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Cesare Valletti Sings Mozart, Scarlatti, Schubert, Berlioz, Etc


Release Date: 06/10/2008 
Label:  Testament   Catalog #: 1413   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giuseppe SartiAlessandro StradellaAlessandro ScarlattiGeorge Frideric Handel,   ... 
Performer:  Leo TaubmanCesare Valletti
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 22 Mins. 

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CESARE VALLETTI— NEW YORK TOWN HALL RECITALS 1959 & 1960—THE ART OF SONG Cesare Valletti (ten); Leo Taubman (pn) TESTAMENT 1413 (2 CDs: 141:40)


SARTI Armida e Rinaldo: Lungi dal caro bene. STRADELLA Le gare dell’amor eroica: A Porfiria vecchiarella. A. SCARLATTI Read more class="ARIAL12bi">Cara e dolce. Il Pirro e Demetrio: Le violette. Il Dedecia, Re di Gerusalemme: Caldo sangue. Il Flavio : Chi vuole innamorarsi. HANDEL Serse: Ne men con l’ombre. PASQUINI Cantata d’amore: Al tramontar del giorno. MOZART Misero! O sogno . . . Aura che intorni spiri. BERLIOZ Les nuits d’été: Villanelle; Sur les lagunes; L’île connue. WOLF Der Musikant. Verschwiegene Liebe. Der Gärtner. Und willst du deinen Liebsten sterben sehen. Heimweh. OBRADORS 3 Morillas. Del cabello más sutil. CALLEJA Granadinas. BOITO Mefistofele: Giunto sul passo. CILEA L’arlesiana: Lamento di Federico. SCHUBERT Der Jüngling an der Quelle. Nacht und Träume. Der Musensohn. SCHUMANN Dein Angesicht. An den Sonnenschein. Du bist wie eine Blume. PIZZETTI I pastori. PAISIELLO L’amor contrasto: Nel cor più non mi sento. PERGOLESI 3 giorni son che Nina. GIORDANI Caro mio ben. CACCINI Amarilli mia bella. GLUCK Paride ed Elena: O del mio dolce ardor. MARTINI Plaisir d’amour. DONAUDY Vaghissima sembianza. O del mio amato ben. QUILTER Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes. Believe Me if All Those Endearing Young Charms. Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind. DELLO JOIO There Is a Lady Sweet and Kind. RACHMANINOFF The Isle. In the Silence of the Night. GRIEG I Love Thee. A Dream


Just look at the headnote and consider the range of musical styles contained on these two discs. Then consider that Valletti sounds comfortable and at ease in all of them! This set is a remarkable testament (no pun intended) to the art of this great Italian tenor. Testament has reissued what RCA released from his 1959 and 1960 Town Hall recitals, along with a studio-made LP from 1958 of songs, all of it with the sensitive, knowing accompaniments of Leo Taubman. The result is a delightful two-disc set that anyone who cares about singing should own. Testament unfortunately could not deal with the copyright requirements involved in printing the texts (or translations), though they offer Internet guidance for finding them.


Valletti was, of course, one of the most intelligent and musical of Italian lyric tenors, but it is easy to forget just how beautiful his voice was as an instrument, even before he applied that intelligence to it. It may not have had the liquid sweetness of a Gigli or Schipa, but in its own right it contained a good balance of warmth, glow, and focus.


John Steane, in his invaluable book The Grand Tradition , notes that “Valletti was a pupil of Schipa, and no doubt learnt some of the graces of production and interpretation from the master . . . And whoever taught him the style and the repertoire, he does well in Schubert and Schumann, Fauré, and Debussy. His achievement in French song is doubly remarkable, perhaps unique, in that he is an Italian tenor . . . He is also an artist who changes tone and ‘face’ with sensitivity.”


Steane sums up Valletti’s uniqueness perfectly. I cannot think of another tenor who sounds so at home in so widely varied a repertoire (perhaps Gedda). Everything here is perfectly judged, comfortably sung, and communicative. The Hugo Wolf group is particularly gripping, and the one verismo aria, “Federico’s Lament” from L’arlesiana is the final encore from the 1959 Town Hall recital and rightly brings on a storm of applause. A particular gem is I pastori , a song by the too-rarely heard composer Ildebrando Pizzetti, who happened to be the tenor’s wife’s grandfather. I wish Valletti had recorded more of his music.


Testament provides its usual excellent notes and first-rate transfers of originals that were good in the first place. This is a fabulous set.

