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Hommage A Bidu Sayao, Vol. 2

Hommage A Bidu Sa Yao 2: Supreme Lyric / Various
Release Date: 11/24/2009 
Label:  Cembal D'amour   Catalog #: 145   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Giovanni Battista PergolesiTommaso TraettaLuigi ArditiGioachino Rossini,   ... 
Performer:  Bidu Sayao
Conductor:  Donald VoorheesHoward BarlowFrank St. LegerPaul Whitman,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Once again Cembal d’amour focuses on the art of Bidú Sayão in non-commercial airchecks made between 1942 and 1953, spanning both West and East coasts and points in between. The repertoire ranges from Aria Antiche to Noël Coward and indeed beyond, to The Teakettle Song, an opus not necessarily high on my list of repeated pleasures, but highly diverting for a once-only. The sound varies from date to date and location to location but it’s seldom less than perfectly serviceable.

We open with Old School verities and Tré giorni son che Nina, in which she stretches repeated phrases almost to breaking point, infusing the line with daredevil elasticity, and keeping ennui at bay. Note her precision and
Read more sheer coquettishness in Tantin, tantino-Ma che vi costa, signor tutore where her laugh has a feline allure. Il bacio is an infectious waltz performance, a little aurally cramped, it’s true, but surviving the constriction with some style. We get down to business with Rossini’s Una voce poco fa where she disports herself with commanding vitality, egged on by Frank St Leger, erstwhile recording pianist for English Vocalion in the 1920s and subsequently a big cheese at the Met. The performance here comes from Cleveland.

The coloratura demands of Bel Raggio Lusinghier from Semiramide are considerable but she surmounts them with athleticism and a vaulting vocalism, one that turns stratospheric at places. And don’t overlook that trill either. Only two years separates this performance from Traviata’s Sempre libera but the sound is considerably improved. For the splendid Carmen aria in San Francisco her conductor was none other than Fritz Reiner, who directed the Concert Hall Orchestra, but for more even more sultry pleasures one should turn to Estrellita where her floated voice catches perfectly the essence of the music. Even Heifetz’s arrangement must cede to the sound of Sayão. In the circumstances one should perhaps look kindly on her Plaisir d’amour, which she tends to turn to suet, stylistically and metrically speaking, and against which acetate thumps are an irrelevance. She is a bit too stentorian in Fauré’s Clair de lune which is unidiomatically dispatched. Her Songs My Mother Taught Me is not at all how Jarmila Novotná sang it, but it’s personable nonetheless, whilst her Roving in the Dew offers a charming, laugh-filled take on the English language. Talking of which Coward’s I’ll Follow My Secret Heart with the Firestone Hour Orchestra and Howard Barlow also comes with a chorus, and was recorded in 1947. The bulk of the tracks however come via the staunch and reliable support of the Bell Telephone Hour Orchestra and its conductor, Donald Voorhees.

This disc is a follow-up to the inauguratory volume in this series, and reprises its virtues of interesting selections, and dedicated professionalism.

-- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Tre giorni son che Nina by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
Performer:  Bidu Sayao ()
Conductor:  Donald Voorhees
Date of Recording: 02/18/1946 
Venue:  Live  New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
2.
Tantin, tantino ("Ma che vi costa, signor tutore"), for voice & piano by Tommaso Traetta
Performer:  Bidu Sayao ()
Conductor:  Donald Voorhees
Date of Recording: 05/08/1950 
Venue:  Live  New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
3.
Il bacio by Luigi Arditi
Performer:  Bidu Sayao ()
Conductor:  Howard Barlow
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1860; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1948 
Venue:  Live  New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
4.
Il barbiere di Siviglia: Una voce poco fa...Io sono dolcile by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Bidu Sayao ()
Conductor:  Frank St. Leger
Date of Recording: 04/10/1943 
Venue:  Live  Cleveland, Ohio 
Length: 6 Minutes 56 Secs. 
5.
Semiramide: Bel raggio lusinghier by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Bidu Sayao ()
Conductor:  Frank St. Leger
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/10/1944 
Venue:  Live  Cleveland, Ohio 
Length: 8 Minutes 1 Secs. 
6.
La traviata: Ah, fors' è lui...Sempre libera by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Bidu Sayao ()
Conductor:  Paul Whitman
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/30/1946 
Venue:  Live  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
Length: 5 Minutes 43 Secs. 
7.
Carmen: Je dis que rien ne m'épouvante "Micaëla's Aria" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Bidu Sayao ()
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Date of Recording: 12/06/1948 
Venue:  Live  San Francisco, California 
Length: 5 Minutes 37 Secs. 
8.
Manon: Voyons, Manon by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Bidu Sayao ()
Conductor:  Donald Voorhees
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1884; France 
Date of Recording: 06/19/1944 
Venue:  Live  New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 12 Secs. 
9.
C'est mon ami by Bainbridge Crist
Performer:  Bidu Sayao ()
Conductor:  Donald Voorhees
Date of Recording: 09/08/1947 
Venue:  Live  New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
10.
Plaisir d'amour by Johann Paul A. Martini
Performer:  Bidu Sayao ()
Conductor:  Donald Voorhees
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1775; France 
Date of Recording: 09/11/1950 
Venue:  Live  New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
11.
Clair de lune, Op. 46 no 2 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Bidu Sayao ()
Conductor:  Donald Voorhees
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; France 
Date of Recording: 10/10/1945 
Venue:  Live  New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
12.
Melodies (12), Op. 33: no 2, Spring by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Bidu Sayao ()
Conductor:  Howard Barlow
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Norway 
Date of Recording: 1946 
Venue:  Live  New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
13.
Zigeunermelodien (7), Op. 55: no 4, Als die alte Mutter by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Bidu Sayao ()
Conductor:  Donald Voorhees
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 07/20/1942 
Venue:  Live  New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
14.
Roving in the dew by Traditional
Performer:  Bidu Sayao ()
Conductor:  Donald Voorhees
Date of Recording: 09/14/1953 
Venue:  Live  New York City 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
15.
Think on Me for voice & piano by Alicia Ann Scott
Performer:  Bidu Sayao ()
Conductor:  Donald Voorhees
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 09/30/1946 
Venue:  Live  New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
16.
The Teakettle Song, for voice & piano (or orchestra) by Victor Young
Performer:  Bidu Sayao ()
Conductor:  Howard Barlow
Date of Recording: 1946 
Venue:  Live  New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
17.
Go 'Way from My Window, for voice & piano by John Jacob Niles
Performer:  Bidu Sayao ()
Conductor:  Donald Voorhees
Period: Modern 
Date of Recording: 09/11/1950 
Venue:  Live  New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
18.
The Poet Sings ("She's somewhere in the sunlight strong"), for voice & piano by Wintter Watts
Performer:  Bidu Sayao ()
Conductor:  Donald Voorhees
Date of Recording: 1946 
Venue:  Live  New York City 
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs. 
19.
Conversation Piece: I'll Follow My Secret Heart by Noel Coward
Performer:  Bidu Sayao ()
Conductor:  Howard Barlow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; England 
Date of Recording: 1947 
Venue:  Live  New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
20.
Estrellita by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Bidu Sayao ()
Conductor:  Donald Voorhees
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 05/08/1950 
Venue:  Live  New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 

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