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Melba eNews | 14 October 2014

Maestro Richard Bonynge
Maria Vandamme & Richard Bonynge In Melbourne last week, we met long-time friend of Melba Recordings Maestro Richard Bonynge who talked revealingly about the importance of recordings to performers.
Watch Richard Bonynge Interview.

In this series of six CDs and one DVD, Maestro Bonynge collaborated with four great Australian Divas: sopranos Rosamund Illing, Deborah Riedel, Elizabeth Whitehouse, & Cheryl Barker; with Orchestra Victoria, Arcadia Lane Orchestra & the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra.

Maria Vandamme & Richard Bonynge (Photo, Terry Lane)
 Amoureuse Amoureuse: Sacred and Profane Arias by Jules Massenet
Rosamund Illing, Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra

Included in The Gramophone Classical Music Guide.
A treat for lovers of Massenet’s sumptuous music, soprano Rosamund Illing performs arias that showcase the wide emotional range of Massenet’s perceptively drawn heroines. Richard Bonynge brings a depth of detail and nuance to Massenet's divinely crafted scores drawn from a lifetime’s passion for the French master.

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Massenet His Life and Music (DVD)
 Massenet DVD
Directed by Scott Murray, narrated by Richard Bonynge and filmed in London, Paris, Rome, Brussels, Montreux and Sydney, this 55-minute documentary film on the life and music of Jules Massenet – the most popular and successful composer in Europe of his age – features Dame Joan Sutherland, Thomas Hampson, Rosamund Illing, Rodney Milnes and over a dozen interviews with world authorities on Massenet.

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Believe in Love
 Believe in Love Believe In Love: Rare French and Italian Opera Arias
Elizabeth Whitehouse, Orchestra Victoria

Doubt that the dancing stars shine
Doubt even that the sun is bright,
And that on the damp earth flowers grow;
Doubt tears, doubt smiling,
And doubt that there are angels in paradise,
but believe in love

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La somnambule
 La somnambule Hérold: La somnambule
Orchestra Victoria

The world-premiere recording of one of Richard Bonynge’s most treasured ballet finds – the first in the line of the great 19th-century romantic ballets and offers the first chance in over 150 years to hear this delightful and significant score.

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The Power of Love
 Power of Love The Power of Love: Arias from British Operas
Deborah Riedel, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra

Featuring golden-voiced soprano Deborah Riedel, a selection of rare 19th-century British lyric opera arias by Balfe, Sullivan and Wallace including many world- premiere recordings.

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Cheryl Barker, Orchestra Victoria

Surprising though it may sound, Richard Bonynge has conducted comparatively little Puccini, which accounts for the delectable freshness of approach he brings to this disc in a first collaboration with Cheryl Barker.

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Cherry Ripe
 Cherry Ripe Cherry Ripe: Vocal treasures of the 18th & 19th Centuries
Deborah Riedel, Arcadia Lane Orchestra

The last recording to be made by Deborah Riedel is a sumptuous collection of rare Italian, French and English arias from 18th and 19th centuries, many never before recorded. Whatever history’s verdict, this tuneful collection will appeal to all lovers of melody and with an outstanding contribution from Arcadia Lane Orchestra, it is difficult to imagine this fascinating journey into musical byways being more persuasively presented.

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