FANFARE: Henry Fogel


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Works on This Recording

1.
Giulio Sabino: Lungi dal caro bene by Giuseppe Sarti
Performer:  Leo Taubman (Piano), Cesare Valletti (Tenor)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1781; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 48 Secs. 
2.
Le gare dell'amor eroico: A Porfiria vecchiarella by Alessandro Stradella
Performer:  Cesare Valletti (Tenor), Leo Taubman (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 1 Minutes 30 Secs. 
3.
Cara e dolce by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Cesare Valletti (Tenor), Leo Taubman (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
4.
Serse, HWV 40: Ne men con l'ombre by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Cesare Valletti (Tenor), Leo Taubman (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738; London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 
5.
Il Pirro e Demetrio: Le violette by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Cesare Valletti (Tenor), Leo Taubman (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1694; Naples, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
6.
Il Sedecia, re di Gerusalemme: Caldo sangue by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Cesare Valletti (Tenor), Leo Taubman (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1705; Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 5 Secs. 
7.
Il Flavio: Chi vuole innamorarsi by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Cesare Valletti (Tenor), Leo Taubman (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
8.
Al tramontar del giorno by Bernardo Pasquini
Performer:  Cesare Valletti (Tenor), Leo Taubman (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 4 Minutes 54 Secs. 
9.
Misero! o sogno...Aura che intorni spiri, K 431 (425b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Cesare Valletti (Tenor), Leo Taubman (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 8 Minutes 37 Secs. 
10.
Les nuits d'été, Op. 7: no 1, Villanelle by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Cesare Valletti (Tenor), Leo Taubman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1841; France 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
11.
Les nuits d'été, Op. 7: no 3, Sur les lagunes by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Cesare Valletti (Tenor), Leo Taubman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1841; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 26 Secs. 
12.
Les nuits d'été, Op. 7: no 6, L'île inconnue by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Cesare Valletti (Tenor), Leo Taubman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1841; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
13.
Eichendorff Lieder: no 2, Der Musikant by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Cesare Valletti (Tenor), Leo Taubman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
14.
Eichendorff Lieder: no 3, Verschwiegene Liebe by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Cesare Valletti (Tenor), Leo Taubman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
15.
Mörike Lieder: no 17, Der Gärtner by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Cesare Valletti (Tenor), Leo Taubman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 19 Secs. 
16.
Italienisches Liederbuch I: no 17, Und willst du deinen Liebsten sterben sehen by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Cesare Valletti (Tenor), Leo Taubman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
17.
Mörike Lieder: no 37, Heimweh by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Cesare Valletti (Tenor), Leo Taubman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
18.
Canciones Clásicas Españolas: Tres Morillas by Fernando J. Obradors
Performer:  Cesare Valletti (Tenor), Leo Taubman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
19.
Canciones Clásicas Españolas: Del cabello más sutil by Fernando J. Obradors
Performer:  Cesare Valletti (Tenor), Leo Taubman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
Length: 1 Minutes 28 Secs. 
20.
Granadinas by Rafael Calleja
Performer:  Cesare Valletti (Tenor), Leo Taubman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 3 Minutes 50 Secs. 
21.
Mefistofele: Giunto sul passo estremo by Arrigo Boito
Performer:  Cesare Valletti (Tenor), Leo Taubman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
22.
L'Arlesiana: E la solita storia...Anch'io vorrei "Lamento" by Francesco Cilèa
Performer:  Cesare Valletti (Tenor), Leo Taubman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897/1937; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 7 Secs. 
23.
Der Jüngling an der Quelle, D 300 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Cesare Valletti (Tenor), Leo Taubman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 
24.
Nacht und Träume, D 827 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Cesare Valletti (Tenor), Leo Taubman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 11 Secs. 
25.
Der Musensohn, D 764/Op. 92 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Cesare Valletti (Tenor), Leo Taubman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
26.
Lieder und Gesänge (5), Op. 127: no 2, Dein Angesicht by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Cesare Valletti (Tenor), Leo Taubman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
27.
Gedichte (6), Op. 36: no 4, An den Sonnenschein by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Cesare Valletti (Tenor), Leo Taubman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 28 Secs. 
28.
Myrthen, Op. 25: no 24, Du bist wie eine Blume by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Cesare Valletti (Tenor), Leo Taubman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
29.
I pastori by Ildebrando Pizzetti
Performer:  Cesare Valletti (Tenor), Leo Taubman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 6 Minutes 13 Secs. 
30.
La molinara: Nel cor più non mi sento by Giovanni Paisiello
Performer:  Cesare Valletti (Tenor), Leo Taubman (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789/1790; Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
31.
Tre giorni son che Nina by Vincenzo Ciampi
Performer:  Cesare Valletti (Tenor), Leo Taubman (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: This selection has been attributed to Vincenzio L. Ciampi. 
32.
Caro mio ben by Tommaso Giordani
Performer:  Cesare Valletti (Tenor), Leo Taubman (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
33.
Le nuove musiche: Amarilli mia bella by Giulio Caccini
Performer:  Cesare Valletti (Tenor), Leo Taubman (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1602; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
34.
Paride ed Elena: O del mio dolce ardor by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Cesare Valletti (Tenor), Leo Taubman (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1770; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 
35.
Plaisir d'amour by Johann Paul A. Martini
Performer:  Leo Taubman (Piano), Cesare Valletti (Tenor)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1775; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
36.
Vaghissima sembianza by Stefano Donaudy
Performer:  Leo Taubman (Piano), Cesare Valletti (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
37.
O del mio amato ben by Stefano Donaudy
Performer:  Leo Taubman (Piano), Cesare Valletti (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 4 Secs. 
38.
Arnold Book of Old Songs: Drink to me only with thine eyes by Roger Quilter
Performer:  Leo Taubman (Piano), Cesare Valletti (Tenor)
Period: Modern 
Written: England 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
39.
Believe me if all those endearing young charms by Traditional
Performer:  Leo Taubman (Piano), Cesare Valletti (Tenor)
Written: Ireland 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Roger Quilter. 
40.
There is a lady sweet and kind by Norman Dello Joio
Performer:  Leo Taubman (Piano), Cesare Valletti (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
41.
Shakespeare Songs (3), Op. 6: no 3, Blow, blow, thou winter wind by Roger Quilter
Performer:  Leo Taubman (Piano), Cesare Valletti (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
42.
Songs (12), Op. 14: no 2, The isle by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Leo Taubman (Piano), Cesare Valletti (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
43.
Songs (6), Op. 4: no 3, In the silence of the night by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Leo Taubman (Piano), Cesare Valletti (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
44.
Songs (6), Op. 48: no 6, Ein Traum by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Leo Taubman (Piano), Cesare Valletti (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Norway 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
45.
Heart's melodies, Op. 5: no 3, I love thee by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Leo Taubman (Piano), Cesare Valletti (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863-1864; Norway 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 

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