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Leonard Warren Commemorative - Opera Arias And Concert Songs


Release Date: 05/30/2000 
Label:  Vai Audio   Catalog #: 1/2   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giuseppe VerdiUmberto GiordanoJacques OffenbachGeorges Bizet,   ... 
Performer:  Leonard WarrenWillard SektbergRaymond Keast
Conductor:  Renato CelliniWilfrid PelletierJonel PerleaFrieder Weissmann,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony OrchestraNBC Symphony Orchestra membersMetropolitan Opera Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: n/a 
Length: 2 Hours 36 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This set commemorating Leonard Warren's vocal legacy is both a welcome remembrance of past glories and a painful reminder that we're now sadly bereft of top-level baritones in the Italian repertoire. With its penetrating, ringing top and immaculate diction, Warren's big, velvet-encased voice was made for Verdi. A late bloomer, by the mid-1940s he supplanted Lawrence Tibbett as the Met's "house" baritone and remained at the top until his tragic onstage death in 1960 at only 48. This lavish tribute produced by the Leonard Warren Foundation includes two CDs, one of operatic arias, the other of popular concert fare, and a generous 100-plus page booklet with bio, discographic documentation, photos, and full texts and translations. Read more />

There's some marvelous singing on these discs. Dapertutto's aria, "Scintille, diamant!" from Tales of Hoffman is a case in point. With its spectacular G-sharp climax, Warren's version has long been admired as a recording classic. His 1947 "Il balen" from Trovatore is a stunning lesson in legato singing, and the 1959 "Pietá, rispetto, amore" from Macbeth, its opening phrase taken in one endless breath, is another. Here and throughout the set, Warren displays a subtle rubato that keeps the singing line alive. Never calling attention to itself and allied to an emotion-laden voice, it makes something special of arias such as "Nemico della patria" from Andrea Chénier and "Eri tu" from Un Ballo. Surprisingly, the disc of concert arrangements of folk songs, sea chanties, and the like, has some of the finest singing of the set. Every word is crystal-clear, the well-supported voice effortlessly floats on a column of air, and the well-timed rubatos and elegant phrasing turn almost all of these songs into an unforgettable vocal experience. In part, it's because Warren eschews the songs' inherent sentimentality. Even such tired staples as "Home on the Range", "Shenandoah", and the nausea-inducing "Danny Boy" and "Mother Machree" are transformed into sparkling gems.


