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Lebendige Vergangenheit - Tito Schipa


Release Date: 07/04/1998 
Label:  Preiser Records   Catalog #: 89160   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartGaetano DonizettiFriedrich von FlotowGiuseppe Verdi,   ... 
Performer:  Tito SchipaAmelita Galli-CurciLucrezia Bori
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Master. And yes: despite questionings (mine as well as yours, you who listen with independent ears, unintimidated by legend and title), he surely is, and never more so than in the recordings of this period. Schipa was then at the height of his fame and fortune, the voice approaching the end of its very best days (a thrill and a freshness which began to diminish in the early 1930s) and with the art having developed (I would rather gently suggest) just about as far as it would go. Lovely examples are: “Sogno soave” (Don Pasquale), “Questa o quella” and “E il sol dell’anima” (Rigoletto), the Traviata duets, the Lakme and Werther solos, Harlequin’s Serenade (Pagliacci), “E la solita storia” (L’arlesiana) and the finale of La boheme with the Read more exquisite Bori.

But if ‘The Master’, then one whose mastery was exercised within severe limitations. Today’s tenors in the repertoire cultivate an extensive upper range, whereas Schipa sings here nothing above a B flat, transposing “La donna e mobile”, and even lowering “M’appari” so that the B flat becomes an A. His modern successors attempt and often attain a brilliance of bravura which can make Schipa sound tame and cautious (his “Ecco ridente” is fine but lacks the brilliance of true virtuosity, and his “Il mio tesoro” is essentially a bit of artful dodging).

There are other limitations too, but these are enough for the present: and enough remains to place him among the unforgettables and irreplaceables. Any of the recommendations mentioned will show why, and there is the added, vital and elusive quality of voice-personality. This collection comprises a complete run of Schipa’s operatic records made electrically for the Victor company. Transfers are faithful, with the sound well defined. Among all the many CDs currently devoted to him this would be a very suitable first choice.'

-- Gramophone [9/1998]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Dalla sua pace by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Tito Schipa (Tenor)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 10/17/1927 
Language: Italian 
2.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Il mio tesoro intanto by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Tito Schipa (Tenor)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 10/17/1927 
Language: Italian 
3.
L'Elisir d'Amore: Adina credimi by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Tito Schipa (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/06/1928 
Language: Italian 
4.
L'Elisir d'Amore: Una furtiva lagrima by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Tito Schipa (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/24/1925 
Language: Italian 
5.
La Favorita: Una vergine, un angiol di Dio by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Tito Schipa (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/17/1927 
Language: Italian 
6.
Don Pasquale: Sogno soave e casto by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Tito Schipa (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/09/1926 
Language: Italian 
7.
Don Pasquale: Tornami a dir by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Amelita Galli-Curci (Soprano), Tito Schipa (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/06/1928 
Language: Italian 
8.
Martha: Ach, so fromm by Friedrich von Flotow
Performer:  Tito Schipa (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/24/1925 
Language: Italian 
9.
Rigoletto: Questa o quella by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Tito Schipa (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/08/1926 
Language: Italian 
10.
Rigoletto: E' il sol dell' anima by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Amelita Galli-Curci (Soprano), Tito Schipa (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/07/1928 
Language: Italian 
11.
Rigoletto: Parmi veder le lagrime...Possente amor mi chiama by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Tito Schipa (Tenor)
Written: 1851 
Date of Recording: 09/11/1928 
Language: Italian 
12.
Rigoletto: La donna è mobile by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Tito Schipa (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/16/1925 
Language: Italian 
13.
Luisa Miller: Quando le sere al placido by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Tito Schipa (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/11/1928 
Language: Italian 
14.
La traviata: Un dì, felice by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Amelita Galli-Curci (Soprano), Tito Schipa (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/06/1928 
Language: Italian 
15.
La traviata: Parigi, o cara by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Amelita Galli-Curci (Soprano), Tito Schipa (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/07/1928 
Language: Italian 
16.
Lakmé: O fantaisie aux divins mensonges by Léo Delibes
Performer:  Tito Schipa (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; France 
Date of Recording: 11/25/1925 
Language: French 
17.
Werther: Pourquoi me réveiller? by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Tito Schipa (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; France 
Date of Recording: 11/25/1926 
Language: French 
18.
Manon: Instant charmant...En fermant les yeux "Dream of des Grieux" by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Tito Schipa (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1884; France 
Date of Recording: 09/08/1926 
Language: Italian 
19.
I Pagliacci: O Colombina il tenero fido "Beppe's Serenade" by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  Tito Schipa (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/08/1926 
Language: Italian 
20.
L'Arlesiana: E la solita storia...Anch'io vorrei "Lamento" by Francesco Cilèa
Performer:  Tito Schipa (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897/1937; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/11/1928 
Language: Italian 
21.
La Bohème: Sono andati? Fingevo di dormire by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Lucrezia Bori (Soprano), Tito Schipa (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/24/1925 
Language: Italian 
22.
Il barbiere di Siviglia: Ecco ridente in cielo by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Tito Schipa (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/10/1926 
Language: Italian 
23.
Il barbiere di Siviglia: Se il mio nome saper voi bramate by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Tito Schipa (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/10/1926 
Language: Italian 

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