is a Wagner adept at the same time.
Philips 6769 091 - 5x LP. Digital recording from 1983. Individual discs
6514 236/ 237/ 238/ 239/ 240. Records are beautiful NM. Box NM. Heavy
book contains comprehensive introductions about the recording and Wagner's
Master Piece, and libretto. The text is in German, English and French.
In short a pristine item.
This is a heavy item, typically because of the heavy book. Yet it still falls into the up to 2 kg. shipping category.
Wagner-Tristan und Isolde-Bernstein-Chorus and Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio. Philips 6769 091. Digital recording (DDA) 1980. Records, book and box NM. $ 32.
Der Ring des Nibelungen.
Famous complete recording of the Ring Cycle made by Decca (recorded in the SonicStage process concieved by John Culshaw), conducted by Sir Georg Solti, recorded in Vienna with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna State Opera Choir, and soloists/ singers/ performers.
we began our recording of Das Rheingold in 1958 there were naturally
misgivings in Decca as to how the public would react to the project, although
we had been very encouraged by the reception of our recording of Die
Walküre Act III.
(Text taken from the book of the Introduction by Deryck Cooke.)
The set consists of:
Introduction to DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN (3x LP) by Deryck Cooke Recorded 1968 - Matrix numbers: ZAL 8422/ 23/ 24/ 25/ 26/ 27
RHIENGOLD (3x LP)
WALKÜRE (5x LP) -
information: See the page about Astrid
Varnay who performed in 1951 in Bayreuth and why she was not selected
by Decca to perform in these recordings.
Decca 22x LP. Records are NM to EX+. Covers are NM and glossy. Books are NM. Individual slipcases are M- because of fading of the gold lettering. Large outer box is M- too.
Shipment of this box per Registered Insured Mail to EU countries is $ 45, to other European countries it is $ 50. To countries outside the European Union shipment is $ 90.
Wagner-Ring des Nibelungen-Solti-Vienna. Decca 22x LP. Records NM to EX+. Books NM. Sleeves are NM. Slipcases M-. Outer box M-. $ 220
In response to requests from opera companies for a more legitimate version, the original show was expanded to become a two-act "opera house version" which contains most of Bernstein's music, including some songs that were not orchestrated for the original production of the musical of 1956 performed on Broadway. This new version was first performed by the New York City Opera under the direction of Harold Prince. It ran for thirty-four performances. Opera companies around the world have performed this version, and the production was a staple of New York City Opera's repertoire. See Wikipedia. For more info about the histpory of the NYCO, click here.
New York City Opera Chorus and Orchestra conducted by John Mauceri
Recorded by RCA technicians using RCA's technique, in May, 1985, in the Manhattan Center, New York, using the Soundstream Digital Recording System.
World NW 340/341. Records NM. Cover NM, except for a hardly noticeable
crease at upper right corner.
Candide (Bernstein)-NYCO-John Mauceri.1982 production. 2x LP. New World NW 340/341. Records NM. Cover NM. $ 14.
Gueden - Soprano / Wilma Lipp - Soprano / Emmy Loose - Soprano / Leopold
Simoneau - Tenor / Kurt Böhme - Bass / Walter Berry - Baritone / Paul
Schoeffler - Bass-Baritone / August Jaresch - Tenor / Judith Hellwig -
Soprano / Christa Ludwig - Mezzo-Soprano / Hilde Roessel-Majdan - Mezzo-Soprano
/ Dorothea Siebert - Soprano / Ruthilde Boesch - Mezzo-Soprano / Eva Boerner
- Contralto / Joseph Gostic - Tenor / Ljubomir Pantscheff - Bass / Erich
Majkut - Tenor / Harald Pröglhöf - Bass
sound is very well recognizable. But in loud passages of loud voices,
and in passages of the chorus, specifically the chorus at the end of the
opera (Side 6) there is some distortion. The best way to play these records
with is a cartridge with a fine line or fine elliptical tip that rides
sufficiently in the groove and not high on the edges of the groove as
a spherical diamond tip does. Evidently the lacquers were cut with good
This is a relatively rare early Decca stereo recording of the performance taped in 1954. It was first issued in mono in November 1955 and was only released in stereo in June 1960 after the stereo format had been launched in September of 1958.
