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Verdi Arias / Carlo Bergonzi


Release Date: 06/01/2004 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 4756169   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi
Conductor:  Nello SantiLamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia OrchestraAmbrosian SingersRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 42 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Carlo Bergonzi's beautiful tone and tactile emotional intensity consistently captivate.

Altough not as comprehensive as Placido Domingo's Verdi aria collection on DG, Carlo Bergonzi's less exhaustive Philips survey is greatly satisfying in its own right. Bergonzi recorded these 31 arias in 1974 (with the exception of the 1972 Attila and I Masnadieri) expressly for this project (contrasted with Domingo's DG set, which includes a smattering of new recordings among the many more culled from the singer's complete operas on a variety of labels). Despite these being out-of-context studio recordings undertaken by the tenor relatively late in his career, Bergonzi sounds remarkably fresh, singing with vibrant energy and robust
Read more tone. His famed knack for breathing life into his characters through thrilling dynamism and lively phrasing is fully evident throughout. Prime examples of this are "O inferno" from Simon Boccanegra, Rigoletto's "Parmi verder le lagrime", "Fontainebleu" from Don Carlo, "Notte perpetua notte" from I due Foscari, and Don Carlo's "La vita e inferno".


Bergonzi recorded a number of Verdi roles earlier in his career, and on some occasions, most notably Riccardo (Un ballo), Radames (Aida), and Alfredo (La Traviata), he must yield to the freewheeling agility of his younger self. (And Bergonzi, like most tenors after Björling, never had true squillo tones at the top of his range.) However, his late take on Otello (a role he never recorded or performed onstage, except for an abortive post-retirement attempt) reveals a depth of tone and simmering darkness not usually associated with this tenor.


Those wanting each and every tenor aria Verdi penned will only be satisfied with Domingo's very complete set, at the cost of a certain fatigue that sets in due to Domingo's limited upper range and generalized singing style. There's no such problem with Bergonzi: his beautiful tone and tactile emotional intensity consistently captivate, especially as documented by Philips' engineers in this very natural sounding recording. [8/27/2004]
--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Oberto: Ciel, che feci! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Italy 
2.
Un giorno di regno: Pietoso al lungo pianto by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Italy 
3.
I lombardi: La mia letizia infondere...Come poteva un angelo by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Italy 
4.
Ernani: Mercè, diletti amici...Come rugiada al cospite by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Italy 
5.
I due Foscari: Notte! Perpetua notte che qui regni by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Italy 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "I due Foscari: Non maledirmi, o prode." 
6.
I due Foscari: Non maledirmi, o prode by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Italy 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "I due Foscari: Notte! Perpetua notte che qui regni." 
7.
Giovanna d'Arco: Sotto una quercia...Pondo è letal, martiró by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambrosian Singers,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Italy 
Notes: This selection begins with "Nel suo bel volto..." 
8.
Alzira: Miserandi avanzi by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambrosian Singers,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Italy 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "Alzira: Irne lungi ancor dovrei." 
9.
Alzira: Irne lungi ancor dovrei by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambrosian Singers,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Italy 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "Alzira: Miserandi avanzi." 
10.
Attila: Qui, qui sostiamo by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Italy 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "Attila: Ella in poter del barbaro...Cara patria."
This selection begins with "Qual notte!" 
11.
Attila: Ella in poter del barbaro...Cara patria by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Italy 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "Attila: Qui, qui sostiamo."
This selection begins with "Qual notte!" 
12.
Attila: Che non avrebbe by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Italy 
Notes: This selection begins with "Qui del convegno è il loco..." 
13.
Macbeth: Ah, la paterna mano by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847/1865; Italy 
Notes: This selection begins with "Oh figli, figli miei!" 
14.
I masnadieri: Quando io leggo in Plutarco by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Italy 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "I masnadieri: O mio castel paterno" and "I masnadieri: Ecco un foglio...Nell'argilla maledetta." 
15.
I masnadieri: O mio castel paterno by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Italy 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "I masnadieri: Quando io leggo in Plutarco" and "I masnadieri: Ecco un foglio...Nell'argilla maledetta." 
16.
I masnadieri: Ecco un foglio...Nell'argilla maledetta by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Italy 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "I masnadieri: Quando io leggo in Plutarco" and "I masnadieri: O mio castel paterno." 
17.
I masnadieri: Di ladroni attornïato by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Italy 
Notes: This selection begins with "Come splendido e grande..." 
18.
Il corsaro: Eccomi prigioniero by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848; Italy 
19.
La battaglia di Legnano: O magnanima e prima...La pia materna mano by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Italy 
20.
Luisa Miller: Quando le sere al placido by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Italy 
Notes: This selection begins with "Oh! fede negar potessi..." 
21.
Rigoletto: Questa o quella by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
22.
Rigoletto: Parmi veder le lagrime...Possente amor mi chiama by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Written: 1851 
Notes: This selection begins with "Ella mi fu rapita!" 
23.
Rigoletto: La donna è mobile by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
24.
Il trovatore: Ah si, ben mio by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "Il trovatore: Di quella pira."
This selection begins with "Il presagio funesto..." 
25.
Il trovatore: Di quella pira by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "Il trovatore: Ah si, ben mio."
This selection begins with "Il presagio funesto..." 
26.
La traviata: De' miei bollenti spiriti by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Notes: This selection begins with "Lunge da lei..." 
27.
I vespri siciliani: Giorno di pianto, di fier dolor by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855; Italy 
Notes: This selection begins with "E di Monforte il cenno!" 
28.
Simon Boccanegra: O inferno! Amelia qui!...Sento avvampar... by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; Italy 
29.
Aroldo: Sotto il sol di Siria ardente by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; Italy 
30.
Un ballo in maschera: Di' tu se fedele by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
31.
Un ballo in maschera: Forse la soglia attinse by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "Un ballo in maschera: Ma se m' è forza perderti." 
32.
Un ballo in maschera: Ma se m' è forza perderti by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "Un ballo in maschera: Forse la soglia attinse." 
33.
La forza del destino: O, tu che in seno agli angeli by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Notes: This selection begins with "La vita è inferno..." 
34.
Don Carlos: Io la vidi by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
Notes: This selection begins with "Fontainebleau!" 
35.
Aida: Celeste Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Notes: This selection begins with "Se quel guerrier io fossi!" 
36.
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 
37.
Otello: Niun mi tema (Death of Otello) by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
38.
Falstaff: Dal labbro il canto estasiato vola by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 

