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The Complete Conchita Supervia Vol 2 - Fonotipia And Odeon 1929-1930

Supervia
Release Date: 03/01/2007 
Label:  Marston   Catalog #: 52050  
Composer:  Gioachino RossiniAmbroise ThomasL. E. GennaiFrancesco Paolo Tosti,   ... 
Performer:  Conchita SuperviaVincenzo BettoniMarcos RedondoFrank Marshall
Conductor:  Angelo AlbergoniL. E. GennaiModesto RomeroAntonio Capdevila,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Many, perhaps most, possibly even all Marston’s vocal issues are self-recommending. That’s because of the comprehensiveness of the enterprises, the extremely high level of the transfer engineering - even when the voice is brought forward - and not least the booklet annotations and discographical information. This latest self-recommending disc is devoted to the Supervia, volume two.

Naturally there may be theoretical dissent, given that a number of her records have been reissued over the years. But there are some intractable and tough-to-find rarities even in these 1929-30 sides and you’d have to be something of an assiduous collector to have acquired all of them.

So a warm welcome is extended to this excellently
Read more executed two-disc set, one that’s pretty much filled to the brim. Supervia’s repertoire here embraces her favoured Rossini, Thomas, folk songs, zarzuela, aria antiche, and the famous 1930 De Falla Siete canciones populares españolas with pianist Frank Marshall; there are Spanish favourites and arrangements and more besides. It shows her in the round and often at her very best.

Her Rossini, only one example here alas, is brilliantly done. Those unfamiliar with her however will notice immediately the one thing indivisible from her reputation and that is her highly personal and idiosyncratic vibrato. Its rapid oscillation will prove an insuperable problem to the unwary and unsympathetic but collectors know what they’re getting and this is an edition aimed very squarely at them. It’s unfortunate that so vibrant a singer as she was teamed with the straight-backed and dull dog Vincenzo Bettoni in the Thomas extract. One of her best known recorded cycles was Gennai’s Canzoncine with her spoken introductions. Everything about this is delightful – from her lilting and characterful introductions to the diaphanous wit of the orchestrations. Filastrocca dell’asino has always been my favourite with Supervia’s donkey impersonation a treat - albeit her vibrato here and elsewhere is of the intense rattling variety.

This particular technical peculiarity need not draw one too far from some imperishable beauties in this collection. Sample the lovely floated tone in the Delibes Eglogue or the passionate conviction of the 1930 Barcelona recording of the Falconieri Occhieti amati. Her aria antiche have a verdant conversational freshness – the Paisiello in particular – though it’s one garnished with a full complement of rubati, portamenti and florid vocalising, Her Grieg is vitiated by the width of her viciously oscillatory vibrato and her Delibes Les filles de Cadix sees some imperfectly taken runs – but what personality!

Her de Falla is really magnificent even when most contentious. With the galvanizing Spanish pianist Frank Marshall she turns in a performance of total involvement. The vibrantly communicative element of her musicianship is not one to be compromised by the recording process and one can easily extrapolate the nature of her effect in recital or concert from this March 1930 traversal. There’s electric vitality in Asturiana, explosive tension in Polo, and expressive depth and power throughout. The two pieces from El amor brujo are both exceptionally highly spiced – maybe a touch too much for timid souls. But her Granados Andaluza surely brooks little opposition. Interestingly this was recorded before the voice and piano transcription was published the following year.

Production values here, as previously noted, are as high as ever. The Marston marque is one of dedication and quality.

-- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
La Cenerentola: Signor, una parola by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano), Vincenzo Bettoni (Bass)
Conductor:  Angelo Albergoni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Italy 
Date of Recording: 2/8/1929 
2.
Mignon: Connais-tu le pays? by Ambroise Thomas
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Angelo Albergoni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; France 
Date of Recording: 2/8/1929 
3.
Mignon: Légères hirondelles by Ambroise Thomas
Performer:  Vincenzo Bettoni (Bass), Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Angelo Albergoni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; France 
Date of Recording: 2/8/1929 
4.
Pioggerella, pioggerellina by L. E. Gennai
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  L. E. Gennai
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 2/7/1929 
5.
Il gallo by L. E. Gennai
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  L. E. Gennai
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 2/7/1929 
6.
Preghiera della sera by L. E. Gennai
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  L. E. Gennai
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 2/7/1929 
7.
Filastrocca dell'asino by L. E. Gennai
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  L. E. Gennai
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 2/7/1929 
8.
La scarpetta e la neve by L. E. Gennai
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  L. E. Gennai
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 2/9/1929 
9.
Il grillo by L. E. Gennai
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  L. E. Gennai
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 2/8/1929 
10.
Il mulino e la luna by L. E. Gennai
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  L. E. Gennai
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 2/9/1929 
11.
La fonte by L. E. Gennai
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  L. E. Gennai
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 2/8/1929 
12.
Canzoni-stornelli (3): no 3, Luna d'estate by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Modesto Romero
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911; Italy 
Date of Recording: 2/28/1930 
13.
Eglogue by Léo Delibes
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Modesto Romero
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 2/28/1930 
14.
Suite española, Op. 47: no 1, Granada by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Modesto Romero
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Madrid, Spain 
Date of Recording: 2/28/1930 
15.
Occhietti amati by Antonio Falconiero
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonio Capdevila
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Renaissaince 
Date of Recording: 3/4/1930 
16.
I zingari in fiera: Chi vuol la zingarella by Giovanni Paisiello
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonio Capdevila
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Italy 
Date of Recording: 3/4/1930 
17.
Se tu m'ami by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonio Capdevila
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 3/4/1930 
18.
Peer Gynt, Op. 23: no 18, Solvejg's Song by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonio Capdevila
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874-1875; Norway 
Date of Recording: 3/4/1930 
19.
Les Filles de Cadiz "Chanson Espagnole" by Léo Delibes
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Modesto Romero
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 3/5/1930 
20.
De la serranía by Modesto Romero
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Modesto Romero
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 3/5/1930 
21.
Adieux de l'hôtesse arabe by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Modesto Romero
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; France 
Date of Recording: 3/5/1930 
22.
Plegaria (Los tres amores) by Fermin Maria Alvarez
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonio Capdevila
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 3/6/1930 
23.
Oh che umore stravagante by Antonio Sartorio
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonio Capdevila
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 3/6/1930 
24.
La revoltosa: Porque de mis ojos by Ruperto Chapi
Performer:  Marcos Redondo (Baritone), Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonio Capdevila
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Spain 
Date of Recording: 3/7/1930 
25.
La Verbena de la Paloma: Ya estás frente á la casa by Tomás Bretón
Performer:  Marcos Redondo (Baritone), Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonio Capdevila
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Spain 
Date of Recording: 3/7/1930 
26.
Bonjour, Suzon by Léo Delibes
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonio Capdevila
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861; France 
Date of Recording: 3/7/1930 
27.
Enterro by Enrique Morera
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonio Capdevila
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 3/8/1930 
28.
Pajarico triguero by Francisco Alonso
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonio Capdevila
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 3/8/1930 
29.
Las hijas del Zebedeo: Al pensar en el dueño by Ruperto Chapi
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonio Capdevila
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Spain 
Date of Recording: 3/8/1930 
30.
Canciones populares españolas (7) by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Frank Marshall (Piano), Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1915; Spain 
Date of Recording: 3/10/1930 
31.
Songs (5), Op. 26: no 4, With a primrose by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonio Capdevila
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Norway 
Date of Recording: 3/11/1930 
32.
La reina mora: Ay! Gitana, pasó la pena by Simeon José Serrano
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano), Marcos Redondo (Baritone)
Conductor:  Antonio Capdevila
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; Spain 
Date of Recording: 3/11/1930 
33.
Pel teu amor by José Ribas
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonio Capdevila
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 3/11/1930 
34.
Danzas (12) españolas for Piano, Op. 37: no 5, Andaluza by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Frank Marshall (Piano), Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1900; Spain 
Date of Recording: 3/11/1930 
35.
La farigola by Joan Borràs de Palau
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Gustav Cloëz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 4/4/1930 
36.
Vora, voreta la mare by Joan Borràs de Palau
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Gustav Cloëz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 4/4/1930 
37.
Romanç sense paraules by Eduardo Toldrá
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Gustav Cloëz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 4/4/1930 
38.
Menta i Farigola by Eduardo Toldrá
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Gustav Cloëz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 4/4/1930 
39.
Gitana by Longas,
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Gustav Cloëz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Date of Recording: 4/5/1930 
40.
La filadora by Traditional
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Gustav Cloëz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 4/5/1930 
Notes: Arranged: Juan Manén  
41.
Coplas de amores by Julio Gómez
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonio Capdevila
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 10/13/1930 
42.
El amor brujo: Canción del amor dolorido "Love's Sorrow" by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonio Capdevila
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1915; Spain 
Date of Recording: 10/13/1930 
43.
El amor brujo: Canción de fuego fatuo "Song of the will-o'-the-wisp" by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonio Capdevila
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1915; Spain 
Date of Recording: 10/13/1930 
44.
La revoltosa: Eso le pasa a las hembras "Guajira" by Ruperto Chapi
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonio Capdevila
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Spain 
Date of Recording: 10/15/1930 
45.
Jujeña by Carlos López Buchardo
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonio Capdevila
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
Date of Recording: 10/15/1930 
46.
Vidalita by Carlos López Buchardo
Performer:  Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonio Capdevila
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
Date of Recording: 10/15/1930 

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