SXL 2215-17 - 3 Disc Set - Original Wideband (ED1) 'Original Recording'
Grooved Labels - Boxed edition - Includes Original Libretto.
Mozart-Bohm-Zauberflöte. Gueden-Simoneau-Ludwig et al. Decca SXL 2215/16/17. Records M- to EX. Box EX. Book NM. Original sleeves. $ 125.
Ettore Gracis conducts
Complete recording on 1 LP
Emma Bruno De Sanctis - Flora Raffanelli - Mario Guggio - Alfredo Mariotti - Alberto Rinaldi
Chorus and Orchestra of theTeatro La Fenice.
Chorus master: Mario Lazzarini. Harpsichord: Alfredo Lazzarini.
Deutsche Grammophon 139 123 from April, 1966. Record EX. Cover EX-. Complete libretto (Italian and English) M-.
Donizetti - Campanello - Gracis et al. Deutsche Grammophon 139 123. Record EX. Cover EX-. Libretto M-. $ 8.
Leos Janacek: Aus einem Totenhaus - From the House of the Dead
Choir and Orchestra of the Netherlands Opera. Conductor Alexander Krannhals.
Holland Festival Live recording on June 25th, 1954
Philips A 00229 L and A 00230 L. Records VG. Sound is better than looks. Spiralled album VG (some staining on the back, dent on front, upper left). Liner notes in English. Libretto in German.
Festivals are generally the events where daring productions will materialize. Through the years Holland Festivals have produced many remarkable performances of often neglected works. As such, The House of the Dead, which had a turbulent history because of the untimely death of Janacek, was a special event in those years. In 1953 Jascha Horenstein conducted a performance in Paris and one year later Alexander Krannhals did the same in Amsterdam. The cast consisted practically entirely of Dutch artists (singers and dancers) and one or two foreigners who had joined the Netherlands Opera.
Janacek-From the House of the Dead, Netherlands Opera 1954. Krannhals. Philips 2x LP A00229/20L. Records VG. Album VG. $ 19.
George Gershwin: Porgy and Bess
Maazel, the Cleveland Orchestra and outstanding cast.
This outstanding recording does not need an introduction to the Gershwin fans, audiophiles and lovers of the verismo opera (so to speak). This work encompasses all elements of real life, also in this day and age: sex, love, missery and beauty, a compelling experience to listen to and if necessary to follow the libretto. It is the first and probably only classical work with a poignant rap (Maria addressing Sportin' Life). Right from the day this 3 Lp boxed set was released, its popularity never faded. See also Porgy & Bess.
Willard White, Leona Mitchell, McHenry Boatwright, Florence Quivar, Barbara Hendricks, Barbara Conrad, Arthur Thompson, François Clemmons, James Vincent Pickens, Samual Hagan, William Brown, etc.
Lorin Maazel is conducting the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus (Robert Page, director), the Cleveland Children's Chorus (Becky Seredick, director) and The Cleveland Orchestra.
The set offered here is NM. The book and box are NM as well.
Porgy and Bess. Maazel - Cleveland. 3x LP DECCA SET 609 - 610 - 611. British pressing. Records, Box and Book NM. $ 25.
George Gershwin: Porgy and Bess
This Goddard Lieberson production which was released in 1951 was the first that made people realize that Gershwin's work is definitly an opera and not a musical. The casting was extraordinary: Camilla Williams who had made her debut with the New York City Opera Company, Lawrence Winters who received world fame, Avon Long, who had been cast already under Alexander Smallens, the 'rough' Warren Coleman, and all those stars that provided for a fascinating and strong performance under the direction of able conductor Lehman Engel.
This is the 3 LP record set in a book with a spiraled spine that was issued by Philips on their early Minigroove label.
For details see the page about Porgy & Bess. I have two sets (one for me to keep) and they are both the same quality.
