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Treasury of Opera 1906-1942 Volume 2. Manon Lescaut to Die Zauberflöte

NI1738
£19.99

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Ninety-six Performances by Forty-six Singers from the First Half of the Century in this unique collection celebrating the artistry of the great opera stars of yesteryear. Highlights include Enrico Caruso in Otello, Lawrence Tibbett in Porgy and Bess, Geraldine Farrar in Tosca and John McCormack in La Traviata.

Treasury of Opera 1906-1942 Volume 2. Manon Lescaut to Die Zauberflöte

Tracks

Disc One

MANON LESCAUT, Auber

1. Amelita Galli-Curci  - C'est I'histoire amoureuse (L'eclat de rire)

MANON LESCAUT, Puccini

2. Beniamino Gigli  - Donna non vidi mai

3. Rosa Ponselle  - In quelle trine morbide (with recit.)

MARTHA, Flotow

4. Tito Schipa  - M'appari tutto amor

MAY NIGHT, Rimsky-Korsakoff

5. Boris Slovtsov  - How quiet here ... Sleep, my beauty

MEFISTOFELE , Boito

6. Claudia Muzio  -  L'altra notte in fondo al mare

7. Beniamino Gigli  - Giunto sul passo estremo

DIE MEISTERSINGER, Wagner

8. Lauritz Melchior  - Morgenlich leuchtend im rosigen Schein

MIGNON, Thomas

9. Conchita Supervia  - Connais-tu le pays?

10. Tito Schipa  - Addio, Mignon

11. Luisa Tetrazzini  - Io son Titania

12. Ezio Pinza  - De son coeur j'ai calmé (Berceuse)

MIREILLE, Gounod

13. Frieda Hempel  - O légère hirondelle

NORMA, Bellini

14. Rosa Ponselle  - Sediziose voci ... Casta Diva

LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, Mozart

15. Giuseppe de Luca  - Se vuol ballare

16. Conchita Supervia  - Non so più

17. Elisabeth Schumann  - Voi che sapete?

 

Disc Two

DER OPERNBALL, Heuberger

1. Herbert Ernst Groh  - Im Chambre séparée

OTELLO, Verdi

2. Enrico Caruso  - Ora e per sempre addio

3. Lawrence Tibbett  - E qual certezza sognate ... Era la notte

4. Eide Norena  - Ave Maria

PAGLIACCI, Leoncavallo

5. Lawrence Tibbett  - Si puo?

6. Beniamino Gigli  - Recitar... Vesti la giubba

7. Tito Schipa  - Serenata d'Arlecchino

I PESCATORI DI PERLE, Bizet

8. Beniamino Gigli & Giuseppe de Luca  - Del tempio al limitar

9. Beniamino Gigli  - Mi par d'udir ancora

LA PÉRICHOLE, Offenbach

10. Maggie Teyte  - Tu n'es pas beau

LA PERLE DU BRÉSIL, David

11. Amelita Galli-Curci  - Charmant oiseau

PORGY AND BESS, Gershwin

12. Helen Jepson  - Summertime

13. Lawrence Tibbett  - Where is my Bess?

LE POSTILLON DE LONJUMEAU, Adam

14. Helge Roswaenge  - Mes amis, écoutez

PRINCE IGOR, Borodin

15. Feodor Chaliapin  - Galitzky's song

16. Nina Koshetz  - Jaroslavna's aria

 

