Berlioz: La Mort de Cléopâtre - Gwyneth Jones; Schippers. Rome, 1972


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Because Berlioz's style of vocal writing straddled both classical and romantic sensibilities, it generally requiring singers who have the vocal heft for Wagner but the control to sing Mozart.  Gwyneth Jones in the early 70s had just that (being one of the few singers to alternate Mozart roles with Brünnhilde) and scores a triumph in this short but action-packed cantata about the death of Cleopatre.  She is joined by Thomas Schippers at the podium who tailors the accompaniment superbly for Jones voice without sacrificing taste.  The sound is excellent and I have included some interesting excerpts of Jones singing rarities.

Gwyneth Jones sings arias from Carmen, Der fliegende Holländer, Otello, Don Carlo and Aida

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