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Lebendige Vergangenheit - Enrico Molinari


Release Date: 08/20/1996 
Label:  Preiser Records   Catalog #: 89129   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  Giuseppe VerdiGiacomo MeyerbeerRichard WagnerCharles Gounod,   ... 
Performer:  Enrico MolinariNunu SanchioniElena CheliIda Mannarini
Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Molinari’s has never been a name to conjure with among collectors yet, as this CD proves, this Italian baritone merits a place among the leading Italian singers of the 1920s when he appeared regularly in all the main Italian houses and recorded extensively for Italian Columbia. His reputation remained local simply because he never sang at the Metropolitan or Covent Garden and therefore his recordings were confined for the most part to his native shores. He makes only three brief appearances in the pages of the three volumes of Opera on Record (Hutchinson), none in those of JBS’s The Grand Tradition (Duckworth: 1993).

To judge by the examples of his art collected here he deserves better of us all. His well-produced, keenly
Read more projected though I judge only medium-sized voice most calls to mind that of De Luca and perhaps Leonard Warren, showing a softer grain than that of such towering figures as, say, Ruffo, Stracciari and Granforte. Its owner uses it with appreciable skill, most notably in the ten Verdi titles included here, sensibly arranged in chronological order. You will find few more easily voiced versions of “Il balen” or “Di Provenza” (sadly only one verse) than Molinari’s and his account of “O vecchio cor” can almost rank with Amato’s famed 1913 version (available on various transfers).

Not everything is individually done. His “Pari siamo” has none of the variety, say, found in it by Stracciari or Gobbi: the dynamic range is limited, as it is in “Era la notte”. Yet Figaro’s “Largo al factotum”, a smiling performance, Gerard’s solos from Andrea Chenier and those of Simon Nago from Boito’s Nerone disclose a fair gift for creating character by voice alone. In duets from Il barbiere and Rigoletto Ninu Sanchioni’s tone proves something of a trial, but Molinari’s contributions are a pleasure to hear.

There is something especially beautiful about his Wolfram, a role of which he must have been a fine exponent: “O tu bell’astro” (“O du mein holder Abendstern”) is a reading to cherish. That, like all the items here, falls easily on the ear, both the original recordings, all Italian Columbias, and the transfers successfully catching the gratifying warmth of Molinari’s singing.'

-- Alan Blyth, Gramophone [12/1996]
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Works on This Recording

1.
I due Foscari: O vecchio cor che batti by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Enrico Molinari (Baritone)
Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1928 
2.
I due Foscari: Questa dunque è l'iniquia mercede by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Enrico Molinari (Baritone)
Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1928 
3.
Ernani: Lo vedremo, veglio audace by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Enrico Molinari (Baritone)
Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1928 
4.
Rigoletto: Pari siamo by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Enrico Molinari (Baritone)
Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1927 
5.
Rigoletto: Figlia!...Mio Padre! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Enrico Molinari (Baritone), Nunu Sanchioni (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1930 
6.
Rigoletto: Povero Rigoletto...Cortigiani, vil razza dannata! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Enrico Molinari (Baritone)
Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1928 
7.
Il trovatore: Il balen del suo sorriso by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Enrico Molinari (Baritone)
Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1928 
8.
La traviata: Di Provenza il mar by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Enrico Molinari (Baritone)
Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1928 
9.
Otello: Credo in un Dio crudel by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Enrico Molinari (Baritone)
Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1924 
10.
Otello: Era la notte by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Enrico Molinari (Baritone)
Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1927 
11.
Le pardon de Ploërmel "Dinorah": In questo loco...Sei vendicata assai by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Enrico Molinari (Baritone)
Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1928 
12.
Tannhäuser: Als du im kühnem Sange by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Enrico Molinari (Baritone)
Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1928 
Language: Italian 
13.
Tannhäuser: O, du mein holder Abendstern by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Enrico Molinari (Baritone)
Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1928 
Language: Italian 
14.
Lohengrin: Dank, König dir by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Enrico Molinari (Baritone)
Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1928 
Language: Italian 
15.
Faust: Par ici! by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Elena Cheli (Soprano), Ida Mannarini (Mezzo Soprano), Enrico Molinari (Baritone)
Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Date of Recording: 1929 
Language: Italian 
16.
Andrea Chénier: Son sessant' anni, o vecchio by Umberto Giordano
Performer:  Enrico Molinari (Baritone)
Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1927 
17.
Andrea Chénier: Un dì m'era di gioia by Umberto Giordano
Performer:  Enrico Molinari (Baritone)
Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1927 
18.
Nerone: Ecco il magico specchio by Arrigo Boito
Performer:  Enrico Molinari (Baritone)
Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1915; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1928 
19.
Nerone: Vivete in pace, in concento soave d'amor by Arrigo Boito
Performer:  Enrico Molinari (Baritone)
Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1915; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1928 
20.
Il barbiere di Siviglia: Largo al factotum by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Enrico Molinari (Baritone)
Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1928 
21.
Il barbiere di Siviglia: Dunque io son la fortunata by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Nunu Sanchioni (Soprano), Enrico Molinari (Baritone)
Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1930 

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