Philips Minigroove labels A 01115 L / A 01116 L / A 01117 L . Book is EX. The book contains full libretto and text created by Ira Gershwin and author Du Bose Heyward. The records are EX to M-. The book is EX (front) tot VG+ (back).
After cleaning I have slipped the LPs in new Nagaoka inner sleeves. For your convenience I will add 3 new lined white paper sleeves in case you like to use these instead of the 'slippery' Nagaoka sleeves that ar not always easy to handle.
Porgy and Bess-Williams-Winters-Engel-Lieberson. 3x LP Philips Minigroove A 01115/6/7/ L. Records EX to M-. Book EX/VG. $ 15.
Ludwig van Beethoven:
of the Bavarian State Opera
Fricsay - conductor
Deutsche Grammophon LPM 18390 / 391. In box. Issued in the Fall of 1958. Mono edition. Records NM. Box M-. Book NM. Liner notes in German, French and English.
Beethoven-Fidelio-Fricsay-Soloists-Bavaria Chorus and Orchestra. Deutsche Grammophon LPM18390/1. Box M-. Records NM. Book NM. $ 25.
Giaccomo Puccini: Madama Butterfly
- Clara Petrella
Symphonic Orchestra of the Italian Radio and Television of Turin conducted by Angelo Questa. Instructor of the Chorus: Giulio Mogliotti.
Cetra 1248. 3x LP - 6 sides: 1015/1020 - 1016/1019 - 1017/1018. Flat pancake pressings made in Italy.
Records VG to VG+. Box NM. Book VG, front page loose. Beautiful set. Scans do not do justice to the beauty of it. Fascinating performance.
Butterfly - Questo - Petrella - Tagliavini - RAI Torino Orchestra and Chorus. Cetra 1248. Records and Box NM. $ 24.
Herbert von Karajan conducts the Staatskapelle Dresden.
Helen Donath - Ruth Hesse - Theo Adam - Karl Ridderbusch - Eberhard Büchner
- Horst Lunov - Geraint Evans - Zoltan Kéléman - Rene Kollo
- Peter Schreier - Kurt Moll,
EMI HMV Angel Series C 193-02 174/8. 5x LP. Gold labels. Records M- to NM. Box NM. Book M-. Liner notes in English and German includes chapters about the aspects of this specific recording, the Dresden State Orchestra, and Wagner's link to Dresden. Complete libretto in German and English. Heavy box. Recorded in co-operation with VEB Deutsche Schallplatten (Eterna, GDR). Recording first published in 1972.
This edition weighs 1800 gr. It falls in the category up to 5 kg. So it is advised to order a few more records.
Wagner - Meistersinger - Dresden State Orchestra - Von Karajan - Donath, Hesse, Ridderbusch et al. EMI HMV Angel Series C 193-02 174/8. Records NM to M-. Box NM. Book M-. $ 20.
Richard Wager (1813-1883)
aus Wagner's Musik-Dramen
Abschied und Feuerzauber - Wotan's Farewell and Magic Fire - Die Walküre
- 3rd Act
der mein Vater nicht ist - That he is not my father - Siegfried - 2nd
Szene - Flower Maidens Scene -
Paul Schoeffler - Franz Lechleitner - Günther Treptow
of the Vienna State Opera
German DECCA NLXT 2566, pressed from original Great Britain plates ARL 916-1B G and 2A.
'Manufactured in Germany' was engraved in the dead wax of this disc. Although the 'Bundesrepublik' was founded in 1949 under the reign of Konrad Adenauer, apparently the phrase 'Manufactured in Western Germany' was not in use yet. Also the early Deutsche Grammophon issues just mentioned 'Made in Germany'. The recording was first published in 1951 in the UK as well as in Germany. That was in the years when Decca recordings became available pressed by TelDec from original Decca matrices. The label says 'Unverkäufliche Musterplatte' which means 'Sample not for Sale'. This record was a reviewer's copy.
Record EX to M-. Cover NM. Beautifully styled labels. Artisan gatefold cover listing complete opera's available and stating 'ffrr: full frequency range recording - Durch Fortschritt im Frequenzumfang realistische Reproduktion'.
