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Leoncavallo: I Pagliacci; Rossini: Guglielmo Tell Highlights / Tito Gobbi

Leoncavallo / Gobbi
Release Date: 08/09/2005 
Label:  Bel Canto Society   Catalog #: 657  
Composer:  Ruggero LeoncavalloGioachino Rossini
Performer:  Onelia FineschiGalliano MasiniTito Gobbi
Conductor:  Giuseppe Morelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House OrchestraRome Opera House Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

I PAGLICCI (1947): Gobbi, Lollobrigida, Poli. Voices of Fineschi and Masini; Morelli; Rome Opera Chorus & Orchestra. Italian, WITH NON-OPTIONAL ENGLISH SUBTITLES. Detailed synopsis enclosed. 68m.

GUGLIELMO TELL highlights (1947): Gobbi. Some unobtrusive English narration. Voices of G. Gatti and Soler; Questa; Rome Opera Chorus & Orchestra. 24m.

Black & white
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DVD Region 0 (all regions)
The booklet contains an essay by Stefan Zucker, “José Soler: Among the Last Heroic Tenors.”

REVIEWS:

“The fiery performance, conducted by Giuseppe Morelli with the Rome Opera Chorus and Orchestra, knocks all recent digital efforts into a cocked hat. A few
Read more cinematic liberties seem permissible to me and this is surely one of the best films of an opera.” -- Tully Potter, International Opera Collector

“Tito Gobbi is another singer whose art is well preserved on film. Pagliacci features him as both Tonio and Silvio and was an early attempt to film on location, pre-echoing Zeffirelli in this work. The sultry Gina Lollobrigida was engaged to play Nedda to Onelia Fineschi’s excellent singing. Oddly the baritone Afro Poli mimed Canio to the dramatic tenor Galliano Masini’s superbly accented singing (‘Vesti la giubba’ impassioned and long-breathed). Gobbi gives an object-lesson in line and style in the Prologue, then goes way over the top as Tonio before adding a handsomely sung and convincingly acted Silvio. Giuseppe Morelli conducts Rome forces.” -- Alan Blyth, Gramophone

“In a virtuoso double-dip, Tonio and Silvio are both Tito Gobbi, who even shares the screen with himself in one shot. His Tonio is tousled, mentally retarded, and morally warped; his Silvio cuts a dashing figure with slicked-back hair and a Clark Gable mustache. Vocally, Gobbi differentiates his characterizations by subtleties of diction, tone color, phrasing, and texture (Silvio light and almost crooning, Tonio rough and forthright). Afro Poli’s leonine, tortured Canio visually embodies the steel-lunged and dangerous-sounding voice of Galliano Masini. Soprano Onelia Fineschi is likewise supplanted by actress Gina Lollobrigida. Adept at lip-synching, La Lollobrigida also makes it clear why every man is dripping with lust for Nedda. One stunning shot shows a terrified Nedda prone, straight on, with the footlights arrayed behind her and rows of spectators extending beyond: a near 3-D effect.” -- David McKee, The Opera Quarterly

5 Stars (highest rating)
“Gobbi is again possessed as Tonio/Silvio in Pagliacci, in which Nedda is acted by the sexpot Gina Lollobrigida, Canio is sung by the underrated Galliano Masini. This is a filmed opera, with advanced necking sequences, only passed by the censor, I suspect, because it was opera.” -- Michael Tanner, Classic CD
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Works on This Recording

1.
I Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  Onelia Fineschi (Soprano), Galliano Masini (Tenor), Tito Gobbi (Baritone)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Morelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1948 
2.
Guillaume Tell: Excerpt(s) by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Tito Gobbi (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1947 

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