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Lebendige Vergangenheit - Toti Dal Monte Vol 2


Release Date: 04/22/1997 
Label:  Preiser Records   Catalog #: 89143   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartGaetano DonizettiGiuseppe VerdiVincenzo Bellini,   ... 
Performer:  Toti Dal MonteTito SchipaLuigi MontesantoAugusto Beuf
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

“She really does make you think that she is mad, which, considering the nature of the music, is a considerable feat.” That was our then-Editor’s verdict on Dal Monte’s first recording of Lucia’s Mad scene (The Gramophone, August 1924), which encouraged him to believe that she “is going to be a great acquisition to the sopranos of the gramophone”. The reviewer, NP (“Newman Passage” who was in fact Alec Robertson), was not quite so sure: “brilliant to blasting point” he found it. “At first she resembles Galli-Curci extraordinarily, but the impression later wears off.” This is a comparison which still comes to mind. It even arises in the notes to this new CD in which the two sopranos are described as “both of them … darlings of the recording Read more industry”. One difference, of course, is that Galli-Curci never approached “blasting point”, her high notes taking kindly to the recording process, whereas Dal Monte’s are often uncomfortably bright, sometimes hard and not infrequently piercing.

In spite of which – and in spite of the baby-tones and the lack of a genuine trill – she survives. That is: once you know her, she becomes a reference-point. It is partly the clarity of tone and line, but also a touchingly personal quality, exemplary in the strength of feeling and of individuality that deepens the appeal of this apparently childlike character. Many of the best solo recordings (her Madama Butterfly, recorded with Gigli, is in a class of its own) are found on Preiser’s earlier disc (2/90), which concentrates on the years 1926-9. This second volume ranges more widely, starting with the first pre-electrical recordings, the voice then at its freshest, going on to 1933, by which time she was established as Italy’s foremost exponent of the lyric-coloratura repertoire, and including four items made in 1941, which surprisingly proved to be the last of her sessions in the studios. Her fellow-artists are also worth mentioning. Augusto Beuf, sounding sometimes like a deeper Stracciari, became Dal Monte’s regular partner in opera and concerts during the 1940s, as in the 1930s was Luigi Montesanto who in 1917 had sung Michele in the world premiere of Il tabarro. Most treasurable of all, very probably, are the duets with Tito Schipa, lovely examples of two strongly individual artists singing together with a complete and often exquisite stylistic sympathy.'

-- Gramophone [9/1997]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Giunse alfin il momento...Deh vieni, non tardar by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Toti Dal Monte (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/09/1924 
Language: Italian 
2.
Lucia di Lammermoor: Splendon le sacre faci by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Toti Dal Monte (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1924 
Language: Italian 
3.
Rigoletto: Caro nome by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Toti Dal Monte (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/11/1924 
Language: Italian 
4.
Norma: Casta diva by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Toti Dal Monte (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/07/1933 
Language: Italian 
5.
La sonnambula: Prendi, l'anell' ti dono by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Toti Dal Monte (Soprano), Tito Schipa (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/04/1933 
Language: Italian 
6.
Don Pasquale: Tornami a dir by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Toti Dal Monte (Soprano), Tito Schipa (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/04/1933 
Language: Italian 
7.
La traviata: Ah, fors' è lui by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Toti Dal Monte (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/07/1933 
Language: Italian 
8.
Rigoletto: Lassù in cielo by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Toti Dal Monte (Soprano), Luigi Montesanto (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/07/1933 
Language: Italian 
9.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Crudel, perchè finora by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Toti Dal Monte (Soprano), Augusto Beuf (Baritone)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/02/1941 
Language: Italian 
10.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Là ci darem la mano by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Toti Dal Monte (Soprano), Augusto Beuf (Baritone)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787 
Date of Recording: 05/05/1941 
Language: Italian 
11.
Don Pasquale: Quel guardo il cavaliere...So anch'io la virtù by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Toti Dal Monte (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/02/1941 
Language: Italian 
12.
Lodoletta: Flammen, perdonami by Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  Toti Dal Monte (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1917; Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/02/1941 
Language: Italian 
13.
Fa la nanna bambino by Geni Sadero
Performer:  Toti Dal Monte (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 1938 
Language: Italian 
14.
Amuri, amuri by Geni Sadero
Performer:  Toti Dal Monte (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 1938 
Language: Italian 
15.
La barcarola della Marangona by Geni Sadero
Performer:  Toti Dal Monte (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 1939 
Language: Italian 
16.
Guillaume Tell: Sombre forêt by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Toti Dal Monte (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 12/09/1924 
Language: Italian 
17.
Il barbiere di Siviglia: Una voce poco fa...Io sono dolcile by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Toti Dal Monte (Soprano)
Date of Recording: 12/11/1924 
Language: Italian 
18.
Il barbiere di Siviglia: Dunque io son la fortunata by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Toti Dal Monte (Soprano), Luigi Montesanto (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/07/1933 
Language: Italian 

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