Wozzeck / Ewartung  (Mitropoulos;  Harrell, Farrell, Jagel, Dorothy Dow)   (2-Sony MH2K 62759)
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Wozzeck / Ewartung  (Mitropoulos;  Harrell, Farrell, Jagel, Dorothy Dow)   (2-Sony MH2K 62759)
OP0020. WOZZECK (Berg), Live Performance, 1951, w.Mitropoulos Cond. NYPO; Mack Harrell, Eileen Farrell, Frederick Jagel, David Lloyd, Ralph Herbert, etc.; Mitropoulos Cond. NYPO: Symphonic Elegy (Krenek); w.Dorothy Dow: Ewartung (Schönberg), both 19 Nov., 1951, Carnegie Hall. (Austria) 2-Sony MH2K 62759. Slipcase Edition has 51pp. Brochure, w.archival photos & 103pp. Libretto; Discs feature original Columbia LP labels. Outstanding sound quality! Long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 074646275924

CRITIC REVIEWS:

“…the Mitropoulos WOZZECK was a pleasure. I’m continually amazed at the results that Sony has achieved in resuscitating the glories of its back catalog….It may not be the most accurate on record, but this WOZZECK still conveys the tragedy better than most of the modern competition.”

- Christopher Abbot, FANFARE, Nov./Dec., 1998



“Like Lillian Nordica [Farrell] had a huge flexible voice and a seamless scale….as with Nilsson and the young Régine Crespin, recorded sound merely hints at Farrell’s impact. In fact, only Crespin could match Farrell’s middle register: voluptuous, enveloping, immense but soft-focused. This led to serious comparisons with Kirsten Flagstad….softly intense...the big soaring phrases literally lifted some of the audience out of their seats.”

- Albert Innaurato, EMI Program Notes



“With Farrell…we are on the way back to look at American singing in the forties and fifties….In certain records she even achieves a Callas-like intensity….The touch of greatness in Farrell is sufficient to make one wonder why the evident goodness was not more extensively recorded and still more widely acclaimed.”

- J. B. Steane, THE GRAND TRADITION, p.421



“Frederick Jagel began his education with William Brady and Vincenzo Portanova in New York and concluded with Corace Cataldi-Tassoni in Milan. He made his début in 1924 at the Teatro in Livorno under the name Federico Jeghelli as Rodolfo in LA BOHÈME. He guested at different Italian operatic stages and sang during a season at the Italian Opera in Holland. In 1927 he was engaged by the Metropolitan Opera in New York where he appeared longer than twenty years (under his own name Frederick Jagel). He made his début as Radames. At the Metropolitan Opera he was highly acclaimed especially as an interpreter of the Italian repertoire, however, he also sang Wagner roles (Lohengrin, Tannhäuser, Tristan) and in 1930 the role of Gritzko in the Met première of Mussorgsky’s THE FAIR AT SOROCHYNTSI. His special star role was Herod in SALOME. In 1948 he sang the title role in the Met première of PETER GRIMES. From 1930 he guested regularly at the San Francisco Opera, in 1928 and in the 1939-1941 seasons at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. In 1943 he appeared at the Chicago Opera‘ as Lohengrin, in 1942 at the City Center Opera as Herod.”

- Ashot Arkelyan