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Franco Corelli, Renata Tebaldi - Live In Tokyo 1973

Corelli,Franco / Tebaldi,Renata
Release Date: 11/27/2007 
Label:  Dynamic   Catalog #: 33542  
Composer:  Luigi DenzaVincenzo BelliniChristoph W. GluckGiuseppe Verdi,   ... 
Performer:  Franco CorelliRenata Tebaldi
Conductor:  Tadashi Mori
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

LUIGI DENZA (1846 – 1922): Occhi di fata; VINCENZO BELLINI (1801 – 1835): Soave sogno; CHRISTOPH WILLIBALD GLUCK (1714 – 1787): Paride ed Elena: “O, del mio dolce ardor”; GIUSEPPE VERDI (1813 – 1901): Rigoletto: “La donna è mobile”; Otello: “Già nella notte densa”; “In solitaria stanza”; JULES MASSENET (1842 – 1912): Manon: “Jen e suis que faiblesse… (in Italian); Le Cid: “Ah!, tout est bien fini… O souverain, ô juge, ô père”; GIACOMO PUCCINI (1858 – 1924): Madama Butterfly: “Un be dì vedremmo”; La Boheme: “O soave fanciulla”; Gianni Schicchi: “O mio babbino caro”*; EDVARD GRIEG (1843 – 1907): I love thee; CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI (1567 – 1643): Arianna: “Lesciatemi morire”; GIACCHINO ROSSINI (1792 – 1868): Read more Prima della regata; ERNESTO DE CURTIS (1875 – 1937): Tu, ca’ nun chiagne!*; FRANCESCO PAOLO TOSTI (1846 – 1916): L’ultima canzone*; GAETANO DONIZETTI (1897 – 1848): Me voglio fa’ na casa*; SALVATORE CARDILLO (1874 – 1947): Core ‘ngrato*

Renata Tebaldi, soprano; Franco Corelli, tenor
Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra/Tadashi Mori
*with piano accompaniment
Live Recording at NHK Hall, Tokyo, November 21, 1973
NTSC All Region; LPCM 2.0; Dolby Digital 5.1; Color; 16/9; 130 mins. Subtitled in Italian, English, German & French

Our DVD brings the complete recording of the concert that Renata Tebaldi and Franco Corelli gave at the NHK Auditorium in Tokyo on 21st November 1973. Both singers, well-loved in the land of the rising sun, exemplified vocal types that are characteristic of Italian opera. It is often said that opera has grown old and can no longer speak to a young public, but listening to and watching this DVD we realize that even rituals that seem so trite and banal can be filled with life and meaning in the presence of performers of such stature. The first to appear on stage was Franco Corelli, who opens the concert with two romanzas, the first by Luigi Denza (O begli occhi di fata) and the second by Vincenzo Bellini (Soave sogno), chosen as is customary at the beginning of the evening to warm up his voice without too many about interpretative questions. Corelli then leaves the stage to Renata Tebaldi, greeted, like Corelli, by warm applause. From this moment on the concert gets under way, with the first vocally demanding piece of the evening, La donna è mobile, from Verdi’s Rigoletto. This brings us to the first truly memorable moment of the evening, when Corelli and Tebaldi together sing the opening notes of the duet from the first act of Giuseppe Verdi’s Otello. A recital by Italian singers cannot, of course, be lacking in comic or at least lighter elements. O soave fanciulla from Bohème by Giacomo Puccini, and rightly greeted with a hurricane of applause. With O soave fanciulla the “official” part of the programme is concluded, and is then followed by no fewer than five encores, no longer with the orchestra but with piano accompaniment. Corelli first brings us a Neapolitan song (Tu ca nun chiagne by Marcello di Capua), then a Tosti romanza. Then comes Renata Tebaldi’s turn with Donizetti’s Me voglio fa’ na casa, likewise much applauded. But the climax of the evening comes in Franco Corelli’s third and final encore, the piece that the Japanese audience had been longing for from the start of the evening, one of his favourites, the Neapolitan song Core ‘ngrato by Salvatore Cardillo. Here the tenor from Ancona, completely at his ease, shows off all his resources as he enchants and hypnotises his audience in an extraordinarily moving, pathetic reading, yet one that is spectacular in terms of vocal skills, with exceptional filatura effects (even more exceptional when we remember that this was at the end of an evening, after a performance in which Corelli had given his all) and with impressive control of sound. The concert then concludes in beauty with Renata Tebaldi’s second encore, again one of the soprano’s favorite pieces, O mio babbino caro from Giacomo Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. The concert ends in a genuine delirium of applause, with the public thronging around the stage not seeming to want to leave, a really extraordinary testimony of the enthusiasm that opera and singing can always stir when performers of outstanding stature appear on the stage of a theatre or in a concert hall.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Occhi di fata by Luigi Denza
Performer:  Franco Corelli (Tenor), Renata Tebaldi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Tadashi Mori
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Naples, Italy 
2.
Sogno d'infanzia by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Franco Corelli (Tenor), Renata Tebaldi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Tadashi Mori
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1835; France 
3.
Paride ed Elena: O del mio dolce ardor by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Franco Corelli (Tenor), Renata Tebaldi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Tadashi Mori
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1770; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Rigoletto: La donna è mobile by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Franco Corelli (Tenor), Renata Tebaldi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Tadashi Mori
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
5.
Otello: Già nella notte densa by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Franco Corelli (Tenor), Renata Tebaldi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Tadashi Mori
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
6.
Manon: Je ne suis que faiblesse...Adieu, notre petite table by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Franco Corelli (Tenor), Renata Tebaldi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Tadashi Mori
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Language: Italian 
7.
Le Cid: Ah! tout est bien fini...O Souverain, ô juge, ô père by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Franco Corelli (Tenor), Renata Tebaldi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Tadashi Mori
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; France 
8.
Madama Butterfly: Un bel dì vedremo by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Franco Corelli (Tenor), Renata Tebaldi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Tadashi Mori
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
9.
La Bohème: O soave fanciulla by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Franco Corelli (Tenor), Renata Tebaldi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Tadashi Mori
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
10.
Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Franco Corelli (Tenor), Renata Tebaldi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Tadashi Mori
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Italy 
11.
Heart's melodies, Op. 5: no 3, I love thee by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Franco Corelli (Tenor), Renata Tebaldi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Tadashi Mori
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863-1864; Norway 
12.
Madrigals, Book 6: Lasciatemi morire "Lamento d'Arianna a 5" - Lasciatemi morire by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Franco Corelli (Tenor), Renata Tebaldi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Tadashi Mori
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1614; Italy 
13.
Tu ca nun chiagne by Ernesto De Curtis
Performer:  Franco Corelli (Tenor), Renata Tebaldi (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
14.
Canzoni-stornelli (3): no 2, L'ultima canzone by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  Franco Corelli (Tenor), Renata Tebaldi (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; Italy 
15.
Core 'ngrato by Salvatore Cardillo
Performer:  Franco Corelli (Tenor), Renata Tebaldi (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911; Italy 
16.
Soirées d’automne à l’Infrascata: no 4, Me voglio fa' na casa "Amor marinaro" by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Franco Corelli (Tenor), Renata Tebaldi (Soprano)

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