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Treasury of Opera 1906-1942 Volume 1. Adriana Lecouvreur to Manon

NI1742
£19.99

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This collection aims to highlight the rich vocal element present in a wide range of operas. It is a collection of the great melodic moments - the big tunes - which are spread throughout an evening at the opera. The arias, and occasional duet, are sung by some of the finest singers who recorded during the first fifty years of the twentieth century, a time when standards of vocal technique in top international opera houses were of prime importance. Volume 2  completes the alphabet - from Manon Lescaut to Die Zauberflöte

Treasury of Opera 1906-1942 Volume 1. Adriana Lecouvreur to Manon

Tracks

DISC 1

ADRIANA LECOUVREUR, Cilea

1 Claudia Muzio - Poveri fiori (r. 1935) 3.10

L’AFRICAINE, Meyerbeer

2 Giacomo Lauri-Volpi - O Paradiso (r. 1934) 3.39

AIDA, Verdi

3 Enrico Caruso - Se quel guerrier io fossi... Celeste Aida (r. 1911) 4.57

4 Rosa Ponselle - Ritorna vincitor (r. 1928) 4.52

ANDREA CHÉNIER, Giordano

5 Giovanni Martinelli - Un di all’azzuro spazio (r. 1926) 4.27

6 Claudia Muzio - La mamma morta (r. 1935) 4.39

7 Giovanni Martinelli - Come un bel dì di Maggio (r. 1927) 3.16

L’ARLESIANA, Cilèa

8 Tito Schipa - E la solita storia (r. 1928) 4.14

ATALANTA, Handel

9 Eidè Norena - Care selve (r. 1937) 3.49

ATTILA, Verdi

10 Igor Gorin - Dagli immortali vertici (r. 1941) 4.47

UN BALLO IN MASCHERA, Verdi

11 Enrico Caruso - Di tu se fedele (r. 1911) 3.03

12 Mattia Battistini - Eri tu, che macchiavi (r. 1906) 4.24

13 Luisa Tetrazzini - Saper vorreste (r. 1911) 3.01

IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA, Rossini

14 Riccardo Stracciari - Largo al factotum (r. 1917) 4.11

15 Tito Schipa - Se il mio nome (r. 1923) 3.03

16 Conchita Supervia - Una voce poco fa... Io sono docile (r. 1927) 6.21

 

DISC 2

LA BELLE HELÈNE, Offenbach

1 Jussi Björling - Au mont Ida trois déesses (r. 1938) 3.32

LA BOHÈME, Puccini

2 Beniamino Gigli - Che gelida manina (r. 1938) 4.36

3 Claudia Muzio - Si, mi chiamano Mimi (r. 1935) 4.52

4 Nellie Melba - Donde lieta usci (r. 1909) 3.26

BORIS GODUNOV, Musorgsky

5 Feodor Chaliapin - Varlaam’s Song (r. 1922) 2.40

CAGLIOSTRO IN WIEN, J. Strauss II

6 Lotte Schöne - Zigeunerkind, wie glänzt dein Haar (r. 1925) 3.07

LE CID, Thomas

7 Pol Plançon - Enfant chéri... Le Tambour-Major (r. 1907) 4.14

CARMEN, Bizet

8 Conchita Supervia - L’amour est un oiseau rebelle (Habañera) (r. 1930) 4.22

9 Conchita Supervia - Près des remparts de Seville (Séguedille) (r. 1930) 4.17

10 Lawrence Tibbett - Chanson du Toréador (r. 1929) 4.33

11 Giacomo Lauri-Volpi - La fleur que tu m’avais jetée (r. 1930) 3.44

12 Eidé Norena - Je dis que rien ne m’êpouvante (Micaela’s aria) (r. 1933) 4.39

CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA, Mascagni

13 Tito Schipa - O Lola, c’hai di latti la cammisa (Siciliana) (r. 1913) 2.29

14 Claudia Muzio - Voi lo sapete (r. 1934) 3.27

15 Giacomo Lauri-Volpi - Viva il vino spumeggiante (r. 1923) 1.54

16 Enrico Caruso - Addio alla madre (r. 1913) 4.06

LA CENERENTOLA, Rossini

17 Conchita Supervia - Non più mesta (r. 1927) 2.51

 

