Glyndebourne Label releases Idomeneo with Luciano Pavarotti

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Glyndebourne is proud to announce that the next recording to be released on its independent CD label will be Idomeneo from the 1964 Festival conducted by John Pritchard with Luciano Pavarotti singing Idamante.

The Glyndebourne Label reflects the desire to further extend Glyndebourne’s work beyond the opera house and draws upon the core values of a commitment to quality and inventiveness. Releases on The Glyndebourne Label draw on the extensive recordings in our archive, which span the years from 1960 to the present day. These recordings are then released in pairs, with one recording from the old opera house and one from the new, which opened in 1994.

The recordings were originally made for archival purposes and effectively’eavesdrop’on live performances, the recorded sound derived from microphones of extremely high quality, located for the most part high above the orchestra pit. This practice has resulted in vividly realistic recordings with the sound corresponding very closely to that which the audience heard in the live environment. Recorded by the late John Barnes, with the blessing of the Christie family, this unique collection of performance recordings is now becoming available on CD for the first time.

The CDs are packaged as a hard-bound book containing a full libretto and synopsis in English, French and German along with a commissioned article about the opera.

Idomeneo Mozart

The UK premiere of Idomeneo was given at Glyndebourne in 1951, conducted by Fritz Busch, directed by Carl Ebert and designed by Oliver Messel. The 1964 revival, from which this recording comes, was directed by Peter Ebert with John Pritchard conducting, as he had done for the previous five revivals.

This recording allows Janowitz and Pavarotti to be heard before their respective international careers took off. Pavarotti went on to have a long association with this opera, moving to the title role at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and recording it in the early digital age of 1983 with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted once again by Pritchard. Richard Lewis sang the title role in this production for the sixth time at Glyndebourne.

“Of the newcomers to the cast, 27-year-old Gundula Janowitz, of the Vienna State Opera, created an immediate impression as the captive Princess Ilia. She is the possessor of a lovely soprano voice, crystal clear and even over its entire range. Her phrasing is beautifully executed and she has, in addition, a charming stage presence.”
– Daily Mail

‘Luciano Pavarotti’s Idamante provided the most charming vocal tone of the evening.’ – Daily Telegraph

“This has always been one of John Pritchard’s favourite pieces…he inspired the orchestra and chorus to some of the best playing and singing they have given us this season.”
– The Observer

Notes to Editors

Idomeneo W.A.Mozart
Release date: April 2010
Total playing time: 141:16
Catalogue no : GFOCD 006-64
Retail Price: £24.99 (2 CDs)

Conductor John Pritchard
Producer Peter Ebert
Designer Oliver Messel

Cast includes:
Ilia Gundala Janowitz
Idamante Luciano Pavarotti
Idomeneo Richard Lewis
Arbace Neilson Taylor
Electra Enriqueta Tarrés

London Philharmonic Orchestra
The Glyndebourne Chorus

About Glyndebourne:

The internationally renowned Glyndebourne Festival was founded in 1934 by John Christie and his wife, Audrey Mildmay; their grandson Gus is now Executive Chairman with David Pickard the General Director. Carl Ebert was the first Artistic Director and Fritz Busch Music Director. Vladimir Jurowski is the current Music Director. The Festival repertoire has expanded to include operas from the baroque to the contemporary, including seven of Glyndebourne’s own commissions and 13 British premieres. The opera house itself was rebuilt in 1994 and now seats 1,200. Glyndebourne on Tour was founded in 1968 taking productions to a wider audience and offering increased performance opportunities to young singers. Additionally, Glyndebourne’s Education department has an enormous commitment to new opera and community projects; it currently hosts over 230 different activities each year. With 124 opera performances annually reaching over 140,000 people, Glyndebourne’s continued employment of inspirational directors and performers, and the ongoing drive to commission new work, now goes hand-in-hand with digital innovations to reach new audiences.

Previous recordings on The Glyndebourne Label:

Le nozze di Figaro Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalogue no. : GFO CD 001-62
Retail Price: £29.99 (3 CDs)

Betrothal in a Monastery Sergei Prokofiev
Catalogue no. GFO CD 002-06
Retail Price: £24.99 (2 CDs)

Pelléas et Mélisande Claude Debussy
Catalogue no. GFO CD 003¬-63
Retail Price: RRP £29.99 (3 CDs)

Fidelio Ludwig van Beethoven
Catalogue no. : GFO CD 004-06
Retail Price: £24.99 (2 CDs)

L’elisir d’amore W.A. Mozart
Catalogue no. GFO CD 005-62
Retail Price: RRP: £24.99 (2 CDs)

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