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The Verdi Tenor / Carlo Bergonzi


Release Date: 08/12/2014 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 002089202   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giuseppe VerdiFrancesco CilèaUmberto GiordanoGiacomo Meyerbeer,   ... 
Performer:  Giulietta SimionatoCornell MacNeilCarlo BergonziPiero de Palma,   ... 
Conductor:  Herbert von KarajanSir Georg SoltiJohn PritchardRafael Kubelik,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic OrchestraVienna Friends of Music SocietySanta Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus,   ... 
Number of Discs: 17 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

On 13th July 2014 Carlo Bergonzi – The Verdi Tenor - celebrated his 90th birthday. He passed away on 25th July 2014. This special commemorative box includes all his best-known Verdi recordings, including six operas and two recitals.

Carlo Bergonzi recorded all the major Verdi roles. His 1974 recording of 31 major arias from every Verdi opera (CDs 14-16 in this collection) won multiple awards at its time of release, and is frequently referred to as a peerless achievement.

For the second half of the twentieth century, the voice of Italian tenor Carlo Bergonzi entranced audiences around the world. His voice epitomised the grandeur and lyric style associated with Verdi , although he was also known for his ability
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Carlo Bergonzi’s Verdi recordings for Decca and Deutsche Grammophon have always had a substantial following – even in deep catalogue, the six operas featured here generated nearly €1 million of turnover since 1992, and obviously much more before that.

“If future generations wish to know just why Bergonzi was so admired they might choose to hear his successful attempt on virtually all Verdi's tenor arias for Philips: it will surely stand as one of recording’s singing monuments” Gramophone

“His legacy on records is outstanding. He recorded many of the early works of Verdi for Philips, and his set of tenor arias from every Verdi opera was destined to be a classic from the moment of its release.” Classical.net

“Bergonzi sounds remarkably fresh, singing with vibrant energy and robust tone. His famed knack for breathing life into his characters through thrilling dynamism and lively phrasing is fully evident throughout.” Classics Today

“Bergonzi is the Duke in Rafael Kubeli?k's 1964 ‘Rigoletto’. Again, his every phrase is aristocratic . . . Everything he does is fascinating and there are many beautiful moments . . . with Kubeli?k drawing some superb playing from the orchestra of La Scala, Milan.” Gramophone on Rigoletto
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Works on This Recording

