La Scala Edition, Volume 1 - 1878-1914

Release Date: 11/4/2009
Catalog Number: EMI 64860
Number of Discs: 3

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
One of the essential anthologies of recorded vocal art, to be placed alongside EMI's "Record of Singing" and Pearl's Covent Garden and Russian collections.

Here is one of the essential anthologies of recorded vocal art, to be placed alongside EMI's "Record of Singing" and Pearl's Covent Garden and Russian collections. The list of singers alone suggests something of its scope, and those of our readers who have the other volumes mentioned here will know that such lists are apt to take a different shape in the mind as the records are sampled. To the non-specialist they often look formidable, the eye lighting gratefully on a name that is still well known, such as Patti, Caruso, Chaliapin in the first volume; Supervia, Gigli, Pinza in the second. The usual experience then is that you come away with a very different list of highlights (here it might be Mazzoleni, Parsi-Pettinella, Bonci, Giraldoni, Didur in Vol. 1; Anrangi-Lombardi, Malipiero, Bechi, De Angelis, Pasero in Vol. 2). The names also gain in resonance by association within the history of a great house. Some of the singers took part in historic first performances there and are heard in the parts they 'created'--Tamagno and Maurel in Otello, Maurel in Falstaff, Sammarco in Andrea Chénier, De Lucia in Iris, Caruso in Germania, Pertile and Journet in Boito's Nerone, for example. Others (Bellincioni as Violetta, Stabile as Falstaff, Schipa as Werther) are presented in roles for which they became famous in their day and for which their names live in histories, biographies and other chronicles of the time. And the singers are 'framed' by recordings which bear the greatest name of all among the performers, for Toscanini, who first conducted at La Scala in 1898, opens and cloese the anthology with a Verdi overture and prelude played under him in the reconstructed La Scala of 1946 and recorded in 1951.

A good anthology contains probably three-parts 'finds', one-part 'favourites'. You have to allow for a certain amount of duplication. Anybody interested in this line of business will almost certainly have already CD transfers of Patti's La sonnambula aria, Maurel's "Quand'ero paggio", Tamagno's Death of Otello. In some instances they are unlikely to have such good transfers--the Tamagno is an example. However, one record will assuredly be new to their collection, and that is also by Tamagno. In the mid-1980s an agreeable shiver of excitement passed through the thinning ranks of connoisseur-collectors, and before long the pages of The Record Collector were enlivened by claims and counter-claims such as usually attned the discovery of a lost Rembrandt or the Grand Duke's rubies. The cause of excitement here was a recording made in 1904 and playing for about 90 seconds. It was in fact a 'new' Tamagno--not an alternative take of an already published title, but a solo from De Lara's Messalina--and it now appears 'in public' for the first time. When the excitement subsides I'm not sure we shall find our knowledge of Tamagno greatly extended, but it is a fine example of his singing, reproduced with striking immediacy and reinforcing what the other records tell about the first Otello, that he had not merely the voice of a warrior-king among tenors but also the soul of an artist.

Otherwise, though there are many super-rarities, including some delightful ones such as the serenade from Leoncavallo's I Medici recorded in 1903 by Giuseppe Kaschmann, the collection does not contain notable unpublished items. It has not been able to draw upon live recordings (apart from a lugubrious performance of the Soldiers' chorus from Il trovatore) such as those experimentally made at Covent Garden from 1926 onwards. As a history in sound it is invaluable yet inevitably incomplete, a point touched on in the notes in Vol. 2. The transfers raise some queries about pitch. Some (the Patti, Bellincioni, Bonci, De Lucia, Caruso La bohème, Pareto, Schipa Werther) are widely accepted as transpositions by the singer. Boninsegna's "O patria mia" may be another, but Garbin's "Guardate, pazzo son", Giraldoni's Onegin, Chaliapin's Mefistofele, Stracciari's "Di Provenza" and the Supervia/Ferraris Hänsel und Gretel are all down a semitone too. The Otello solos by de Negri have the first at score-pitch, the second a semitone below, and the two voices cannot be reconciled. Battistini's La favorita aria is both wrongly pitched and wrongly documented. The date, catalogue and matrix numbers are those of the 1906 "A tanto amor", whereas the record is the 1913 "Vien, Leonora". These blemishes are nevertheless more incidental than they might appear to be. The historical field has been researched with painstaking thoroughness, and the anthology bears ample witness to the expertise of its compiler. As the last of Keith Hardwick's large-scale productions for EMI (and it dates back quite a few years, which may account for some of the points raised) it will stand as the achievement of a long-cherished plan, imaginatively conceived, worthily executed.

