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The Beecham Collection: Offenbach: Tales of Hoffmann (Recorded 1947)

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“SOMM’s Beecham enterprise is deservedly earning glowing reviews. Beecham is ripe and expressive throughout. This is a fine set in excellent transfers.” – CD Choice

SIR THOMAS BEECHAM, Bart., C.H.
Sadler’s Wells Chorus
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Robert Rounseville – tenor
Dorothy Bond – soprano
Margherita Grandi – soprano
Monica Sinclair – mezzo-soprano

Released in collaboration with the Sir Thomas Beecham Trust in support of the Scholarship Fund.

On This Recording

  1. Les contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann): Act II: So gleam with desire (Dapertutto)
  2. Les contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann): Prologue: Glou, Glou, Glou (The Spirits of Wine) (Chorus)
  3. Les contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann): Prologue: Drink, Drink, Drink (Chorus)
  4. Les contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann): Prologue: Good day my friends (Hoffmann, Nicklausse, Nathaniel, Hermann, Luther, Students)
  5. Les contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann): Prologue: The Legend of Kleinsack (Hoffmann, Chorus)
  6. Les contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann): Prologue: This beer tastes of the stable (Hoffmann)
  7. Les contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann): Act I: Intermezzo
  8. Les contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann): Act I: There sleep in peace (Spalanzani, Hoffmann, Cochenille)
  9. Les contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann): Act I: So be it (Hoffmann)
  10. Les contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann): Act I: Of course I might have known (Nicklausse, Hoffmann)
  11. Les contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann): Act I: It is I, Coppelius (Coppelius, Nicklausse, Hoffmann)
  12. Les contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann): Act I: Oh you! Dear Professor (Spalanzani, Coppelius)
  13. Les contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann): Act I: None but our host, I do declare (Chorus of Guests)
  14. Les contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann): Act I: You will not have to wait my friends (Spalanzani, Nicklausse, Hoffman, Chorus of Guests)
  15. Les contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann): Act I: And now ladies, and gentlemen (Spalanzani, Nicklausse, Cochenille, Hoffmann, Olympia, Chorus)
  16. Les contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann): Act I: The Doll’s Song (Olympia, Chorus)
  17. Les contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann): Act I: Her reputation well deserved (Hoffmann, Nicklausse, Spalanzani, Olympia, Cochenille, Chorus)
  18. Les contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann): Act I: So now they’ve gone away at last (Hoffmann, Olympia)
  19. Les contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann): Act I: Oh, my dear, do but stay (Hoffmann, Nicklausse, Coppelius)
  20. Les contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann): Act I: Let the dancing proceed (Spalanzani, Cochenille, Hoffmann, Olympia, Nicklausse, Coppelius, Chorus of Guests)
  21. Les contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann): Act II: Entr’acte and barcarolle
  22. Les contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann): Act II: For me a love like that (Hoffmann, Chorus)
  23. Les contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann): Act II: I see a celebration (Schlemil, Giulietta, Pitichinaccio, Hoffmann, Nicklausse, Chorus)
  24. Les contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann): Prologue: Prelude
  25. Les contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann): Act II: Fair Angel … (Dapertutto, Giulietta, Hoffmann)
  26. Les contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann): Act II: Just as I thought – together (Giulietta, Schlemil, Hoffmann, Pitichinaccio, Dapertutto, Nicklausse)
  27. Les contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann): Act II: Alas, my soul again outpouring (Hoffmann, Dapertutto, Giulietta, Nicklausse, Schlemil, Pitichinaccio, Chorus)
  28. Les contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann): Act II: Do you hear, my friends (Giulietta, Chorus)
  29. Les contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann): Act III: All in vain (Antonia)
  30. Les contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann): Act III: Oh my darling child (Crespel, Antonia, Frantz)
  31. Les contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann): Act III: Day and Night I am always slaving (Frantz)
  32. Les contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann): Act III: Frantz, so you’re here (Hoffmann, Frantz)
  33. Les contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann): Act III: Sweet is the song lovers learn (Hoffmann, Antonia)
  34. Les contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann): Act III: And yet beloved (Hoffmann, Antonia)
  35. Les contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann): Act III: Are you ill? (Hoffmann, Antonia, Crespel, Frantz, Dr. Miracle)
  36. Les contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann): Act III: Well, say on then, and be brief (Dr. Miracle, Hoffmann, Crespel, Antonia)
  37. Les contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann): Act III: No more to sing alas (Hoffmann, Antonia)
  38. Les contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann): Act III: You’ll never sing again (Dr. Miracle, Antonia, the Voice of Antonia’s mother, Crespel, Nicklausse, Hoffmann)
  39. Les contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann): Intermezzo: Barcarolle
  40. Les contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann): Epilogue: Entr’acte
  41. Les contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann): Epilogue: Pour out the wine and drink (Chorus)
  42. Les contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann): Prelude: Legend of Kleinsack – Act 1: Finale – Epilogue – Finale