James Levine;  Jonathan Biss;  John Tomlinson,  Kremena Dilcheva;  Ors Kisfaludy -  Bartok  (2-OehmsClassics OC 5052)
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James Levine;  Jonathan Biss;  John Tomlinson,  Kremena Dilcheva;  Ors Kisfaludy -  Bartok  (2-OehmsClassics OC 5052)
C0290. JAMES LEVINE Cond. Münchner Phil.: Suite from “The Miraculous Mandarin”; w. Jonathan Biss: Piano Concerto #3; w. John Tomlinson & Kremena Dilcheva; Örs Kisfaludy (speaker): “Bluebeard´s Castle” (all Béla Bartók). (Germany) 2-OehmsClassics OC 5052, Live Performance, 2003. Very long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 4260034865051

CRITIC REVIEWS:

“John Tomlinson has sung regularly with English National Opera since 1974 and with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, since 1977 and has also appeared with Opera North, Scottish Opera, Glyndebourne Festival and Touring Operas and Kent Opera. He has sung at the Bayreuth Festival every year since 1988, where he has been heard as Wotan in DAS RHEINGOLD and DIE WALKÜRE, the Wanderer in SIEGFRIED, Titurel and Gurnemanz in PARSIFAL, König Marke in TRISTAN UND ISOLDE, König Heinrich in LOHENGRIN and Hagen in GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG. Foreign engagements include Geneva, Lisbon, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin (Deutsche Oper and Deutsche Staatsoper), Dresden, Munich and Vienna, and the Festivals of Orange, Aix-en- Provence, Salzburg, Edinburgh and the Maggio Musicale, Florence. His repertoire further includes operas of Strauss, Schönberg, Birtwistle, Beethoven, Verdi, Mozart, Offenbach, Debussy, Pfitzner and Mussorgsky”

“Kremena Dilcheva was born in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria, studying voice and piano in Sofia and Munich. After an engagement in the Teatro alla Scala opera studio, the artist made a name for herself with appearances at renowned theatres in Germany, Austria and Italy, including the Bavarian State Opera, Munich’s Prinzregententheater, the Teatro Comunale in Florence, the Ravenna Festival etc. The beauty of Kremena Dilcheva’s voice, her style and sense of dramatic intensity have made her one of the leading singers of her generation. Her primary roles include classic and early Romantic characters like Cherubino, Sesto, Rosina, Romeo in Bellini’s I CAPULETI E I MONTECCHI, Orlofsky, Olga in EUGEN ONEGIN and others. She has appeared in Sarti’s GIULIO SABINO in Ravenna and Fermo; with HÄNSEL UND GRETEL in Munich. In November 2003, she sang the part of Judith in Bartók’s BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE with the Munich Philharmonic under James Levine and was applauded frenetically. She appeared with Levine once more in July 2004, singing in Wagner’s PARSIFAL and as a soloist in Mendelssohn’s MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM at the Munich Philharmonic’s annual open air concert on Odeonsplatz in front of 8000 enthusiastic listeners.”

“Örs Kisfaludy was born in Budapest, lived for some time in Belgium and Ethiopia and has resided in Switzerland since 1961. He began his acting studies at the Lausanne Conservatory in 1964 and has appeared regularly in France, Belgium and Switzerland since 1972. From 1985 to 1990 Kisfaludy led his own musical broadcast from the Radio Suisse Romande; he began accepting speaking roles in musical works beginning at this time. This work has enabled him to appear under such conductors as Erich Leinsdorf, Helmuth Rilling and Jesús López Cobos. The actor’s most recent theatrical roles include Sganarelle in Molière’s DOM JUAN and Zorba in ALEXIS ZORBA by Nikos Kazantzakis at the Théâtre de Jorat in Mézières.”

“The American pianist Jonathan Biss, characterized as ‘deeply musical, interpretatively principled, and technically secure’ (The Washington Post), has already proved himself an accomplished and exceptional musician with a flourishing international reputation through his orchestral and recital performances in North America and Europe. Performing a diverse repertoire ranging from Mendelssohn, Mozart and Beethoven to Schumann, Schönberg and Janác¡ek, as well as the contemporary works of Leon Kirchner and John Corigliano, Mr. Biss is frequently noted for his intriguing programs, artistic maturity and versatility, as well as technical excellence. He has studied at Indiana University and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he studied with Leon Fleisher, as well as at the Theo Lieven International Piano Foundation in Italy. When he is not performing, Mr. Biss is an avid tennis fan and enjoys spending time in rare bookstores he is not performing.”

- Graham Lack