DISC 3

LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN, Offenbach

1 Mabel Garrison - Les oiseaux dans la charmille (r. 1916) 4.39

LE COQ D’OR, Rimsky-Korsakoff

2 Eidé Norena - Hymne au soleil (r. 1932 ) 2.56

LA DAME BLANCHE, Boieldieu

3 David Devriès - Rêverie de Georges Brown (r. 1928) 4.25

DINORAH, Meyerbeer

4 Amelita Galli-Curci - Ombra leggiera (r. 1917) 4.32

5 Pasquale Amato - Ah! mon remords te venge (r. 1914) 4.33

DON CARLOS, Verdi

6 Ezio Pinza - Ella giammai m’amo (r. 1927) 4.12

7 Mattia Battistini - O Carlo, ascolta (r. 1913) 4.31

DON CÉSAR DE BAZAN, Massenet

8 Amelita Galli-Curci - A Seville, belles señoras (Sevillana) (r. 1923) 3.13

DON GIOVANNI, Mozart

9 Ezio Pinza - Deh vieni alla finestra (r. 1930) 1.52

10 John McCormack - Il mio tesoro (r. 1916) 4.18

DON PASQUALE, Donizetti

11 Tito Schipa - Sogno soave e casto (r. 1926) 2.47

12 Amelita Galli-Curci - Quel guardo il cavaliere (r. 1919) 4.37

L’ELISIR D’AMORE, Donizetti

13 Beniamino Gigli - Quanto è bella, quanto è cara (r. 1925) 2.59

14 Tito Schipa - Una furtiva lagrima (r. 1925) 4.28

DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL, Mozart

15 Alexander Kipnis - Wer ein Liebchen hat gefunden (r. 1931) 3.23

16 Eidé Norena - Durch Zärtlichkeit und Schmeicheln (r. 1934) 3.56

 

DISC 4

ERNANI, Verdi

1 Giovanni Martinelli - Merce, diletti amici... Come rugiada al cespite (r. 1915) 3.33

2 Rosa Ponselle - Emani! Emani, involami (r. 1922) 4.15

3 Ezio Pinza - Infelice! e tu credevi (r. 1929) 3.18

4 Giuseppe de Luca - O, de’ verd’ anni miei (r. 1916) 4.21

EUGENE ONEGIN, Tchaikovsky

5 Lotte Lehmann - Letter Scene (r. 1917) 3.38

6 Dmitri Smirnov - Lontan, lontan (Lenski’s Aria) (r. 1909) 4.17

FAUST, Gounod

7 Giacomo Lauri-Volpi - Saluti demeure chaste et pure (r. 1930) 4.29

8 Conchita Supervia - Il était un roi de Thulé (r. 1931) 3.43

9 Eidé Norena - Ah, je ris de me voir si belle (Jewel Song) (r. 1933) 4.38

LA FAVORITA, Donizetti

10 Mattia Battistini - A tanto amor (r. 1906) 3.59

11 Sigrid Onegin - O mio Fernando (r. 1929) 4.43

12 Beniamino Gigli - Spirito gentil (r. 1921) 4.04

LA FIGLIA DEL REGGIMENTO, Donizetti

13 Toti dal Monte - Convien partir (r. 1926) 4.36

DIE FLEDERMAUS, J. Strauss II

14 Lotte Schöne - Mein Herr (r. 1928) 3.03

15 Elisabeth Rethberg - Czardas (r. 1931) 4.22

 

