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King, James 1925-2005

Works: 459 works in 1,640 publications in 7 languages and 18,259 library holdings
Genres: Operas  Drama  Live sound recordings  Excerpts  Musical settings  Chamber operas  Song cycles  Symphonies  Songs  Arrangements (Music) 
Roles: Performer, Singer, Author, Conductor, Other, Instrumentalist, Vocalist, Musician, Actor
Classifications: M1500, 782.1
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Most widely held works about James King
Most widely held works by James King
Die Walküre by Richard Wagner( Recording )

110 editions published between 1965 and 2012 in 7 languages and held by 1,725 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recorded Oct.-Nov. 1965 in the Sofiensaal, Vienna
Das Lied von der Erde by Gustav Mahler( Recording )

91 editions published between 1965 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 1,451 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Der deutsche Bariton Christian Gerhaher ist zweifellos einer der besten Liedsänger der Welt. Auf seiner neuen CD widmet er sich gemeinsam mit Kent Nagano und dem Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal sowie Klaus Florian Vogt, Tenor, erstmals Mahlers berühmtem Werk "Das Lied von der Erde", seiner Vertonung von sieben Gedichten für Tenor, Alt und Orchester, laut Mahlers eigenem Bekunden "das Persönlichste, was ich je geschrieben habe". Das Werk komponierte Mahler 1907, einem Jahr, in dem sein Leben durch mehrere schwere Schicksalsschläge (dem Tod seiner Tochter, dem Rücktritt als Direktor der Wiener Hofoper und eigener Krankheit) gezeichnet war. Christian Gerhaher, Klaus Florian Vogt und dem Orchester unter Nagano gelingt es, die Tiefen und die Farbigkeit von Mahlers Werk in allen Details auszuloten. Nr. 1 Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde: Allegro pesante Nr. 2 Der Einsame im Herbst: Etwas schleichend. Ermüdet Nr. 3 Von der Jugend: Behaglich heiter Nr. 4 Von der Schönheit: Comodo. Dolcissimo Nr. 5 Der Trunkene im Frühling: Allegro Nr. 6 Der Abschied: Schwer
Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss( )

60 editions published between 1968 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 1,088 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The great Jessye Norman is Ariadne, the mythological heroine abandoned by her lover on the island of Naxos. In Strauss and Hofmannsthal's charming opera-within-an-opera, she is joined by Ruth Ann Swenson as Zerbinetta, the flirtatious leader of a commedia dell'arte troupe that--by order of an eccentric patron--unexpectedly finds itself in the middle of Ariadne's tragic story. Thomas Moser sings Bacchus, the young god who wins Ariadne, and Susanne Mentzer is the Composer of the fictional opera. Wagnerian bass-baritone Thomas Stewart makes a late-career cameo appearance as the Music Master
Salome by Richard Strauss( )

44 editions published between 1968 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 849 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This performance presents the great Leonie Rysanek in one of her most memorable roles--the teenage Judean princess Salome. Obsessed with the prophet Jochanaan, the Biblical John the Baptist (Norman Bailey), she skillfully manipulates her lecherous stepfather Herod (Ragnar Ulfung) until he has no choice but to have the holy man killed for spurning the princess's advances. The legendary Astrid Varnay is Salome's mother, Herodias. Highlights of the score include the Dance of the Seven Veils and Salome's final monologue, one of the supreme dramatic achievements in all of opera
Fidelio by Ludwig van Beethoven( )

64 editions published between 1966 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 821 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beethoven's only opera attracts the greatest singers and conductors, not only for its passionate music, but also because of its profoundly stirring message of freedom and the rights of the individual against tyranny. It all comes together superbly in this historic performance led by the legendary conductor Karl Böhm. Birgit Nilsson is Leonore, the woman who disguises herself as a man in her desperate attempt to locate her husband Florestan (James King, a couple weeks after his Met debut in the same role), who has been unjustly imprisoned by his enemy, Don Pizarro (Geraint Evans)
Die Frau ohne Schatten by Richard Strauss( Recording )

57 editions published between 1966 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 727 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Strauss and Hofmannsthal's sumptuous and magical fairy tale receives an authoritative performance conducted by the great Karl Böhm, a protégé of the composer, in his last Met broadcast. The extraordinary cast is led by Leonie Rysanek as the Empress, the "woman without a shadow" of the title, who stars opposite James King as the ethereal Emperor, Walter Berry as the goodhearted Barak the Dyer, Ursula Schröder-Feinen as the hapless Dyer's Wife, and Mignon Dunn as the sinister Nurse
Daphne by Richard Strauss( Recording )

48 editions published between 1964 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 636 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This classical tragedy tells of the eponymous heroine, a sunlight-worshipping virgin who has no interest in earthbound romantic relationships. Unable to return her childhood-friend Leukippos's affections, and unwilling to don a special dress for the Dionysian festival, Daphne soon encounters a mysterious stranger, in the guise of a herdsman, who makes an unsuccessful attempt to wheedle her into romance. He ultimately reveals himself as Apollo, the god of the sun, and enters a violent rivalry with Leukippos for Daphne's affections that ends tragically for all
Lohengrin highlights by Richard Wagner( )

10 editions published between 1971 and 2003 in German and held by 549 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Parsifal : [ein Bühnenweihfestspiel] by Richard Wagner( Recording )

62 editions published between 1970 and 2003 in 5 languages and held by 523 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hearing either Jon Vickers or Christa Ludwig, two of the most riveting singing actors of their time, in Parsifal would be cause for celebration. This recording presents both of these great artists in their only joint broadcast of Wagner's mystical opera, with James Levine bringing his own special magic to the occasion, making it indeed a Parsifal for the ages. Martti Talvela is an authoritative, compassionate Gurnemanz and Bernd Weikl a memorable Amfortas
Der Ring des Nibelungen by Richard Wagner( Recording )

