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Voice Of Gold / Renata Tebaldi


Release Date: 01/29/2013 
Label:  Regis   Catalog #: 1297   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giuseppe VerdiGiacomo PucciniUmberto GiordanoFrancesco Cilèa,   ... 
Performer:  Renata Tebaldi
Conductor:  Francesco Molinari-PradelliAlberto EredeArturo Basile
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome OrchestraGeneva Grand Theatre OrchestraItalian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Ideal for anyone unfamiliar with Tebaldi in all her youthful prime.

The careers of Renata Tebaldi's and Maria callas ran in parallel and they had a number of roles in common. But whereas Callas made her Italian debut in the dramatic title role of La Gioconda, Tebaldi only moved into the more dramatic repertory in the 1960s after a year off attending to vocal problems.

This new disc from Regis samples a selection of her main roles, with arias all taken from a series of complete recordings made for Decca in the 1950s. Often recordings were made back to back during those summer months.

The disc opens with three arias from La Forza del Destino. As transferred here, the recordings themselves seem
Read more to be showing their age. But once the ears are accustomed to the orchestral sound, we can begin to appreciate what made Tebaldi such a fine recording soprano.

Her performance is not about the vividness of the moment, such as with Callas's best recordings. Instead she gives us strong musicianship, a fine silvery voice with a remarkable range of power and a superb sense of line. You might miss Callas's attention to detail, but Tebaldi is generous with tone, superb of line - no squalling or wobbling here - and able to deliver ravishing pianissimos. Though not as detailed in characterisation as Callas, she does not turn in a generic performance - her Leonora comes over as a real person.

In D'Amore sull'ali rosee, the other Leonora's aria from Il Trovatore, Tebaldi's soft singing is superb but her louder passages tend towards the steely. This aria is followed by a touching account of O patria mia from Aida. Tebaldi's bright, forward vocal placement suggests Aida's youth, with a fine flexibility of line. Though again the top is not quite relaxed enough. Her Desdemona is near ideal, fragile but not too girlish, distinctly womanly but still very touching.

In La mamma morta from Andrea Chenier Tebaldi shows her fire. Here she is as vivid and dramatic as one could wish, whilst retaining her fine sense of line. This continues into the two items from Adiana Lecouvreur where Tebaldi has the gift of seeming to make the music more than it really is. The extract from La Wally is the less familiar Ne mai dunque avro pace and this is followed by the equally unknown Flammen, perdonami from Mascagni's Lodoletta. Both receive lovely musical performances.

Manon Lescaut is represented by Sola, perduta abbandonata, in which Tebaldi displays her generous tone. Finally two items from Turandot where she makes a touching Liu, but with a thread of steel running through.

This is an ideal disc for anyone unfamiliar with Tebaldi's art. Whilst you may not wish to buy the complete recordings you can hear the soprano in all her youthful prime.

-- Robert Hugill, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
La forza del destino: Madre, pietosa Vergine by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Renata Tebaldi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Notes: Composition written: Italy (1862).
Composition revised: 1869. 
2.
La forza del destino: La Vergine degli angeli by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Renata Tebaldi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Notes: Composition written: Italy (1862).
Composition revised: 1869. 
3.
La forza del destino: Pace, pace, mio Dio by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Renata Tebaldi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Notes: Composition written: Italy (1862).
Composition revised: 1869. 
4.
Manon Lescaut: Sola, perduta, abbandonata by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Renata Tebaldi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
5.
Il trovatore: D'amor sull' ali rosee by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Renata Tebaldi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alberto Erede
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Geneva Grand Theatre Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
6.
Andrea Chénier: La mamma morta by Umberto Giordano
Performer:  Renata Tebaldi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Arturo Basile
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
7.
Adriana Lecouvreur: Poveri fiori by Francesco Cilèa
Performer:  Renata Tebaldi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alberto Erede
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Italy 
8.
La Wally: Ne mai dunque avro pace by Alfredo Catalani
Performer:  Renata Tebaldi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alberto Erede
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
9.
Lodoletta: Flammen, perdonami by Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  Renata Tebaldi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alberto Erede
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1917; Italy 
10.
Aida: O patria mia by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Renata Tebaldi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alberto Erede
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
11.
Ave Maria by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Renata Tebaldi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alberto Erede
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Italy 
12.
Turandot: Signore, ascolta by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Renata Tebaldi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alberto Erede
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
13.
La traviata: Addio del passato by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Renata Tebaldi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alberto Erede
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 

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