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Prima Voce - Pasquale Amato - Leoncavallo, Bizet, Et Al


Release Date: 02/23/1999 
Label:  Nimbus   Catalog #: 7897   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Georges BizetGiuseppe VerdiGiacomo MeyerbeerAmilcare Ponchielli,   ... 
Performer:  Pasquale AmatoJohanna GadskiFrancis LapitinoFrieda Hempel,   ... 
Conductor:  Walter Rogers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  OrchestraMetropolitan Opera ChorusMetropolitan Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 20 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Most baritones might expect to sing successfully well past their late forties and well into their fifties. Not so with Pasquale Amato who, owing to a combination of ill-health, vocal crises brought on by the intensity and frequency of his Metropolitan appearances and, in all probability, an element of over-singing, had already by the mid-1920s taken semi-retirement in Italy. He yielded his place on the Met roster to Titta Ruffo (1877-1953). Although he sang on and off until 1933 and is rumoured to have made some electrical recordings, to hear him at his best we need to go back to his glory years to hear this most glorious of high baritones through the acoustic recordings made just before the First World War.
 
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Read more brilliance and penetration of his voice, with its flickering vibrato, easy top As and exceptional flexibility, made him a favourite with audiences and fellow-performers alike; he is the very incarnation of the ideal Italian baritone, having the "bite”, the legato and the power to do justice to Verdi's soaring phrases. Despite, by all accounts, being an exceptionally amiable soul, Amato could "do wicked" admirably; you have only to look at the cover photo of his brooding, glowering Scarpia to get an idea of his vocal and physical impact on stage. Then listen to track 15 to hear a master-class in focused malignity rivalled only by Gobbi and Stracciari. Similarly, Iago and Barnaba leap out of the speakers, fully formed incarnations of malice. Yet the intrinsic nobility in his voice also permitted him to portray morally outraged, wronged fathers, brothers or husbands ideally - hence the overwhelming effect of his assumptions of the classic Verdian roles such as Amonasro, Germont père, Di Luna and Rigoletto; they are all here and they are all superb. His Rigoletto is full of pathos - a quality intensified by Amato's matchless deployment of the messa di voce. Then again, his virility of tone lent itself to depicting the more heroic baritone roles such as the Toreador and Valentin. We are given an extra treat in the "Faust" excerpt in the suave and saturnine Méphistophélès of the great French bass Marcel Journet.
 
Although he could not quite match the resonance of Ruffo, Amato's cantabile capability and subtle control of dynamics mark him out as one of the greatest of baritones in an era replete with stellar voices in that vocal category. Every voice-fancier should hear him.  


-- Ralph Moore, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Carmen: Votre toast je peu vous le rendre "Toreador Song" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Pasquale Amato (Baritone)
Conductor:  Walter Rogers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Date of Recording: 11/09/1911 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Composition written: France (1873 - 1874). 
2.
Otello: Credo in un Dio crudel by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Pasquale Amato (Baritone)
Conductor:  Walter Rogers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/09/1911 
Language: Italian 
3.
Aida: Ciel, mio padre!...Su dunque sorgete by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Pasquale Amato (Baritone), Johanna Gadski (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/14/1913 
Language: Italian 
4.
Un ballo in maschera: Eri tu che m'acchiave quell' anima by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Pasquale Amato (Baritone)
Conductor:  Walter Rogers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/23/1914 
Language: Italian 
5.
La traviata: Di Provenza il mar by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Pasquale Amato (Baritone), Francis Lapitino (Harp)
Conductor:  Walter Rogers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/04/1914 
Language: Italian 
6.
Il trovatore: Mira, di acerbe lagrime by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Johanna Gadski (Soprano), Pasquale Amato (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/14/1913 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Abuso forse quel poter..." 
7.
Rigoletto: Povero Rigoletto...Cortigiani, vil razza dannata! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Pasquale Amato (Baritone)
Conductor:  Walter Rogers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/10/1911 
Language: Italian 
8.
La traviata: Dite alla giovine by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Frieda Hempel (Soprano), Pasquale Amato (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/16/1914 
Language: Italian 
9.
Le pardon de Ploërmel "Dinorah": Ah! mon remords te venge by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Pasquale Amato (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/04/1914 
Language: Italian 
10.
L'Africaine: Adamastor, roi des vagues by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Pasquale Amato (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; France 
Date of Recording: 04/16/1914 
Language: Italian 
11.
La Gioconda: Ah! Pescator affonda l'esca by Amilcare Ponchielli
Performer:  Pasquale Amato (Baritone)
Conductor:  Walter Rogers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/10/1911 
Language: Italian 
12.
Germania: Ferito, prigionier by Alberto Franchetti
Performer:  Pasquale Amato (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/14/1913 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Sono un risorto!..." 
13.
Tosca: Tre sbirri, una carrozza...Te Deum by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Pasquale Amato (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/16/1914 
Language: Italian 
14.
Il Guarany: Senza tetto, senza cuna by Antonio Carlos Gomes
Performer:  Pasquale Amato (Baritone)
Conductor:  Walter Rogers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/22/1912 
Language: Italian 
15.
Faust: A votre santé! by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Marcel Journet (Bass), Pasquale Amato (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Date of Recording: 01/15/1912 
Language: French 
16.
I Pagliacci: Sì può? [Prologue] by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  Pasquale Amato (Baritone), Francis Lapitino (Harp)
Conductor:  Walter Rogers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/09/1911 
Language: French 

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