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The Complete Conchita Supervia Vol 3 - Parlophone And Odeon 1930-1932

Conchita Superiva
Release Date: 10/12/2008 
Label:  Marston   Catalog #: 52060  
Composer:  Georges BizetSebastián de IradierJoaquin RodrigoJoan Lamote De Grignon,   ... 
Performer:  Conchita SuperviaGaston MichelettiAndrée VavonAndrée Bernadet,   ... 
Conductor:  Gustav CloëzAntonio CapdevilaUnknownPaul Minssart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is the third in Marston’s fine series devoted to Conchita Supervia’s complete recordings and takes us from 1929-32. It also covers a wide range of stylistic ground, from Carmen extracts to traditional English songs to ballads.

The first selection is devoted to the Carmen sessions recorded for Spanish Odeon in Barcelona in October 1930. The Supervia vibrato is always a matter for debate, at least for Anglophones, and one can hear it at its fastest and most fluttery in some of these sides. Her generous portamenti are also emblematic of her taste and expressive armoury. Fortunately she had with her the fine tenor Gaston Micheletti. He can – and does – sound a little taxed at the top of his register in Près de
Read more remparts de Séville but there are numerous compensatory features – not least his strongly resonant theatrical presence and the provocative interplay with Supervia. In the booklet there is a long article on Supervia’s Carmen written by Michael Aspinall in which he delineates the intricacies of her singing of the role in a broader context and is well worth reading even if you don’t share his views. What is undeniable is that these are indispensable extracts for anyone deeply immersed either in Supervia or the history of the role on record.

The rest of the first of this two-disc set takes in Barcelona sessions made in 1930 and ’31 and a French Odeon session made in Paris in April 1931. The Serranilla [Canción Montañesa] suits her voice perfectly with its eager vibrancy and conversational fluency. It’s instructive to hear her in Mompou – his L’Hora grisa from which she evokes a real sense of torpor. Nin’s arrangement of El paño murciano is vivaciously done as is another of the composer’s arrangements, El vito with its open throated and triumphant conclusion. One thing that a company such as Marston is generous at providing, where possible, is alternative takes. No admirer should spurn the chance to hear the two takes, numbers –1 and –3 of that delicious standby ¡Ay! ¡Ay! ¡Ay!

The second disc begins with a sequence of arias. Her Werther is brightly and crisply executed, transposed down a semi-tone, and was never released on 78. The aria from La Bohème is transposed down a whole tone. The examples of her French repertoire are distinctive, valuable and in the case of the two Fausts – Gounod’s and Berlioz’s -from very quiet pressings. They were not issued on 78 and collectors will know they appeared on Historic Masters HMB11, released in the 1970s. There is a long, idiomatic and frequently irresistible sequence of things from the lighter Spanish muse made in Paris in 1931, which also includes a rather kitschy arrangement of a Mendelssohn Song without Words. The selection of English songs contains one real rarity – John Alden Carpenter’s setting of Rabindranath Tagore’s When I bring to you color’d toys from the opera Gitanjali. It too never saw 78 release and made its first commercial appearance on another Historic Masters LP. Ivor Newton is the eloquent accompanist in these sessions, which also include a disarmingly personal Oh no, John with its myriad teasing rubati. She brings drawing room suavity to that echt salon piece, A lesson with a fan.

Volume three in short happily coincides with the recording of major Carmen extracts, idiomatic Spanish repertoire, unexpected traditional, British songs and general operatic arias and some rarities. The transfers are as good as ever and along with Michael Aspinall’s note there is a biographical essay on the singer by Desmond Shawe-Taylor.

No further recommendation needed.

-- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Carmen: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle "Habañera" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Gustav Cloëz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Written: 1873-1874 
Date of Recording: 04/24/1931 
2.
Carmen: Près des ramparts de Seville "Seguidilla" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano), Gaston Micheletti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gustav Cloëz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Date of Recording: 07/10/1930 
3.
Carmen: Les tringles des sistres tintaient "Gypsy Song" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Gustav Cloëz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 07/10/1930 
4.
Carmen: Tra-la-la...Attends un peu, Carmen by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano), Gaston Micheletti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gustav Cloëz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Date of Recording: 04/24/1930 
5.
Carmen: La fleur que tu m'avais jetée "Flower song" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Gaston Micheletti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gustav Cloëz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Date of Recording: 05/24/1929 
6.
Carmen: Non, tu ne m'aimes pas by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano), Gaston Micheletti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gustav Cloëz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; France 
Date of Recording: 04/24/1931 
7.
Carmen: Mêlons! Coupons! [Card Scene] by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano), Andrée Vavon (Soprano), Andrée Bernadet (Soprano)
Conductor:  Gustav Cloëz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Date of Recording: 07/10/1930 
8.
Carmen: En vain pour éviter les réponses amères "Card Aria" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Andrée Vavon (Soprano), Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano), Andrée Bernadet (Soprano)
Conductor:  Gustav Cloëz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Date of Recording: 07/10/1930 
9.
Carmen: C'est toi! C'est moi!...Carmen, il est temps encore by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano), Gaston Micheletti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gustav Cloëz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Date of Recording: 04/24/1931 
10.
Carmen: Mais moi, Carmen je t’aime encore by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano), Gaston Micheletti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gustav Cloëz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Date of Recording: 04/24/1931 
11.
La Paloma by Sebastián de Iradier
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonio Capdevila
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Spain-Basque region 
Date of Recording: 10/24/1930 
12.
Serranilla by Joaquin Rodrigo
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano), Alejandro Vilalta (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Spain 
Date of Recording: 02/24/1931 
13.
Cançó de Maria by Joan Lamote De Grignon
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano), Alejandro Vilalta (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Catalonia, Spain 
Date of Recording: 02/24/1931 
14.
El cant dels ocells by Joaquin Nin
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano), Alejandro Vilalta (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 02/24/1931 
15.
L'hora gris by Federico Mompou
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano), Alejandro Vilalta (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; Spain 
Date of Recording: 02/24/1931 
16.
Cantos populares españoles (20): no 15, Paño murciano by Joaquin Nin
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano), Alejandro Vilalta (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1923 
Date of Recording: 02/25/1931 
17.
Cantos populares españoles (20): no 18, El Vito by Joaquin Nin
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano), Alejandro Vilalta (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1923 
Date of Recording: 02/25/1931 
18.
El huésped del Sevillano: Las Largarteranas by Jacinto Guerrero
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Unknown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Spain 
Date of Recording: 04/25/1931 
19.
El relicario by José Padilla
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Unknown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; Spain 
Date of Recording: 04/25/1931 
20.
Clavelitos by Joaquin Valverde
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Unknown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 04/25/1931 
21.
Ay, Ay, Ay by Osman Perez Freire
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Unknown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1913; Spain 
Date of Recording: 04/25/1931 
22.
Ay, Ay, Ay by Osman Perez Freire
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Unknown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1913; Spain 
Date of Recording: 04/25/1931 
Notes: Alternate take. 
23.
Ave Maria by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Unknown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Date of Recording: 04/25/1931 
24.
Werther: Va! laisse couler mes larmes! by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Gustav Cloëz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; France 
Date of Recording: 10/24/1931 
25.
Faust: Faites lui mes aveux! Portez mes voeux! by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Gustav Cloëz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Date of Recording: 10/24/1931 
26.
La Bohème: Quando m'en vo' soletta "Musetta's Waltz" by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Gustav Cloëz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/24/1931 
Language: French 
27.
Mignon: Connais-tu le pays? by Ambroise Thomas
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Gustav Cloëz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; France 
Date of Recording: 10/24/1931 
28.
Samson et Dalila, Op. 47: Printemps, qui commence by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Gustav Cloëz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
Date of Recording: 10/24/1931 
29.
Faust: Je voudrais bien savoir...Il était un Roi de Thulé by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Gustav Cloëz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 10/24/1931 
30.
La damnation de Faust, Op. 24: Autrefois un roi du Thulé by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Paul Minssart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; France 
Date of Recording: 10/26/1931 
31.
Rey y señor by Joaquín Zamacóis
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Paul Minssart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Date of Recording: 10/26/1931 
32.
La partida by Fermin Maria Alvarez
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Paul Minssart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 10/26/1931 
33.
Santa Lucia by Teodoro Cottrau
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Paul Minssart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/30/1931 
34.
Un viejo amor by Alfonso Esparza Oteo
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Paul Minssart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 10/30/1931 
35.
Porque me besó by Pascual Godes
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Paul Minssart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Date of Recording: 10/30/1931 
36.
La pastora by Murillo,
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Paul Minssart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Date of Recording: 10/30/1931 
37.
Flor y luz by Pedro Puche
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Paul Minssart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Date of Recording: 11/31/1931 
38.
La primavera by Miranda,
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Paul Minssart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Date of Recording: 11/31/1931 
Notes: Based on Mendelssohn's Song without words, Op. 62 no 6. 
39.
Should he upbraid by Henry Bishop
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano), Ivor Newton (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1821; England 
Date of Recording: 03/17/1932 
40.
Oh no, John by Traditional
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano), Ivor Newton (Piano)
Date of Recording: 03/17/1932 
Notes: Arranger: Cecil Sharp. 
41.
So sweet is she by Alfonso Ferrabosco
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano), Ivor Newton (Piano)
Date of Recording: 03/17/1932 
42.
Gitanjali "Song Offerings": When I bring to you color’d toys by John Alden Carpenter
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano), Ivor Newton (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 03/17/1932 
43.
Lullaby, Op. 57 no 2 by Cyril Scott
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano), Ivor Newton (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 03/17/1932 
44.
A Lesson with the Fan by D'Hardelot
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano), Ivor Newton (Piano)
Date of Recording: 03/17/1932 
45.
Flecha by Juan Manén
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano), Pedro Vallribera (Piano)
Date of Recording: 05/21/1932 
46.
La noia bonica by Federico Longás Torres
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano), Pedro Vallribera (Piano)
Date of Recording: 05/21/1932 
47.
Soleá by Modesto Pomero
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano), Pedro Vallribera (Piano)
Date of Recording: 05/21/1932 
48.
Háblame de amores by Ernesto Fusté
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano), Pedro Vallribera (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 05/21/1932 

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