The Metropolitan Opera Guide to Recorded Opera

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1993 - Music - 782 pages
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In this guide, a distinguished corps of musicians, critics and discophiles, supported by the world-renowned Metropolitan Opera, New York, evaluate all the complete recordings of the most important and best loved operas in the repertoire. This information source gives the music lover authoritative advice on fine recordings. Employing the combined labours of some of the world's leading musicologists, "The Metropolitan Opera Guide to Recorded Opera" assesses every complete recording ever made of 150 operas fron "The Abduction from the Seraglio" to "Die Zauberflote" - by 72 composers - from Richard Wagner to Scott Joplin. The operas are arranged alphabetically by composer, and chronologically under each composer heading. An introduction to each opera entry details important issues such as textual differences between performances and cuts. The comparative reviews provide comments on sound quality, fidelity to the composer's intentions, and other fundamental points, and each entry ends by recommending one definitive rendition.
  

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Contents

DOMINICK ARGENTO
1
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
10
VINCENZO BELLINI
18
ALBAN BERG
34
HECTOR BERLIOZ
41
MARC BLITZSTEIN
60
ARRIGO BOITO
66
The Abduction from the Seraglio Mozart 278
72
AMILCARE PONCHIELLI
374
FRANCIS POULENC
381
The Daughter of the Regiment Donizetti 122
382
GIACOMO PUCCINI
391
Turandot Peter G Davis
454
Dido and Aeneas Purcell
459
MAURICE RAVEL
467
NIKOLAI RIMSKYKORSAKOV
474

Der Rosenkavalier R Strauss 525 Turandot Puccini 454
74
FRANCESCO CILEA
82
GAETANO DONIZETTI
100
Francesco da Rimini Zandonai 752 Maria Stuarda Donizetti
110
Lammermoor Bridget Paolucci
113
ANTONJN DVORAK
138
Die Frau ohne Schatten R Strauss 539 The Marriage of Figaro Mozart 286
139
Ruslan and Ludmila Glinka
153
GEORGE GERSHWIN JULES MASSENET
233
ALBERTO GINASTERA
239
UMBERTO GIORDANO
247
Amahl and the Night Visitors Menotti
250
CHRISTOPH WILLIBALD VON GLUCK Les Huguenots Mark Swed
253
LArmco Frifz Mascagni 231
256
PAUL HINDEMITH
270
SCOTT JOPLIN John W Freeman
329
ERICH WOLFGANG KORNGOLD THEA MUSGRAVE
345
PIETRO MASCAGNI
358
Les Contes dHoffmann Offenbach
361
GIOVANNI BATTISTA PERGOLESI
367
CAMILLE SAINTSAENS
495
BEDRICH SMETANA
501
RICHARD STRAUSS
516
Jon Alan Conrad
539
IGOR STRAVINSKY
548
AMBROISE THOMAS
562
Jenufa Janacek 192 Nabucco Verdi
567
Salome R Strauss 514 Vanessa Barber 3
618
Don Carlo Verdi
639
RICHARD WAGNER
672
La Serva Padrona Pergolesi 367 La Voix Humaine Poulenc 384
677
Simon Boccanegra Verdi 620 Die Walkiire Wagner
713
CARL MARIA VON WEBER
742
David Hamilton
750
Index of Artists
757
Julius Caesar Handel 176 Norma Bellini 21
762
Don Giovanni Mozart 299
764
Don Pasquale Donizetti 127
776
Lakme Delibes 96 Orfeo ed Euridice Gluck
781
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Paul Gruber is the executive director for program development at the Metropolitan Opera Guild in New York.

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