Marilyn Horne

Just for the Record: The Golden Voice

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If you're looking for one album documenting the career of Marilyn Horne, this is the place to start. Composed mostly of operatic excerpts from the 1960s and '70s, but also including some art song and concert selections from the 1980s, Decca's Just for the Record: The Golden Voice captures the sound and fury of Horne in her prime. Most everything Horne was known for is here: Handel, Rossini, Bellini, some Verdi, and Bizet's Carmen. The combination of style, agility, and sheer amplitude that she brought to this music is irresistible, even if Horne's distinctive, somewhat snarly timbre isn't your cup of tea. The opening "Habanera" has a rhythmic restraint and style that, while less earthy than some Carmens, takes on a smiling dramatic tension, even as an excerpt. The Rossini and Handel selections have all the kinetic energy and pathos they could want, and the excerpts from Norma and Il Trovatore document her exciting partnerships with Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti. Of the art song and concert excerpts on the second disc, Nin's "Jesús de Nazareth," with pianist Martin Katz, and Aaron Copland's "I bought me a cat" are the highlights (no one could ask for a better quacking duck than Horne's!).

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Meraspe (or L'Olympiade), pasticcio
1 03:18 Amazon
Lucrezia Borgia, opera
2 03:25 Amazon
Norma, opera
3 02:37 Amazon
4 03:55 Amazon
5 05:37 Amazon
6 02:19 Amazon
Il Trovatore, opera
7 06:16 Amazon
8 02:30 Amazon
9 04:39 Amazon
La Gioconda, opera in 4 acts
10 03:52 Amazon
11 04:09 Amazon
12 06:16 Amazon
13 05:58 Amazon
14 03:46 Amazon
15 03:09 Amazon
16 02:20 Amazon
17 03:57 Amazon
West Side Story, musical
18 02:41 Amazon
19 03:25 Amazon
20 04:15 Amazon
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