1.
Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Giulietta Simionato (Mezzo Soprano), Cornell MacNeil (Baritone), Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor),
Piero de Palma (Tenor), Arnold Van Mill (Bass), Fernando Corena (Bass),
Eugenia Ratti (Soprano), Renata Tebaldi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Friends of Music Society
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1959 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna 
Length: 150 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2.
Un ballo in maschera by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Tom Krause (Baritone), Cornell MacNeil (Baritone), Birgit Nilsson (Soprano),
Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor), Giulietta Simionato (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
Language: Italian 
3.
La traviata by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor), Robert Merrill (Baritone),
Piero de Palma (Tenor), Giovanni Foiani (Bass), Angelo Mercuriali (Tenor),
Tereno Meridionale (Baritone), Mario Frosini (Bass), Paolo Pedani (Bass)
Conductor:  John Pritchard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra,  Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1961 
Length: 152 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4.
Don Carlos by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Martti Talvela (Bass), Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor), Renata Tebaldi (Soprano),
John Wakefield (Tenor), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass), Tugomir Franc (Bass),
Joan Carlyle (Soprano), Grace Bumbry (Mezzo Soprano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone),
Jeanette Sinclair (Soprano), Kenneth MacDonald (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1886 
Date of Recording: 07/1965 
Venue:  London Opera Center 
Length: 198 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5.
Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Renata Scotto (Soprano),
Ivo Vinco (Bass), Fiorenza Cossotto (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1964 
Venue:  Teatro Alla Scala, Milan, Italy 
Length: 122 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
6.
Il trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Armanda Bonato (Mezzo Soprano), Ivo Vinco (Bass), Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor),
Ettore Bastianini (Baritone), Giuseppe Morresi (Bass Baritone), Franco Ricciardi (Tenor),
Antonietta Stella (Soprano), Fiorenza Cossotto (Mezzo Soprano), Angelo Mercuriali (Tenor)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1963 
Venue:  Teatro Alla Scala, Milan, Italy 
Language: Italian 
7.
Oberto: Ciel, che feci! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Italy 
8.
Un giorno di regno: Pietoso al lungo pianto by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Italy 
9.
I lombardi: La mia letizia infondere...Come poteva un angelo by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Italy 
10.
Ernani: Mercè, diletti amici...Come rugiada al cospite by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Italy 
11.
I due Foscari: Notte! Perpetua notte che qui regni by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Italy 
12.
I due Foscari: Non maledirmi, o prode by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Italy 
13.
Giovanna d'Arco: Sotto una quercia...Pondo è letal, martiró by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambrosian Singers,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Italy 
14.
Alzira: Miserandi avanzi by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambrosian Singers,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Italy 
15.
Alzira: Irne lungi ancor dovrei by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambrosian Singers,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Italy 
16.
Attila: Qui, qui sostiamo by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Italy 
17.
Attila: Ella in poter del barbaro...Cara patria by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Italy 
18.
Attila: Che non avrebbe by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Italy 
19.
Macbeth: Ah, la paterna mano by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847/1865; Italy 
20.
I masnadieri: Quando io leggo in Plutarco by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Italy 
21.
I masnadieri: O mio castel paterno by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Italy 
22.
I masnadieri: Ecco un foglio...Nell'argilla maledetta by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Italy 
23.
I masnadieri: Di ladroni attornïato by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Italy 
24.
Il corsaro: Eccomi prigioniero by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848; Italy 
25.
La battaglia di Legnano: O magnanima e prima...La pia materna mano by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Italy 
26.
Luisa Miller: Quando le sere al placido by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Italy 
27.
Rigoletto: Questa o quella by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
28.
Rigoletto: Parmi veder le lagrime...Possente amor mi chiama by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Written: 1851 
29.
Rigoletto: La donna è mobile by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
30.
Il trovatore: Ah si, ben mio by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
31.
Il trovatore: Di quella pira by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
32.
La traviata: De' miei bollenti spiriti by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
33.
I vespri siciliani: Giorno di pianto, di fier dolor by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855; Italy 
34.
Simon Boccanegra: O inferno! Amelia qui!...Sento avvampar... by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; Italy 
35.
Aroldo: Sotto il sol di Siria ardente by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; Italy 
36.
Un ballo in maschera: Di' tu se fedele by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
37.
Un ballo in maschera: Forse la soglia attinse by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
38.
Un ballo in maschera: Ma se m' è forza perderti by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
39.
La forza del destino: O, tu che in seno agli angeli by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
40.
Don Carlos: Io la vidi by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
41.
Aida: Celeste Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
42.
Otello: Dio, mi potevi scagliar tutti i mali by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
43.
Otello: Niun mi tema (Death of Otello) by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
44.
Falstaff: Dal labbro il canto estasiato vola by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
45.
Adriana Lecouvreur: L'anima ho stanca by Francesco Cilèa
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Italy 
Language: Italian 
46.
Adriana Lecouvreur: La dolcissima effigie by Francesco Cilèa
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Italy 
Language: Italian 
47.
Andrea Chénier: Come un bel dì di maggio by Umberto Giordano
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Language: Italian 
48.
L'Africaine: O paradis sorti de l'onde by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Germany 
Language: Italian 
49.
Manon Lescaut: Donna non vidi mai by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Language: Italian 
50.
Tosca: Recondita armonia by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Language: Italian 
51.
Tosca: E lucevan le stelle by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Language: Italian 
52.
Aida: Celeste Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Language: Italian 
53.
Don Carlos: Io la vidi by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
Language: Italian 
54.
Un ballo in maschera: Ma se m' è forza perderti by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
Language: Italian 
55.
Luisa Miller: Quando le sere al placido by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Italy 
Language: Italian 
56.
La forza del destino: O, tu che in seno agli angeli by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Language: Italian 
57.
Il trovatore: Ah si, ben mio by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Language: Italian 

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