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Sopranos In The Grand Tradition / Dal Monte, Flagstad, Et Al


Release Date: 09/24/2007 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 67179   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Giacomo PucciniVincenzo BelliniAmilcare PonchielliArrigo Boito,   ... 
Performer:  Maria ZamboniRosetta PampaniniToti Dal MonteGina Cigna,   ... 
Conductor:  Lorenzo MolajoliCarlo SabajnoFranco GhioneOliviero de Fabritiis,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  OrchestraMilan Teatro alla Scala OrchestraRome Opera Teatro Reale Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Covering the 2nd quarter of the 20th century, beginning shortly after the perfection of the microphone and electrical recording technology in 1925, the 16 selections compiled here offer a wide variety of operatic arias sung by some of the leading sopranos of the day. Italian, German and American singers are represented, among others, and each has a distinctive and compelling voice.
Beginning with Liu's aria "Signore, ascolta!" from 'Turandot,' recorded by Maria Zamboni shortly after she premiered the role, the collection doesn't skimp on popular warhorses of the soprano repertoire; some of Verdi and Puccini's most famous arias are represented, including a particularly lovely "Un bel di vedremo" sung by Rosetta Pampanini in 1927. But
Read more several less typical works are featured too. Sena Jurinac sings (in German) from Tchaikovsky's 'Queen of Spades,' and Leonie Rysanek and Joan Hammond turn to the 20th-century German repertoire of Richard Strauss' 'Arabella' and Korngold's 'Tote Stadt.' Other post-war stars heard here include Kirsten Flagstad and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, the latter a radiant Countess in Mozart's "Porgi amor." The period sound quality is more than acceptable in almost all cases. All in all, a treasure trove of singing that will inspire nostalgia for the voices of yesteryear. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Turandot: Signore, ascolta by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Maria Zamboni (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1926 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2.
Madama Butterfly: Un bel dì vedremo by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Rosetta Pampanini (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1927 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3.
La sonnambula: Ah, non credea mirarti by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Toti Dal Monte (Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlo Sabajno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/03/1929 
Length: 4 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4.
La Gioconda: Suicidio! by Amilcare Ponchielli
Performer:  Gina Cigna (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1932 
Length: 4 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5.
Mefistofele: L'altra notte in fondo al mare by Arrigo Boito
Performer:  Pia Tassinari (Soprano)
Conductor:  Franco Ghione
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/20/1933 
Length: 4 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
6.
Tosca: Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Maria Caniglia (Soprano)
Conductor:  Oliviero de Fabritiis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera Teatro Reale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1938 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
7.
Louise: Depuis le jour by Gustave Charpentier
Performer:  Eleanor Steber (Soprano)
Conductor:  Walter Susskind
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; France 
Date of Recording: 09/17/1947 
Length: 4 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: French 
8.
Aida: Ritorna vincitor! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano)
Conductor:  Josef Krips
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/25/1947 
Length: 6 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
9.
I Capuleti e i Montecchi: Oh, quante volte by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Margherita Carosio (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alberto Erede
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/13/1948 
Length: 4 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
10.
La Bohème: Donde lieta uscì by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Sara Scuderi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alberto Erede
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/02/1948 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
11.
Dido and Aeneas, Z 626: Thy hand, Belinda...When I am laid in earth by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Warwick Braithwaite
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1689; England 
Date of Recording: 05/29/1948 
Length: 4 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: English 
12.
Queen of Spades, Op. 68: Midnight is nearing (Lisa's Aria) by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Sena Jurinac (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lawrence Collingwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Russia 
Date of Recording: 08/10/1950 
Length: 4 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: German 
13.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Porgi, amor, qualche ristoro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/31/1950 
Length: 4 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
14.
Les pêcheurs de perles: Comme autrefois by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Alda Noni (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 01/25/1951 
Length: 4 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
15.
Arabella, Op. 79: Das war sehr gut, Mandryka by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Leonie Rysanek (Soprano)
Conductor:  Wilhelm Schüchter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1929-1932; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/21/1952 
Length: 4 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: German 
16.
Die tote Stadt, Op. 12: Glück, das mir verblieb "Mariettalied" by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Performer:  Joan Hammond (Soprano)
Conductor:  Walter Susskind
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/17/1953 
Length: 4 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: German 

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