Disc Three

I PURITANI, Bellini

1. Giacomo Lauri-Volpi  - A te o cara

2. Amelita Galli-Curci  - Qui la voce sua soave

RIENZI, Wagner

3. Lauritz Melchior  - Allmächt'ger Vater, blick' herab

RIGOLETTO, Verdi

4. John McCormack  - Questa o quella

5. Amelita Galli-Curci  - Caro nome

6. Enrico Caruso  - Ella mi fu rapita ... Parmi veder le lagrime

7. Giuseppe de Luca & Grace Anthony  - Povero Rigoletto ...Cortigiani, vil razza dannata

8. Jussi Björling  - La donna è  mobile

RINALDO, Handel

9. Ernestine Schumann-Heink  - Lascia ch'io pianga

RISURREZIONE, Alfano

10. Mary Garden  - Dieu de grâce

LE ROI D'YS, Lalo

11. Beniamino Gigli  - Vainement ma bien aimée

ROMEO ET JULIETTE, Gounod

12. Yevgeniya Bronskaya  - Je veux vivre dans ce rêve

13. Dmitri Smirnov  - Cavatina ... Ah! lève-toi soleil

DER ROSENKAVALIER, Richard Strauss

14. Erna Berger & Tiana Lemnitz  - Ist ein Traum, kann nicht wirklich sein

 

Disc Four

SADKO, Rimsky-Korsakoff

1. Beniamino Gigli  - Chanson Hindoue 

2. Nina Koshetz  - Berceuse

SAMSON ET DALILA, Saint-Saëns

3. Conchita Supervia  - Printemps qui commence

4. Marian Anderson  - Mon coeur s'ouvre à  ta voix

LO SCHIAVO, Gomes

5. Giacomo Lauri-Volpi  - Quando nascesti tu

SEMELE, Handel

6. John McCormack  - O sleep, why dost thou leave me?

SIMON BOCCANEGRA, Verdi

7. Alexander Kipnis  - A te I'estremo addio ... Il lacerato spirito

THE SNOW MAIDEN, Rimsky-Korsakoff

8. Boris Slovtsov  - Full of wonders

LA SONNAMBULA, Bellini

9. Claudia Muzio  - Ah, non credea mirarti

10. Luisa Tetrazzini  - Ah! non giunge

TANNHAÜSER, Wagner

11. Lauritz Melchior  - Dir töne Lob

12. Tiana Lemnitz  - Dich teure Halle

13. Kirsten Flagstad  - Allmächt'ge Jungfrau (Elisabeth's Prayer)

14. Marcel Journet  - O du mein holder Abendstern

TOSCA, Puccini

15. Giovanni Martinelli  - Recondita armonia

16. Geraldine Farrar  - Vissi d'arte

17. Jussi Björling  - E lucevan le stelle

 

Disc Five

DIE TOTE STADT, Korngold

1. Richard Tauber & Lotte Lehmann  - Glück, das mir verblieb

LA TRAVIATA, Verdi

2. Luisa Tetrazzini  - Ah! fors'è  lui... Sempre libera

3. John McCormack  - De'miei bollenti spiriti

4. Luisa Tetrazzini  - Addio del passato

5. John McCormack & Lucrezia Bori  - Parigi o cara

TRISTAN UND ISOLDE, Wagner

6. Frida Leider  - Liebestod

IL TROVATORE, Verdi

7. Rosa Ponselle  - Tacea la notte placida

8. Heinrich Schlusnus  -  Il balen del suo sorriso

9. Giovanni Martinelli  - Di quella pira

THE TSAR'S BRIDE, Rimsky-Korsakov

10. Alma Gluck  - Liuba's Air

TURANDOT, Puccini

11. Lotte Schöne  - Signore, ascolta

12. Giacomo Lauri-Volpi  - Nessun dorma

LA VESTALE, Spontini

13. Rosa Ponselle  - O Nume tutelar

DIE WALKÜRE, Wagner

14. Kirsten Flagstad  - Du bist der Lenz

15. Lauritz Melchior  - Winterstürme wichen dem Wonne mond

WERTHER, Massenet

16. Ninon Vallin  - Va! laisse couler mes larmes

17. Tito Schipa  - Ah! non mi ridestar

DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, Mozart

18. Gerhard Husch  - Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja

19. Richard Tauber  - Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön

20. Erna Berger  - Der Hölle Rache

21. Tiana Lemnitz  - Ach, ich fühl's

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 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 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