Great Americans, Volume 1

July 2, 2022, 4:00 pm

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Collage of four albums: Simon Estes sings Wagner, Eileen Farrell — the Complete Columbia Album Collection, Eleanor Steber sings Mozart and Gounod, and Judith Blegen — Songs of Strauss and Wolf

Part one in a survey of important American artists including Roberta Alexander, Rockwell Blake, Judith Blegen, Jan DeGaetani, Simon Estes, Eileen Farrell, and Eleanor Steber.

Watch Judith Blegen in Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love from the Metropolitan Opera on March 2, 1981 below.


Alessandro Scarlatti: “Se geloso e il mio core” from Endimione e Cintia
Judith Blegen, soprano
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Frederica von Stade and Judith Blegen sing Arias and Duets
Sony G010003507198R

Gioacchino Rossini: “Terra amica” from Zelmira
Rockwell Blake, tenor
The Ambrosian Singers
London Symphony Orchestra
Maximiano Valdes, conductor
Encore Rossini

Arabesque Recordings Z6612

Gustave Charpentier: “Depuis le jour” from Louise
Eleanor Steber, soprano
Philharmonia Orchestra
Walter Susskind, conductor
Eleanor Steber Sings Mozart and Gounod

RCA Victor Gold Seal 60521-2-RG

Ludwig van Beethoven: “Abscheulicher! Wo eilst du hin?” from Fidelio
Eileen Farrell, soprano
Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Max Rudolf, conductor
Eileen Farrell: Puccini Arias

Sony Classical 82876-7863-2

Samuel Barber: Sure on This Shining Night
Roberta Alexander, soprano
The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic
Edo de Waart, conductor
Barber: Scenes & Arias
Etcetera  KTC 1145

Charles Ives: The Circus Band
Roberta Alexander, soprano
Tan Crone, piano
Charles Ives Songs Vol. 2
Etcetera KTC 1068

Georges Bizet: “Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre” from Carmen
Simon Estes, bass-baritone
Jessye Norman & Ghyslaine Raphanel, sopranos
Jean Rigby, mezzo-soprano
Chœur de Radio France
Orchestre National De France
Seiji Ozawa, conductor
Bizet: Carmen
Philips 426 040-2

Hector Berlioz (orch. Philip West): “Le spectre de la rose” from Les nuits d’été, Op. 7
Jan DeGaetani, mezzo-soprano
The Eastman Chamber Ensemble
David Effron, conductor
Berlioz: Les Nuits d’été, Op. 7 & Mahler: Five Wunderhorn Songs; Five Rückert Songs
Bridge BCD 9017