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Fiedler: "Opera without Singing" (Verdi, Offenbach, Rossini) - RCA LM-1906, NM

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This outstanding LP – note the wondeful cover art – from RCA (LM-1906, US pressing, shaded dog label, mono – no stereo edition exists) entitled "Opera without Singing" features the great Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops in a delightful collection of operatic favorites, sans opera stars.

One thing this means is virtuoso solo work for many of the Boston Pops Principals. Although the Boston Pops and Boston Symphony are now two distinct orchestras, during Fiedler's heyday the two bands overlapped to a considerable degree – moreover, they shared the same rich acoustics of Symphony Hall Boston. 

Legendary pianist Earl Wild – no mean judge of podium talent – rated Fielder very highly and close examination of his recorded legacy reveals an interpretive brilliance well on par with his more "respectable" colleagues in the profession. This is a magical disc in every way, vividly recorded in Symphony Hall, Boston, in June 1953.

The exact track list is as follows: 

A1

Verdi: Alda: Act II: Grand March

A2

Verdi: Rigoletto: Act IV: Quartet

A3

Offenbach: Barcarolle: : Tales of Hofmann: Act III

A4

Rossini: Largo al Factotun: Barber of Seville: Act I

B1

Verdi: Il Trovatore: Act II: Anvil Chorus

B2

Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor: Act II: Sextet

B3

Massenet: Thaïs: Act II: Meditation

> with Alfred Krips, violin soloist Soloist

B4

Gounod: Act IV: Soldiers' Chorus

Note: The trumpet soloist heard in tracks 1-4 was the extraordinary Armando Ghitalla.

There are engaging liner notes notes on the reverse side of the jacket by Sigmund Spaeth, provided in English only. The memorable cover art is uncredited, alas.

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