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Inge Borkh, Ljuba Welitsch: The Decca Recitals

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Inge Borkh, Ljuba Welitsch: The Decca Recitals
Inge Borkh, Ljuba Welitsch: The Decca Recitals


These recordings of the voices of Inge Borkh and Ljuba Welitsch are very fine examples of the art of the dramatic soprano from the 1950s and early 1960s. Borkh acquired a considerable reputation as Aida, Tosca, Turandot, and Medea in Cherubini's opera of the same name, as well as Leonora in Fidelio. On this anthology, bringing together her recital records for Decca, we are given two mixed recitals and one of three great operatic scenes (Beethoven, Strauss, Weber). Bulgarian-born Ljuba Welitsch liked to sing and play the violin as a child and studied Philosophy at Sofia University she began to train her voice at the Sofia Conservatory and then in Vienna at the Music Academy. It was in Vienna that her performance as the Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos attracted the attention of Richard Strauss who suggested that she sing Salome. Her first Salome was in 1944 at a performance conducted by the composer himself to mark his 80th birthday. By the mid-1950s Welitsch had begun to switch to smaller roles and comic parts after having driven her voice mercilessly and undergoing a throat operation. Her only recital disc for Decca (and one of her very few studio recordings) was recorded in Vienna in 1950. By way of a 'bonus' we have Rudolf Sieczyski's nostalgic song 'Wien, Wien, nur du allein' from Vienna, City of my Dreams, composed in 1913 and performed here in a 1960 recording of Die Fledermaus as part of a 'gala' featuring a host of famous singers at Prince Orlofsky's ball. Welitsch had been coaxed out of retirement to take part in this bit of fun (which was not without precedent in Vienna) and her contribution is very moving.


  1. Name
  2. DVO?ÁK Rusalka: Song to the Moon
  3. GLUCK Alceste: Divinités du Styx
  4. MASCAGNI Cavalleria rusticana: Voi lo sapete
  5. VERDI Macbeth: La luce langue
  6. DEBUSSY LEnfant prodigue: Air de Lia
  7. VERDI La forza del destino: Son giunta Madre, pietosa vergine
  8. VERDI Un ballo in maschera: Ecco lorrido campo Ma dallarido stelo divulsa
  9. VERDI Macbeth: Ambizioso spirto Vieni taffretta Or tutti sorgete
  10. GIORDANO Andrea Chénier: La mamma morta
  11. CILEA Adriana Lecouvreur: Io son lumile ancella
  12. WEBER Oberon: Ozean! Du Ungeheuer!
  13. BEETHOVEN Ah perfido!, Op. 65
  14. STRAUSS Salome: Du wolltest mich nicht deinem Mund
  15. TCHAIKOVSKY The Queen of Spades: Ich mu? am Fenster lehnen
  16. TCHAIKOVSKY The Queen of Spades: Es geht auf Mitternacht
  17. VERDI Un ballo in maschera: Ma dallarido stelo divulsa
  18. VERDI Un ballo in maschera: Morrò, ma prima in grazia
  19. LEHÁR Zigeunerliebe: Lied und Csárdas
  20. LEHÁR Die lustige Witwe: Vilja-Lied
  21. MILLÖCKER Die Dubarry: Ich schenk mein Herz
  22. LEHÁR Der Zarewitsch: Einer wird kommen
  23. SIECZY?SKI Wien, Wien, nur du allein
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