Eugen Onegin  (Mackerras;  Thomas Hampson, Kiri Te Kanawa, Neil Rosenshein, John Connell, Nicolai Gedda) (2-EMI 55004)
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Eugen Onegin  (Mackerras;  Thomas Hampson, Kiri Te Kanawa, Neil Rosenshein, John Connell, Nicolai Gedda) (2-EMI 55004)
OP0390. EUGEN ONEGIN (in English), recorded 1993, w.Mackerras Cond. Welsh National Opera Ensemble; Thomas Hampson, Kiri Te Kanawa, Neil Rosenshein, John Connell, Nicolai Gedda, etc. (UK) 2–EMI 55004, Slipcase Edition w.Libretto-Brochure. Very long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 724355500427

CRITIC REVIEW:

“This recording, using David Lloyd-Jones’ excellent translation, is the first of ONÉGIN in English. Mackerras delivers a masterful balance of Tchaikovsky’s dramatic score, securing excellent colour and lyricism from the WNO Orchestra, while the chorus enunciates its English with praiseworthy clarity. Among the supporting roles, Patricia Bardon’s Olga is a fluid, deep mezzo, Nicolai Gedda (who plays Lensky on the Sony/Tchakarov recording of Onegin) is a delightful Monsieur Triquet, and Linda Finnie and Elizabeth Bainbridge characterise Madame Larina and the Nurse with just the right authority of tone. John Connell gives a most distinguished performance as Prince Gremin, and Neil Rosenshein brings tenderness and passion to the role of the lovelorn poet Lensky. Thomas Hampson could have afforded to sound chillier and more aloof in Onegin’s Act I exchanges, but his Act II duet with Lensky against the doom-laden drum rolls is extremely powerful. Te Kanawa, aiming to sound naive and vulnerable in Act I as the youthful Tatyana, reduces her vibrant soprano and declaims much of the text with a hard edge. Consequently, the Letter Scene is disappointing. In the final scene of Act III, however, her voice is in full bloom and expressively powerful as the mature Tatyana. Hampson’s inherently soulful baritone, too, is unleashed in Onégin’s impassioned pleading for love and his final declaration of utter despair.”

- Elise McDougall, Classical-Music, 20 January, 2012