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The Complete Francesco Viñas

Vinas
Release Date: 11/12/2005 
Label:  Marston   Catalog #: 53006  
Composer:  Alberto FranchettiGiuseppe VerdiRichard WagnerGiacomo Meyerbeer,   ... 
Performer:  Francisco ViñasMaria Alessandrovitch
Number of Discs: 3 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Viñas possessed a powerful, heroic-tenor voice that was beautifully focused with great warmth, which made him well suited for a wide range of roles including Wagner in Italian. Viñas (1863–1933) began his studies at the Conservatory in Barcelona, where he made his debut in 1888. He quickly rose to great success in Italy and soon was engaged at opera houses around the world. He was especially loved at La Scala and was a popular member of the Metropolitan Opera from 1893–1897. This three CD set is the first complete Viñas edition ever assembled including some extremely rare Fonotipia titles. This set reveals a beautiful voice and consummate musician who was often referred to as the successor to the great Spanish tenor Read more Julien Gayarré.

REVIEW

The Catalan tenor Francisco Viñas (1863-1933) was a major presence on the international opera circuit in the years before World War I. (Collectors may be more familiar with the Italian version of his name, Francesco Vignas). This set includes his entire known recorded legacy--68 opera arias and art songs made between 1903 and 1912--on three CDs, the shortest of which runs to 78 minutes. The dates will tell you that the sound ranges from primitive to just acceptable, but Marston's expert transfers manage to capture Viñas' timbre and to convey the brilliance of his high notes while avoiding the pitch fluctuations that so often make recordings of the period something of a listening trial.

Viñas was trained in the Italian bel canto school already giving way to the more muscular verismo style of singing. So we hear a bright, open timbre, clear diction, little vibrato, masterful legato, and an abundance of portamento, among other stylistic aspects that include what modern ears may interpret as emotional understatement and a lack of detail. We also hear extended vowels that aid in projecting his trumpet-like top range, and phrases taken in long spans indicating his excellent breath control.

An eminent Wagnerian, Viñas sings the 26 tracks devoted to the composer in Italian; the combination of bel canto style and the substitution of liquid Italian text for the gutteral consonants of German produces a softer, gentler Wagnerian style, though never lacking in emotional punch. Viñas' noble "Rome Narrative" from Tannhäuser is a case in point, the opening affecting in his darkened tone, the account of the confrontation with the Pope thrilling. Arias from Lohengrin feature plangent timbre, long phrases, and upward and downward portamentos that helped make this his signature role.

His technical mastery is obvious in a 1905 "Celeste Aida", with its spectacular graded diminuendo on a soft F, while the brilliance of his ringing top is apparent in such items as the arias from Un Ballo in Maschera and in Mascagni's song, "Serenata". Other highlights include his declamatory delivery in an aria from Mascheroni's Lorenza, the mastery of line and the warmth of his "Allmächt'ger Vater" from Wagner's Rienzi, and the radiance of one of his most popular recordings, "Pour Berta" from Meyerbeer's Le Prophète. The arias, many of them duplicated in different recording sessions, are leavened with Spanish and Italian songs sung with polished finesse, rhythmic bounce, and evident enjoyment. This important set is available from marstonrecords.com. Vocalistas won't need further urging.

