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Italian & Neapolitan Songs / Chaiter, Zelickson

Chaiter / Tosti / Respighi / Decurtis / Zelikson
Release Date: 11/22/2011 
Label:  Roméo Records   Catalog #: 7285   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Salvatore CardilloFrancesco Paolo TostiOttorino RespighiErnesto De Curtis,   ... 
Performer:  Yoram ChaiterIrena Zelikson-Litchen
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Committed singing of songs that are melodious and agreeable.

A couple of years ago I reviewed a disc with songs by Rachmaninov, Schubert and Brahms – a somewhat odd coupling one may think. (review) The present program is more of a unit. Even though many of the songs are often heard there are a few that are not and the disc is worth hearing for them alone. The singing is not without merit either. When hearing the previous disc I noted Chaiter’s care over nuances and his ability to scale down his rather voluminous instrument to chamber size without losing quality. These are characteristics also applicable to this
Read more follow-up disc but there are also a couple of flies in the ointment. The sound can be throaty at times and when singing at forte Chaiter’s tone tends to be gritty. We have to be grateful for so much committed singing of these war-horses and for once not by a tenor. The songs are melodious and agreeable but when sung with operatic histrionics by tenors wanting to show off their uppermost register the result can be rather tiring. Chaiter’s treatment is closer to the parlour or the small concert stage, where they belong.
 
Of the twelve Tosti songs L’ultima canzone (tr. 2) must be mentioned for its beautiful soft ending and Ideale (tr. 4) for a sensitive second stanza. Malia (tr. 6) is throughout very good and A vucchella (tr. 8) is a bit slower than one usually hears it but the tempo suits the intimate atmosphere that Chaiter aims at. Non t’amo più (tr. 10) is among the best with sensitive inward singing, while L’alba separa (tr. 12) is a bit over the top. This is also the case with Leoncavallo’s well known Mattinata.
 
It was a good idea to include four songs by Ottorino Respighi. He is best known for his colourful orchestral music, the Roman trilogy in particular, but he was also an opera composer and wrote some attractive songs. They are well worth hearing more often. Not so immediately captivating melodically, they are, however, truly atmospheric and the accompaniments are far more elaborated than in the general Italian song repertoire. Lend your ear to Pioggia (tr. 16), where the rain is graphically depicted in the piano part. Nebbie (tr. 17) on the other hand is very sparse, ascetic even, but expressive.
 
The rest of the recital is a mix of the well known and the rare. Generally speaking the variation in vocal colouring is very slight and in so long a recital the end result is a certain monotony. Let me pick a few further gems, though: Calvi’s Accarezzame (tr. 19) is a song I can’t remember hearing before. Chaiter obviously has a special affection for it and sings with feeling. Core ’ngrato (tr. 20) would have been better with a more caressing tone but I admired Irena Zelickson-Litchen’s excellent piano playing there. She is splendid in the rest of the numbers as well. A charming example, also new to me, is Di Chiara’s La Spagnola (tr. 22). It’s sung with enthusiasm. De Curtis’s Senza nisciuno (tr. 23) is grand and dramatic – operatic if you like – and sung with great intensity.
 
Enclosed texts and translations cannot be taken for granted these days but here we get them. Full marks for that.
 
Maybe the last ounce of vocal refinement is missing from this recital but it is honestly performed. Readers who would like to hear this repertoire from a low voice should contemplate a purchase.
 