Sound Samples

Oberto, Conte di San Bonifacio / Act 2: "Ciel che feci!... di qual sangue..."
Un giorno di regno / Act 2: "Pietoso al lungo pianto"
I Lombardi / Act 2: Cavatina: "La mia letizia infondere" - "Come poteva un angelo"
Ernani / Part 1: "Mercé, diletti amici"
I due Foscari / Act 2: "Notte! perpetua notte" - "Non maledirmi"
Giovanna d'Arco / Act 1: "Nel suo bel volto" - "Sotto una quercia parvemi"
Alzira / Act 2: "Miserandi avanzi" - "Irne lungi"
Attila / Prologue: "Qual notte!" - "Qui, qui sostiamo" - "Ella in poter del barbaro!" - "Cara patria, già madre e reina"
Attila / Act 3: "Qui del convegno è il loco" - "Che non avrebbe il misero"
Macbeth / Act 4: Aria: "O figli, o figli miei!"
I Masnadieri / Act 1: "Quando io leggo in Plutarco" - "O mio castel paterno" - "Ecco un foglio" - "Nell'argilla maledetta"
I Masnadieri / Act 2: "Come splendido e grande" - "Di ladroni attorniato"
Il Corsaro / Act 3: "Eccomi prigionero!"
La battaglia di Legnano / Act 1: Scena: "O magnanima e prima"/Cavatina: "La pia materna mano"
Luisa Miller / Act 2: "Oh! fede negar potessi" - "Quando le sere al placido"
Rigoletto / Act 1: "Questa o quella" (Ballata)
Rigoletto / Act 2: Scena ed Aria. "Ella mi fu rapita"
Rigoletto / Act 3: "La donna è mobile"
Il Trovatore / Act 3: "Il presagio funesto" - "Ah sì ben mio" - "Di quella pira"
La traviata / Act 2: "Lunge da lei" - "De' miei bollenti spiriti"
I vespri siciliani / Act 4: "E di Monforte il cenno!" - "Giorno di pianto"

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