Marilyn Horne

Just for the Record: The Golden Voice

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Just for the Record: The Golden Voice Review

by Allen Schrott

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 Marilyn Horne 03:18 Amazon
Lucrezia Borgia, opera
2 Marilyn Horne 03:25 Amazon
Norma, opera
3 Marilyn Horne 02:37 Amazon
4 Marilyn Horne 03:55 Amazon
5 Marilyn Horne 05:37 Amazon
6 Marilyn Horne 02:19 Amazon
Il Trovatore, opera
7 Marilyn Horne 06:16 Amazon
8 Marilyn Horne 02:30 Amazon
9 Marilyn Horne 04:39 Amazon
La Gioconda, opera in 4 acts
10 Marilyn Horne 03:52 Amazon
11 Marilyn Horne 04:09 Amazon
12 Marilyn Horne 06:16 Amazon
13 Marilyn Horne 05:58 Amazon
14 Marilyn Horne 03:46 Amazon
15 Marilyn Horne 03:09 Amazon
16 Marilyn Horne 02:20 Amazon
17 Marilyn Horne 03:57 Amazon
West Side Story, musical
18 Marilyn Horne 02:41 Amazon
19 Marilyn Horne 03:25 Amazon
20 Marilyn Horne 04:15 Amazon
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