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Elektra (Met 1949)
Götterdämmerung (Cov. Gar. 1936)
Mass In B Minor – Bach (Kathleen Ferrier)
Orfeo ed Euridice - Gluck (Met 1940)
Petite Messe Solenelle - Rossini (1939)
Mahler's Resurrection (Holland 1951)
Les Contes d’HOffmann (Met 1937)
Tristan und Isolde (Melchior, Met 1940)



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ELEKTRA

The Legendary 1949 Broadcast


Astrid Varnay, Elena Nicolaidi, Herbert Janssen, Frederick Jagel


Conducted by Dimitri Mitropoulos

New York Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall


Varnay: Little Known Recordings with

Richard Tucker and Leonard Warren


Considered by many music critics to be the greatest performance of Elektra in its era, the broadcast is an electrifying experience of Astrid Varnay at her best. She is supported by a fine cast and superlative orchestra galvanized by the conducting of Mitropoulos to incendiary effect. The performance stunned all who heard it and it has been extolled ever since. Now hear it yourself. Includes a booklet offering notes on the performance and singers. Unforgettable!


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1936 GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG


Act II Complete


Act I: Hier sitz to the end of the act

Act III: Brünnhilde's Immolation


Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (14th, 29th May 1936)


Frida Leider, Lauritz Melchior, Herbert Janssen, Kerstin Thorborg, Ludwig Weber, Eduard Habich, Maria Nazedal / Sir Thomas Beecham



John Steane, the famed music critic, termed Leider's Brünnhilde one of the truly great ones: "it has the perfect character, existing at that rarely achieved point where the heroic has not become inhuman and where the human does not undermine tragic dignity." Leider sings Brünnhilde with a stellar cast ­ perhaps one of the most glorious ever recorded. In addition, this is the first time Act II has been heard with Habich, the famed Alberich who sang the role through the entire Beecham-led cycle. Also, all previously released editions of Act I have never offered Weber's Hier sitz and the musical continuity to Scene 3 as well as the conclusion to the act, all of which can now be heard in this Guild edition. The Immolation stems from the 78s Leider recorded in 1928. Guild's album contains articles about the singers and performance, a track-related synopsis, notes on the recording as well as pictorials. In all, the music, singers, conducting and sound come together to yield an unforgettable experience. Here is a grand memento of the fabled Wagnerian nights at Covent Garden in the 1930s.


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MASS IN B MINOR – BACH

Kathleen Ferrier


Vienna Symphony (15 June 1950)


Schwarzkopf, Ludwig, Schoeffler, Poell / Herbert von Karajan


Brahms: FOUR SERIOUS SONGS

BBC Symphony Orchestra (12 January 1949)


Two Recitals:Oslo 1949 and London 1952


This Guild release commemorates the 50th anniversary of the death of this beloved, world-famous soprano. It offers the complete broadcast of the Bach B Minor Mass from 1950 on the 200th anniversary of Bach’s death, in which Ferrier’s singing of the Agnus Dei brought the implacable Von Karajan to tears while he conducted. The album also includes the broadcast, with commentary, of Ferrier singing Brahms’ Four Serious Songs, conducted by Sir Malcom Sargent and two complete recitals from 1949 and 1952. The booklet offers an interesting article by Derek Adlam on the singer and the performances together with texts for the Bach and Brahms works.


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ORFEO ED EURIDICE - GLUCK

Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera (20 January, 1940)


Thorborg, Novotna, Farell, Dickey / Leinsdorf


The role of Orfeo was Thorborg's favorite role, one which greatly suited this celebrated contralto's voice and temperament. She is heard in a vividly recorded, full-sounding transfer of the original transcriptions, with commentary by Milton Cross and all the curtain calls so justly earned bythese singers. The album also offers an extensive interview with Madame Thorborg about her Met career and a bonus of certain rare discs that first introduced her remarkable voice to music lovers.


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PETITE MESSE SOLENELLE - ROSSINI

New York Philharmonic Symphony and the Westminster Choir (9 April 1939)


Ginster, Castanga, Kullman, Warren

Conducted by John Barbirollii


Barbirolli Rarities:

Verdi - Saint Saëns

Wagner - Richard Strauss

with Pauly, Tibbett, Bonelli 1938 - 1940


Rossini’s rarely performed mass, written in his old age, is sung by famed vocal artists from the 1930s joined by Leonard Warren in the year of his Met debut. And while some of Rossini’s music is slight, the dramatic power and soaring melodic beauty of the final Agnus Dei will surprise and thrill you. The second CD presents Barbirolli rarities taken from broadcasts in 1938 and 1940. This includes Tibett’s Eri Tu, the Grail scene from Parsifal with Bonelli and others, two songs by Richard Strauss sung by Rosa Pauly and the final scene from Salome . In all, a fond remembrance of Sir John’s years as director of the New York Philharmonic and a memento of his love of vocal music. Includes broadcast commentary, article on the performances and biography of Sir John.


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Mahler's RESURRECTION

Symphony No. 2 in C Minor

Holland Festival (12 July 1951)


Kathleen Ferrier, Jo Vincent

Conducted by Otto Klemperer


Concertgebouw Orchestra

Amsterdam Tonkunstchoir


New Edition: REMASTERED 2005


This concert has been previously available on different labels for some years but never in this sound, nor with the original occasion recreated by inclusion of the broadcast commentary in Dutch and German as well as the stupendous ovation accorded Ferrier, the others and Klemperer at the conclusion. The decision to issue the broadcast arose after careful comparison was made to the sonics of all previous issues; the original broadcast sound was sufficiently better that we decided it had to be published. Includes a generously illustrated booklet with extensive articles about Mahler, about the symphony and about Ferrier’s relationship to Mahler’s music as well as a comprehensive biography about this great singer.


If your Guild album does not bear the words New Edition: Remastered 2005 on the cover, we recommend you upgrade your version with this remastered one.


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LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN

Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera (23 January 1937)


Maison, Bovy, Tibbett, Bada

Others / Abravanel


RE-MASTERED FROM NEW SOURCE


Re-mastered from superior sonic sources, this memorable broadcast in good sound offers Lawrence Tibbett in the role of the four villains and Vina Bovy as the three women in his life. This tour-de-force startled and delighted audiences of its day and this Guild release recreates the occasion with striking immediacy. The booklet offers articles on the performances, the vocal artists, the composer and the work as well as broadcast commentary and curtain calls. As such, this is the ultimate edition for connoisseurs of this important era.


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TRISTAN UND ISOLDE

Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera (13 March 1940)


Melchior, Flagstad, Thorborg, Huehn, Kipnis / Leinsdorf


This memorable performance, a benefit for the Metropolitan Opera Fund, offers the greatest box office sensation of the era — Melchior and Flagstad in their world-famed portrayals of the lovers that an ill-starred fate could not keep apart. With the equally renowned Kerstin Thorborg as Brangaene, the tender Kurvenal of Julius Huehn and the immense stature and vocal beauty of Alexander Kipnis as King Marke (replacing Emanuel List), this is an unforgettable performance. Some noisy sides do not deduct from the recording´s good sound. Also included is the broadcast commentary and pandemonious ovations for each of the singers, as well as a touching intermission program about Act II of Tristan. Guild´s lavish booklet offers extensive articles about the singers, the performance, the composer and the work as well as a detailed and illustrated synopsis plus biographies of the artists. Taken together, the whole of it recreates this historic occasion with enthralling vividity. Another shining ray from the Golden Age of Wagner at the Met.


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