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Lebendige Vergangenheit - Cesare Siepi


Release Date: 01/30/2001 
Label:  Preiser Records   Catalog #: 89511   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartVincenzo BelliniGiuseppe VerdiCharles Gounod,   ... 
Performer:  Cesare Siepi
Conductor:  Alfredo SimonettoArturo BasileCesare Gallino
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony OrchestraItalian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Aging boomers may recall seeing Cesare Siepi on stage. He was Ezio Pinza's successor as the Metropolitan Opera's reigning bass and, among other accomplishments, the Don Giovanni of choice at the Met, Salzburg, Vienna, and any other house lucky enough to get him. Three of his recordings of the role--with Krips, Leinsdorf, and Furtwängler--have been staples since the 1950s, and he was a favorite of Toscanini, for whom he recorded Verdi's Requiem. A true bass, with resonant low notes and bright, pinging baritonal highs, he excelled in the aristocrats, kings, priests, and nasties of the Italian repertory with successful side trips to selected French and German roles, as well as a Met Boris Godunov in English. Impressive vocally, his svelte Read more good looks, acting ability, and stage presence made him a special favorite.


This compilation of his 1948 recordings catches him at the dawn of his international career. The 25-year-old singer is no callow beginner though. In Verdi's "O tu Palermo" from I Vespri Siciliani he exhibits a voice of uncommon beauty coupled to elegant phrasing you'd expect from a more experienced world-class bass. Even in these early years, he artfully colored his voice to suit the character and the aria. Don Giovanni's "Deh, vieni alla finestra" has a veiled sweetness, Verdi's Philip II in Don Carlo sings "Ella giammai m'amò" in darker, troubled tones, and Siepi distinguishes through purely vocal means the differences between the Mephisopheles of Gounod's Faust and Boito's Mefistofele.


You can hear him switch off the characterization of the operatic arias and take on his own natural colorations adjusted only to the texts in the selection of eight Italian songs by Tosti and others that complete this generously filled disc. In just a few more years his instrument would become more perfectly balanced and his interpretations would gain greater depth, but this is a valuable reminder that greatness was preceded by mere excellence. No texts or translations, brief bio, no track timings. For shame! Here's hoping for further Preiser issues that bring us Siepi's later vocal glories to accompany these early ones.
--Dan Davis, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Deh vieni alla finestra [Serenade] by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Cesare Siepi (Bass)
Conductor:  Alfredo Simonetto
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 1948 
2.
La sonnambula: Vi ravviso, o luoghi ameni by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Cesare Siepi (Bass)
Conductor:  Arturo Basile
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1948 
3.
Nabucco: Vieni, o Levita...Tu sul labbro by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Cesare Siepi (Bass)
Conductor:  Arturo Basile
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1948 
4.
Ernani: Infelice! e tu credevi by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Cesare Siepi (Bass)
Conductor:  Arturo Basile
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1948 
5.
I vespri siciliani: O tu, Palermo by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Cesare Siepi (Bass)
Conductor:  Arturo Basile
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1947 
6.
Don Carlos: Ella giammai m'amò...Dormirò sol sul manto mio regal by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Cesare Siepi (Bass)
Conductor:  Arturo Basile
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1947 
7.
Faust: Vous qui faites l'endormie "Serenade" by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Cesare Siepi (Bass)
Conductor:  Alfredo Simonetto
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Date of Recording: 1948 
8.
Mefistofele: Son lo spirito che nega by Arrigo Boito
Performer:  Cesare Siepi (Bass)
Conductor:  Arturo Basile
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1947 
9.
La Gioconda: Si, morir ella de' by Amilcare Ponchielli
Performer:  Cesare Siepi (Bass)
Conductor:  Cesare Gallino
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1948 
10.
Visione veneziana by Renato Brogi
Performer:  Cesare Siepi (Bass)
Conductor:  Cesare Gallino
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 1948 
11.
Canta il grillo by Vincenzo Billi
Performer:  Cesare Siepi (Bass)
Conductor:  Cesare Gallino
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 1948 
12.
Occhi di fata by Luigi Denza
Performer:  Cesare Siepi (Bass)
Conductor:  Cesare Gallino
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin
Period: Romantic 
Written: Naples, Italy 
Date of Recording: 1948 
13.
Romanze (3): no 2, Malia by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  Cesare Siepi (Bass)
Conductor:  Cesare Gallino
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; London, England 
Date of Recording: 1948 
14.
Romanze (2): no 2, Non t'amo più! by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  Cesare Siepi (Bass)
Conductor:  Cesare Gallino
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1948 
15.
La serenata by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  Cesare Siepi (Bass)
Conductor:  Cesare Gallino
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; London, England 
Date of Recording: 1948 
16.
Canzoni-stornelli (3): no 2, L'ultima canzone by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  Cesare Siepi (Bass)
Conductor:  Cesare Gallino
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1948 
17.
Mia sposa sarà mia bandiera by Augusto Rotoli
Performer:  Cesare Siepi (Bass)
Conductor:  Cesare Gallino
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 1948 
18.
Il barbiere di Siviglia: La calunnia è un venticello by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Cesare Siepi (Bass)
Conductor:  Arturo Basile
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1948 
19.
L'italiana in Algeri: Le femmine d'Italia by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Cesare Siepi (Bass)
Conductor:  Alfredo Simonetto
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1948 

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