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Classic Recitals - Cesare Siepi


Release Date: 08/09/2005 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 000490702   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Giuseppe VerdiAntonio Carlos GomesGiacomo MeyerbeerJacques Halévy
Performer:  Cesare Siepi
Conductor:  Alberto Erede
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 0 Hours 42 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Of this fine collection of bass arias once famous, perhaps only the Verdi example is to-day at all well known. This very beautiful lament was famously done by Pinza on an old H.M.V. and anyone in doubt still of the artistic progress of the present singer might well begin by hearing the grand, not to say majestic, fashion in which he handles both the minor section and Rowers out into the consoling major theme. It is Verdi most nobly done. A less impressive account is given of Marcel's songs from The Huguenots, where Meyerbeer is displaying not merely a curious historical naivety (it seems so unlike an old Huguenot retainer should sing a snatch of Ein feste Burg like this) ; he is also writing show-music for an exceptionally profound vocal Read more organ, and strangely enough Siepi does not produce quite the weight or vibrancy required precisely by the show off notes. What is wanted is the kind of bass who begins to sound like the open string of a double bass down there. The grim humour of Piff, Paff is thrown off with some spirit. The other Meyerbeer piece is the big solo in which Bertram (the devil-father of Robert of the title) summons dead nuns from their graves : a famous piece of tushery which showed to what absurd lengths a showman of the time would go to induce a fashionable romantic frisson !

The nuns' ballet on the stage was no doubt more interesting than the invocation which shows Meyerbeer's lack of melodic spontaneity. On the other hand the cardinal's beautiful cantilena from Halvey's fine old opera deserves rescue from oblivion. Solid recording. General standard first rate.

-- Gramophone [6/1955]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Don Carlos: Ella giammai m'amò...Dormirò sol sul manto mio regal by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Cesare Siepi (Bass)
Conductor:  Alberto Erede
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1954 
Venue:  Santa Cecilia Academy, Rome, Italy 
Length: 9 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2.
Nabucco: Vieni, o Levita...Tu sul labbro by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Cesare Siepi (Bass)
Conductor:  Alberto Erede
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1954 
Venue:  Santa Cecilia Academy, Rome, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3.
Ernani: Infelice! e tu credevi by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Cesare Siepi (Bass)
Conductor:  Alberto Erede
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1954 
Venue:  Santa Cecilia Academy, Rome, Italy 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is proceeded by "Chen mai vegg'io..." 
4.
Salvator Rosa: Di sposo, di padre by Antonio Carlos Gomes
Performer:  Cesare Siepi (Bass)
Conductor:  Alberto Erede
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Genoa, Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1954 
Venue:  Santa Cecilia Academy, Rome, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5.
Simon Boccanegra: Il lacerato spirito by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Cesare Siepi (Bass)
Conductor:  Alberto Erede
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1954 
Venue:  Santa Cecilia Academy, Rome, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
6.
Les Huguenots: Seigneur rampart et seul soutien by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Cesare Siepi (Bass)
Conductor:  Alberto Erede
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 08/1954 
Venue:  Santa Cecilia Academy, Rome, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection ends with "Piff, paff, piff..." 
7.
Les Huguenots: Piff paff! Pour les couvants c'est fini by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Cesare Siepi (Bass)
Conductor:  Alberto Erede
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/1954 
Venue:  Santa Cecilia Academy, Rome, Italy 
Language: French 
8.
Robert le Diable: Nonnes, qui reposez by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Cesare Siepi (Bass)
Conductor:  Alberto Erede
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; France 
Date of Recording: 08/1954 
Venue:  Santa Cecilia Academy, Rome, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: French 
9.
La juive: Si la rigeur by Jacques Halévy
Performer:  Cesare Siepi (Bass)
Conductor:  Alberto Erede
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 08/1954 
Venue:  Santa Cecilia Academy, Rome, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: French 

Sound Samples

Don Carlo / Act 4: "Ella giammai m'amò!"
Nabucco / Act 2: "Vieni, o levita...Tu sul labbro dei veggenti"
Ernani / Part 1: "Che mai vegg'io...Infelice! Et tu credevi"
Salvator Rosa / Act 2: Di sposa, di padre le gioie serene
Simon Boccanegra / Prologue: "Il lacerato spirito"
Les Huguenots / Act 1: "Signeur, rempart et seul soutien...Piff paff"
Robert le diable / Act 2: "Nonnes qui reposez"
La Juive / Act 1: "Si la rigeur et la vengeance"

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