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The Complete César Vezzani Vol 2

Vezzani
Release Date: 04/01/2005 
Label:  Marston   Catalog #: 52045  
Composer:  Jacques HalévyGiacomo MeyerbeerGiuseppe VerdiPietro Mascagni,   ... 
Performer:  César VezzaniMelle Marie CharbonnelRose HeilbronnerOdette Ricquier,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Corsican-born César Vezzani (1888-1951) was one of the last of the now-vanished breed of French dramatic tenors. This welcome Marston set, the second of a planned three, captures him in his 1920s-1930s prime in 37 selections by a dozen composers, all arias and duets save one song, Leoncavallo's "Mattinata", the only item not sung in French. Throughout these three hours of some of the finest tenor singing to come out of France, we hear a big personality with an equally outsized voice of quality whose brilliant, ringing top makes up in excitement and sheer animal vigor for occasional lapses into vocal coarseness.

Vezzani's at his considerable best in the extensive excerpts from Lohengrin, which include a
Read more slightly cut Bridal Chamber scene well-partnered by the Elsa of Mireille Berthon, and the inescapable "In fernem Land" and "Mein lieber Schwan", where he exhibits both sensitivity and full-throated power (the thrilling "Adieu's" at the end of the latter cap an especially fine rendition). Similar observations apply to the solos from Die Walküre and Siegfried, where the softening effect of the French language helps him achieve some fine legato singing, and to the pair of arias from Reyer's Sigurd, a now sadly neglected French classic deeply influenced by Wagner.

Vezzani also was a great Samson, as heard in the 1925 acoustic arias on Disc 1, especially a thrilling "Israël, romps ta chaîne", and in a beautifully-molded 1931 Act 2 duet with a vocally disappointing alto, the matronly Marie Duchene. His triumphs in such heroic roles prepare us for the fine Otello arias from 1925, the voice well-sized for the part, the singing full of fervor.

Less happy are Vezzani's forays into lyric territory, where his vigorous pair of the Duke's arias from Rigoletto, backed by primitive oomp-pah accompaniments, lack the grace and buoyancy others have brought to them. While there's much to admire in the pair of arias from La Favorite, such as his command of line and refined rubato and legato, there's also a bawled ending to "Ange si pur..." and a less than ideal muscular timbre to his singing.

Rarities include passionately sung selections from Puccini's Manon Lescaut, not often performed by French singers during this period, and a lovely 1914 opening part of the "Saint Sulpice" scene from Massenet's Manon, discovered too late for inclusion in Volume 1 of the series. As always with Marston, transfers are exemplary, the acoustic recordings especially sounding fresher than anyone might expect.

--Dan Davis, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
La juive: Dieu, que ma voix tremblante by Jacques Halévy
Performer:  César Vezzani (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
2.
Le Prophète: Pour Berthe, moi de soupire by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  César Vezzani (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
3.
Le Prophète: Roi du ciel by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  César Vezzani (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
4.
Il trovatore: Di quella pira by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  César Vezzani (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
5.
Il trovatore: Ai nostri monti by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  César Vezzani (Tenor), Melle Marie Charbonnel (Alto)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
6.
Rigoletto: Questa o quella by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  César Vezzani (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
7.
Rigoletto: La donna è mobile by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  César Vezzani (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
8.
Aida: Celeste Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  César Vezzani (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
9.
Otello: Ora e per sempre addio by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  César Vezzani (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
10.
Otello: Dio, mi potevi scagliar tutti i mali by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  César Vezzani (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
11.
Otello: Niun mi tema (Death of Otello) by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  César Vezzani (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
12.
Cavalleria Rusticana: O Lola, ch'ai di latti la cammisa by Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  César Vezzani (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Italy 
13.
Cavalleria Rusticana: Mamma, quel vino è generoso "Addio" by Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  César Vezzani (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Italy 
14.
Manon Lescaut: Tra voi, belle, brune, bionde by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  César Vezzani (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
15.
Manon Lescaut: Ah! Manon mi tradisce by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  César Vezzani (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
16.
Manon Lescaut: Ah! non m'avvicinate! by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  César Vezzani (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
17.
Mattinata by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  César Vezzani (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
18.
Samson et Dalila, Op. 47: Arretez, o mes frères by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  César Vezzani (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
19.
Carmen: La fleur que tu m'avais jetée "Flower song" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  César Vezzani (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
20.
La Navarraise: O ma bien-aimée by Jules Massenet
Performer:  César Vezzani (Tenor)
21.
Gismonda: Oui, vous étiez l’enjeu splendide by Henry Février
Performer:  César Vezzani (Tenor)
22.
Sigurd: Esprits, gardiens by Ernest Reyer
Performer:  César Vezzani (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; France 
23.
Sigurd: J’ai gardé mon âme ingénue by Ernest Reyer
Performer:  César Vezzani (Tenor)
24.
Lohengrin: Atmest du nicht mit mir by Richard Wagner
Performer:  César Vezzani (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
25.
Lohengrin: Höchstes Vertrau'n by Richard Wagner
Performer:  César Vezzani (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
26.
Die Walküre: Ein Schwert verhiess mir der Vater by Richard Wagner
Performer:  César Vezzani (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
27.
Manon: Toi! Vous!...N'est ce plus ma main by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Rose Heilbronner (Soprano), César Vezzani (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1884; France 
28.
La Favorita: Una vergine, un angiol di Dio by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  César Vezzani (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Italy 
29.
L'Africaine: O paradis sorti de l'onde by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  César Vezzani (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Germany 
30.
L'Africaine: C’est de là que mon canot fragile…Combien tu m’es chère by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Odette Ricquier (Soprano), César Vezzani (Tenor)
31.
L'Africaine: Erreur fatale by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Odette Ricquier (Soprano), César Vezzani (Tenor)
32.
Les Huguenots: Plus blanche que la blanche hermine by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  César Vezzani (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Germany 
33.
Lohengrin: Das süsse Lied verhallt...Atmest du nicht mit mir by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Mireille Berthon (Soprano), César Vezzani (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
34.
Lohengrin: Atmest du nicht mit mir by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Mireille Berthon (Soprano), César Vezzani (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
35.
Lohengrin: Höchstes Vertrau'n by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Mireille Berthon (Soprano), César Vezzani (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
36.
Lohengrin: In fernem Land by Richard Wagner
Performer:  César Vezzani (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Germany 
37.
Lohengrin: Mein lieber Schwan "Lohengrin's Farewell" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  César Vezzani (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
38.
Die Walküre: Ein Schwert verhiess mir der Vater by Richard Wagner
Performer:  César Vezzani (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
39.
Die Walküre: Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond by Richard Wagner
Performer:  César Vezzani (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
40.
Siegfried: Nothung! Neidliches Schwert "Forging Song" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  César Vezzani (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Germany 
41.
Samson et Dalila, Op. 47: Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Maria Duchêne (Alto), César Vezzani (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 

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