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Lebendige Vergangenheit - Maria Caniglia


Release Date: 11/19/1996 
Label:  Preiser Records   Catalog #: 89131   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  Richard WagnerAmilcare PonchielliUmberto GiordanoPietro Mascagni,   ... 
Performer:  Maria CanigliaTancredi Pasero
Conductor:  Lorenzo MolajoliGiuseppe AntonicelliUmberto BerrettoniGino Marinuzzi,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  OrchestraMilan Teatro alla Scala OrchestraItalian Radio Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

“I belong to a group of singers who gave too much of themselves... it was a losing battle against myself to control and save my forces.” That was Maria Caniglia talking, with a remarkable degree of self-knowledge, to Lanfranco Rasponi in The Last Prima Donnas (Gollancz: 1984) a couple of years before she died. Her later comment that “I suffered a great deal in the theatre, for every time I sang I conferred all my heart and soul” is self-evident in all these performances, even in the 1930 Columbias recorded when she was 25 and on the brink of her long career at La Scala.

Her Gioconda, Madeleine, Manon Lescaut and Tosca are already beings of flesh and blood, their interpreter living every moment of their traumas in the
Read more generous-hearted manner that was to be a characteristic of all her recordings. Yet there’s another Caniglia here. She was popular in Wagner, and her Italian-language versions of Elsa’s two outpourings disclose a fine-grained mezza voce allied to a pure line not always apparent in her later work – though it is certainly present at a key moment in one of her rare Italian wartime HMVs. I have seldom heard the rising phrase beginning “O finisci di battere e muor” in Amelia’s Act 2 aria sung so quietly and inwardly: nor have there been many more equally phrased and rapt accounts of “Tacea la notte”, a recording from the same period.

Caniglia believed that her wartime Cetra discs were her best and that’s confirmed by the long duet between Leonora and Padre Guardiano (Pasero – excellent) from the ‘complete’ 1941 Forza, where she marries her famed ‘involvement’ with singing that has most of the classical virtues of a Verdian spinto. And don’t overlook another rarity, her 1936 reading of an aria from Giordano’s Siberia, a lovely piece of work.

The 1946 DBs of verismo arias, frowned on by the old Record Guide, certainly show a vocal decline, but the passionate intensity makes one overlook, almost, some uncomfortable moments: here are Santuzza, La Wally and Adriana as suffering women to the life. The familiar flame in Caniglia’s tone is still very much there and it’s something to be grateful for today in an era of all-purpose, safer singers.'

-- Alan Blyth, Gramophone [1/1997]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Lohengrin: Einsam in trüben Tagen "Elsa's dream" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Maria Caniglia (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1930 
Language: Italian 
2.
Lohengrin: Euch Lüften, die mein Klagen by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Maria Caniglia (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1930 
Language: Italian 
3.
La Gioconda: Suicidio! by Amilcare Ponchielli
Performer:  Maria Caniglia (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1930 
Language: Italian 
4.
Andrea Chénier: La mamma morta by Umberto Giordano
Performer:  Maria Caniglia (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1930 
Language: Italian 
5.
L'Amico Fritz: Non mi resta che il pianto by Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  Maria Caniglia (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1930 
Language: Italian 
6.
Manon Lescaut: In quelle trine morbide by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Maria Caniglia (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1930 
Language: Italian 
7.
La Bohème: Donde lieta uscì by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Maria Caniglia (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1930 
Language: Italian 
8.
Tosca: Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Maria Caniglia (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1930 
Language: Italian 
9.
Siberia: Qual vergogna tu porti by Umberto Giordano
Performer:  Maria Caniglia (Soprano)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Antonicelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903/1921; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1936 
Language: Italian 
10.
Il trovatore: Tacea la notte placida...Di tale amor by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Maria Caniglia (Soprano)
Conductor:  Umberto Berrettoni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1940 
Language: Italian 
11.
Un ballo in maschera: Ma dall' arido stelo divulsa by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Maria Caniglia (Soprano)
Conductor:  Umberto Berrettoni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1941 
Language: Italian 
12.
Ave Maria by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Maria Caniglia (Soprano)
Conductor:  Umberto Berrettoni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1941 
Language: Italian 
13.
La forza del destino: Or siam soli by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Maria Caniglia (Soprano), Tancredi Pasero (Bass)
Conductor:  Gino Marinuzzi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1941 
Language: Italian 
14.
Cavalleria Rusticana: Voi lo sapete, o Mamma by Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  Maria Caniglia (Soprano)
Conductor:  Luigi Ricci
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1946 
Language: Italian 
15.
La Wally: Ebben?... Ne andrò lontana by Alfredo Catalani
Performer:  Maria Caniglia (Soprano)
Conductor:  Luigi Ricci
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1946 
Language: Italian 
16.
Adriana Lecouvreur: Io son l'umile ancella by Francesco Cilèa
Performer:  Maria Caniglia (Soprano)
Conductor:  Luigi Ricci
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1946 
Language: Italian 
17.
Adriana Lecouvreur: Poveri fiori by Francesco Cilèa
Performer:  Maria Caniglia (Soprano)
Conductor:  Luigi Ricci
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1946 
Language: Italian 

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