--Dan Davis, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Germania: Studenti! Udite! by Alberto Franchetti
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/1903 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
2.
Aida: Celeste Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/1903 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
3.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Morgenlich leuchtend by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1903 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Language: Italian 
4.
Die Walküre: Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1903 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Language: Italian 
5.
Lohengrin: Höchstes Vertrau'n by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1903 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Language: Italian 
6.
Lohengrin: In fernem Land by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1903 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Language: Italian 
7.
Lohengrin: Mein lieber Schwan "Lohengrin's Farewell" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1903 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Language: Italian 
8.
L'Africaine: O paradis sorti de l'onde by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1903 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Language: Italian 
9.
Aida: Celeste Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Date of Recording: c2/1905 
10.
Donna Clara by Stanislas Gastaldon
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: c2/1905 
11.
Mi Niña by Garme Guetary
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Date of Recording: c2/1905 
12.
La partida by Fermin Maria Alvarez
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: c2/1905 
13.
L'Africaine: O paradis sorti de l'onde by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Germany 
Date of Recording: c2/1905 
Language: Italian 
14.
Se ti dicessi by Amadei,
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Date of Recording: c2/1905 
15.
Lorenza: Ecco mia giovinezza by Edoardo Mascheroni
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: c2/1905 
16.
Lohengrin: Atmest du nicht mit mir by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 9/28/1906 
Language: Italian 
17.
Lohengrin: In fernem Land by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 9/29/1906 
Language: Italian 
18.
Lohengrin: Mein lieber Schwan "Lohengrin's Farewell" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/2/1906 
Language: Italian 
19.
Lucrezia Borgia: Di pescatore ignobile by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Italy 
Date of Recording: 5/13/1907 
20.
A Granada by Fermin Maria Alvarez
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 9/27/1906 
21.
Un pleito by Joaquin Gaztambide
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Date of Recording: 9/28/1906 
22.
Maria by Garme Guetary
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Date of Recording: 9/29/1906 
23.
La partida by Fermin Maria Alvarez
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 10/1/1906 
24.
Mi Niña by Garme Guetary
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Date of Recording: 10/1/1906 
25.
Le Prophète: Pour Berthe, moi de soupire by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1/1906 
Language: Italian 
26.
Lucrezia Borgia: Di pescatore ignobile by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Italy 
Date of Recording: 5/13/1907 
27.
Un ballo in maschera: Ma se m' è forza perderti by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
Date of Recording: 5/13/1907 
28.
Otello: Ora e per sempre addio by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
Date of Recording: 5/13/1907 
29.
Lily by Garme Guetary
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Date of Recording: 5/13/1907 
30.
Carmen: La fleur que tu m'avais jetée "Flower song" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Date of Recording: 5/13/1907 
Language: Italian 
31.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Am stillen Herd by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/10/1908 
Language: Italian 
32.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Morgenlich leuchtend by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/10/1908 
Language: Italy 
33.
Lohengrin: Atmest du nicht mit mir by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/11/1908 
Language: Italy 
34.
Lohengrin: Höchstes Vertrau'n by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
35.
Lohengrin: In fernem Land by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/11/1908 
Language: Italian 
36.
Lohengrin: Mein lieber Schwan "Lohengrin's Farewell" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/11/1908 
Language: Italian 
37.
Aida: Celeste Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/11/1908 
38.
L'Africaine: O paradis sorti de l'onde by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/12/1908 
Language: Italian 
39.
Die Walküre: Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/12/1908 
Language: Italian 
40.
Le Prophète: Pour Berthe, moi de soupire by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/13/1908 
Language: Italian 
41.
La Gioconda: Cielo e mar by Amilcare Ponchielli
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Written: 1876 
Date of Recording: 11/13/1908 
42.
Germania: Studenti! Udite! by Alberto Franchetti
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/13/1908 
43.
Aida: Fuggiam gli ardori inospiti by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/14/1908 
44.
Otello: Ora e per sempre addio by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/14/1908 
45.
Carmen: La fleur que tu m'avais jetée "Flower song" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Date of Recording: 11/14/1908 
Language: Italian 
46.
Germania: No, non chiuder gli occhi by Alberto Franchetti
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/14/1908 
47.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Morgenlich leuchtend by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/16/1908 
Language: Italian 
48.
Mefistofele: Dai campi, dai prati by Arrigo Boito
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Italy 
Date of Recording: c9/1911 
49.
Mefistofele: Giunto sul passo estremo by Arrigo Boito
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Italy 
Date of Recording: c9/1911 
50.
La Gioconda: Cielo e mar by Amilcare Ponchielli
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Written: 1876 
Date of Recording: c9/1911 
51.
Tannhäuser: Dir töne Lob! Die Wunder sei'n gepriesen by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Date of Recording: c9/1911 
Language: Italian 
52.
Tannhäuser: Inbrunst im Herzen "Rome Narrative" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Date of Recording: c9/1911 
Language: Italian 
53.
In riva al mare by Lorenzo Filiasi
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Date of Recording: 10/3/1912 
54.
O primavera by Pier Adolfo Tirindelli
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/3/1912 
55.
Rienzi: Allmächt'ger Vater, blick herab by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1843; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/3/1912 
Language: Italian 
56.
Tannhäuser: Den Gott der Liebe sollst du preisen by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor), Maria Alessandrovitch (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/3/1912 
Language: Italian 
57.
Tannhäuser: Auch ich darf...Zum Heil den Sündigen zu führen by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/3/1912 
Language: Italian 
58.
Tristan und Isolde: O sink' hernieder, Nacht der Liebe by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Maria Alessandrovitch (Soprano), Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/3/1912 
Language: Italian 
59.
Parsifal: Amfortas! Die Wunde! by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1882; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/3/1912 
Language: Italian 
60.
Parsifal: Sei heil, entsündigt und entsühnt by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1882; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/3/1912 
Language: Italian 
61.
L'Africaine: O paradis sorti de l'onde by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/3/1912 
Language: Italian 
62.
El lucero del Alba by Manuel F. Caballero
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Date of Recording: 10/3/1912 
63.
Ensayo de Lios by Cotò,
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Date of Recording: 10/3/1912 
64.
El milagro de la virgen: Excerpt(s) by Ruperto Chapi
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Date of Recording: 10/3/1912 
65.
Serenata by Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/3/1912 
66.
Der Freischütz, J 277: Nein! Länger trag'...Durch die Wälder by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817-1821; Dresden, Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/3/1912 
Language: Italian 
67.
Lohengrin: In fernem Land by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 9/29/1906 
Language: Italian 

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