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Eileen Farrell Sings Verdi


Release Date: 01/14/1997 
Label:  Sony Classical Masterworks Catalog #: 62358   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Eileen FarrellRichard Tucker
Conductor:  Max RudolfFausto Cleva
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

...Sony has restored some great singing to the catalog. Eileen Farrell offers vocalism of extraordinary ease, power, and presence. If I had to single out just one more thing that warrants really sitting up and taking note, it would need to be the seamlessness with which the voice is produced. This is stunningly even singing; one listens in vain for any sign of a break between registers. And I must also call attention to the limpidity of tone in the opening Boccanegra aria, and the well-considered approach to the recitativelike passages of “Ritorna vincitor.“ On the other hand, one cannot help but hear a certain sameness in many of the arias, a sameness that necessarily reflects her limited experience on the operatic stage. (A much-admired Read more Puccini album, not yet reissued, apparently demonstrates a wider interpretive range than the present selection of Verdi arias.) Farrell was already thirty-six when she made her operatic debut in 1956, and she sang just five roles in her five seasons at the Met, where she first appeared in 1960. A Met Gioconda and a Forza from Philadelphia are preserved on CD. But she was unhappy in the world of opera; according to Philip Kennicott's accompanying essay she often found the genre superficial and contrived and simply did not care to face an opening-night audience. Ultimately she concentrated her efforts on concert appearances and more popular venues, so this Verdi disc is, in Kennicott's words, “a document of what was not to be.“

-- Marc Mandel, FANFARE [5/1997] Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Simon Boccanegra: Come in quest' ora bruna by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Eileen Farrell (Soprano)
Conductor:  Max Rudolf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1960 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 49 Secs. 
2.
Aida: Ritorna vincitor! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Eileen Farrell (Soprano)
Conductor:  Max Rudolf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1960 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 6 Minutes 31 Secs. 
3.
Aida: Pur ti riveggo...Là tra le foreste vergini by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Richard Tucker (Tenor), Eileen Farrell (Soprano)
Conductor:  Fausto Cleva
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/07/1961 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 8 Minutes 16 Secs. 
4.
Il trovatore: Tacea la notte placida...Di tale amor by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Eileen Farrell (Soprano)
Conductor:  Max Rudolf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1960 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 57 Secs. 
5.
Il trovatore: D'amor sull' ali rosee by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Eileen Farrell (Soprano)
Conductor:  Max Rudolf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1960 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 33 Secs. 
6.
Don Carlos: Io vengo a domandar grazia alla mia Regina by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Eileen Farrell (Soprano), Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Conductor:  Fausto Cleva
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 06/07/1961 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 9 Minutes 9 Secs. 
7.
Otello: Piangea cantando...Ave Maria by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Eileen Farrell (Soprano)
Conductor:  Max Rudolf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
8.
La forza del destino: Pace, pace, mio Dio by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Eileen Farrell (Soprano)
Conductor:  Max Rudolf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1960 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 48 Secs. 
9.
Un ballo in maschera: Ma dall' arido stelo divulsa by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Eileen Farrell (Soprano)
Conductor:  Max Rudolf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1960 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 6 Minutes 31 Secs. 
10.
Un ballo in maschera: T'eco io sto...Non sai tu by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Richard Tucker (Tenor), Eileen Farrell (Soprano)
Conductor:  Fausto Cleva
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/07/1961 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 7 Minutes 47 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Come in quest'ora bruna from Simon Boccanegra (Voice)
Ritorna Vincitor from Aida (Voice)
Pur Ti Riveggo from Aida (Voice)
Tacea La Notte from Il trovatore (Voice)
D'amor sull'ali rosee from Il trovatore, Act 4 (Voice)
Io Vengo A Domandar from Don Carlo (Voice)
Salce, Salce & Ave Maria from Otello (Voice)
Pace, Pace, Mio Dio from La Forza Del Destino (Voice)
Ma Dall'arido Stelo from Un Ballo In Maschera (Voice)
Teco Io Sto; Non Sai Tu from Un Ballo In Maschera (Voice)

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