T Ballad Of Baby Doe Original recording remastered
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|1. The Ballad Of Baby Doe: Act One: Scene One - Opening|
|2. The Ballad Of Baby Doe: Act One: Scene One - 'It's A Bang-Up Job' (Tabor)|
|3. The Ballad Of Baby Doe: Act One: Scene One - 'Horace, What Is This?' (Augusta)|
|4. The Ballad Of Baby Doe: Act One: Scene One - 'I Beg Your Pardon' (Baby Doe)|
|5. The Ballad Of Baby Doe: Act One: Scene Two - 'What A Lovely Evening'|
|6. The Ballad Of Baby Doe: Act One: Scene Two - 'Willow, Where We Met Together' (Willow Song) (Baby Doe)|
|7. The Ballad Of Baby Doe: Act One: Scene Two - 'Oh, Mr. Tabor!' (Baby Doe)|
|8. The Ballad Of Baby Doe: Act One: Scene Two - 'Warm As The Autumn Light' (Tabor)|
|9. The Ballad Of Baby Doe: Act One: Scene Three - 'Now, Where Do You Suppose?' (Augusta)|
|10. The Ballad Of Baby Doe: Act One: Scene Three - 'Have You Seen Her?' (Augusta)|
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|1. The Ballad Of Baby Doe: Opening|
|2. The Ballad Of Baby Doe: 'The Fine Ladies' (Baby Doe)|
|3. The Ballad Of Baby Doe: 'Mama, Go Inside!' (Baby Doe)|
|4. The Ballad Of Baby Doe: 'Augusta, What Are You Doing Here?' (Tabor)|
|5. The Ballad Of Baby Doe: 'I'll Raise You'|
|6. The Ballad Of Baby Doe: 'Turn Tail And Run!' (Tabor)|
|7. The Ballad Of Baby Doe: 'La, La, La, La'|
|8. The Ballad Of Baby Doe: 'Good People Of Leadville'|
|9. The Ballad Of Baby Doe: 'Extra! Extra!'|
|10. The Ballad Of Baby Doe: 'Augusta! Augusta!' (Augusta)|
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Despite its somewhat Disneyesque title, The Ballad of Baby Doe is one of the sturdiest American operas. Its riches-to-rags story of Colorado miner Horace Tabor has a great plot, excellent characters, real arias, and dynamic chorus scenes, and none of it sounds second hand in the least. The opera has an extremely inviting personality of its own. This recording by the New York City Opera is full of crackling fast tempos from conductor Emerson Buckley and great theatricality: right down to the minor characters, everybody knows what they're about. Beverly Sills, Walter Cassel, and Frances Bible all inhabit their roles completely. The one drawback is the recording quality, which is good to voices but mushy on the orchestra. To know what's really going on in the piece musically, one must hear the similarly well-sung but more relaxed 1996 recording made at the venue where the opera was premiered: Central City Opera in Colorado. --David Patrick Stearns
Top Customer Reviews
I have LP copies of it on MGM, Heliodor, and DGG pressings.
But I am one who has been waiting for years to find it released on CD. When the CD set finally came out, I was beside myself with joy.
This is the Baby Doe to have.
Someone mentioned the 1996 CD recording of Baby Doe, which was recorded in the Central City Opera House.
That's a very good recording. The entire cast is/are wonderful.
And that recording includes a few bars(in the first act) which are cut from the Sills Baby Doe.
But as fine as the 1996 recording is; it would be impossible to top or even match Cassel, Sills, and Bible as the Tabor love triangle.
I attended one of the 1996 Central City Opera Baby Doe performances. I was elated to see/hear the opera performed in that glorious old house.
But I have to admit that the acoustic ambiance of the Central City Opera House was a bit tubby and dry (acoustically). The tubby and dry ambiance of the 1996 Baby Doe recording is one of the reasons I prefer the Sills recording.
I have made two pilgrimages to Leadville. The Tabor Grand Opera House (which is in desperate need of funds for restoration) is still standing and in business.
The Clarendon Hotel (which was adjacent to the Tabor Grand) was torn down decades ago (although evidence of the Tabor cat walk from the Tabor Grand to the Clarendon is still extant).
Both times I visited Leadville, standing on the stage of the Tabor Grand left me speechless.
But my two visits to Baby Doe's cabin at the Matchless Mine devastated me.
Both times I stood in the "cold and narrow house" in which Baby Doe died so emotionally overwhelmed me that I had to step outside.Read more ›
Once again this is a recording where the entire cast work perfectly together. There are no weak presentations. An engery is created between them, and it is noticeable. This is extremely important in opera like this, as there are no star arias, no set pieces that grab you, there are no moments where the leads outshine everyone else; this is really, like most modern operas, an ensemble work. I believe the cast is made up of the same cast who sang the role in the New York City opera's presentation of the opera during the same period of time. However, I am not certain all of the cast in the recording sang in that presentation. They work well together.
Though there are beautiful lyric moments (I wouldn't call them arias, per se) this work is a very modern work. It is opera in English, and American opera at its best. For those of us steeped in the Italian tradition, you may find it unusual listening in the beginning. There are no showy pieces. It is very 20th century, but not like more radical composers. It has an old west flavor (a thing Puccini never could capture in "The Girl of the Golden West") and is a touching story.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
This recording is absolutely fabulous. Beverly Sills sings with amazing technique and her high notes are silvery and effortless. She owns the roll of Baby Doe. Read morePublished on May 22 2004
This is a great recording of a beautiful and touching opera. Sills totally dominates with her beautiful, rock-solid and emotional portrayal. The whole cast is first rate! Read morePublished on Nov. 15 2003 by G. Golding
This is one of many waiting five paragraph review of this opera. It is not a masterpiece but a saloon piece. Read morePublished on July 25 2003 by JOJO
This is not an opera. So I can only give it one star. Sills is better as Anna Bolena.Published on July 6 2003
Sills is marvelous as the lovable gold-digger. The rest of the cast is great as well. The previous reviewer is incorrect in two statements he made. Read morePublished on March 10 2003
I think this is just an exquisite piece of American opera literature. Thomas Moore had an excellent compositional quality of georgeous accompaniment for his singers. Read morePublished on March 4 2003 by D. Fair
I want to start this review by voicing my appreciation of the amazing Beverly Sills. She is an absolutely great soprano. Read morePublished on Dec 27 2002
Barber's Vanessa, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess and Moore and Latouche' Balladof Baby Doe. If for nothing else, you must buy this set for Beverly Sills singing Douglas Moore's... Read morePublished on May 31 2002 by Kenneth S. Wheelock
Douglas Moore's Ballad of Baby Doe opens with a rollicking wide-open western theme in Leadville, Colorado that quickly turns to a rucus street scene. Read morePublished on Dec 1 2001 by Jeremiah Fay