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Recitals - Gianni Raimondi Vol 2 - Arias & Scenes


Release Date: 10/17/2000 
Label:  Opera D'oro   Catalog #: 2026   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Gaetano DonizettiGiuseppe VerdiCharles GounodGiacomo Puccini
Performer:  Gianni RaimondiMargherita CarosioMirella FreniNicolai Ghiaurov
Conductor:  Alfredo SimonettoCarlo Maria GiuliniGeorges PrêtreHerbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony OrchestraMilan Teatro alla Scala OrchestraMilan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: n/a 
Length: 0 Hours 52 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Gianni Raimondi was the consummate Italian tenor--stylish and elegant with impeccable diction, a large voice, and a pure, warm tone. Unfortunately, he produced very few studio recordings so live recordings such as these are valuable documents of Raimondi's artistry. These performances are from 1953-1967, the years of Raimondi's vocal prime and include his interpretations of the works of composers he was closely associated with: Donizetti, Verdi, and Puccini.
He demonstrates his mastery of bel canto with a sensitive, nuanced rendition of "Se tanto in ira agli uomini" from one of Donizetti's lesser-known operas, 'Linda di Chamounix.' The highlights of the disc are the selections from a 1967 La Scala performance of Gounod's 'Faust'
Read more conducted by Georges Prêtre and featuring Mirella Freni and Nicolai Ghiaurov along with Raimondi. The collection also includes a finely wrought account of "De miei bollenti spiriti" from 'La traviata' and concludes with a heartfelt reading of "Che gelida manina" from 'La Bohème.' Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Linda di Chamounix: Da quel dì, che t'incontrai by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Gianni Raimondi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Alfredo Simonetto
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1953 
Length: 6 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection continues with "...A consolarmi affrettati." 
2. Linda di Chamounix: Se tanto in ira agli uomini by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Margherita Carosio (Soprano), Gianni Raimondi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Alfredo Simonetto
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1953 
Length: 6 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Linda! Si ritirò..." 
3. La traviata: De' miei bollenti spiriti by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Gianni Raimondi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1956 
Length: 3 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Lunge da lei..." 
4. Faust: A moi les plaisirs by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Gianni Raimondi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Date of Recording: 1967 
Length: 16 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection begins "Rien! En vain j'interroge..." continuing through
"Mais, ce Dieu..." into the duet proper. 
5. Faust: Salut! demeure chaste et pure by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Gianni Raimondi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Date of Recording: 1967 
Length: 5 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection begins with "Quel trouble inconnu..." 
6. Faust: O nuit d'amour by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Mirella Freni (Soprano), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Baritone), Gianni Raimondi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Date of Recording: 1967 
Length: 7 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection begins with "...Il se fait tard!" 
7. La Bohème: Che gelida manina by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Gianni Raimondi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1963 
Length: 4 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

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