Conductor John Pritchard, The London Philharmonic Orchestra, The Glyndebourne Chorus
Cast Gundula Janowitz, Luciano Pavarotti, Neilson Taylor, Enriqueta Tarrés, Richard Lewis
The UK premiere of Idomeneo was given at Glyndebourne in 1951, the 1964 revival, from which this recording comes, was directed by Peter Ebert with John Pritchard conducting, as he had done for the previous five revivals. This recording allows Janowitz and Pavarotti to be heard before their respective international careers took off.
"Pavarotti’s Idamante, so finely adjusted in every verbal syllable, so beautifully fresh and true in timbre and phrasing, so natural and sincere in emotional expression, is pure joy to encounter." Opera, June 2010
BBC Music Magazine, 4*
Recorded live at Glyndebourne on 14 August 1964
2 CD set, total playing time 141 minutes
Sung in the original Italian. Booklet contains full libretto in Italian, English, French and German, with synopses in English, French and German.