This week I am happy to celebrate the artistry of two of my all-time favorite singers, Gwyneth Jones and James King! I had the great pleasure of hearing both of these singers on stage a number of times and even together in a very memorable performance of Elektra at the Metropolitan Opera.
At the height of their powers, both singer brought glamor, vocal security and sterling tone to every part they sang no matter the vocal demands.
As an early Christmas gift, I am happy to every every recording we have from these two at 50% off!
Featuring Jones and King!
The impetus for this week's joint retrospective of Gwyneth Jones and James King came in the form of two new recordings that found their way to my desk, both featuring Jones and King.
The first is an Aida featuring, in addition to Jones and King, the Amneris of Christa Ludwig!
The second is a glorious Die Walküre with Gwyneth Jones, Theo Adam, Hildegard Behrens, James King, Brigitte Fassbaender and Wolfgang Sawallisch.
Fidelio with Jones & King
Gwyneth Jones and James King are about as well-matched as you can get in this performance of Fidelio. They both had the vocal technique to carry them through the daunting technical demands of Beethoven's unforgiving vocal writing. What makes for true magic is the intensity that these titans inject into Beethoven's classical vernacular. Add Leonard Bernstein in the pit, and you get one of the most exciting performances of Beethoven's only opera you are likely to hear.
Oh, and did I mention that it is this week's free download??