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Tchaikovsky, Villa-lobos, Puccini, Leoncavallo, Etc / Licia Albanese

Albanese,Licia
Release Date: 10/14/2008 
Label:  Testament   Catalog #: 1414   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Giacomo PucciniAlfredo CatalaniFrancesco CilèaRuggero Leoncavallo,   ... 
Performer:  Licia AlbaneseRobert Merrill
Conductor:  Frieder WeissmannDick MarzolloJean P. MorelVictor Trucco,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mixed 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"One of the most delicate, sighing, judiciously used women's voices one might ever hear." That was the verdict of the tenor Giacomo Lauri-Volpi, writing in his fascinating study of the leading singers of his time, Voci parallele (Bologna ed. 1977). "Licia Albanese," he says, "would move on stage purposefully, with precision, painting her tones with careful control of her means and a clear perception of their end". Audiences were captivated by an effect of modesty, simplicity and tenderness but behind that effect was a solid mastery of her art. He, the senior artist, is full of admiration. But he has a warning: we should not suppose that these fixed, fossilised, mummified objects we call records can convey the Read more individuality, the true character of such singers. So: caveat emptor. Lauri-Volpi had his own way of putting things (that adjective 'sighing' surprises us, not so much in itself as in its placing, second among the primary characteristics of the singer he is describing, and one may well object that records, however 'fixed', can at least sing to us, which is more than fossils and mummies can do). There is still something in what he says. He is thinking of Albanese's particular kind of art: that delicate, 'sighing' quality which he hears inwardly, summoned up in a memory that is visual as well as aural and which is scarcely to be 'fixed', held still. Its essence lies in the moving, breathing individual. He speaks of her strong intuitive faculties. She knew what she was going to do next, vocally and dramatically - but what the audience experienced was the sense of an assured spontaneity. In the theatre you felt that her singing and her movements might take any number of forms: in a recording it will always take one. The living being is caught, pinned-down, captured; and that's not the way she was. Extract from the booklet note © John Steane, 2008 Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Tosca: Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Licia Albanese ()
Conductor:  Frieder Weissmann
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/20/1945 
Venue:  Lotus Club, New York, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
2. Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Licia Albanese ()
Conductor:  Frieder Weissmann
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/20/1945 
Venue:  Lotus Club, New York, NY 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
3. La Wally: Ebben?... Ne andrò lontana by Alfredo Catalani
Performer:  Licia Albanese ()
Conductor:  Frieder Weissmann
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/13/1947 
Venue:  Lotus Club, New York, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
4. Adriana Lecouvreur: Io son l'umile ancella by Francesco Cilèa
Performer:  Licia Albanese ()
Conductor:  Dick Marzollo
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/26/1947 
Venue:  Manhatten Center, New York, NY 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
5. I Pagliacci: Qual fiamma avea nel guardo by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  Licia Albanese ()
Conductor:  Frieder Weissmann
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/15/1947 
Venue:  Lotus Club, New York, NY 
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 
6. I Pagliacci: Nedda! Silvio! by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  Licia Albanese (), Robert Merrill ()
Conductor:  Jean P. Morel
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 01/12/1950 
Venue:  Manhatten Center, New York, NY 
Length: 9 Minutes 19 Secs. 
7. Otello: Piangea cantando...Ave Maria by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Licia Albanese ()
Conductor:  Frieder Weissmann
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/13/1947 
Venue:  Lotus Club, New York, NY 
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 
8. Manon: Adieu, notre petite table by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Licia Albanese ()
Conductor:  Jean P. Morel
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1884; France 
Date of Recording: 12/23/1947 
Venue:  Manhatten Center, New York, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 50 Secs. 
9. Louise: Depuis le jour by Gustave Charpentier
Performer:  Licia Albanese ()
Conductor:  Victor Trucco
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; France 
Date of Recording: 02/09/1950 
Venue:  Manhatten Center, New York, NY 
Length: 4 Minutes 27 Secs. 
10. Bachianas brasileiras no 5 for Soprano and 8 Cellos by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Licia Albanese ()
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938-1945; Brazil 
Date of Recording: 02/06/1951 
Venue:  Manhatten Center, New York, NY 
Length: 12 Minutes 18 Secs. 
11. Don Giovanni, K 527: Batti, batti o bel Masetto by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Licia Albanese ()
Conductor:  Dick Marzollo
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 12/26/1947 
Venue:  Manhatten Center, New York, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
12. Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Giunse alfin il momento...Deh vieni, non tardar by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Licia Albanese ()
Conductor:  Jean P. Morel
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/23/1947 
Venue:  Manhatten Center, New York, NY 
Length: 4 Minutes 28 Secs. 
13. Eugene Onegin, Op. 24: Tatiana's letter scene by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Licia Albanese ()
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Russia 
Date of Recording: 02/08/1951 
Venue:  Manhatten Center, New York, NY 
Length: 14 Minutes 20 Secs. 

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