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Notes and Editorial Reviews
A young soprano of rare sweetness and exquisite sensibility who broadened into a more mature artist with an enhanced dramatic potential, settling then to work within the conditions appropriate to a refined taste.
The Chiara triptych – the three recital programmes recorded by this admired lyric soprano in the 1970s – is assembled here for the first time. The earliest of its panels centres on the more fragile of Puccini’s heroines but ranges also from Donizetti’s Anna Bolena to Verdi’s Aida. The second is devoted entirely to Verdi, and the third concentrates on the verismo period. Within these few years the singer developed, each recital seeming well suited to her voice and art at that stage. Briefly, we hear a young
soprano of rare sweetness and (as it often appeared) exquisite sensibility broadening into a more mature artist with an enhanced dramatic potential, settling then to work within the conditions appropriate to a refined taste and a voice of moderate power. She soon disappeared from the regular record lists, and her career, which lasted well into the 1990s, never blossomed quite as fully as had been expected.
The recordings, carefully made as they were, give hints of why this might have been so, most persistently in slightly flat intonation. There is also in the first two recitals a habit of taking high notes from below. Again, up to the third recital and most marked in the first is a tendency to relax tempo and rhythm, the conductor Nello Santi going along with this all too easily. Sometimes a spurt of energy or a flash of dramatic strength comes into play (as in the Forza del destino aria) but we are then also aware of a naturally slender voice asked to bear overmuch weight. Yet the third recital, with the verismo arias, brings some of the best performances of all: excellent, for instance, are the three arias (La Wally and Loreley) by Catalani. Chiara is a singer who deserves to be remembered, and this collection contains much of the best of her.
-- John Steane, Gramophone [3/2005]
Works on This Recording
Aida: O patria mia by Giuseppe Verdi
Maria Chiara (Soprano)
Written: 1871; Italy
Ave Maria by Giuseppe Verdi
Written: 1880; Italy
Notes: This selection begins with "Era più calmo?..."
Iris: Un dì era piccina by Pietro Mascagni
Maria Chiara (Soprano)
Written: 1898/1899; Italy
Anna Bolena - Tragedia lirica in due atti / Act 2: Al dolce guidami
I Puritani / Act 2: "Qui la voce sua soave"
Aida / Act 3: Qui Radames verrà!...O Patria mia
Mefistofele / Act 3: L'altra notte in fondo al mare
La Bohème / Act 1: "Sì. Mi chiamano Mimì"
Suor Angelica, Opera lirica in un atto: Senza mamma, o bimbo
La Bohème / Act 3: Donde lieta uscì al tuo grido
Lodoletta - Opera in 3 Acts / Act 3: Ah! Il suo nome...Flammen, perdonami
Manon Lescaut / Act 2: In quelle trine morbide
Turandot / Act 1: Signore, ascolta
I Masnadieri / Act 2: Dall' infame banchetto...Tu del mio Carlo
I vespri siciliani / Act 5: "Mercè, dilette amiche"
Otello / Act 4: "Era più calmo?..."Piangea cantando".."Ave Maria"
Aida / Act 1: Ritorna vincitor!
Giovanna d'Arco / Act 1: O fatidica Foresta
Simon Boccanegra / Act 1: Come in quest'ora bruna
La forza del destino / Act 2: "Son giunta...Madre pietosa vergine"
Adriana Lecouvreur / Act 1: Io son l'umile ancella
Adriana Lecouvreur / Act 4: Poveri fiori, gemme de'prati
Andrea Chénier / Act 3: La mamma morta
L'amico Fritz / Act 1: Son pochi fiori
L'amico Fritz / Act 3: Non mi resta
Pagliacci / Act 1: "Qual fiamma aveva nel guardo!"
La Wally / Act 1: Ebben? Ne andrò lontana
La Wally / Act 3: Nè mai dunque avrò pace?
Loreley / Act 2: Amor, celeste ebbrezza
Iris / Act 1: Ho fatto un triste sogno pauroso
Iris / Act 2: Un dì ero piccina
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