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      First the Music then the Words

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      Itzhak Perlman plays the Meditation from Thais followed by the opera’s final scene sung by Dorothy Kirsten and Robert Merrill. Then Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise is performed by the London Symphony led by Andre Previn then sung by Anna Moffo.

      Playlist:

      Massenet Thais: “Meditation”
      Itzhak Perlman with The Abbey Road Ensemble
      Conducted by Lawrence Foster
      Recorded in London in 1995
      EMI 5 55475 2

      Massenet Thais: “Death of Thais”
      Dorothy Kirsten and Robert Merrill with Orchestra
      Conducted by Jean Paul Morel
      Recorded in New York in 1947
      LP: RCA VIC-1552

      Rachmaninov: “Vocalise”
      Academy of St. Martins-in-the-Fields
      Conducted by Neville Marriner
      Recorded in London in 1973
      PHILIPS 420 155

      Rachmaninoff:  “Vocalise”
      Anna Moffo with the American Symphony Orchestra
      conducted by Leopold Stokowski
      Recorded in New York in 1964
      SONY 88875032232

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