Wagner - Music Dramas - Schoeffler - Lecheitner - Treptow - Moralt - Knappertsbusch - German Decca NLXT 2644 (=LXT 2644). Record EX to M-. Cover NM. $ 24.
Francesco Cavalli: 'L'Ormindo' - opera on a libretto by Giovanni Faustini. Realised by Raymond Leppard.
- John Wakefield (tenor)
Philharmonic Orchestra - Leader Rodney Friend - directed by Raymond Leppard.
Recording first published in 1969. Performance and recording awarded the Edison and Grand Pix du Disque Paris.
Argo ZNF 8-10. ED1. 3x LP. First black labels. Decca recording and pressings. Records NM. Box M- to NM. Libretto NM (except for a small stamp put on the front by the former owner).
Cavelli - Ormindo - Glyndebourne 1967 - London Philharmonic - Leppard - 3x LP Argo ZNF 8-10. Oval label. Records NM. Box and libretto M- to NM. $ 19.
A I D A
Price - Soprano
Rome Opera House Chorus and Orchestra
Solti - Conductor
This is another famous recording resulting from the collaboration between Decca and RCA in the 1960s. In England this recording was released as RCA SER 4538-40 by Decca and issued as a Decca recording in 1970 as SET 427-9.
RCA Victor Living Stereo LSC-6158 - 3x LP. USA Pressings. Records M-. Book M-. Box EX+.
Verdi - AIDA - Price - Vickers - Rome - Solti - 3x LP RCA LSC-6158 - Redcords M--. Box EX+. Book NM. $ 19.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:
Le Nozze di Figaro - The Marriage of Figaro
Della Casa - Soprano
Erich Kleiber conducts The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus.
This is another famous Decca stereo recorded in the mono era. Le nozze di Figaro was released in November of 1955 as LXT 5088-89-90-91-92. The stereo edition was issued in March 1959 as SXL 2087-88-89-90.
Here is the equivalent on the London label pressed in Great Britain: OSA 1402. The individual records are OS 25022 -23-24-25.
The records are EX to M-. (a few sides have some noise or a few ticks at the beginning). The Box is EX to M-. The book with libretto in Italian and translation into English is NM.
Mozart - Nozze - Kleiber - Della Casa - Danco - Gueden et al. 4x LP Decca OSA 1402. Records and Box are EX to M-. Book is NM. $ 22.
Tosca: Antonietta Stella
Chorus and Orchestra of the "Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli". Conductor: Tullio Serafin
This recording was issued in 1958 on Columbia M2L 402, 2x Monaural LP. No stereo exists. The recording was made in 1957 and in Europe released in 1958 on Philips A 00463/64 with the modern Philips mono label; no Minigroove label exist. This is the German edition with records made in Holland. After Philips had bought the Mercury label, this recording was later issued in the USA on Mercury's Wing label as WL 1197/8, gatefold cover and not on Columbia's Odyssey. This may lead to the conclusion that the recording was initially a joint venture between Philips and Columbia with Columbia financing part of the project, but that the rights belonged to Philips.
Philips A 00463/64. 2x LP. Records are M-. Box is M-. Book and liner notes in German with complete libretto in Italian.
Puccini - Tosca - Stella - Poggi - Napoli - Serafin. Philips 2x LP A00463/64. Records M-. Box M-. $ 22.
Bertold Brecht - author
The Threepenny Opera
- Nicolai Gedda
Orchestra and Chorus of the Théatre National de l'Opéra, Paris.
RCA LM 6400-1 to 4, 1954. 4x LP. Mono. US edition of the original French recording on VSM FALP -261/4.
are VG to EX. Box is NM. Original RCA inner sleeves. Libretto is missing.
Faust - Gounod - Cluytens - Gedda - Christof - Los Angeles. 4x LP RCA LM 6400-1/4. Record VG to EX. Box NM. No libretto. $ 24.
Richard Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen - Complete 19 LPs.
