A Heavenly Blend

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Saturday, July 03, 2010

“If the sound of a beautifully produced soprano is thrilling to the ear, then a combination of two such voices should double that thrill.”  Thus George sets out his hypothesis for a program that encompasses baroque madrigals, concert music, and scenes from opera.  He proves his hypothesis, too, with performances of transporting, serene lyricism and thrilling, coloratura fireworks.

1. Claudio Monteverdi: “Tornate, o Cari Baci” (Madrigal Book 7) – Pamela Murray & Pamela Dellal

2. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro “Sull'aria…Che soave zeffiretto” (Letter Duet) – Kiri Ti Kanawa & Dawn Upshaw

3. Vincenzo Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi “Ah, crudel, d’onor ragioni” – Beverly Sills & Janet Baker

4. Gioacchino Rossini: Semiramide “Alle più care immagini” – Joan Sutherland & Marilyn Horne

5. Hector Berlioz: Béatrice e Bénédict “Quoi! vous pleurez, madame?...Nuit paisible et sereine!” (Duo Nocturne) – Sylvia McNair & Catherine Robbin

6. Léo Delibes: Lakmé “Dôme épais” (Flower Duet) – Joan Sutherland & Jane Berbié

7. Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier  “Mir ist die Ehre widerfahren” – Helen Donath & Yvonne Minton

8. Richard Strauss:  Arabella “Aber der Richtige, wenns einen gibt für mich auf dieser Welt” – Lisa della Casa & Hilde Güden

9. Engelbert Humperdinck: Hansel und Gretel (Sandman’s Song & Prayer Duet) Barbara Hendricks, Barbara Bonney, & Anne-Sophie von Otter

10. Giuseppe Verdi: Requiem (Recordare) Elisabeth Schwarzkopf & Christa Ludwig

Comments [6]

Jeffrey M. Shabman from West Allis, WI

Why should anyone decide to discontinue a program that has become an icon and a steady tuned in slot for the majority of your listeners. This is my newly discovered reconnection with this station having moved out of the NY area.
Please don't make removing this program my second mistake.

Jun. 28 2011 05:21 PM
Bill Brodie from Hyde Park, NY

I echo Joe Costa's comment. George IS a treasure and his work should continue to be heard.

Jul. 29 2010 01:27 PM
Zachary from Brooklyn, NY

Agreed! Or at the very least, give us SOME way to access more of the Vocal Scene archives!!

Jul. 24 2010 12:27 AM

Oh, please add my vote to continue these wonderful programs.

Jul. 05 2010 04:04 PM
Joseph Costa from Nyack

What a treat to hear George Jellinek again! Please continue the programs beyond this month. WQXR has a rare treasure. Share it with your listeners.

Jul. 03 2010 02:05 PM
Rhoda Rostky

Jellinek's programs are heavenly. Why must they end in July? Why can't they continue at least through August?

Jul. 03 2010 01:04 PM

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