WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Carlo Bergonzi - The Sublime Voice


Release Date: 06/12/2001 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 467023   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Giuseppe VerdiGiacomo PucciniAmilcare PonchielliFrancesco Cilèa,   ... 
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-DieskauTugomir FrancCarlo BergonziRenata Tebaldi,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Georg SoltiNello SantiGianandrea GavazzeniLamberto Gardelli,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden OrchestraRoyal Opera House Covent Garden ChorusNew Philharmonia Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 34 Mins. 

In Stock: Usually ships in 24 hours.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Carlo Bergonzi is widely considered to be one of the great tenors of the 20th century. His golden tone, thrilling dynamism, and lively phrasing served him well, especially in his choice roles by Verdi and Puccini. While little in this collection falls below the level of excellent, particularly fine are the excerpts from Un Ballo in Maschera (featuring Bergonzi's wicked chuckle in "E' scherzo od è follia"), La Bohème (has "Che gelida manina" ever been sung with such seductive nuance?), and La Traviata, though in this Bergonzi is even better on his RCA recording with Prêtre. (Rigoletto deserves top mention as well, but I confess to lately being under the thrall of Jan Peerce on the recent Naxos Read more release.)


Curiously, Bergonzi's Pinkerton just misses first rate stature, perhaps because he keeps the character within ordinary human dimensions--something that, eschewing the "noble" presentation of some other tenors, makes the character all the more easy to despise. An unexpected item is "Dio! Mi potevi scagliar" from Otello, a role that, except for a disastrous first attempt last year at age 75, Bergonzi never sang on stage. No such worries here: it sounds just fine.


Bergonzi had the ability to bring characters to life by imbuing his singing with a tactile emotional intensity. You can hear this to great effect in his Cavaradossi, Pagliacci, and Radames; in fact you hear it in everybody he plays in this set. No, he doesn't have the voluminous heft of Del Monaco or the piercing "squillo" tones of Björling, but Bergonzi's spinto voice is handsomely beautiful, while his audible delight and masterly musicianship are seminars in singing for any aspiring tenor and a source of pleasure for any opera lover. The recordings, culled from the Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, and Philips catalogs, present the tenor in clear, dynamic sound.
--Victor Carr Jr., ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Don Carlos: Dio, che nell' alma infondere by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Tugomir Franc (Bass), Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
Language: Italian 
2.
Otello: Dio, mi potevi scagliar tutti i mali by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
Language: Italian 
3.
Tosca: E lucevan le stelle by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Language: Italian 
4.
Manon Lescaut: Donna non vidi mai by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Language: Italian 
5.
La Gioconda: Cielo e mar by Amilcare Ponchielli
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Written: 1876 
Language: Italian 
6.
Adriana Lecouvreur: La dolcissima effigie by Francesco Cilèa
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Italy 
Language: Italian 
7.
Adriana Lecouvreur: L'anima ho stanca by Francesco Cilèa
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Italy 
Language: Italian 
8.
I Pagliacci: Recitar!...Vesti la giubba by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
Language: Italian 
9.
La Bohème: Che gelida manina by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Language: Italian 
10.
La Bohème: O soave fanciulla by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Renata Tebaldi (Soprano), Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Language: Italian 
11.
La Bohème: C'è Mimì...Ho tanto freddo! by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor), Renata Tebaldi (Soprano), Gianna D'Angelo (Soprano)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Language: Italian 
12.
La Bohème: Addio, dolce svegliare (Quartet) by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Renata Tebaldi (Soprano), Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor), Gianna D'Angelo (Soprano),
Ettore Bastianini (Baritone)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Language: Italian 
13.
La Bohème: O Mimì, tu più non torni by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Ettore Bastianini (Baritone), Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Language: Italian 
14.
Madama Butterfly: Dovunque al mondo by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Enzo Sordello (Baritone), Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Language: Italian 
15.
Madama Butterfly: Vogliatemi bene...O quanti occhi fisi by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Renata Tebaldi (Soprano), Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Language: Italian 
16.
Madama Butterfly: Io so che alle sue pene by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Renata Tebaldi (Soprano), Fiorenza Cossotto (Mezzo Soprano), Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Language: Italian 
17.
Madama Butterfly: Addio, fiorito asil by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Language: Italian 
18.
Cavalleria Rusticana: Tu qui, Santuzza? by Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  Fiorenza Cossotto (Mezzo Soprano), Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Italy 
Language: Italian 
19.
Rigoletto: Questa o quella by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Language: Italian 
20.
Rigoletto: Parmi veder le lagrime...Possente amor mi chiama by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Written: 1851 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is preceded by "Ella mu fu rapita!" 
21.
Rigoletto: Parmi veder le lagrime...Possente amor mi chiama by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Written: 1851 
Language: Italian 
22.
Rigoletto: La donna è mobile by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Language: Italian 
23.
Rigoletto: Bella figlia dell' amore [Quartet] by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Fiorenza Cossotto (Mezzo Soprano), Renata Scotto (Soprano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone),
Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Language: Italian 
24.
Un ballo in maschera: La rivedrà nell' estasi by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
Language: Italian 
25.
Un ballo in maschera: Di' tu se fedele by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
Language: Italian 
26.
Un ballo in maschera: E scherzo od è follia by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Fernando Corena (Bass), Sylvia Stahlman (Soprano), Giulietta Simionato (Mezzo Soprano),
Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor), Libero Arbace (Bass)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
Language: Italian 
27.
Un ballo in maschera: T'eco io sto...Non sai tu by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Birgit Nilsson (Soprano), Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
Language: Italian 
28.
Un ballo in maschera: Ma se m' è forza perderti by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Forse la soglia attinse..." 
29.
Aida: Celeste Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is preceded by "Se quel guerrier io fossi!..." 
30.
Aida: Pur ti riveggo...Là tra le foreste vergini by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Renata Tebaldi (Soprano), Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Language: Italian 
31.
La traviata: Un dì, felice by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  John Pritchard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Language: Italian 
32.
La traviata: De' miei bollenti spiriti by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor), Dora Carral (Soprano), Piero de Palma (Tenor)
Conductor:  John Pritchard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Lunge da iei..." 
33.
La traviata: Parigi, o cara by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  John Pritchard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra,  Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Language: Italian 
34.
Il trovatore: Deserto sulla terra by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Language: Italian 
35.
Il trovatore: Ah si, ben mio...Di quella pira by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Ettore Bastianini (Baritone), Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