When Herbert von Karajan had concluded his 'Ring des Nibelungen' in 1970, Deutsche Grammophon issued the recordings of the 4 operas in a large slipcase.Each opera has its individual container.
The set includes an illustrated book with the libretti plus introductions in German, English, French, and Italian. There was no complete edition issued on the Tulip label. The authors of Penguin Guide to Opera on Compact Disc wrote: "Karajan's recording of the Ring followed close on the heels of Solti's for Decca, providing a grand alternative studio version which equally stands the test of time. The manner is smoother, the speeds generally broader, yet the tension and concentration of the performances are maintained more consistently than in most modern studio recordings."
BOX 1 - Das Rheingold 2561 192/94 - 3xLP - STEREO (P) 1968
- was available on the Tulip label for 2 years only - 139 226/28
Cvetka Ahlin - Lilo Brockhaus - Lili Chookasian - Régine Crespin - Helga Dernesch - Oralia Dominguez - Helen Donath - Barbro Ericson - Catherine Gayer - Gundula Janowitz - Helga Jenckel - Catarina Ligendza - Christa Ludwig - Simone Mangelsdorff - Daniza Mastilovic - Edda Moser - Carlotta Ordassy - Liselotte Rebmann - Anna Reynolds - Ingrid Steger - Josephine Veasey
Bilioth - Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau - Donald Grobe - Zoltan Kelemen - Robert
Kerns - Karl Ridderbusch
Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by
box is NM. The individual boxes NM.
The records are Near MINT and look as if they were played only once or twice.
of this box per Registered Insured Mail to EU countries is $ 45, to other
European countries it is $ 50. To countries outside the European Union
shipment is $ 130.
Wagner - Ring - Karajan - 1970 - 19x LP - DG 2561 192 to 210 - Records, Box, Book NM/M-. $ 55
Giuseppe Verdi - Il Trovatore
Renata Tebaldi, Mario del Monaco, Giulietta Simionato, Ugo Savarese
Alberto Erede conducting the Chorus of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the Orchestra of The Grand Theatre of Geneve.
This is another one of those early stereo recordings made in the monaural era. Originally released in mono as LXT 5602-2 in November 1956. When this unique recording became available in stereo in 1959 as SXL SXL 2129-2131, it was in great demand. Therefor Philips issued the complete opera as a Dutch edition for the opera minded in the Netherlands.
SDAX 195041/2/3. Records NM. Box has a few stains, one clearly visible
at the left upper corner. And there is some coloration at the corner at
upper right. The box is therefor graded as EX+. This edition had only
a simple inlay in Dutch and no libretto. The Philips plates, cut from
the original Decca tapes, do not have the slight Decca matrix noise which
is so common of the early SXLs. Beautiful sound!
Verdi - Trovatore - Tebaldi - Simionato - del Monaco - Savarese - Erede. 3x LP Dutch Decca SDAX Stereo 195041/43. Records NM. Box EX+. $ 18.
Zoltán Kodály: Háry János - Hungarian folk opera, mostly referred to as a 'Singspiel'
Members of the Hungarian State Opera (see scan at left) and actor Peter Ustinov performing the various roles of : Háry János - Russian Sentyry - Hubgarian Senbtry - An Old Woman - A Jewish Musician - Count Bomabazine - etc.
Edingburgh Festival Chorus (Chorus Master Arthur Oldham) - Wandsworth Schoolboys Choir - Various Soloists - The London Symphony Orchestra.
John Leach - Cymbalon
Istvan Kerttesz, Conductor
SET 399/400. 2x LP. Book with biographies, libretto and images, M- (a
few small stains on front and back). Box NM to M-. Records NM.
Hary Janos - Kodaly - Kertesz - Hungarian Opera - Ustinov - London Symphony. 2x LP Decca 399/400. Box and Book M-. Records NM. $ 19.
Kiri Te Kenawa sings Arias of Opera's of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Zaide, La Finta Giardiniera, La Clemenza di Tito, Cosi Fan Tutte, Il Re Pastore, Lucio Silla, Idomeneo, Zauberflöte.
