BBC Singer of the World - Cardiff

A well-directed and informative survey of Cardiff’s first 20 years

Record and Artist Details

Composer or Director: Sergey Rachmaninov, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ottorino Respighi, Giacomo Puccini, Georges Bizet, Robert Schumann, Gioachino Rossini, Dong-Soo Shin, Giuseppe Verdi, Carl Maria von Weber, Johannes Brahms, Richard Wagner, George Enescu, Franz Schubert, Aaron Copland, Richard Strauss, (Charles Louis) Ambroise Thomas, Vincenzo Bellini, Amilcare Ponchielli, Gustav Mahler, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Nikolay Karlovich Medtner, George Frideric Handel

Genre:

DVD

Label: Opus Arte

Media Format: Digital Versatile Disc

Mastering:

Stereo

Catalogue Number: OA0880D

Tracks:

Composition Artist Credit
Don Giovanni, Section: Non mi dir Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer
BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra
Karita Mattila, Soprano
Richard Armstrong, Conductor
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer
(Der) Freischütz, Section: Leise, leise, fromme Weise Carl Maria von Weber, Composer
BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra
Carl Maria von Weber, Composer
Karita Mattila, Soprano
Richard Armstrong, Conductor
Falstaff, Section: È sogno? o realtà Giuseppe Verdi, Composer
BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra
David Malis, Baritone
Giuseppe Verdi, Composer
Richard Armstrong, Conductor
(Il) Barbiere di Siviglia, '(The) Barber of Seville', Movement: Largo al factotum Gioachino Rossini, Composer
BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra
David Malis, Baritone
Gioachino Rossini, Composer
Richard Armstrong, Conductor
(Les) Pêcheurs de Perles, '(The) Pearl Fishers', Section: Comme autrefois Georges Bizet, Composer
BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra
Georges Bizet, Composer
Richard Armstrong, Conductor
Valeria Esposito, Soprano
(La) Rondine, '(The) Swallow', Movement: Chi il bel sogno di Doretta Giacomo Puccini, Composer
BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra
Giacomo Puccini, Composer
Richard Armstrong, Conductor
Valeria Esposito, Soprano
(I) Puritani, Section: Qui la voce Vincenzo Bellini, Composer
BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra
Richard Armstrong, Conductor
Valeria Esposito, Soprano
Vincenzo Bellini, Composer
(Un) ballo in maschera, '(A) masked ball', Section: Eri tu che macchiavi Giuseppe Verdi, Composer
BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra
Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Baritone
Giuseppe Verdi, Composer
Richard Armstrong, Conductor
(The) Queen of Spades, 'Pique Dame', Section: I love you beyond all measure Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer
BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra
Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Baritone
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer
Richard Armstrong, Conductor
Don Carlo, Section: Per me giunto Giuseppe Verdi, Composer
BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra
Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Baritone
Giuseppe Verdi, Composer
Richard Armstrong, Conductor
Don Carlo, Section: Io morrò Giuseppe Verdi, Composer
BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra
Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Baritone
Giuseppe Verdi, Composer
Richard Armstrong, Conductor
Tannhäuser, Movement: Dich teure Halle (Elisabeth's Greeting) Richard Wagner, Composer
BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra
Guido Ajmone-Marsan, Conductor
Lisa Gasteen, Soprano
Lisa Gasteen, Soprano
Richard Wagner, Composer
(Der) Ring des Nibelungen: Part 2, '(Die) Walküre', Movement: Schläfst du, Gast? Richard Wagner, Composer
BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra
Guido Ajmone-Marsan, Conductor
Lisa Gasteen, Soprano
Lisa Gasteen, Soprano
Richard Wagner, Composer
(La) forza del destino, '(The) force of destiny', Movement: Pace, pace, mio Dio Giuseppe Verdi, Composer
BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra
Giuseppe Verdi, Composer
Guido Ajmone-Marsan, Conductor
Lisa Gasteen, Soprano
Lisa Gasteen, Soprano
(6) Lieder, Movement: No. 5, Amor (orch 1940) Richard Strauss, Composer
BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra
Guido Ajmone-Marsan, Conductor
Inger Dam-Jensen, Soprano
Richard Strauss, Composer
Misera! dove son...Ah! non son io Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer
BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra
Guido Ajmone-Marsan, Conductor
Inger Dam-Jensen, Soprano
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer
Samson, Movement: Let the bright Seraphim George Frideric Handel, Composer
BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra
George Frideric Handel, Composer
Guido Ajmone-Marsan, Conductor
Inger Dam-Jensen, Soprano
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, 'Songs of a Wayfarer', Movement: Ging heut' Morgen übers Feld Gustav Mahler, Composer
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Carlo Rizzi, Conductor
Gustav Mahler, Composer
Katarina Karnéus, Mezzo soprano
(12) Poems of Emily Dickinson, Movement: Why do they shut me out of heaven Aaron Copland, Composer
Aaron Copland, Composer
Ingrid Surgenor, Piano
Katarina Karnéus, Mezzo soprano
(12) Poems of Emily Dickinson, Movement: Heart, we will forget him Aaron Copland, Composer
Aaron Copland, Composer
Ingrid Surgenor, Piano
Katarina Karnéus, Mezzo soprano
Carmen, Section: Près des remparts de Séville (Seguédille) Georges Bizet, Composer
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Carlo Rizzi, Conductor
Georges Bizet, Composer
Katarina Karnéus, Mezzo soprano
(La) Cenerentola, or La bontà in trionfo, 'Cinderella', Section: Nacqui all'affanno Gioachino Rossini, Composer
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Carlo Rizzi, Conductor
Gioachino Rossini, Composer
Katarina Karnéus, Mezzo soprano
(La) Cenerentola, or La bontà in trionfo, 'Cinderella', Section: Non più mesta Gioachino Rossini, Composer
