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Lebendige Vergangenheit - Armand Tokatyan


Release Date: 07/27/1999 
Label:  Preiser Records   Catalog #: 89170   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Charles GounodJules MassenetGeorges BizetUmberto Giordano,   ... 
Performer:  Armand TokatyanP. BontempiNorman CordonLeonard Warren,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Armand Tokatyan was born to parents of Armenian descent on June 16, 1894 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. The family soon moved to Alexandria Egypt where Tokatyan was engaged as a chansonier in small cafes. He continued to perform in cafes in Paris where he was trained to become a professional tailor. Upon returning to Egypt, between 1914 and 1918, he appeared in many operettas. Responding to the advice of the Director in the opera house in Cairo, he went to Milan and began to study voice professionally. The great Viennese critic Julius Korngold praised Tokatyan's "sound and darkly shaded tenor voice and its half sweet, half steely timbre" which he considered "very suitable for the stage" as well as the tenor's "youthful and joyful way of singing. Mr. Read more Tokatyan's singing is very simple and natural, without any mannerisms; but that it still is not entirely free in attack and resonance we do not want to conceal." In a number of the Verdi and Puccini selections Tokatyan is joined by Eleanor Steber. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Faust: Salut! demeure chaste et pure by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Armand Tokatyan (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Date of Recording: 1923 
2.
Manon: Ah! fuyez, douce image by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Armand Tokatyan (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1884; France 
Date of Recording: 1923 
3.
Carmen: La fleur que tu m'avais jetée "Flower song" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Armand Tokatyan (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Date of Recording: 1923 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Composition written: France (1873 - 1874). 
4.
Andrea Chénier: Un dì all' azzuro spazio "Improvviso" by Umberto Giordano
Performer:  Armand Tokatyan (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1930 
5.
La Fanciulla del West: Ch'ella mi creda libero e lontano by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Armand Tokatyan (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1930 
6.
Lolita "Spanish Serenade" by Arturo Buzzi-Peccia
Performer:  Armand Tokatyan (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1930 
7.
Canzoni-stornelli (3): no 2, L'ultima canzone by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  Armand Tokatyan (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1930 
8.
Rigoletto: Questa o quella by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  P. Bontempi (), Norman Cordon (Bass), Armand Tokatyan (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1940 
9.
Rigoletto: La donna è mobile by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Armand Tokatyan (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1940 
Notes: This selection shares a track with "Bella figlia dell'amore." 
10.
Rigoletto: Bella figlia dell' amore [Quartet] by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Leonard Warren (Baritone), Lucielle Browning (Alto), Armand Tokatyan (Tenor),
Jean Dickenson (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1940 
Notes: This selection shares a track with "La donna è mobile." 
11.
La traviata: Libiamo ne' lieti calici "Brindisi" by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Armand Tokatyan (Tenor), Eleanor Steber (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1940 
12.
Faust: Il se fait tard by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Armand Tokatyan (Tenor), Eleanor Steber (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Date of Recording: 1940 
13.
La traviata: Parigi, o cara by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Armand Tokatyan (Tenor), Eleanor Steber (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1940 
14.
La Bohème: Che gelida manina by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Armand Tokatyan (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1940 
15.
La Bohème: O soave fanciulla by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Eleanor Steber (Soprano), Armand Tokatyan (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1940 
16.
La Bohème: Addio, dolce svegliare (Quartet) by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  George Cehanovsky (Baritone), Annamary Dickey (Soprano), Eleanor Steber (Soprano),
Armand Tokatyan (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1940 
17.
Madama Butterfly: Viene la sera...Bimba dagli occhi pieni by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Armand Tokatyan (Tenor), Eleanor Steber (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1940 

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