Richard Tucker

cover of Halévy: La Juive CD release from Sony Classical/RCA / Sony Classical/RCA

Sony Classical has just released a CD of a recording more famous for being out of print than available: selections from Fromental Halévy's La Juive "The Jewess," recorded in London in 1974, with Richard Tucker, Martina Arroyo, Anna Moffo and Bonaldo Giaiotti. Antonio de Almeida conducts.

These were marquee names to music lovers and record buyers in the 1960s and 1970s. They are all heard with great pleasure 40 years later.

For those who love singers and vocal music, the annual Richard Tucker Foundation Gala is a banquet veering on gluttony. The 2015 Gala, taped last November at Lincoln Center will be shown on WOSU TV Friday, February 5 at 9 p.m.