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The Very Best Of Tito Gobbi


Release Date: 09/02/2003 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 85096   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartGaetano DonizettiFrancesco CilèaUmberto Giordano,   ... 
Performer:  Tito GobbiNicola MontiMargherita CarosioLoretta Di Lelio,   ... 
Conductor:  James RobertsonGabriele SantiniTullio SerafinUmberto Berrettoni,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraRome Opera House OrchestraRome Opera House Chorus,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 27 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Here's a virtual compendium of great Italian opera baritone arias, and Tito Gobbi's singing is a textbook illustration of how they should be done. He was a singing actor, at his best either on stage or in complete operatic recordings where he built layered, dramatically convincing characters. While few of the 36 arias and duets here are among the most beautifully sung versions, Gobbi's artistry makes them indispensable. Like Maria Callas, his partner in their memorable complete opera recordings, intensity, characterization, and imagination allied to individual vocal timbre made Gobbi a great singer. And like Callas, he infused his voice with an almost limitless range of colors precisely suited to a role.


Though on the
Read more dry side, Gobbi's lean instrument was ideal for Verdi, as we hear on Disc 2's 17 arias from 10 Verdi operas. His "Di Provenza il mar" is suffused with tenderness at the start, then moves through a range of moods that reflect text and music. When it ends we feel know Germont in ways revealed by few other exponents of the role, and while the forte top notes may not have the ideal "ping", diminuendos are ravishing. Gobbi was the reigning Rigoletto of his time, amply demonstrated in the inflections he lavishes on the repeated "la-la-las" of "Povero Rigoletto", and his tortured pleadings in "Cortigiani, vil razza dannata" strike to the heart. If he can't take the opening of "Pietà, rispetto, amore" from Macbeth in one breath, few baritones can. But he makes you forget about the vocally dry fortes and focus instead on the idiomatic breadth of his phrasing, apt rhythmic emphases, and a variety of vocal nuances that are never imposed self-consciously. The disc ends with Falstaff's air-borne "Quand'ero paggio" from a 1964 recital disc, and a terrific "L'Onore! Ladri" from his complete 1957 recording with Karajan.


