Luigi Dallapiccola: Ulisse (2003)
Classical | EAC (APE & CUE) | 503 MB
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This superbly packaged set taken from Radio France broadcast tapes is a model in disseminating significant broadcasts of the past and justice is at last done to one of the great figures of twentieth-century Italian music. Dallapiccola’s serial opera was first produced in Berlin in September 1968, conducted by Lorin Maazel but sung in German (a performance available on CD on Stradivarius STR 10063). It was mounted the following year by the BBC in London on Radio 3 (20 Sept 1969) when, Maazel brought many of the Berlin cast for a July pre-recording to sing in English with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, though with three new names: Günther Reich as Ulysses, counter-tenor Paul Esswood as Telemacus (sung by a soprano at the first performance) and Gerald English as Tiresias and the blind bard Demodocus.