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The Legendary Enrico Caruso


Release Date: 02/09/1999 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 67006   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Pietro MascagniAmilcare PonchielliAlberto FranchettiArrigo Boito,   ... 
Performer:  Enrico CarusoSalvatore CottoneFrancesco CilèaRuggero Leoncavallo
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The recordings of Enrico Caruso are a milestone in the history of recordings and music alike. Hailed as a genius in his own time by the greatest conductors and audiences alike, he has become the paragon for the lirico-spinto tenor. His career fell into three distinct parts as his voice grew and darkened with age (being a chain smoker may perhaps have had a hand in this as well) but it was always as immediately identifiable as any singer who ever recorded. The present disc is a nice introduction to the great tenor's art, comprising good transfers of his earliest recording sessions in 1902, 1903 and 1904, when the voice was at its purest.
Among the recordings are two accompanied by Francesco Cilèa and Ruggiero Leoncavallo playing their own
Read more music. All of the selections are accompanied by piano and the scratch of the original 78s is much in evidence although the ear soon adjusts. No serious collection of vocal music can be said to exist without Caruso and this disc presents him at his freshest. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Cavalleria Rusticana: O Lola, ch'ai di latti la cammisa by Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  Enrico Caruso (Tenor), Salvatore Cottone (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/30/2002 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2.
La Gioconda: Cielo e mar by Amilcare Ponchielli
Performer:  Salvatore Cottone (Piano), Enrico Caruso (Tenor)
Written: 1876 
Date of Recording: 11/30/2002 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3.
Germania: Studenti! Udite! by Alberto Franchetti
Performer:  Enrico Caruso (Tenor), Salvatore Cottone (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/11/2002 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4.
Germania: No, non chiuder gli occhi by Alberto Franchetti
Performer:  Enrico Caruso (Tenor), Salvatore Cottone (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/11/2002 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins "Ah vieni qui..." 
5.
Mefistofele: Dai campi, dai prati by Arrigo Boito
Performer:  Enrico Caruso (Tenor), Salvatore Cottone (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/11/2002 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
6.
Tosca: E lucevan le stelle by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Salvatore Cottone (Piano), Enrico Caruso (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/11/2002 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
7.
Iris: Apri la tua finestra! by Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  Enrico Caruso (Tenor), Salvatore Cottone (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/11/2002 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Composition written: Italy (1898).
Composition revised: Italy (1899). 
8.
Mefistofele: Giunto sul passo estremo by Arrigo Boito
Performer:  Salvatore Cottone (Piano), Enrico Caruso (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/11/2002 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
9.
Fedora: Amor ti vieta by Umberto Giordano
Performer:  Salvatore Cottone (Piano), Enrico Caruso (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/30/2002 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
10.
Adriana Lecouvreur: No, più nobile by Francesco Cilèa
Performer:  Enrico Caruso (Tenor), Francesco Cilèa (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Milan, Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1902 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
11.
Aida: Celeste Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Enrico Caruso (Tenor), Salvatore Cottone (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/11/2002 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
12.
Rigoletto: Questa o quella by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Enrico Caruso (Tenor), Salvatore Cottone (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/11/2002 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
13.
Les pêcheurs de perles: Je crois entendre encore by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Enrico Caruso (Tenor), Salvatore Cottone (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; France 
Date of Recording: 1904 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
14.
Manon: Instant charmant...En fermant les yeux "Dream of des Grieux" by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Enrico Caruso (Tenor), Salvatore Cottone (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1884; France 
Date of Recording: 04/11/2002 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
15.
L'Elisir d'Amore: Una furtiva lagrima by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Enrico Caruso (Tenor), Salvatore Cottone (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/11/2002 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
16.
La mia canzone by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  Enrico Caruso (Tenor), Salvatore Cottone (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1902 
Date of Recording: 12/1902 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
17.
Non t'amo più by Luigi Denza
Performer:  Enrico Caruso (Tenor), Salvatore Cottone (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Naples, Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/30/2002 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
18.
Luna fedel by Redento Zardo
Performer:  Enrico Caruso (Tenor), Salvatore Cottone (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 12/1902 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
19.
Un bacio ancora by Rocco Trimarchi
Performer:  Salvatore Cottone (Piano), Enrico Caruso (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 04/1903 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
20.
I Pagliacci: Recitar!...Vesti la giubba by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  Enrico Caruso (Tenor), Salvatore Cottone (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/30/2002 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
21.
Mattinata by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  Enrico Caruso (Tenor), Ruggero Leoncavallo (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1904 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

Cavalleria Rusticana (1988 Digital Remaster): O Lola ch'ai di latti la cammisa (Siciliana)
La Gioconda (1988 Digital Remaster): Cielo e mar!
Pagliacci (1988 Digital Remaster): Recitar! ... Vesti la giubba
Germania (1988 Digital Remaster): Studenti udite
Mefistofele (1988 Digital Remaster): Dai campi, dai prati (Act 1)
Tosca (1988 Digital Remaster): E lucevan le stelle
Iris (1988 Digital Remaster): Apri la tua finestra!
Fedora (1988 Digital Remaster): Amor ti vieta
Germania (1988 Digital Remaster): Non, non chiuder gli occhi vaghi
Aida (1988 Digital Remaster): Celeste Aida
Adriana Lecouvreur (1988 Digital Remaster): No, più nobile
Mefistofele (1988 Digital Remaster): Giunto sul passo estremo (Epilogue)
Les Pêcheurs de Perles (1988 Digital Remaster): Mi par udir ancor (Je crois entendre encore) (Act 1)
Manon (1988 Digital Remaster): O dolce incanto (il sogno)
Rigoletto (1988 Digital Remaster): Questa o quella
L'Elisir d'amore (1988 Digital Remaster): Una furtiva lagrima
La mia canzone (1903 Digital Remaster)
Non t'amo più (1988 Digital Remaster)
Luna fedel (1988 Digital Remaster)
Un bacio ancora (1988 Digital Remaster)
Mattinata, 'L'aurora di bianco vestita' (1988 Digital Remaster)

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