Disc 1 ranges from Gobbi's Figaro (Rossini's young barber of Seville and Mozart's "Non, piu andrai") and a Donizetti set (highlighted by his inimitable Belcore in L'elisir d'amore), to first-rate verismo selections that include arias from lesser-known operas by Leoncavallo (Zaza), Giordano (Fedora), and Wolf-Ferrari (I gioieli della Madonna), to standards such as the Pagliacci Prologue. The disc ends with a bang--three Puccini arias, including "Tri sbirri" from the 1964 complete Tosca led by Prêtre (not the classic earlier one under Sabata), and a lovely 1959 "Minnie, della mia casa", from La fanciulla del West. Recommended--among the very best of a variable series.
--Dan Davis, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Non più andrai farfallone amoroso by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Tito Gobbi (Baritone)
Conductor:  James Robertson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Language: Italian 
2.
L'Elisir d'Amore: Come Paride by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Tito Gobbi (Baritone), Nicola Monti (Tenor), Margherita Carosio (Soprano),
Loretta Di Lelio (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Gabriele Santini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
Language: Italian 
3.
L'Elisir d'Amore: Venti scudi! by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Nicola Monti (Tenor), Tito Gobbi (Baritone)
Conductor:  Gabriele Santini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is preceded by "La donna è oroginale..." 
4.
Lucia di Lammermoor: Cruda, funesta smania...La pietade by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Tito Gobbi (Baritone), Gino Sarri (Tenor), Raphäel Arié (Bass)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra,  Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Naples, Italy 
Language: Italian 
5.
L'Arlesiana: Come due tizzi accessi by Francesco Cilèa
Performer:  Tito Gobbi (Baritone)
Conductor:  Umberto Berrettoni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897/1937; Italy 
Language: Italian 
6.
Adriana Lecouvreur: Ecco il monologo by Francesco Cilèa
Performer:  Tito Gobbi (Baritone)
Conductor:  Alberto Erede
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Italy 
Language: Italian 
7.
Fedora: La donna russa by Umberto Giordano
Performer:  Tito Gobbi (Baritone)
Conductor:  Alberto Erede
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Italy 
Language: Italian 
8.
Andrea Chénier: Nemico della patria by Umberto Giordano
Performer:  Tito Gobbi (Baritone)
Conductor:  Oliviero de Fabritiis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Language: Italian 
9.
I gioielli della Madonna: Aprile bella by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari
Performer:  Tito Gobbi (Baritone)
Conductor:  Oliviero de Fabritiis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1911 
Language: Italian 
10.
Tosca: Tosca è un buon falco...Ella verrà by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Ugo Trama (Bass)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Language: Italian 
11.
La Fanciulla del West: Minnie dalla mia casa by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Tito Gobbi (Baritone)
Conductor:  Oliviero de Fabritiis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Italy 
Language: Italian 
12.
Tosca: Tre sbirri, una carrozza...Te Deum by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Renato Ercolani (Tenor), Tito Gobbi (Baritone)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris,  National Theater Opera Chorus of Paris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Language: Italian 
13.
La traviata: Di Provenza il mar by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Tito Gobbi (Baritone)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Language: Italian 
14.
Rigoletto: Pari siamo by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Tito Gobbi (Baritone)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Language: Italian 
15.
Rigoletto: Povero Rigoletto...Cortigiani, vil razza dannata! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Forti (Bass), William Dickie (Baritone), Renato Ercolani (Tenor),
Tito Gobbi (Baritone), Luisa Mandelli (Soprano)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Language: Italian 
16.
Nabucco: Dio di Giuda! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Tito Gobbi (Baritone)
Conductor:  Oliviero de Fabritiis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is preceded by the recitative "Ah, prigioniero io sono..." 
17.
Macbeth: Perfidi! All'anglo...Pietà, rispetto, amore by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Tito Gobbi (Baritone)
Conductor:  Oliviero de Fabritiis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847/1865; Italy 
Language: Italian 
18.
Un ballo in maschera: Alla vita che t'arride by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Tito Gobbi (Baritone)
Conductor:  Antonino Votto
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
Language: Italian 
19.
Un ballo in maschera: Eri tu che m'acchiave quell' anima by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Tito Gobbi (Baritone)
Conductor:  Antonino Votto
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is preceded by the recitative "Alzati!..." 
20.
La forza del destino: Urna fatale del mio destino by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Tito Gobbi (Baritone)
Conductor:  James Robertson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Language: Italian 
21.
Otello: Era la notte by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Tito Gobbi (Baritone)
Conductor:  Alberto Erede
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
Language: Italian 
22.
Simon Boccanegra: Figlia! a tal nome io palpito by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano), Tito Gobbi (Baritone)
Conductor:  Gabriele Santini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; Italy 
Language: Italian 
23.
Simon Boccanegra: Plebe! Patrizii! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Tito Gobbi (Baritone)
Conductor:  Alberto Erede
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; Italy 
Language: Italian 
24.
Don Carlos: Dio, che nell' alma infondere by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Mario Filippeschi (Tenor), Tito Gobbi (Baritone), Plinio Clabassi (Bass)
Conductor:  Gabriele Santini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
Language: Italian 
25.
Don Carlos: Per me giunto è il dì supremo by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Tito Gobbi (Baritone)
Conductor:  Gabriele Santini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
Language: Italian 
26.
Don Carlos: O Carlo, ascolta by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Tito Gobbi (Baritone)
Conductor:  Gabriele Santini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Language: Italian 
27.
Otello: Credo in un Dio crudel by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Tito Gobbi (Baritone)
Conductor:  Alberto Erede
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is preceded by "Vanne!..." 
28.
Falstaff: Quand' ero paggio by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Tito Gobbi (Baritone)
Conductor:  Alberto Erede
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Language: Italian 
29.
Falstaff: L'onore! Ladri! "Ford's Monologue" by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Tito Gobbi (Baritone)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Language: Italian 
30.
I Pagliacci: Sì può? [Prologue] by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  Tito Gobbi (Baritone)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
Language: Italian 
31.
Zazà: Buona Zazà, del mio buon tempo by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  Tito Gobbi (Baritone)
Conductor:  Umberto Berrettoni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Language: Italian 
32.
Zazà: Zazà, piccola zingara by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  Tito Gobbi (Baritone)
Conductor:  Umberto Berrettoni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Language: Italian 
33.
Il barbiere di Siviglia: Largo al factotum by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Tito Gobbi (Baritone)
Conductor:  Alceo Galliera
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
Language: Italian 
34.
Il barbiere di Siviglia: All' idea di qual metallo by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Tito Gobbi (Baritone), Luigi Alva (Tenor)
Conductor:  Alceo Galliera
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
Language: Italian 
35.
Guillaume Tell: Sois immobile by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Tito Gobbi (Baritone)
Conductor:  Alberto Erede
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Italy 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

