Great Operatic Arias - John Tomlinson 2
CHAN 3076
Mozart
1 The Abduction from the Seraglio
Osmin's Revenge
'When they lead you to the scaffold'
2 The Magic Flute
Sarastro's Prayer 'O Isis and Osiris, listen' with Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
Beethoven
3 Fidelio
Pizarro's Revenge 'Now, now for my victory!'
with Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
4 Rocco's Aria 'If you don't have any money'
Weber
5 Der Freischütz
Caspar's Song
'On this earth we could not bear'
6 Caspar's Aria 'Go! Go! The fatal die is cast!'
Wagner
7 The Rhinegold
Wotan's monologue 'The bridge leads you homeward...' - 'Evening rays flood the sky with splendour' with Colin Lee, tenor & Alice Coote, mezzo-soprano (PMF Scholar)
8 The Flying Dutchman
Dutchman's Monologue
'The time comes round'
9 Daland's Aria 'Senta, my child, please make this stranger warmly welcome'
10 The Mastersingers of Nuremberg
Pogner's Monologue 'Now hear and attend me well. The feast of John, Midsummer day'
11 Hans Sachs's Flieder Monologue 'My elder tree...'
12 Hans Sachs's Wahn Monologue 'Mad, mad...'
R. Strauss
13 Der Rosenkavalier
Baron Ochs's Waltz 'Look for my glasses...' with Elizabeth Vaughan, contralto
Lortzing
14 The Armourer
Hans Stadlinger's Song 'I used to be young with a fine head of hair'

London Philharmonic Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra (tracks 4, 9 & 11) David Parry - conductor

Recorded in Blackheath Halls, London 14-16 & 18 December 1998, 16-17 October 1999, 24-27 September 2001
Producer - Brian Couzens, Sound engineer - Ralph Couzens,
Assistant engineers - Christopher Brooke & Michael Common
BBC Music Magazine

'This second selection of the great bass singing in his own language focuses on German opera from Mozart to Strauss, with an appropriate bias towards Wagner, in whose works Tomlinson has achieved some of his most significant successes. The voice itself... (has a) range of colour and dynamics that remains outstanding. Tomlinson has been the Wotan of his day, and the god's final solo from Rhinegold is voiced with an almost intimidating grandeur of tone. His versatility comes through in two solos from The Flying Dutchman, both incidentally sung in his own translation, as are five other items...'