London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Colin Davis.
Philips 6514 319. Digital recording from 1983. Record, Cover and Inlay NM.
Kenawa - Mozart Opera Arias - Colin Davis. Philips 6514 319. Record, Cover and Inlay NM. $ 12.
Janet Baker sings Arias from Operas by Christophe Willibald von Gluck
Le perfide Renaud (Armide) - Vous essayez en vain (Iphigénie en Aulide) - Non, cet affreux devoir (Iphigénie en Tauride) - Adieu, conservez dans votre ame (Iphigénie en Aulide) - Divinités du Styx (Alceste) - Bel inconnu; Je cherche a vous faire (Le Rencontre Imprévue) - and 6 more.
English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Raymond Leppard.
Philips 9500 023. Red-Silver label. 1975. Record NM. Cover NM.
Janet Baker - Gluck - Arias - Orfeo ed Euridice - Armide - Iphigénie- etc. ECO. Leppard. Philips 9500 023. Record NM. Cover NM. $ 12.
Christoph Willibald Gluck:
Orfeo ed Euridice
- René Jacobs
Original score revised by Pieter Andriessen en Sigiswald Kuijken
Accent ACC 8223-24. 2x LP in Box. Records are M- to EX+. Box M- to NM.
Recorded February 1982. German pressing by Sonopress.
'The beauty of pure. The enjoyment of pure music making.'
Gluck - Orfeo ed Euridice - Jacobs - Kweksilber - Falewicz - La Petite Bande. 2x LP Accent ACC 8223-24. Box NM to M-. Records EX+. $ 11.
Arkhipova - Carmen
This is the live performance from 1959 on 3 Melodiya LP records, issued in 1990.
Irina Arkhipova and cast sing in Russian and Mario del Monaco sings in Italian.
Other singers are Alexei Bolshakov, Galina Belousova-Shenchenko, I. Popov, Irina Maslennikova, N. Zakharov, Nadezhda Kositsyna, Pavel Lisitsian, and F. Fokin.
Records are EX. The Box is M-. Liner notes in Russian glued on the inside of the box (front).
Carmen - Arkhipova - del Monaco - Bolshoi - Melik-Pashayev. 3xLP Melodiya 029833-838. Records EX. Box M-. $ 15.
PUCCINI: MADAMA BUTTERFLY
Chorus and Orchestra of the Academia di Santa Cecilia, Rome, conducted by Alberto Erede.
This beautiful item consists of three DECCA LPs in individual covers, in a neat box. References LXT 2638, 2639, and 2640.
The recording was first published in February, 1952. This is the pressing from November, 1954, as is indicated on the back of each individual cover. Liner notes on the back of the covers as well as the complete cast. Original and first Decca Orange-Gold label.
Records EX to NM. Covers NM. Box NM (has been repaired). The scans do not do justice to the actual beauty of the set.
Puccini - Butterfly - Tebaldi - Rankin - et al. Santa Cecilia Rome - Erede. 3x LP Decca LXT 2638/40. Orange-Gold. Records EX to NM. Box and covers NM. $ 24.
Russian Operas (Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Borodin, Rimsky-Korsakov), sung in German by:
Singers: Rita Streich - Grace Bumbry - Stefania Woytowicz - Kim Borg
Conductors: Ferenc Fricsay, Kurt Gaebel, Janos Kulka, Horst Stein, Witold Rowicki, Louis Frémaux.
Beautiful performances the classic way.
Deutsche Grammophon 136 254 Stereo Alle Hersteller Tulip Label from April 1966 - Streich-Borg-Woytowicz-Bumbry. Record and Cover NM. $ 12.
Arias from La Traviata, Der Troubadour, Die Macht des Schicksals, Nabucco - sung in German.
Singers: Maria Stader - Lawrence Winters - Inghe Bork - Jess Thomas - Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau - Sandor Konya - Stefania Woytowicz - Martti Talvela
Conductors: Schmidt-Isserstedt, Patané, Kulka, Löwlein, Stein.