I Pagliacci (1997 Digital Remaster): Si puo? Si puo?
Le nozze di Figaro (1993 Digital Remaster): Non più andrai (Act I)
Il Barbiere di Siviglia (1997 Digital Remaster): La ran la le ra, la ran la la. Largo al factotum
Il Barbiere di Siviglia (1997 Digital Remaster): All'idea di quel metallo
Guillaume Tell (1989 Digital Remaster): Sois immobile (Resta immobile)
L'Elisir d'amore (1999 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Come Paride vezzoso
L'elisir d'amore (1989 Digital Remaster): La donna è originale.....Venti scudi (Act II)
Lucia di Lammermoor (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO, Scena prima: Cruda, funesta smania (Enrico/Normanno/Raimondo)
Lucia di Lammermoor (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO, Scena prima: La pietade in suo favore (Enrico/Raimondo/Coro)
Zazà (1989 Digital Remaster): Buona Zazà del mio buon tempo (Act 2)
Zazà (1989 Digital Remaster): Zazà, piccola zingara (Act 4)
L' Arlesiana (1989 Digital Remaster): Come due tizzi accesi
Adriana Lecouvreur (1989 Digital Remaster): Ecco il monologo
Fedora (1989 Digital Remaster): La donna russa
Andrea Chénier (1989 Digital Remaster), ATTO TERZO: Nemico della Patria?! (Gérard/L'Incredibile)
Aprile o bella (Serenade) from Jewels of the Madonna (Act 2) (1989 Digital Remaster)
Tosca (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT TWO: Tosca è un buon falco!
La Fanciulla del West (1989 Digital Remaster): Minnie, dalla mia casa
Tre sbirri, una carrozza ( (Act I) (1997 Digital Remaster)
Di Provenza il mar (from 'La Traviata', Act II) (1998 Digital Remaster)
Rigoletto (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 1, Scene 2: Pari siamo! (Rigoletto)
Rigoletto (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 2: Povero Rigoletto! (Marullo/Rigoletto/Coro/Borsa/Ceprano/Un paggio)
Nabucco (1989 Digital Remaster): Ah! prigioniero io sono... Dio di Giuda (Act IV)
Macbeth (1989 Digital Remaster): Perfidi!...Pietà, rispetto, amore (Act IV)
Un Ballo in Maschera (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Alla vita che t'arride (Renato)
Un ballo in maschera (1997 Digital Remaster): Alzati!...Eri tu (Act III)
La forza del destino (1989 Digital Remaster): Urna fatale
Otello (1989 Digital Remaster): Era la notte (Dream)
Simon Boccanegra: Dinne...Figlia! A tal nome palpito (Act I) (1998 Digital Remaster)
Simon Boccanegra (1989 Digital Remaster): Plebe! Patrizi!
Questo arcano...Dio, che nell'alma infondere (Don Carlo, Act I) (1993 Digital Remaster)
Don Carlo (1993 Digital Remaster): Per me giunto è il dì supremo
Don Carlo (1993 Digital Remaster): O Carlo, ascolta
Otello: Vanne!...Credo in un Dio crudel (Act II) (1989 Digital Remaster)
Falstaff (1989 Digital Remaster), ACT 2: Quand'ero paggio (Act II)
L'Onore! Ladri! (from Falstaff, Act I) (1998 Digital Remaster)

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