It's not all gold though. Warren's low notes weren't his voice's best feature, the patter in "Largo al factotum" from Barber of Seville lumbers, and Bizet's "Agnus Dei" is overwhelmed by Warren's muscular singing. But these are minor flaws in an outstanding set--well-transferred by Seth Winner--that should not be missed by any lover of great singing.
--Dan Davis, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
La traviata: Di Provenza il mar by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Leonard Warren (Baritone)
Conductor:  Renato Cellini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/04/1950 
Length: 4 Minutes 54 Secs. 
2.
Falstaff: E sogno, o realtà? by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Leonard Warren (Baritone)
Conductor:  Wilfrid Pelletier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/03/1941 
Length: 4 Minutes 51 Secs. 
3.
Andrea Chénier: Nemico della patria by Umberto Giordano
Performer:  Leonard Warren (Baritone)
Conductor:  Jonel Perlea
Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra members
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/03/1955 
Length: 5 Minutes 16 Secs. 
4.
Les contes d'Hoffmann: Scintille diamant by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Leonard Warren (Baritone)
Conductor:  Wilfrid Pelletier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 09/04/1941 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: This selection begins "Allez! Pour te livrer..." 
5.
Un ballo in maschera: Eri tu che m'acchiave quell' anima by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Leonard Warren (Baritone)
Conductor:  Frieder Weissmann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/14/1945 
Length: 4 Minutes 32 Secs. 
6.
Carmen: Votre toast je peu vous le rendre "Toreador Song" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Leonard Warren (Baritone)
Conductor:  William Tarrasch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Date of Recording: 03/26/1945 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: France (1873 - 1874). 
7.
Faust: Avant de quitter ces lieux by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Willard Sektberg (Piano), Leonard Warren (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1958 
Length: 4 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Notes: This selection begins "O sainte médaille..." 
8.
Rigoletto: Povero Rigoletto...Cortigiani, vil razza dannata! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Leonard Warren (Baritone)
Conductor:  Frieder Weissmann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/14/1945 
Length: 4 Minutes 47 Secs. 
9.
Tannhäuser: O, du mein holder Abendstern by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Leonard Warren (Baritone), Willard Sektberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/13/1958 
Length: 5 Minutes 19 Secs. 
10.
Otello: Credo in un Dio crudel by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Leonard Warren (Baritone)
Conductor:  Frieder Weissmann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/07/1946 
Length: 4 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: This selection begins "Vanne; la tua meta già vedo..." 
11.
Otello: Era la notte by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Leonard Warren (Baritone)
Conductor:  Jonel Perlea
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/03/1955 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
12.
Il trovatore: Il balen del suo sorriso by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Leonard Warren (Baritone)
Conductor:  Jean Paul Morel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/02/1947 
Length: 4 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: This selection begins "Tutto è deserto..." 
13.
Macbeth: Perfidi! All'anglo...Pietà, rispetto, amore by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Leonard Warren (Baritone)
Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847/1865; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/12/1959 
Length: 5 Minutes 27 Secs. 
14.
La forza del destino: Urna fatale del mio destino by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Raymond Keast (Baritone), Leonard Warren (Baritone)
Conductor:  Renato Cellini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/16/1950 
Length: 7 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: This selection begins "Morir! Tremenda cosa!..." 
15.
Shenandoah by Traditional
Performer:  Leonard Warren (Baritone)
Conductor:  Morris Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Chorus
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 07/09/1947 
Length: 3 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Tom Scott 
16.
Lowlands by Traditional
Performer:  Leonard Warren (Baritone)
Conductor:  Morris Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Chorus
Written: Scotland 
Date of Recording: 07/09/1947 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
17.
A-Roving by Traditional
Performer:  Leonard Warren (Baritone)
Conductor:  Morris Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Chorus
Date of Recording: 07/08/1947 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
18.
Haul away, Joe by Traditional
Performer:  Leonard Warren (Baritone)
Conductor:  Morris Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Chorus
Date of Recording: 07/09/1947 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
19.
Rolling Down to Rio by Edward German
Performer:  Leonard Warren (Baritone)
Conductor:  Frank Black
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 10/05/1951 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
20.
Boots by J. P. McCall
Performer:  Leonard Warren (Baritone)
Conductor:  Frank Black
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 10/02/1951 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
21.
On the Road to Mandalay by Oley Speaks
Performer:  Leonard Warren (Baritone)
Conductor:  Frank Black
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/28/1950 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
22.
Smuggler's Song by Marshall Kernochan
Performer:  Leonard Warren (Baritone)
Conductor:  Frank Black
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 10/05/1951 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
23.
America the Beautiful by Samuel Augustus Ward
Performer:  Leonard Warren (Baritone)
Conductor:  Frank Black
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882 
Date of Recording: 09/28/1950 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
24.
Home on the Range by David Guion
Performer:  Leonard Warren (Baritone)
Conductor:  Frank Black
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 09/26/1950 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
25.
Battle Hymn of the Republic by William Steffe
Performer:  Leonard Warren (Baritone)
Conductor:  Frank Black
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 09/28/1950 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is based on "John Brown's Body" by Samuel Augustus Ward. 
26.
Romanze (2): no 1, Ideale by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  Leonard Warren (Baritone), Willard Sektberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1882 
Date of Recording: 06/09/1954 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
27.
Occhi di fata by Luigi Denza
Performer:  Leonard Warren (Baritone), Willard Sektberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Naples, Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/09/1954 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
28.
In the garden by Francesco Santoliquido
Performer:  Leonard Warren (Baritone), Willard Sektberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/09/1954 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
29.
Canto di primavera by Pietro Cimara
Performer:  Leonard Warren (Baritone), Willard Sektberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/09/1954 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
30.
Danny Boy "Londonderry Air" by Traditional
Performer:  Leonard Warren (Baritone), Willard Sektberg (Piano)
Written: Ireland 
Date of Recording: 09/03/1947 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Fred Weatherby 
31.
Mother Machree by Chauncey Olcott
Performer:  Leonard Warren (Baritone), Willard Sektberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Ireland 
Date of Recording: 09/26/1950 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
32.
A Little Bit of Heaven by Ernest R. Ball
Performer:  Willard Sektberg (Piano), Leonard Warren (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 09/26/1950 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
33.
Songs (6), Op. 6: no 6, None but the lonely heart by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Leonard Warren (Baritone), Willard Sektberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Russia 
Date of Recording: 09/03/1947 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
34.
(The) Lord's Prayer by Albert Hay Malotte
Performer:  Willard Sektberg (Piano), Leonard Warren (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/29/1947 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
35.
Agnus Dei by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Leonard Warren (Baritone), Willard Sektberg (Piano)
Date of Recording: 05/1958 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: This work was arranged by Ernest Guiraud from the Intermezzo of Bizet's
'L'arlésienne.' 
36.
I Pagliacci: Sì può? [Prologue] by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  Leonard Warren (Baritone)
Conductor:  Frieder Weissmann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/07/1946 
Length: 5 Minutes 3 Secs. 
37.
Love's Old Sweet Song by James L. Molloy
Performer:  Leonard Warren (Baritone)
Conductor:  Frank Black
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 09/26/1950 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
38.
Because by Helen Guy
Performer:  Willard Sektberg (Piano), Leonard Warren (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; France 
Date of Recording: 09/03/1947 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
39.
Danny Deever, Op. 2 no 7 by Walter Damrosch
Performer:  Leonard Warren (Baritone)
Conductor:  Frank Black
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 10/05/1951 
Length: 5 Minutes 8 Secs. 
40.
Il barbiere di Siviglia: Largo al factotum by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Leonard Warren (Baritone)
Conductor:  William Tarrasch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/26/1954 
Length: 5 Minutes 1 Secs. 

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