Sena Jurinac, Blanche Thebom;  Fritz  Busch     (EMI 63199)
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Sena Jurinac, Blanche Thebom;  Fritz  Busch     (EMI 63199)
V0148. SENA JURINAC: Vier letzte Lieder (Strauss), Live Performance, 2 May, 1951, from Swedish Radio Tapes; Arias from Prodaná Nevesta (Bartered Bride), The Kiss, Jeanne d'Arc & Pique Dame; w.Blanche Thebom; Fritz Busch Cond.Glyndeboune Festival Ensemble: Arias & Duets from Così fan Tutte & Idomeneo - recorded 1950-51. (West Germany) EMI 63199. Very Long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 077776319926


“The even-scaled [Jurinac] voice was of a lovely creamy quality, and she sang with an honesty of expression that could be magnetic and sometimes moving….Tully Potter’s notes are excellent, and Richard Caniell has ensured the best possible presentation and sound.”

- Vivian A. Liff, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Nov./Dec., 2011

“With her graceful bearing and a voice both rich and penetrating, Sena Jurinac was a star of the first generation of European singers to emerge after World War II. She made her début in Vienna on 1 May, 1945 — in the company’s first performance in a liberated Austria — as Cherubino in Mozart’s NOZZE DI FIGARO, a rôle she sang 129 times there. Though she made her first mark in Vienna, which became her artistic home, her radiant Mozart performances at the Glyndebourne Festival in the 1950s catapulted her to international stardom. She also made lauded appearances at the Salzburg and Bayreuth Festivals, the Royal Opera House in London, the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, La Scala in Milan and the San Francisco Opera.”

- Zachary Woolfe, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 26 Nov., 2011

“The Jurinac voice was capable of a gleaming fortissimo, but it also commanded a wide range of shadings of colour and dynamic. The top notes could be floated with an ethereal purity; the middle and lower registers had a very human warmth….The present release is particularly valuable in presenting her as a Lieder singer….Like such great Lieder singers as Rehkemper, Erb, Janssen, Lehmann or Schumann, Jurinac gives us unforgettable musical phrases….We owe her a great deal – and history has already judged her to be one of the immortal sopranos of the twentieth century.”

- Tully Potter

"In a field long dominated by Europeans, Ms. Thebom was part of the first midcentury wave of American opera singers to attain international careers. Associated with the Met from the mid-1940s to the mid-1960s, she was praised by critics for her warm voice, attentive phrasing and sensitive acting."

- Margalit Fox, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 28 March, 2010