Deutsche Grammophon 136 521 Stereo Alle Hersteller Tulip Label from April 1966 - Winters - Konya - Fischer-Dieskau - Talvela. Record and Cover NM. $ 12.
Britten: Peter Grimes
Exceptional performance and beautiful recording.
Peter Pears - Claire Watson - James Pease - David Kelly - Owen Brannigan - Lauris Elms - Jean Watson - Marion Stuholme - Iris Kells - Raymons Nilson - John Lanigan - Gerant Evans - Marcus Norman
Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Benjamin Britten conducting.
Peter Grimes - Benjamin Britten - 3x LP Decca SXL 2150-2151-2152 WB Non Grooved. Records NM/M- (partly due to early 1959 matrix production). Box NM. Book M-. $ 25.
Wagner: Die Walküre - Highlights
Birgit Nilsson, John Vickers, Gré Brouwenstijn, George London, Rita Gorr, and Walküries
London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Erich Leinsdorf
Recording made by Decca in cooperation with RCA. Decca matrix and pressing.
Wagner Walküre Highlights - Leinsdorf - RCA SB 6558 (=LSC 2692). Record NM and cover NM. $ 12.
Rudolf Moralt conducts Mozart's Don Giovanni
This is the famous Philips 3 LP issue of DON GIOVANNI with singers George London, Leopold Simoneau, Walter Berry, Eberhard Wächter, Ludwig Weber, Hilde Zadek, Sena Jurinac, and Graziella Sciutti,
The performance with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra (Wiener Symphoniker) and the Vienna Chamber Choir (Wiener Kammerchor) is conducted by Rudolf Moralt (who also plays the harpsichord). Mono recording - no stereo exists.
Simoneau - Berry - Zadek - Surinac - Sciutti - Wächter - Moralt - Mozart Don Giovanni. 3x LP Philips A 00280/81/82 L. Records are NM (except for Side 6 which is EX- but sounds as NM). Box is EX. $ 19.
Image of original SXL release
Karl Böhm conducts.
Mozart: The Magic Flute - Die Zauberflöte
Hilde Gueden, Wilma Lipp, Emmy Loose, Leopold Simoneau, Kurt Böhme, Wakter Berry, Paul Schöffler, August Jaresch, Judith Helwig, Christa Ludwig, Hilde Rössel-Majdan, Dorothea Siebert, Ruthilde Boesch, Eva Börner, Joseph Gostic, Ljubomir Pantscheff, Erich Majkut, Harald Pröglhöf
Vienna State Opera Choir, Vienna Philharmonic
Original Decca Stereo recording, released in mono in the Fall of 1954.
When this unique recording became available in stereo as SXL 2215/16/17 Philips practically immediately issued the complete opera as a Dutch edition. There was much demand.
Difficult to get this performance on record, unless you are willing to pay about $ 300 or even up to $ 600.
The Philips plates, cut from the original Decca tapes, do not have the slight Decca matrix noise which is so common of the early SXLs. Beautiful sound.
I will include a photo copy of the text of the original SXL inlay.
Böhm - Mozart - Zauberflote. 3x LP Dutch Decca SDAX 195 030/031/032. Records and Box are a beautiful Near Mint. $ 19.
Cherubini: Medea (complete, 3x LP)
Chorus and Orchestra of the Academia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome
Chorus master: Giorgio Kirschner.
Decca SET 376-8 - Wideband Gr.
Records have new inner sleeves. Original inner sleeves retained.
Medea - Jones, Prevedi, etc. 3x LP Decca SET 376/7/8. Box and libretto VG+. Records NM. $ 22.
Karl Böhm at the Bayreuth Festival - Karl Böhm bei den Bayreuther Festspielen. 2 x LP. Excerpts and rehearsal. Extraordinary recordings, artistically as well as technically (given the difficult acoustics in the pit and he hall)
Record One, Side One:
Karl Böhm during the rehearsal of Tristan and Isolde, 3rd act, Prelude and 1st scene
Record One, Side Two:
Tristan and Isolde: Prelude to Act Three, Love duet"Oh sink hernieder", Isoldes Liebestod - Birgit Nilsson, Christa Ludwig, Wolfgang Windgassen.