La Bohème / Act 1: "Che gelida manina"
La Bohème / Act 1: "O soave fanciulla"
La Bohème / Act 3: "Mimì è tanto malata!"
La Bohème / Act 3: "Dunque: è proprio finita!...Addio, dolce svegliare"
La Bohème / Act 4: "In un Coupé?....O Mimi, tu piu non torni"
Dovunque al mondo [Madama Butterfly - Act 1]
Madama Butterfly / Act 1: Vogliatemi bene
Io so che alle pene [Madama Butterfly - Act 2]
Addio fiorito asil [Madama Butterfly - Act 2]
Cavalleria rusticana: "Ah! lo vedi, che hai tu detto?"
Pagliacci / Act 1: "Recitar!" - "Vesti la giubba"
Don Carlo / Act 2: "Dio, che nell'alma infodere"
Rigoletto / Act 1: "Questa o quella" (Ballata) (Duca)
Rigoletto / Act 2: Ella mi fu rapita -Parmi veder le lagrime
Rigoletto / Act 2: Parmi veder le lagrime (Duca)
Rigoletto / Act 2: Possente amor mi chiama (Duca, Borsa, Marullo, Ceprano, Coro)
Rigoletto / Act 3: "La donna è mobile"
Rigoletto / Act 3: Bella figlia dell'amore (Duca, Maddalena, Gilda, Rigoletto)
Otello / Act 3: "Dio! mi potevi scagliar"
Un ballo in maschera / Act 1: La rivedra nell'estasi
Un ballo in maschera / Act 1: "Di'tu se fedele"
Un ballo in maschera / Act 1: "E scherzo od è follia"
Un ballo in maschera / Act 2: "Teco io sto...M'ami, m'ami"
Un ballo in maschera / Act 3: "Forse la soglia attinse"
Un ballo in maschera / Act 3: "Ma se m'è forza perderti"
Tosca / Act 3: "E lucevan le stelle"
Manon Lescaut / Act 1: "Donna non vidi mai"
Aida / Act 1: Se quel guerrier io fossi!..Celeste Aida
Aida / Act 3: Pur ti riveggo, mia dolce Aida
La Gioconda / Act 2: Cielo e mar!
La traviata / Act 1: "Un dì felice, eterea...Si ridesta in ciel l'aurora"
La traviata / Act 2: "Lunge da lei"
La traviata / Act 2: "De' miei bollenti spiriti...Annina, donde vieni?
La traviata / Act 2: "O mio rimorso!"
La traviata / Act 3: "Parigi, o cara, noi lasceremo"
Il Trovatore - Libretto: Salvatore Cammarano/Leonore Emanuele Bardare / Act 1: "Deserto sulla terra"
Il Trovatore - Libretto: Salvatore Cammarano/Leonore Emanuele Bardare / Act 3: "Ah sì ben mio"
Il Trovatore - Libretto: Salvatore Cammarano/Leonore Emanuele Bardare / Act 3: "Di quella pira"
Adriana Lecouvreur / Act 1: "La dolcissima effigie"
Adriana Lecouvreur / Act 2: L'anima ho stanca, e la meta è lontana

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook




YOU MUST BE A SUBSCRIBER TO LISTEN TO ARKIVMUSIC STREAMING.
TRY IT NOW FOR FREE!
Sign up now for two weeks of free access to the world's best classical music collection. Keep listening for only $19.95/month - thousands of classical albums for the price of one! Learn more about ArkivMusic Streaming
Aleady a subscriber? Sign In