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Desert Island Discs - Opera for Castaways

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  • Performer: Carol Vaness, Della Jones, Dame Josephine Barstow, Gabriela Benacková
  • Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Covent Garden Royal Opera House Orchestra
  • Conductor: Sir Charles Mackerras, Nicholas McGegan, Robin Stapleton, Will Humburg
  • Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Pietro Mascagni, Ludwig van Beethoven, Giacomo Puccini
  • Audio CD (15 Mar. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: BBC Music
  • ASIN: B000026BMY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 257,887 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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One day, relate the sleeve-notes for Opera for Castaways, when politician Ken Livingstone was a boy, he heard "Un bel dì" (One fine day) from Madame Butterfly on the television. He was moved to tears, but received a telling-off from his granny for his unboyish behaviour. Novelist Jeanette Winterson considers "Vissi d'arte" (I lived for art) from Tosca "a call to arms". Elvis Costello thinks that "When I am Laid in Earth" from Purcell's Dido and Aeneas is so sad that "it should only be played once every three years". This two-disc set collects the pieces of opera most frequently requested by guests on Desert Island Discs and, fascinatingly, also reveals why. The recordings are not necessarily the specific ones requested (Jasper Conran wanted Callas singing "Vissi d'arte"; here it is Josephine Barstow) but are all serviceable. There are no surprises for buffs--Verdi, Puccini, Mozart and Bizet are all well-represented--but as an entry-level taster to the world of opera it does the business. (And as an irresistible piece of trivia, sex-therapist Dr Ruth Westheimer requested a man as her luxury item: but failing that, a large box of marrons glacés!) --Warwick Thompson

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