One of my great passions is opera. I find it difficult to
go pass a record shop without going in just to have a look.
My monthly bible is the 'Gramophone' magazine.
Among the recent records I have bought are:
GOTTERDAMMERUNG by Wagner
Cast includes: Lauritz Melchior. A recording of a broadcast on
the 11th January, 1936.
Naxos historical 8.110041-43.
MITRIDATE by Mozart
Cast includes: Cecilia Bartoli, Natalie Dessay,
Giuseppe Sabbatini, Brian Asawa.
Decca 460 772-2.
Claudia Muzio: a selection
of her finest edison recordings including unpublished items.
Pearl. Gemm cds 9072. 2 compact discs.
Le TOREADOR, by Adam.
The cast includes: Sumi Jo (sop), Michel Trempont (bar),
John Alen (ten). Welsh National Opera Orchestra. Richard
Decca 455 664-2DHO.
Opera is entertainment and this recording offers a light,
frothy mixture for our enjoyment. Sumi Jo's singing is a treat and the
whole record is a success.
IRIS, by Mascagni.
The cast includes: Daniella Dessi (sop), Jose Cura (ten),
Roberto Servile (bar), Nicolai Ghiaurov(bas).
Ricodri 74321 51544-2 (two discs: 126 minutes).
Recorded at performances in the Opera House, Rome in
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