• OTF - Great Duets

    Tomorrow is Valentine's Day, and provides an opportunity for me to share my podcast from this week, part of a series I like to call “Double, Double”, which is not only the way we Canadians love our Tim Horton's Coffee, but also a way a lot of Classical Music gets performed - in duos.

    Today's montage will propose not only some tender moments between flirtatious protagonists, but also some duets for two guys and two gals, but I promise, nothing sinister! In this montage, I tried to program works in French, German and Italian…

    Our collection of love duets begins with a song from a Franz Lehar opera that is not The Merry Widow…Wer hat die Liebe uns ins Herz gesenkt? (Who Has Planted Love in Our Hearts?), is a duet between Prince Sou-Chong and his love interest, Lisa from "Das Land des Lächelns" (The Land of Similes). The title of the operetta refers to the Chinese custom of smiling, whatever happens in life.

    The circumstances of Act 4 of Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots aren’t quite as happy… This grand duo closes the act - the St-Bartholomew Massacre is the backdrop for this intensely long duet between the Protestant Huguenot Raoul and the Catholic Valentine. .

    From Mascagni’s second best-known opera L’Amico Fritz, I retained the “Cherry Duet” between Fritz and the young Suzel. Richard Strauss was enamoured of the female voice, and Der Rosenkavalier is famed for the beautiful music of the three female-voice roles which comprise its protagonists: Sophie, Octavian, and the Marschallin. My selection is from the scene when Octavian arrives with great pomp, dressed all in silver, to present the silver rose to Sophie in an elaborate ceremony. Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde is full of love music, and in this duet Tristan decries the realm of daylight which is false, unreal, and keeps the lovers apart. It is only in night, he claims, that they can truly be together and only in the long night of death can they be eternally united ("O sink' hernieder, Nacht der Liebe").

    From the closing scene of the first act of Massenet’s Manon, Manon and Des Grieux plot to leave and start a life together in Paris.

    Duets for two male voice retained in our montage include the stirring Au fond du temple saint from Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers, the final scene from Acrt 2 od Bellini’s I Puritani when Giorgio, then Riccardo, then together sing Suoni la tromba! From Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, the comic duet Cheti, cheti, immantinente, which to our benefit was a late addition to the libretto.

    To close the montage, a selection from popular repertoire, engineered as a duet by Canadian producer David Foster, where he creates a duet between Nat King Cole and his daughter Natalie on one of Nat’s most famous ballads. Unforgettable!

    I think you will love this music too

    Franz LEHÁR (1870-1948)
    “Wer hat die Liebe uns ins Herz gesenkt?“(Act II, no. 6) from Das Land des Lächelns (1929)
    Michelle Boucher, soprano
    Mark DuBois, tenor
    Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra
    Raffi Armenian, conducting

    Jules MASSENET (1842-1912)
    “Et je sais votre nom / Nous vivrons à Paris tous les deux! “ (Act I, Sc. 16 -17) from Manon (1882-83)
    Lyne Fortin, soprano
    Richard Margison, tenor
    Orchestre Symphonique de Québec
    Simon Streatfield, conducting

    Vincenzo BELLINI (1801-1835)
    “Riccardo, Ricardo, Suoni La Tromba Intrepido” (Act II, No. 9-10) from I Puritani (1835)
    Aldo Protti, baritone
    Ruggero Raimondi, bass
    Orchestra del Teatro Massimo "Bellini" Catania
    Argeo Quadri, conducting

    Richard WAGNER (1813-1883)
    “O sink hernieder, Nacht der Liebe” (Act II, Sc. 2) from Tristan und Isolde, WWV 90
    Helga Dernesc, soprano
    Jon Vickers, tenor
    Beriner Philharmoniker
    Herbert von Karajan, conducting

    Georges BIZET (1838-1875)
    “Au fond du temple saint“ (Acte I, no. 6) from Les pêcheurs de perles (1863)
    Janez Lotric, tenor
    Igor Morozov, baritone
    Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
    Johannes Wildner, conducting

    Pietro MASCAGNI (1863-1945)
    “Suzel, buon dì!” (Act II, no. 3) from L'amico Fritz (1891)
    Mirella Freni, soprano
    Gianni Raimondi, tenor
    Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano
    Gianandrea Gavazzeni, conducting

    Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949)
    “Mir ist die Ehre widerfahren” (Act II, No. 4) from Der Rosenkavalier, op. 59 [TrV227]
    Teresa Stich-Randall, Soprano
    Christa Ludwig , Mezzo-soprano
    Philharmonia Orchestra
    Herbert von Karajan, conducting

    Giacomo MEYERBEER (1791-1864)
    “Ô ciel! Où courez-vous? “ (Acte IV, no. 24) from Les Huguenots (1836)
    Françoise Pollet, Soprano
    Richard Leech, tenor
    Orchestre Philharmonique de Montpellier
    Cyril Diederich, conducting

    Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1848)
    “Cheti, cheti, immantinente » (Act III, No. 10) from Don Pasquale (1843)
    Luca Pisaroni, bass
    Thomas Hampson, baritone
    WDR Rundfunkorchester
    Massimo Zanetti, conducting

    Irving GORDON (1915 –1996)
    Unforgettable (1951)
    Natalie Cole & Nat "King" Cole

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      itywltmt -
      Our duets montages will leave our Pod-O-Matic rotation on March 13. You can always find it in our archives at https://archive.org/details/pcast185

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