DISC 5

LA FORZA DEL DESTINO, Verdi

1 Rosa Ponselle & Ezio Pinza - Alzatevi... La vergine degli angeli (r. 1928) 4.39

2 Beniamino Gigli & Giuseppe de Luca - Solenne in quest’ora (r. 1927) 4.43

3 Giovanni Martinelli & Giuseppe de Luca

- Invano, Alvaro... Le minacele, i fieri accenti (r. 1927) 8.42

4 Claudia Muzio - Pace, pace mio Dio (r. 1935) 4.50

LA GIOCONDA, Ponchielli

5 Titta Ruffo - Ah! Pescator affonda l’esca (r. 1912) 3.05

6 Jussi Björling - Cielo e mar (r. 1937) 4.24

7 Rosa Ponselle - Suicidio (r. 1925) 4.14

GRÄFIN MARIZA, Kaiman

8 Richard Tauber - Grüß mir mein Wein (r. 1924) 4.19

GUILLAUME TELL, Rossini

9 Eidé Norena - Sombre forêt (Cavatina) (r. 1930) 3.28

LES HUGUENOTS, Meyerbeer

10 Maria Ivogün - Une dame noble et sage (r. 1917) 3.51

11 Giacomo Lauri-Volpi - Bianca al par (r. 1929) 4.22

IRIS, Mascagni

12 Antonio Cortis - Apri la tua finestra (r. 1929) 2.32

JOCELYN, Godard

13 Alma Gluck - Cachés dans cet asile (Berceuse) (r. 1914) 4.42

LAKMÉ, Delibes

14 Amelita Galli-Curci - Ou va la jeune Hindoue (Bell Song) (r. 1917) 4.23

DAS LAND DES LÄCHELNS, Lehár

15 Richard Tauber - Von Apfelblüten einen Kranz (r. 1929) 3.15

 

DISC 6

A LIFE FOR THE TSAR, Glinka

1 Antonina Nezhdanova - I do not grieve for that (r. 1914) 3.20

LINDA DI CHAMOUNIX, Donizetti

2 Marcella Sembrich - O luce di quest’ anima (r. 1908) 3.08

LODOLETTA, Mascagni

3 Mafalda Favero - Flammen, perdonami (r. 1940) 4.05

LOHENGRIN, Wagner

4 Kirsten Flagstad - Euch Lüften, die mein Klagen (r. 1937) 3.40

5 Miguel Fleta - In fernem Land (r. 1926) 4.41

6 Ninon Vallin - Depuis le jour (r. 1935) 4.14

LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR, Donizetti

7 Mariano Stabile - Cruda funesta smania (r. 1923) 4.05

8 Frieda Hempel - Ardon gl’incensi (r. 1910) 4.15

9 John McCormack - Tu che a Dio spiegasti l’ali (r. 1910) 3.48

LUCREZIA BORGIA, Donizetti

10 Ernestine Schumann-Heink - Il segreto per esser felici (Brindisi) (r. 1906) 3.02

LUISA MILLER, Verdi

11 Giacomo Lauri-Volpi - Quando le sere al placido (r. 1943) 3.24

DIE LUSTIGEN WEIBER VON WINDSOR, Nicolai

12 Maria Ivogün - Nun eilt’ herbei (r. 1917) 4.44

DIE LUSTIGE WITWE, Lehár

13 Richard Tauber - Lippen schweigen (Ballsirenen-Walzer) (r. 1932) 3.22

MADAMA BUTTERFLY, Puccini

14 Rosa Ponselle - Un bel di vedremo (r. 1919) 4.40

MANON, Massenet

15 Jussi Björling - Il sogno (En fermant les yeux) (r. 1938) 3.56

16 Amelita Galli-Curci - Obéissons, quand leur voix appelle (Gavotte) (r. 1923) 3.03

17 Tito Schipa - Dispar, vision (r. 1934) 4.20

Reviews

"Why purchase a set of archival recordings when you can listen to modern recordings, whose gulf in technical quality is as vast as that separating typewriters from word processors? Buy them for their quaintness. This is the music your parents and grandparents listened to. Buy them for your sense of history. Listening to Marcella Sembrich, who was born in 1858, is comparable to seeing early Edison footage. (Don't you wonder how they perceived music ninety years ago?) Most of all, buy them because they are good, in some cases, better performances than those we hear today.

Culled from Nimbus Records' 100+ Prima Voce CD collection, these recordings date from 1906 to 1943. The works range from Adriana Lecouvreur to Manon; Volume II will take us up to Die Zauberflöte. The collection is not only an excellent gateway to the past, but an formidable teaching tool into operatic technique and its metamorphoses over the years. Happily, most of the recordings do not disappoint. Listen to how slowly, how deliberately John McCormack sang, caressing each word. How sensuously Conchita Supervia's voice slithers through Carmen. How forcefully Elisabeth Rethberg's imbues Die Fledermaus's Rosalinde with proto-feminist spirit. How skillfully Claudia Muzio and Rosa Ponselle perform just about anything. Malfalda Favero's rendition of Falmmen, perfonami (Lodoletta) makes me wonder why the recording industry stopped featuring such voluptuous contraltos. Of course Caruso and Jussi Björling singing a shopping list can make me melt. I could go on, but you'd be here all day. Buy it ...". Peter Bates, classical.net