-- Göran Forsling, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Core 'ngrato by Salvatore Cardillo
Performer:  Yoram Chaiter (), Irena Zelikson-Litchen (Piano), Yoram Chaiter (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911; Italy 
Venue:  The Classical Studio, Herzliya 
Length: 4 Minutes 59 Secs. 
2.
La serenata by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  Irena Zelikson-Litchen (Piano), Yoram Chaiter ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; London, England 
Venue:  The Classical Studio, Herzliya 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
3.
Canzoni-stornelli (3): no 2, L'ultima canzone by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  Irena Zelikson-Litchen (Piano), Yoram Chaiter ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; Italy 
Venue:  The Classical Studio, Herzliya 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 
4.
Addio by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  Irena Zelikson-Litchen (Piano), Yoram Chaiter ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; London, England 
Venue:  The Classical Studio, Herzliya 
Length: 4 Minutes 21 Secs. 
5.
Romanze (2): no 1, Ideale by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  Irena Zelikson-Litchen (Piano), Yoram Chaiter ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1882 
Venue:  The Classical Studio, Herzliya 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
6.
Canzoni-stornelli (3): no 3, Luna d'estate by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  Irena Zelikson-Litchen (Piano), Yoram Chaiter ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911; Italy 
Venue:  The Classical Studio, Herzliya 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 
7.
Romanze (3): no 2, Malia by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  Irena Zelikson-Litchen (Piano), Yoram Chaiter ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; London, England 
Venue:  The Classical Studio, Herzliya 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
8.
Chanson de l'adieu by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  Irena Zelikson-Litchen (Piano), Yoram Chaiter ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898 
Venue:  The Classical Studio, Herzliya 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
9.
Canzoni napoletane (3): no 1, 'A vucchella by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  Irena Zelikson-Litchen (Piano), Yoram Chaiter ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907; Italy 
Venue:  The Classical Studio, Herzliya 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
10.
Canzoni napoletane (3): no 3, Marechiare by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  Irena Zelikson-Litchen (Piano), Yoram Chaiter ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Italy 
Venue:  The Classical Studio, Herzliya 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
11.
Romanze (2): no 2, Non t'amo più! by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  Irena Zelikson-Litchen (Piano), Yoram Chaiter ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Italy 
Venue:  The Classical Studio, Herzliya 
Length: 4 Minutes 58 Secs. 
12.
Tristezza by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  Irena Zelikson-Litchen (Piano), Yoram Chaiter ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1908; London, England 
Venue:  The Classical Studio, Herzliya 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
13.
L'alba separa dalla luce l'ombra by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  Irena Zelikson-Litchen (Piano), Yoram Chaiter ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907 
Venue:  The Classical Studio, Herzliya 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
14.
Mattinata by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  Irena Zelikson-Litchen (Piano), Yoram Chaiter ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Venue:  The Classical Studio, Herzliya 
Length: 1 Minutes 57 Secs. 
15.
Liriche (6), Set 2: no 1, Notte by Ottorino Respighi
Performer:  Irena Zelikson-Litchen (Piano), Yoram Chaiter ()
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1912; Italy 
Venue:  The Classical Studio, Herzliya 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
16.
Nevicata by Ottorino Respighi
Performer:  Irena Zelikson-Litchen (Piano), Yoram Chaiter ()
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; Italy 
Venue:  The Classical Studio, Herzliya 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
17.
Piòggia, song for voice & piano (or orchestra) by Ottorino Respighi
Performer:  Irena Zelikson-Litchen (Piano), Yoram Chaiter ()
Period: Modern 
Written: 1909 
Venue:  The Classical Studio, Herzliya 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
18.
Nebbie by Ottorino Respighi
Performer:  Irena Zelikson-Litchen (Piano), Yoram Chaiter ()
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; Italy 
Venue:  The Classical Studio, Herzliya 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
19.
Canta pe' me by Ernesto De Curtis
Performer:  Irena Zelikson-Litchen (Piano), Yoram Chaiter ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Venue:  The Classical Studio, Herzliya 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
20.
Accarezzame by Pino Calvi
Performer:  Irena Zelikson-Litchen (Piano), Yoram Chaiter ()
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  The Classical Studio, Herzliya 
Length: 4 Minutes 11 Secs. 
21.
Torna a Surriento by Ernesto De Curtis
Performer:  Irena Zelikson-Litchen (Piano), Yoram Chaiter ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Venue:  The Classical Studio, Herzliya 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
22.
La Spagnola for voice & orchestra by Vincenzo Di Chiara
Performer:  Irena Zelikson-Litchen (Piano), Yoram Chaiter ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1880-1937; Italy 
Venue:  The Classical Studio, Herzliya 
Length: 4 Minutes 19 Secs. 
23.
Senza nisciuno by Ernesto De Curtis
Performer:  Irena Zelikson-Litchen (Piano), Yoram Chaiter ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
Venue:  The Classical Studio, Herzliya 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
24.
Maria, Marì (Oh, Marie) by Marcello Da Capua
Performer:  Irena Zelikson-Litchen (Piano), Yoram Chaiter ()
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1890; Italy 
Venue:  The Classical Studio, Herzliya 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 

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