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Lebendige Vergangenheit - Petre Munteanu


Release Date: 01/02/2007 
Label:  Preiser Records   Catalog #: 89662   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartDomenico CimarosaGioachino RossiniVincenzo Bellini,   ... 
Performer:  Petre Munteanu
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Forget vocal fireworks, long-held high notes, tenorial over-emoting, and blazes of sound: listening to Romanian tenor Petre Munteanu is an entirely different experience. If you have ever enjoyed the likes of Tito Schipa, Cesare Valletti, and Leopold Simoneau, then Munteanu is the man for you. He sang primarily in the late-1940s and '50s all over Italy, at the Edinburgh Festival, at Wexford, Bregenz, and many other venues; his repertoire included the composers represented here as well as Bach and Schubert.

Like the tenors named above, he was an elegant tenore di grazia, incapable of a vulgar sound or gesture, with a somewhat short top--his B-natural at the close of "La donna e mobile" is fine here, but it's clear
Read more that it's the very top of his voice. His use of legato and portamento is even more natural than Schipa's, and the slight melancholy in his voice makes him ideal as, say, Ernesto in Don Pasquale, as Ottavio in "Dalla sua pace", and Ferrando in "Un aura amorosa", which receive exquisite, languid readings, with just enough dramatic emphasis to build character. His piano and pianissimo singing are astonishing; the tonal center is never lost. He brings a buoyancy to the first- and last-act music of the Duke in Rigoletto that lightens the character and defines "carefree". The voice is somewhat pressed in Edgardo's Tomb Scene and Rodolfo's "Quando le sere al placido", but he refuses to resort to tricks and blustering. This is a beautiful recital, apparently recorded for radio, with unidentified orchestras and conductors, in excellent mono sound.

--Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Così fan tutte, K 588: Un' aura amorosa by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Petre Munteanu (Tenor)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
Language: Italian 
2.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Dalla sua pace by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Petre Munteanu (Tenor)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Language: Italian 
3.
Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K 384: O wie ängstlich, o wie feurig by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Petre Munteanu (Tenor)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
Language: Italian 
4.
Il matrimonio segreto: Pria che spunti in ciel l'aurora by Domenico Cimarosa
Performer:  Petre Munteanu (Tenor)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1792; Vienna, Austria 
Language: Italian 
5.
Il barbiere di Siviglia: Ecco ridente in cielo by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Petre Munteanu (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
Language: Italian 
6.
Il barbiere di Siviglia: Se il mio nome saper voi bramate by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Petre Munteanu (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
Language: Italian 
7.
L'italiana in Algeri: Languir per una bella by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Petre Munteanu (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Italy 
Language: Italian 
8.
La sonnambula: Prendi, l'anell' ti dono by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Petre Munteanu (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Language: Italian 
9.
Lucia di Lammermoor: Tombe degl'avi miei...Fra poco a me ricovero by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Petre Munteanu (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Language: Italian 
10.
L'Elisir d'Amore: Una furtiva lagrima by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Petre Munteanu (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
Language: Italian 
11.
Don Pasquale: Cercherò lontana terra by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Petre Munteanu (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Italy 
Language: Italian 
12.
Rigoletto: Questa o quella by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Petre Munteanu (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Language: Italian 
13.
Rigoletto: Parmi veder le lagrime...Possente amor mi chiama by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Petre Munteanu (Tenor)
Written: 1851 
Language: Italian 
14.
Rigoletto: La donna è mobile by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Petre Munteanu (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Language: Italian 
15.
La traviata: De' miei bollenti spiriti by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Petre Munteanu (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Lunga da lei..." 
16.
Luisa Miller: Quando le sere al placido by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Petre Munteanu (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Italy 
Language: Italian 
17.
Requiem Mass: Ingemisco by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Petre Munteanu (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Italy 
Language: Italian 

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