C1085. ELIAS (Elijah) (Mendelssohn), Live Performance, 1962, w.Christoph von Dohnányi Cond. Cologne Ensemble, w.George London, Ingrid Bjoner, Waldemar Kmentt & Ira Malaniuk. (E.U.) 2-Andromeda 5155. Final Sealed Copy! - 3830257451556
"A versatile and highly respected conductor, Christoph von Dohnányi has pursued a remarkable career both in Europe and the United States. His work has always been characterized by the greatest artistic integrity and uncompromisingly high standards."
"Ingrid Bjoner, 'Die Bjoner', has particularly made her mark as an interpreter of Wagner and Strauss. German opera houses in particular have monopolised her and she was permanently associated with the Munich Opera for over 25 years. She has also been a welcome guest at La Scala, Covent Garden, the Metropolitan, the Paris Opera, the Vienna Opera and many others. 'Die Bjoner' has particularly made her mark as an interpreter of Wagner and Strauss. The applause after her magnificent Isolde at Bayreuth lasted for three quarters of an hour.
A real trouper, adored for a generation, Ingrid Bjoner was also a sought after teacher, both in Norway and abroad, she was professor at the Norwegian State Academy of Music."
“In the many performances I have appeared in, there were many wonderful colleagues who had me in raptures. There were those with magnificent voices, or great musicians, wonderful actors or great personalities. But George London had it ALL. He was as impressive on stage as he was the wonderful colleague and friend in his private life.”
- Birgit Nilsson, as quoted in Leonardo A. Ciampa’s THE TWILIGHT OF BELCANTO, p.130
“Waldemar Kmentt, born in Vienna in 1929, was the Vienna State Opera’s ‘house tenor’ for more than 20 years. In that capacity he was known for his versatility and dependability, singing 78 rôles in almost 1500 performances from 1952 to 1973….His was a smooth and attractive lyric tenor with solid high notes up to and including high C….I know of no other ‘house tenor’ whose singing was consistently on his high level.”
- Kurt Moses, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Nov./Dec., 2009