Record Two - Side One:
Das Rheingold: Wotans Erwachen, Theo Adam
Die Walküre: Ein Schwert verhiesz mir der Vater, James King
Die Walküre: Dialog Wotan-Brünnhilde - Birgit Nilsson/Theo Adam
Die Walküre: Leb' wohl du kühnes herrliches Kind, Theo Adam
Record Two, Side Two:
Siegfried: Nothung , Nothung, niedliches Schwert, Wolfgang Windgassen
Siegfried: Mimes Illusionen der Weltherschaft, Erwinn Wohlfart and Wolfgang Windgassen
Götterdämmerung: Siegfrieds Tod und Trauermarsch, Wolfgang Windgassen
Two LP Gatefold - Karl Böhm bei den Bayreuther Festspielen, 1973 and 1976. Philips 6701 048. Records NM. Gatefold M- to NM. Pressed in Germany. $ 15.
Simionato, Achille Braschi, Carlo Tagliabue, Liliana Pellegrino, Fernanda
Cavazzi, Carlo Bergonzi, Carlo Tagliabue, Salvatopre Tommaso, Marcello
I offer this set because I did not want to let it go to waste. So it was cleaned and the records were play graded. The box is poor, is damaged, and the front is somewhat repaired. Obviously an issue for the die hard, the collector of histopric items, despite the condition. But as they have been cleaned, the sound can be fully enjoyed.
3 x LP box from 1954. Cetra Long Playing 1238. Original Italian release from 1954. Original Italian pressings. Box Poor. Damaged front, image repaired. Inlays EX. Records VG+ to EX. $ 15.
Richard Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen - Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried, Götterdämmerung.
Kirstin Flagstad, Elisabeth Höngen, Sieglinde Wagner, Ludwig Weber, Ferdinand Frantz, Max Lorenz, Gunther Treptow, a.o.
Furtwangler conducted these performmances in La Scala, Milan.
Murray Hill 940477. 11 Records in a Box. This set came without booklet. All info on the back and on the web of course, and in your own library.
Records VG (Side 15) to M-. Yet soundwise a good listen. Box is VG (split at the top of the back was repaired).
Shipment falls into the second category. So it is an item to be added if you have set eyes on more operatic items, or from other categories.
Wagner - Furtwangler - La Scala - 1950 - Murray Hill 940477. 11x LP. Records VG to M-. Box VG. $ 22
Comic opera in 3 Acts on a libretto written by Karel Sabina, performed by The Slovenian National Opera Company conducted by Dimitri Gebré.
Liner notes in German, libretto in Czech, English, French and German.
Philips recording released in 1956 in mono. No stereo exists. A 00354 L - A 00355 L - A 00356 L. (See Wikipedia)
The Bartered Bride - 3x LP Philips 00354-356. Box NM. Book NM. Records VG+ to EX. $ 20.
The Barber of Seville - Il barbieri de Sevilla
Mercedes Capsir - Ricardo Stracciari - Dino Borgioli - supporting cast and chorus
Milan Symphony Orchestra conducted by Cav Lorenzo Molajoli
Recording made in 1929, in the shellac era and issued on Columbia's Entree Lp label in September, 1953. Mono. No Stereo exists.
Puccini La Tosca - Entree EL 1 - 3x 12" LP RL 3061/3062/3063. Records VG+ and Box Ex-. No book or libretto. $ 18.
Puccini: La Tosca
Bianca Scacciati - Alessandro Granda - Enrico Molinari - Salvatore Baccaloni - Aristide Baracchi - Tomano Cortellino - Emilio Venturini
Scala Milan Chorus and Orchestra conducted by Cav Lorenzo Molajoli.
Recording made in 1929, in the shellac era and issued on Columbia's Entree Lp label in December, 1953. Mono. No Stereo exists.
Puccini La Tosca - 2x LP Entree EL 4 RL 3075/3076. Records VG+. Box EX-. No book or libretto. $ 18.
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