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Emilio De Gogorza, Baritone - Selected Recordings


Release Date: 10/15/2011 
Label:  Marston   Catalog #: 52068  
Composer:  Gioachino RossiniWolfgang Amadeus MozartVincenzo BelliniGiuseppe Verdi,   ... 
Performer:  Emilio de GogorzaEmma EamesMarcella SembrichLouise Homer,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This versatile baritone has been well served here, and this selection shows him to have been a first rate, communicative artist.

How good to encounter a two-disc selection of recordings by the pioneering baritone Emilio de Gogorza. A brief biography is inevitably called for since only those versed in the far-off days of vocalism on record will be at all familiar with his name.
 
He was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1874, to a Spanish family. Two months after his birth, the family sailed back to Cadiz, and at eleven he was sent to England to study at the Brompton Oratory Choir school. A decade later the eminent English cellist Charles Warwick Evans followed him to the same school before finding
Read more international fame in the London String Quartet. De Gorgorza meanwhile finished his schooling in Paris where he made his debut as a singer at the age of 21. Soon after, he sailed for America where he largely remained for the rest of his life.
 
A stage career was denied him, apparently because of very poor eyesight, but he pursued life as a concert singer. He had a wide repertoire, singing in a variety of languages, and was a prolific recording artist. He sang under a variety of names – Ed Franklin, M. Fernand (in French), Herbert Goddard and Carlos Francisco were some. He first recorded commercially around 1900, and then gravitated to Victor in 1904. He was a useful singer, as he was a linguist of distinction and had a wide repertory. He was also something of a facilitator, advising Caruso, amongst others, to record for the company even in the face of apparent indifference. Later still he married the great singer Emma Eames – his second marriage – though it didn’t last the distance. In 1925 he joined the Curtis Institute, where he taught Samuel Barber, Rose Bampton and many others. He died in 1949.
 
As a concert artist singer he was Victor’s leading recording artist. This selection of discs, made between c.1900 and 1928 gives some indication of his eminence as a musician, and the qualities vested in his singing.
 
Marston has broken down its selection into handy paragraphs. The first is ‘Operatic Arias and Duets’ and ranges between 1904 and 1919. He was a wonderfully communicative singer, as evidenced by his Barber of Seville extract (the obvious one), though he smudges clarity of diction in favour of patter dynamism. We can appreciate sovereign elegance in his Don Giovanni and in the other Mozart extract, Crudel, perchè finora from The Marriage of Figaro, he seems more sympathetic than his wife-to-be Emma Eames, who seems just a touch too cool. His Italian repertoire is no less fine; the Pagliacci extract is spread over two sides and with piano accompaniment is theatrically persuasive and vocally sagacious. His avoidance of mawkish verismo tricks can only be applauded as a mark of good taste. There are hints however, from time to time, of a weakness, which was his quite fast vibrato. There is an outstanding 1907 recording with soprano Marcella Sembrich in Thomas’ Hamlet; the radiant purity of her voice is tremendous. His French repertoire is just as expressive and eloquent, especially his subtly varied, legato-conscious Massenet Le Roi de Lahore, a rare example this from 1909. His voice is, though, neither quite steady nor especially beautiful in the same composer’s Hérodiade though it does remain stylish.
 
With Louise Homer in 1908 he essays Saint-Saëns’s A moi l’honneur from Samson et Delila but in English, oddly. There’s a souvenir of his Wagner which excellent sleeve-note writer Michael Aspinall admires but which I, for what it’s worth, find rather inert. The first disc ends with some Italian Songs. There’s an uneven Caro mio ben and a much better Dormi pure whilst Mandolinata is dispatched with tongue-twisting élan.
 