-- Gramophone [4/1994, reviewing both volumes 1 and 2 of the La Scala Edition]
Works on This Recording
1. I vespri siciliani: Overture by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra/Ensemble: Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1855 ; Italy
2. La sonnambula: Ah, non credea mirarti by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer: Adelina Patti (Soprano), Alfredo Barili (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1831 ; Italy
3. Don Carlos: Carlo ch'è sol il nostro amore by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Giuseppe Kaschmann (Baritone), Salvatore Cottone (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1867/1884 ; Italy
4. La Gioconda: Cielo e mar by Amilcare Ponchielli
Performer: Francesco Marconi (Tenor), Salvatore Cottone (Piano)
Written: 1876 ;
5. La traviata: Ah, fors' è lui by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Gemma Bellincioni (Soprano), Salvatore Cottone (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1853 ; Italy
6. Otello: Esultate! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Francesco Tamagno (Tenor)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1887 ; Italy
7. Otello: Ora e per sempre addio by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Giovanni Battista De Negri (Tenor)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1887 ; Italy
8. Otello: Era la notte by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Victor Maurel (Baritone)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1887 ; Italy
9. Otello: Niun mi tema (Death of Otello) by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Giovanni Battista De Negri (Tenor)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1887 ; Italy
10. La juive: Dieu, que ma voix tremblante by Jacques Halévy
Performer: Léonce Escalais (Tenor)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1835 ; Paris, France
11. La juive: Vous qui du Dieu vivant by Jacques Halévy
Performer: Francesco Navarini (Bass)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1835 ; Paris, France
12. La Favorita: Vien, Leonora, a piedi tuoi by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer: Mattia Battistini (Baritone)
Conductor: Carlo Sabajno
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1840 ; Italy
13. Lohengrin: In fernem Land by Richard Wagner
Performer: Francisco Viñas (Tenor)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1846-1847 ; Germany
14. Ernani: O de' verd' anni miei by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Mattia Battistini (Baritone)
Conductor: Carlo Sabajno
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1844 ; Italy
15. Il barbiere di Siviglia: La calunnia è un venticello by Gioachino Rossini
Performer: Francesco Navarini (Bass)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1816 ; Italy
16. Cavalleria Rusticana: Viva il vino spumeggiante "Brindisi" by Pietro Mascagni
Performer: Fernando Valero (Tenor)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1890 ; Italy
17. Norma: Casta diva by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer: Teresa Arkel (Soprano)
Conductor: Carlo Sabajno
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1831 ; Italy
18. Falstaff: Quand' ero paggio by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Victor Maurel (Tenor)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1893 ; Italy
19. Lucrezia Borgia: M'odi! M'odi! Io non t'imploro per voler by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer: Elena Teodorini (Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1833 ; Italy
20. Manon Lescaut: Ah! non m'avvicinate! by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Salvatore Cottone (Piano), Edoardo Garbin (Tenor)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1893 ; Italy
21. I Medici: Ascolta il canto mio "Serenata" by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer: Giuseppe Kaschmann (Baritone), Salvatore Cottone (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1893 ; Italy
22. Guglielmo Ratcliff: E sempre il vecchio andazzo by Pietro Mascagni
Performer: Giuseppe Pacini (Baritone)
Period: Romantic
Written: circa 1885 ; Italy
23. Samson et Dalila, Op. 47: Printemps, qui commence by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer: Armida Parsi-Pettinella (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1877 ; France
24. Andrea Chénier: Un dì m'era di gioia by Umberto Giordano
Performer: Mario Sammarco (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1896 ; Italy
25. I puritani: A te, o cara, amor talora by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer: Alessandro Bonci (Tenor)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1835 ; Italy
26. Iris: Apri la tua finestra! by Pietro Mascagni
Performer: Fernando de Lucia (Tenor)
Period: Romantic
27. Le roi de Lahore: O chaste fleur by Jules Massenet
Performer: Giuseppe Pacini (Baritone)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1877 ; France
28. Lohengrin: Nun sei bedankt, mein lieber Schwann! by Richard Wagner
Performer: Giuseppe Borgatti (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1847 ; Germany
29. Eugene Onegin, Op. 24: You wrote to me... "Onegin's Aria" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer: Eugenio Giraldoni (Baritone)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1877-1878 ; Russia
30. La Bohème: Che gelida manina by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Enrico Caruso (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1896 ; Italy
31. La Bohème: Donde lieta uscì by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Emma Carelli (Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1896 ; Italy
32. La Bohème: Vecchia zimarra by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Oreste Luppi (Bass)
Conductor: Edoardo Vitale
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1896 ; Italy
33. Mefistofele: Son lo spirito che nega by Arrigo Boito
