X, Y, and Z

February 1, 2020, 4:30 pm

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Operatic arias and songs all connected to the last three letters of the alphabet. Heard are Beverly Sills, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Xenia Belmas, and Kathleen Ferrier in music by Handel, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, and Rimsky-Korsakov.


“Ombra mai fu” from Serse by George Frideric Handel
Kirsten Flagstad, soprano; Philharmonia Orchestra; Warwick Braithwaite, conductor
(London 1948. TESTAMENT SBT 1018)

“The Rose & The Nightingale” by Nikolai Rimsky‐Korsakov
Xenia Belmas, soprano; with Orchestra; Alexander Kitschin, conductor
(Berlin 1928. LP: SERAPHIM IM‐25‐6143‐13)

“Yeletsky’s Aria” from Pique Dame by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Dmitri Hvorostovsky, baritone; Mirella Freni, soprano; Boston Symphony Orchestra; Seiji Ozawa, conductor
(Boston 1991. RCA VICTOR 09026‐61227‐2)

“O Isis und Osiris” from Die Zauberflöte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Leipzig Radio Chorus; Staatskapelle of Dresden; Silvio Varviso, conductor
(Dresden 1988. PHILIPS 422 410‐2)

“Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben” from Zaide by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Beverly Sills, soprano; London Philharmonic Orchestra; Aldo Ceccato, conductor
(EMI CDM 64425 2 5)