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Carlo Rizzi, Conductor
Gioachino Rossini, Composer
Katarina Karnéus, Mezzo soprano
Mignon, Movement: Connais-tu le pays? (Charles Louis) Ambroise Thomas, Composer
(Charles Louis) Ambroise Thomas, Composer
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Carlo Rizzi, Conductor
Guang Yang, Mezzo soprano
Nacht und Träume Franz Schubert, Composer
Franz Schubert, Composer
Guang Yang, Mezzo soprano
Ingrid Surgenor, Piano
(Der) Tod und das Mädchen Franz Schubert, Composer
Franz Schubert, Composer
Guang Yang, Mezzo soprano
Ingrid Surgenor, Piano
Così fan tutte, Section: Temerari! Sortite fuori di questo loco! Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer
Anja Harteros, Soprano
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Carlo Rizzi, Conductor
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer
Così fan tutte, Section: Come scoglio Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer
Anja Harteros, Soprano
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Carlo Rizzi, Conductor
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer
(5) Lieder, Movement: No. 1, Am Sonntag Morgen (wds. anon) Johannes Brahms, Composer
Anja Harteros, Soprano
Johannes Brahms, Composer
Wolfgang Kastorp, Piano
Myrthen, Movement: No. 21, Was will die einsame Träne? (wds. Heine) Robert Schumann, Composer
Anja Harteros, Soprano
Robert Schumann, Composer
Wolfgang Kastorp, Piano
(La) traviata, Section: Follie! Sempre libera Giuseppe Verdi, Composer
Anja Harteros, Soprano
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Carlo Rizzi, Conductor
Giuseppe Verdi, Composer
(La) Gioconda, Movement: Cielo e mar! Amilcare Ponchielli, Composer
Amilcare Ponchielli, Composer
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Jean-Yves Ossance, Conductor
Marius Brenciu, Tenor
(8) Lieder aus Letzte Blätter, Movement: No. 3, Die Nacht Richard Strauss, Composer
Ingrid Surgenor, Piano
Marius Brenciu, Tenor
Richard Strauss, Composer
(7) Chansons de Clément Marot George Enescu, Composer
George Enescu, Composer
Ingrid Surgenor, Piano
Marius Brenciu, Tenor
Eugene Onegin, Movement: Faint echo of my youth (Kuda, kuda, kuda vi udalils aria) Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Jean-Yves Ossance, Conductor
Marius Brenciu, Tenor
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer
Liederkreis, Movement: No. 1, In der Fremde Robert Schumann, Composer
Bryn Terfel, Bass-baritone
Malcolm Martineau, Piano
Robert Schumann, Composer
Liederkreis, Movement: No. 2, Intermezzo Robert Schumann, Composer
Bryn Terfel, Bass-baritone
Malcolm Martineau, Piano
Robert Schumann, Composer
Liederkreis, Movement: No. 4, Die Stille Robert Schumann, Composer
Bryn Terfel, Bass-baritone
Malcolm Martineau, Piano
Robert Schumann, Composer
Liederkreis, Movement: No. 6, Schöne Fremde Robert Schumann, Composer
Bryn Terfel, Bass-baritone
Malcolm Martineau, Piano
Robert Schumann, Composer
(Le) nozze di Figaro, '(The) Marriage of Figaro', Movement: Non più andrai Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer
Bryn Terfel, Bass-baritone
Malcolm Martineau, Piano
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer
(Der) Fliegende Holländer, '(The) Flying Dutchman', Movement: Die Frist ist um Richard Wagner, Composer
Bryn Terfel, Bass-baritone
Malcolm Martineau, Piano
Richard Wagner, Composer
Were you hiccoughing Sergey Rachmaninov, Composer
Ingrid Surgenor, Piano
Neal Davies, Baritone
Sergey Rachmaninov, Composer
Letter to K S Stanislavsky Sergey Rachmaninov, Composer
Ingrid Surgenor, Piano
Neal Davies, Baritone
Sergey Rachmaninov, Composer
Erlkönig Franz Schubert, Composer
Franz Schubert, Composer
Ingrid Surgenor, Piano
Neal Davies, Baritone
Am Bach im Frühling Franz Schubert, Composer
Franz Schubert, Composer
Ingrid Surgenor, Piano
Paul Whelan, Baritone
(Le) nozze di Figaro, '(The) Marriage of Figaro', Section: 'Hai già vinta la causa!' Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer
Ingrid Surgenor, Piano
Paul Whelan, Baritone
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer
(9) Lieder, Movement: No. 5, Wehe, so willst du mich wieder (wds. Platen Johannes Brahms, Composer
Johannes Brahms, Composer
Kirsi Tiihonen, Soprano
Satu Salminen, Piano
(8) Lieder, Movement: Es träumte mir, ich sei dir teuer Johannes Brahms, Composer
Johannes Brahms, Composer
Kirsi Tiihonen, Soprano
Satu Salminen, Piano
(12) Songs, Movement: No. 11, Spring waters (wds. Tyutchev) Sergey Rachmaninov, Composer
Kirsi Tiihonen, Soprano
Satu Salminen, Piano
Sergey Rachmaninov, Composer
Schwanengesang, 'Swan Song', Movement: No. 4, Ständchen Franz Schubert, Composer
Christopher Maltman, Baritone
Franz Schubert, Composer
Philip Thomas, Piano
(2) Songs, Movement: Winter Evening (wds. Pushkin) Nikolay Karlovich Medtner, Composer
Christopher Maltman, Baritone
Nikolay Karlovich Medtner, Composer
Philip Thomas, Piano
Oh! Mountain! Dong-Soo Shin, Composer
Dea-San No, Baritone
Dong-Soo Shin, Composer
Ingrid Surgenor, Piano
Nebbie Ottorino Respighi, Composer
Dea-San No, Baritone
Ingrid Surgenor, Piano
Ottorino Respighi, Composer
Liederkreis, Movement: No. 3, Waldesgespräch Robert Schumann, Composer
Ingrid Surgenor, Piano
Marius Brenciu, Tenor
Robert Schumann, Composer
By the time this review appears, we shall know the 2003 winner. Of the past 10 victors some six have really made it into the world class, beginning with Mattila who – as is pointed out in the film – was actually the very first singer to appear in the context, in 1983. She feels a wiser person than she was then, having – in the 1980s – come to the realisation that she needed to do more than win a prize to make her a true artist. In 1989 there was the famous joust of the baritones – Hvorostovsky eventually won the main prize, Terfel the Lieder competition. Seeing and hearing their performances again confirms that on the day the right decision was made, the Russian giving the more polished and the more moving performances, though he frankly admits that his apparent confidence on the night hid great nervousness. Indeed both speak interestingly about the occasion and how it affected them.

