Panizza's 1942 Elixir of Love, live at the New York Metropolitan Opera
Unique transfers from off-air glass acetates by Ward Marston
DONIZETTI L'elisir d'amore [notes/score] Broadcast performance, January 3, 1942, with announcements by Milton Cross
THE CAST Bidú Sayão Adina Bruno Landi Nemorino Francesco Valentino Belcore Salvatore Baccaloni Dulcamara Mona Paulee Giannetta Choir and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York Ettore Panizza conductor
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"This is something quite fresh: a stereo recording of Hanson himself conducting his own Eastman School forces in an ardent performance of his one and only opera Merry Mount. This set was within a hair's breadth of Record of the Month status but ultimately the somewhat recessed solo voices of the lovers especially in the key Act II duet must deny the set that accolade ... by a whisker. Even now I haver over that decision such is the potency of this performance and recording. The orchestra is superbly rendered. If you like the towering, upfront and personal balance of the Mercury recordings of symphonies 1-3 and Lament of Beowulf then you know exactly what to expect. A blistering account of Hanson's one and only opera. Do hear it." - MusicWeb International, 2014