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SYLVIA SASS: THE DECCA RECITALS (2 CDS)

SYLVIA SASS: THE DECCA RECITALS (2 CDS)

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Sylvia Sass was born near Budapest, Hungary, in 1951 to a very musical family. Her mother was a coloratura soprano and her father a high school music teacher. She made her stage debut at age 14 in Adam’s operetta Die Nürnberger Puppe and then commenced study at the celebrated Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, completing a five-year program in two. Her professional debut was as Frasquita in Carmen in 1971. Several awards followed – 1st prize at the Kodály Voice Competition in Budapest, 1972; winner at the International Opera Competition for Young Singers, of the Grand Prix as Violetta in La traviata, 1973, the Silver Medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, 1974. She was also made an Honoured Artist of Hungary in 1977.

While still in Budapest, she performed such dramatic roles as Freia in Das Rheingold, Violetta in La traviata and Mimi in La bohème. International stardom came with a composer with whom she is most associated and in a role represented on her Decca recitals – Giselda in Verdi’s I Lombardi at Covent Garden in London, 1976. The next year she made both, her Italian debut in Turin as Lady Macbeth, and her Metropolitan Opera debut as Tosca alongside José Carreras. La Scala followed the year after, in 1978, where she sang Puccini’s tragic heroine Manon Lescaut alongside Plácido Domingo.

Soon, Sass was being heralded as ‘the new Callas’, and she did meet Callas in person, thanks to a meeting set up by Leonard Bernstein. True, the voice had a similar dramatic colour, but Sass quickly rebuffed the comparison, saying, ‘Callas was so great and so unique. I just don’t think it’s fair to compare somebody with such a great artist.’

Her three recital records for Decca include two discs of operatic arias, including all her most celebrated roles, both conducted by Lamberto Gardelli, and a disc of songs by Liszt and Bartók with her compatriot, pianist András Schiff. All of these are issued collectively as a 2CD set for the first time. 


"Entering into every nuance of the songs’ moods, and employing a dynamic range from the merest whisper to a full-blooded climax, Sylvia Sass makes the utmost of their not very rewarding vocal line; but the success of this performance is assured by the subtle playing of András Schiff, who conjures up beautiful sounds from the swirling figurations [Bartók] … Die Loreley is an evocative scena, sung imaginatively (and with much flexibility of pace) by Sass, bringing into play a vocal quality as seductive as that of the siren herself; and her gentle singing of the serenade Kling leise, mein Lied would melt the most obdurate heart. … all the performances here are unusually illuminating and satisfying; and the recording is excellent. - GRAMOPHONE

 

- Disc 1 -

PUCCINI
1 In Questa Reggia - Sylvia Sass/London Symphony Orchestra - Sylvia Sass/London Symphony Orchestra
2 Vissi D'arte - Sylvia Sass/London Symphony Orchestra - Sylvia Sass/London Symphony Orchestra
3 In Quelle Trine Morbide - Sylvia Sass/London Symphony Orchestra - Sylvia Sass/London Symphony Orchestra
4 Sola, Perduta, Abbandonata - Sylvia Sass/London Symphony Orchestra - Sylvia Sass/London Symphony Orchestra
5 Un Bel DÃ- Vedremo - Sylvia Sass/London Symphony Orchestra - Sylvia Sass/London Symphony Orchestra

VERDI
6 Ritorna Vincitor! - Sylvia Sass/London Symphony Orchestra - Sylvia Sass/London Symphony Orchestra
7 Una Macchia Ã? Qui Tuttora - Sylvia Sass/London Symphony Orchestra - Sylvia Sass/London Symphony Orchestra
8 Oh Madre, Dal Cielo... Se Vano, Se Vano Ã? Il Pregare - Sylvia Sass/London Symphony Orchestra - Sylvia Sass/London Symphony Orchestra
9 E Strano... Ah, Fors'ã.. Lui... Sempre Libera - Sylvia Sass/Ambrosian Singers - Sylvia Sass/Ambrosian Singers
10 Vanne, Lasciami... D'amor Sull'ali Rosee - Sylvia Sass/Ambrosian Singers - Sylvia Sass/Ambrosian Singers
11 Vieni T'affreta!; la Luce Langue - Sylvia Sass/Ambrosian Singers - Sylvia Sass/Ambrosian Singers


- Disc 2 -

BELLINI
1 Sediziose Voci... Casta Diva... Ah! Bello a Me - Sylvia Sass/Ambrosian Singers - Sylvia Sass/Ambrosian Singers

PONCHIELLI
2 Suicidio! - Sylvia Sass/National Philharmonic Orchestra - Sylvia Sass/National Philharmonic Orchestra

LISZT
3 Die Lorelei, S273 - Sylvia Sass/Andras Schiff - Sylvia Sass/Andras Schiff
4 Ne Brany Menya, Moy Drug - Sylvia Sass/Andras Schiff - Sylvia Sass/Andras Schiff
5 Enfant, Si J'etais Roi, S283 - Sylvia Sass/Andras Schiff - Sylvia Sass/Andras Schiff
6 Es Muss Ein Wunderbares Sein, S314 - Sylvia Sass/Andras Schiff - Sylvia Sass/Andras Schiff
7 Vergiftet Sind Meine Lieder, S289 - Sylvia Sass/Andras Schiff - Sylvia Sass/Andras Schiff
8 Kling Leise, Mein Lied, S301 - Sylvia Sass/Andras Schiff - Sylvia Sass/Andras Schiff
9 Es War Ein Kã¶Nig in Thule, S278 - Sylvia Sass/Andras Schiff - Sylvia Sass/Andras Schiff

BARTOK
10 Die Drei Zigeuner, S320 - Sylvia Sass/Andras Schiff - Sylvia Sass/Andras Schiff
11 Five Songs, Op. 16 - Sylvia Sass/Andras Schiff - Sylvia Sass/Andras Schiff

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