The Glyndebourne Label – new release April 2011
One hundred years since the first performance of Der Rosenkavalier, Glyndebourne is proud to announce that the next recording to be released on its independent CD label will be Der Rosenkavalier from the 1965 Festival, conducted by John Pritchard with Montserrat Caballé as the Marschallin.
Der Rosenkavalier is a comedy of errors which contains some of Strauss’s most sublime music including the heartrendingly beautiful final trio at the end of Act 3. Der Rosenkavalier was first performed at Glyndebourne in 1959 in a production directed by Carl Ebert and marked his swansong as Artistic Director. Although many considered the opera too big for Glyndebourne’s intimate house, both Carl Ebert and Fritz Busch had always entertained the possibility of mounting the work. However by 1959 the volume of the theatre had increased substantially, and Ebert’s farewell to Glyndebourne was hailed as one of his finest achievements. This recording of the 1965 revival featured a notable Glyndebourne debut by Montserrat Caballé as the Marschallin, with Edith Matthis as Sophie, Teresa Żylis-Gara as Octavian and Otto Edelmann as Baron Ochs. John Pritchard conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra in their second season at Glyndebourne.
“The performance provides the kind of enchanted evening which Glyndebourne exists for - when the opera, however familiar, is experienced with a new intensity; when all one’s senses are alive and alert; when it seems that the work can never have been better done. In short, the Glyndebourne miracle - produced by the intimacy of the house, sensitive casting, dedicated loving rehearsal, and brilliant direction in every department.” - Financial Times
“First praise should perhaps go to the Marschallin of Montserrat Caballé, a Spanish soprano with a beautiful voice and an eloquent presence. The role lived in her.” - Financial Times
“Who would have thought that Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier would have become so completely a Glyndebourne opera?” - Guardian
“It was an evening which grew in serenity and beauty, and reached great heights towards the end. I have heard nothing better for some time from John Pritchard; Der Rosenkavalier is clearly a score which he knows and loves, and his response to mood and detail was unfailingly apt.” - Sunday Times
“Of the four main soloists my own favourite is Edith Mathis’s wonderfully fresh Sophie, but Montserrat Caballé makes a sensuous and splendidly unfussy Marschallin.” - New Statesman
The Glyndebourne Label
The Glyndebourne Label reflects the desire to further extend Glyndebourne’s work beyond the opera house and draws upon the core values of a commitment to quality and inventiveness. Releases on The Glyndebourne Label draw on the extensive recordings in the archive, which span the years from 1960 to the present day. These recordings are often released in pairs, with one recording from the old opera house and one from the new, which opened in 1994.
The recordings were originally made for archival purposes and effectively ‘eavesdrop’ on live performances, the recorded sound derived from microphones of extremely high quality, located for the most part high above the orchestra pit. This practice has resulted in vividly realistic recordings with the sound corresponding very closely to that which the audience heard in the live environment. Recorded by the late John Barnes, with the blessing of the Christie family, this unique collection of performance recordings is now becoming available on CD for the first time.
The CDs are packaged as a hard-bound book containing a full libretto and synopsis in two languages alongside a commissioned article about the opera.
Glyndebourne Press Office 17.1.11.
Notes to Editors:
Conductor John Pritchard
Director Carl Ebert
Octavian Teresa Żylis-Gara
The Marschallin Montserrat Caballé
Baron Ochs Otto Edelmann
Valzacchi David Hughes
A Singer John Andrew
Herr von Faninal John Modenos
Sophie Edith Mathis
Mistress Marianne Angela Jenkins
Annina Anna Reynolds
London Philharmonic Orchestra
The Glyndebourne Chorus
Catalogue no. GFOCD 0010-65
Retail Price £29.99 (3 CDs)
Release date April 2011
Total playing time 3:07:43
The Glyndebourne Festival was founded in 1934 by John Christie and his opera singer wife, Audrey Mildmay. They began with two Mozart operas, but the repertoire has expanded to include works from the baroque to the contemporary. New works premiered at Glyndebourne include two by Benjamin Britten, 13 new commissions on the main stage and over 20 more through the Education programme.
Crucially, Glyndebourne has remained financially independent since 1934. Although it receives valued Arts Council support for the Tour and some educational work, the Festival receives no public subsidy. Glyndebourne is a registered charity, funded by box office income, its members and supporters.
Today the Festival runs from May to August with a programme of six operas in a world-class 1,200-seat opera house. Together with Glyndebourne on Tour it presents about 120 performances each year to a total audience of around 150,000. Its resident orchestras are the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Glyndebourne began the Tour in 1968 to bring opera to new audiences and create performance opportunities for young singers in the Glyndebourne Chorus. As part of Glyndebourne’s commitment to developing new talent, the Chorus plays a vital role in discovering and training young singers. As part of Glyndebourne’s mission to reach new audiences, it has maintained a widely respected Education programme since 1986. Glyndebourne also offers reduced-price tickets to under-30s for selected performances, and has pioneered using recordings to open-up its work to a worldwide audience through broadcasts, cinema screenings, DVDs and internet streaming.