That was incidentally a vintage year with singers of the calibre of Hillevi Martinpelto and Monica Groop as merely also-rans. Like Mattila, Lisa Gasteen has taken time to prove her worth, but with hindsight you can hear that her 1991 Wagner extracts were signposts to what she has since achieved. The film is too tactful to point out that a few questionable choices have been made. Maybe ethnic reasons account for the choice of Guang Yang in 1997 and the need for a tenor victor that of Marius Brenciu in 2001 when, on the latter occasion two East European mezzos were obviously superior. But as Brian MacMaster puts it, the dissensions and disagreements among participants, judges and audience will always be part of the event’s fascination.

The first DVD gives us an overview of the winners’ performances, the second shows us some of the Lieder winners, most notably Christopher Maltman in 1997, one of the event’s worthiest victors. Before that there is a well-made, 34-minute overview of the contest as a whole, with administrators, judges and contestants making constructive contributions. Nostalgic to see in the early years the lively presence of Geraint Evans, Elizabeth Harwood and Kim Borg, all three no longer with us. It is interesting to be told just how important part the then-new St David’s Hall, with its excellent acoustics, made to the initial success.

Having been opposed to the event at the start, I have to admit that it has proved its worth in terms of uncovering much talent and a few real stars Often the BBC presentation has left a lot to be desired, especially in some over-hyping repeated here, but that matters little in the longer view. It is also good news that in 2003 the song contest has been organised as a separate event at a different venue so that it will no longer be seen as a consolation prize.

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