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Margaret Price: In Recital

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Margaret Price: In Recital
Margaret Price: In Recital


A song recital new to CD from a peerless lyric soprano, coupled with classic recordings of Ravel and Verdi.   In 1971 Andrew Porter wrote that Margaret Prices voice was among the things that make one glad to be alive. In the 1960s she had recorded for a small Welsh label a recital of Welsh, German and Italian songs that would become signature items for her over the coming decades. Reissued in 1969 by LOiseau-Lyre, the album makes it to CD for the first time in this compilation. In favourites such as Schuberts Heidenröslein, Verdis Ave maria and five Welsh folksongs, Price is on sovereign form, with a gleaming upper register and engagingly fresh phrasing.   Also from the early 70s is a rare foray into contemporary music inspired by her Welsh heritage, with Alun Hoddinotts setting of a text by Emyr Humphries, Roman Dream. She recorded this for Argo along with a set of Gaelic folksongs by Phyllis Tate; these, too, are transferred to CD for the first time.   More familiar delights are offered on CD2, with Deutsche Grammophon capturing her voice in full and glorious maturity in a 1987 album of Verdi songs and a recording of Ravels opulent, oriental song-cycle Shéhérezade, in which she is sensitively partnered by the London Symphony Orchestra under a long-time musical partner, Claudio Abbado; together in 1971 they had recorded the Altenberg-Lieder of Berg which fill out CD1. Thus Price sings in five languages through the course of the compilation, and shows herself a gifted word-painter in each of them: its a comprehensive tribute to the art of a soprano esteemed by Sir Georg Solti as a musicians singer and a conductors singer.   The attraction is the voice, warm, with a mezzo quality still evident, beautifully even in texture, nobly full-bodied on high, generous in phrasing. Gramophone, April 1976 (LOiseau-Lyre recital) The real prize is the haunting Altenberg Lieder, sung to perfection by Margaret Price-and the sound is excellent. High Fidelity, December 1988 (Berg) * FIRST CD RELEASE ON DECCA


  1. Name
  2. BELLINI Almen Se Non Possio*
  3. DONIZETTI La Conocchia*
  4. VERDI Ave Maria*
  5. ROSSINI LInvito*
  6. FRANZ SCHUBERT Du Bist Die Ruh, D.774*
  7. Heidenröslein, D. 257*
  8. Gretchens Bitte, D.564*
  9. Die Forelle, D.550*
  11. Bugeilior Gwenith Gwyn*
  12. Wrth Fynd Efo Deio I Dowyn*
  13. Dafydd Y Garreg Wen*
  14. Y Deryn Pur*
  15. TATE Three Gaelic Ballads*
  16. HODDINOTT Roman Dream, Op. 54*
  17. BERG Altenberger Lieder
  18. GIUSEPPE VERDI 1 Il Tramonto
  19. La Seduzione
  20. Ad Una Stella
  21. Lo Spazzacamino
  22. Perduta Ho La Pace
  23. Deh, Pietoso, Oh Addolorata
  24. Chi I Bei Dì Madduce Ancora
  25. La Zingara
  26. Lesule
  27. Non Taccostare Allurna
  28. In Solitaria Stanza
  29. Nellorror Di Notte Oscura
  30. Il Poveretto
  31. Stornello
  32. Ave Maria
  33. RAVEL Sheherazade
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