The earliest recording starts the second disc and it’s the Spanish song El celoso, recorded around 1900 on a two minute Edison cylinder. It’s a little worn but as with so many cylinders, when properly transferred, the sound is wonderfully forward and vivid. His evocative command of his native songs is a delight whether in a standby by Yradier - La poloma – or in duet with the honey-toned tenor Tito Schipa. Rosario de la Aurora, recorded toward the end of his studio career, shows the voice still in good estate and he conveys its melancholy with touching sincerity and directness, as well as considerable artistry. The selection of French songs reveals again the mobility and lightness of his singing, not least in Weckerlin’s Bergère légère. Some of these selections were not issued on 78 at the time, indeed one – Tambourin, recorded in 1925, seems to be wholly unissued until now, which is a bonus. These songs, sung as that famous ‘Monsieur Fernand’, reveal his stylish command of French repertoire, light or heavy. There are also English Songs, or at least songs in English, which includes a non-song like Where’er you walk, but let’s not quibble. This, unfortunately, gets a lugubrious, neutral reading complete with excessive rallentando. Much better are Drink to me only (1909) and Elgar’s The Pipes of Pan, adventurous repertoire in American studios for 1915. He sounds authentically British.
 
The two disc set comes with a typically first class booklet, with a fine essay and excellently reproduced photographs. The versatile baritone has been well served here, and this selection of his many discs shows him for the first rate, communicative artist that he was.
 
-- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1. Il barbiere di Siviglia: Largo al factotum by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Emilio de Gogorza (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
Date of Recording: 3/8/1909 
2. Don Giovanni, K 527: Deh vieni alla finestra [Serenade] by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Emilio de Gogorza (Baritone)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 9/3/1913 
3. Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Crudel, perchè finora by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Emilio de Gogorza (Baritone), Emma Eames (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 4/6/1909 
4. La sonnambula: Vi ravviso, o luoghi ameni by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Emilio de Gogorza (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Date of Recording: 6/9/1904 
5. Rigoletto: Pari siamo by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Emilio de Gogorza (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 5/26/1908 
6. Un ballo in maschera: Eri tu che m'acchiave quell' anima by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Emilio de Gogorza (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
Date of Recording: 9/20/1911 
7. I Pagliacci: Sì può? [Prologue] by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  Emilio de Gogorza (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
Date of Recording: 6/7/1904 
8. Hamlet: O vin dissipe la tristesse by Ambroise Thomas
Performer:  Emilio de Gogorza (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; France 
Date of Recording: 5/26/1908 
9. Hamlet: Doute de la lumière by Ambroise Thomas
Performer:  Emilio de Gogorza (Baritone), Marcella Sembrich (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; France 
Date of Recording: 10/9/1907 
10. Carmen: Votre toast je peu vous le rendre "Toreador Song" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Emilio de Gogorza (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Date of Recording: 6/11/1906 
11. Le roi de Lahore: Promesse de mon avenir by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Emilio de Gogorza (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
Date of Recording: 4/7/1909 
12. Panurge: Touraine est un pays by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Emilio de Gogorza (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912; France 
Date of Recording: 1/3/1919 
13. Hérodiade: Vision fugitive by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Emilio de Gogorza (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; France 
Date of Recording: 2/2/1909 
14. Patrie: Jadis elles chantaient by Emile Paladilhe
Performer:  Emilio de Gogorza (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
Date of Recording: 9/19/1911 
15. Samson et Dalila, Op. 47: A moi l’honneur de la vengeance by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Emilio de Gogorza (Baritone), Louise Homer (Alto)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
Date of Recording: 5/25/1908 
16. Tannhäuser: O, du mein holder Abendstern by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Emilio de Gogorza (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Date of Recording: 2/2/1909 
17. Caro mio ben by Tommaso Giordani
Performer:  Emilio de Gogorza (Baritone)
Period: Classical 
Date of Recording: 5/13/1909 
18. Dormi pure by Gaspare Scuderi
Performer:  Emilio de Gogorza (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 5/14/1909 
19. Comme se canta a Napule by E. A. Mario
Performer:  Emilio de Gogorza (Baritone)
Date of Recording: 11/10/1914 
20. Lasciali dir tu m’ami by Francesco Quaranta
Performer:  Emilio de Gogorza (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 12/16/1920 
21. Mandolinata by Emile Paladilhe
Performer:  Emilio de Gogorza (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 11/28/1910 
22. Santa Lucia by Teodoro Cottrau
Performer:  Emilio de Gogorza (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 5/16/1927 
23. El celoso by Fermin Maria Alvarez
Performer:  Emilio de Gogorza (Baritone)
Date of Recording: circa 1900 
24. Cantares by Fermin Maria Alvarez
Performer:  Emilio de Gogorza (Baritone)
Date of Recording: 11/28/1911 
25. La partida by Fermin Maria Alvarez
Performer:  Emilio de Gogorza (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 9/5/1913 
26. En calesa by Fermin Maria Alvarez
Performer:  Emilio de Gogorza (Baritone)
Date of Recording: 5/11/1920 
27. Mi Niña by Garme Guetary
Performer:  Emilio de Gogorza (Baritone)
Date of Recording: 11/19/1909 
28. La Paloma by Sebastián de Iradier
Performer:  Emilio de Gogorza (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Spain-Basque region 
Date of Recording: 1/12/1926 
29. A la luz de la luna by Anton y Michelena
Performer:  Emilio de Gogorza (Baritone), Tito Schipa (Tenor)
Date of Recording: 2/8/1928 
30. Rosario de la Aurora by Traditional
Performer:  Emilio de Gogorza (Baritone)
Date of Recording: 5/18/1927 
31. El relicario by José Padilla
Performer:  Emilio de Gogorza (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; Spain 
Date of Recording: 5/18/1927 
32. Bergére légère by Jean-Baptiste Weckerlin
Performer:  Emilio de Gogorza (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 2/24/1925 
33. Tambourin by Julien Tiersot
Performer:  Emilio de Gogorza (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 2/3/1925 
34. Alleluia d’amour by Jean-Baptiste Fauré
Performer:  Emilio de Gogorza (Baritone)
Date of Recording: 11/29/1910 
35. Le mariage des roses, M 80 by César Franck
Performer:  Emilio de Gogorza (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; France 
Date of Recording: 5/18/1908 
36. Le plongeur, Op. 43 no 4 by Charles-Marie Widor
Performer:  Emilio de Gogorza (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 5/18/1908 
37. A Columbine by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Emilio de Gogorza (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; France 
Date of Recording: 5/20/1902 
38. A toi by Hermann Bemberg
Performer:  Emilio de Gogorza (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 5/21/1902 
39. Malgré moi by G. Pfeiffer
Performer:  Emilio de Gogorza (Baritone)
Date of Recording: 11/28/1911 
40. Romance: Voici que le printemps by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Emilio de Gogorza (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1884; France 
Date of Recording: 4/6/1928 
41. Semele, HWV 58: Where'er you walk by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Emilio de Gogorza (Baritone)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1744; London, England 
Date of Recording: 7/3/1907 
42. When dull care by H. Lane Wilson
Performer:  Emilio de Gogorza (Baritone)
Date of Recording: 10/24/1916 
43. Drink to me only with thine eyes by Traditional
Performer:  Emilio de Gogorza (Baritone)
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 5/18/1908 
44. Mother o' mine by Frank E Tours
Performer:  Emilio de Gogorza (Baritone)
Date of Recording: 5/18/1908 
45. The lark now leaves his wat’ry nest by Horatio Parker
Performer:  Emilio de Gogorza (Baritone)
Date of Recording: 5/18/1908 
46. Pipes of Pan by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Emilio de Gogorza (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899-1900; England 
Date of Recording: 4/15/1915 
47. The clang of the forge by Paul Rodney
Performer:  Emilio de Gogorza (Baritone)
Date of Recording: 5/14/1909 
48. In Old Madrid by Henry Trotère
Performer:  Emilio de Gogorza (Baritone)
Date of Recording: 1/12/1926 

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