51 editions published between 1973 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 447 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

El anillo del nibelungo en alemán, es un ciclo de cuatro óperas épicas, basadas libremente en figuras y elementos de la mitología germánica, particularmente las Sagas islandesas. Estas operas son, El oro del Rin (Das Rheingold), La valquiria (Die Walküre), Sigfrido (Siegfried) y El ocaso de los dioses (Götterdämmerung)
Elektra : opera in one act by Richard Strauss( Visual )

37 editions published between 1989 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 444 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of the violent revenge of Elektra, mourning the murder of her father by his wife and her lover
Notre Dame by Franz Schmidt( )

18 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Notre Dame: Romantische Oper in zwei Aufzügen. Libretto: Leopold Wilk
Orchestral songs : including The song of the Earth by Gustav Mahler( )

4 editions published in 1996 in German and held by 369 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg by Richard Wagner( )

8 editions published between 1972 and 2011 in German and held by 349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Wagner's colorful portrait of medieval Nuremberg, the wealthy Pogner (Ezio Flagello) promises his beautiful daughter Eva (Pilar Lorengar) in marriage to the winner of a song contest. But the girl has already set her sights on the handsome Walther (James King). Naturally, various obstacles have to be overcome before the happy conclusion. Benno Kusche plays Beckmesser, Eva's unsuccessful suitor, and Theo Adam is Hans Sachs, the town's cobbler and reigning poet whose deep insights into human nature make this opera so much more than a delightful comedy. Maestro Thomas Schippers leads the Met's vast orchestral and choral forces
Mathis der Maler by Paul Hindemith( Recording )

37 editions published between 1979 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mathis der Maler: Sinfonie / Trauermusik für Viola und Streichorchester / Sinfonische Metamorphosen über Themen von Carl Maria von Weber
Lohengrin by Richard Wagner( )

43 editions published between 1970 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 315 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This broadcast of Wagner's most romantic opera stars René Kollo as the knight of the Holy Grail who arrives in a boat pulled by a swan to defend the innocent Elsa, played by Pilar Lorengar. Mignon Dunn is the dark and malevolent Ortrud who poisons the couple's happiness, with some help from her husband, Telramund (Donald McIntyre). James Levine leads the Met orchestra, bringing out the shimmer and the thunder of the score, along with every shade of expression in between
Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss( Visual )

8 editions published between 1988 and 2002 in German and English and held by 289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Staging of Strauss' play-within-a-play, where "the dominant impression is one of complementary ideas in stark juxtaposition: opera seria and opera buffa, romantic love and hard-headed practicality, art and commerce, fantasy and reality."--Guide, p. 6
Der Freischutz by Carl Maria von Weber( )

14 editions published between 1991 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wagner said this early-Romantic gem was the most German of German operas. Its irresistible mix of colorful folklore, the spooky supernatural, a tender romance, and the passionate struggle between good and evil are all captured in Weber's tuneful and dramatic score. The cast in this rare U.S. performance is sensational: Sándor Kónya as our hero, the forester Max, who must win a shooting contest in order to marry his beloved Agathe (the ravishing Pilar Lorengar), despite the dark plotting of Caspar (Gerd Feldhoff)
Carmen by Georges Bizet( )

6 editions published in 2008 in French and Undetermined and held by 257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ultraphonic: 1660
The symphonies : the piano concertos ; the violin concerto ; 3 overtures by Ludwig van Beethoven( )

2 editions published in 2001 in German and held by 252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Accordion with instrumental ensemble, Arranged Accordion with orchestra, Arranged Ariadne (Greek mythology) Ariadne auf Naxos (Strauss, Richard) Ballets--Excerpts Concertos (Piano) Concertos (Violin) Daphne--(Nymph) Electra--(Greek mythological figure) Grünewald, Matthias, Incidental music--Excerpts Live sound recordings Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner, Richard) Music--Computer network resources New York (State)--New York Nonets (Bassoons (2), clarinets (2), horns (2), oboes (2), double bass), Arranged Operas Operas--Excerpts Operas--Excerpts, Arranged Operas--Librettos Overtures Overtures (Bassoons (2), clarinets (2), flute, horns (2), oboes (2)) Perceval--(Legendary character) Piano music, Arranged Potpourris (Orchestra) Rondos (Bassoons (2), clarinets (2), horns (2), oboes (2)) Rückert, Friedrich, Salome--(Biblical figure) Sonatas (Piano) Song cycles Songs, German Songs (High voice) with chamber orchestra Songs (High voice) with orchestra Songs (High voice) with piano Songs (Low voice) with chamber orchestra Songs (Low voice) with orchestra Songs (Medium voice) with orchestra Songs (Medium voice) with piano Songs with instrumental ensemble Suites (Orchestra) Suites (Orchestra), Arranged Swan-knight (Legendary character) Symphonies Symphonies, Arranged Valkyries (Norse mythology) Wilde, Oscar, Wind nonets (Bassoons (2), clarinets (2), flute, horns (2), oboes (2)) Wind nonets (Bassoons (3), clarinets (2), horns (2), oboes (2)), Arranged Wind octets (Bassoons (2), clarinets (2), horns (2), oboes (2)) Wind sextets (Bassoons (2), clarinets (2), horns (2))
Elektra : opera in one act
Alternative Names
James King

James King Amerikaans muzikant (1925-2005)

James King amerikansk musikar

James King amerikansk musiker

James King artiste lyrique

James King tenore statunitense

James King US-amerikanischer Opernsänger

King, Džejms.

King, James, 1925-

Кинг, Джеймс

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