Performer: Feodor Chaliapin (Bass)
Conductor: Carlo Sabajno
Orchestra/Ensemble: Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1868 ; Italy
34. Messalina: Dei del patrio suol by Isadore De Lara
Performer: Francesco Tamagno (Tenor)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1899 ;
35. Mefistofele: Su, cammina by Arrigo Boito
Performer: Gaudio Mansueto (Bass), Gennaro De Tura (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra, Chorus
Period: Romantic
Written: 1868 ; Italy
36. Linda di Chamounix: Per sua madre andò una figlia by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer: Elisa Bruno (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1842 ; Italy
37. Germania: No, non chiuder gli occhi by Alberto Franchetti
Performer: Enrico Caruso (Tenor), Salvatore Cottone (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1902 ; Italy
38. Germania: All' ardente desio by Alberto Franchetti
Performer: Amelia Pinto (Soprano), Salvatore Cottone (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1902 ; Italy
39. Germania: Ferito, prigionier by Alberto Franchetti
Performer: Mario Sammarco (Baritone)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1902 ; Italy
40. La damnation de Faust, Op. 24: Voici des roses by Hector Berlioz
Performer: Antonio Magini-Coletti (Baritone)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1845-1846 ; France
41. Siberia: Orride steppe by Umberto Giordano
Performer: Giovanni Zenatello (Tenor), Raffaele Delle Ponti (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1903/1921 ; Italy
42. Siberia: Quest' orgolio by Umberto Giordano
Performer: Giuseppe de Luca (Baritone), Rosina Storchio (Soprano), Raffaele Delle Ponti (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1903/1921 ; Italy
43. Siberia: No! se un pensier torture...Nel suo amor by Umberto Giordano
Performer: Rosina Storchio (Soprano), Raffaele Delle Ponti (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1903/1921 ; Italy
44. Rigoletto: Deh, non parlare al misero by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Giuseppina Finzi-Magrini (Soprano), Titta Ruffo (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1851 ; Italy
45. Aida: O patria mia by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Celestina Boninsegna (Soprano)
Conductor: Carlo Sabajno
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871 ; Italy
46. Don Pasquale: Ah! un foco insolito by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer: Ernesto Badini (Baritone), Gaetano Pini-Corsi (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1843 ; Italy
47. Don Pasquale: Cercherò lontana terra by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer: Leonid Sobinov (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1843 ; Italy
48. Queen of Spades, Op. 68: Darling maidens "Tomsky's Aria" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer: Adamo Didur (Bass)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1890 ; Russia
49. La traviata: Di Provenza il mar by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Riccardo Stracciari (Baritone)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1853 ; Italy
50. La figlia di Iorio: Che c'è egli? by Alberto Franchetti
Performer: Eugenio Giraldoni (Baritone), Giovanni Zenatello (Tenor)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1906 ; Italy
51. La Gioconda: Voce di donna by Amilcare Ponchielli
Performer: Elisa Petri (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra, Chorus
Period: Romantic
Written: 1876 ; Italy
52. La Gioconda: Enzo Grimaldo...O grido di quest' anima by Amilcare Ponchielli
Performer: Pasquale Amato (Baritone), Rinaldo Grassi (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1876 ; Italy
53. La Gioconda: Così mantieni il patto? by Amilcare Ponchielli
Performer: Giuseppe de Luca (Baritone), Eugenia Burzio (Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1876 ; Italy
54. Cavalleria Rusticana: O Lola, ch'ai di latti la cammisa by Pietro Mascagni
Performer: Giuseppe Anselmi (Tenor)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1890 ; Italy
55. La Vestale: Tu che invoco con orrore by Gasparo Spontini
Performer: Ester Mazzoleni (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1807 ; Paris, France
56. Samson et Dalila, Op. 47: Qui donc élève ici la voix? by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer: Antonio Paoli (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chorus, Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1877 ; France
57. Isabeau: E passerà la viva creatura by Pietro Mascagni
Performer: Bernardo De Muro (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1911 ; Italy
58. La Fanciulla del West: Laggiù nel Soledad by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Tina Poli-Randaccio (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1910 ; Italy
59. Norma: Ah, si, fa core e abbracciami by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer: Giannina Russ (Soprano), Virginia Guerrini (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1831 ; Italy
60. Nabucco: Dio di Giuda! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Carlo Galeffi (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1842 ; Italy
61. Tristan und Isolde: O König, das kann ich dir nicht sagen by Richard Wagner
Performer: Edoardo Ferrari-Fontana (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; Germany
62. Rigoletto: Questa o quella by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Hipolito Lazaro (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1851 ; Italy
63. Rigoletto: Caro nome by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Graziella Pareto (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1851 ; Italy
64. Rigoletto: Povero Rigoletto...Cortigiani, vil razza dannata! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Carlo Galeffi (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1851 ; Italy
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