The Verdi Tenor / Carlo Bergonzi

Release Date: 8/12/2014
Label: Decca
Catalog Number: B002089202
Number of Discs: 17

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
On 13th July 2014 Carlo Bergonzi – The Verdi Tenor - celebrated his 90th birthday. He passed away on 25th July 2014. This special commemorative box includes all his best-known Verdi recordings, including six operas and two recitals.

Carlo Bergonzi recorded all the major Verdi roles. His 1974 recording of 31 major arias from every Verdi opera (CDs 14-16 in this collection) won multiple awards at its time of release, and is frequently referred to as a peerless achievement.

For the second half of the twentieth century, the voice of Italian tenor Carlo Bergonzi entranced audiences around the world. His voice epitomised the grandeur and lyric style associated with Verdi , although he was also known for his ability to sing verismo and bel canto roles.

Carlo Bergonzi’s Verdi recordings for Decca and Deutsche Grammophon have always had a substantial following – even in deep catalogue, the six operas featured here generated nearly €1 million of turnover since 1992, and obviously much more before that.

“If future generations wish to know just why Bergonzi was so admired they might choose to hear his successful attempt on virtually all Verdi's tenor arias for Philips: it will surely stand as one of recording’s singing monuments” Gramophone

“His legacy on records is outstanding. He recorded many of the early works of Verdi for Philips, and his set of tenor arias from every Verdi opera was destined to be a classic from the moment of its release.” Classical.net

“Bergonzi sounds remarkably fresh, singing with vibrant energy and robust tone. His famed knack for breathing life into his characters through thrilling dynamism and lively phrasing is fully evident throughout.” Classics Today

“Bergonzi is the Duke in Rafael Kubeli?k's 1964 ‘Rigoletto’. Again, his every phrase is aristocratic . . . Everything he does is fascinating and there are many beautiful moments . . . with Kubeli?k drawing some superb playing from the orchestra of La Scala, Milan.” Gramophone on Rigoletto
Works on This Recording
1. Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Eugenia Ratti (Soprano), Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor), Fernando Corena (Bass), Renata Tebaldi (Soprano), Cornell MacNeil (Baritone), Arnold van Mill (Bass), Piero de Palma (Tenor), Giulietta Simionato (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871 ; Italy
2. Un ballo in maschera by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor), Birgit Nilsson (Soprano), Tom Krause (Baritone), Cornell MacNeil (Baritone), Giulietta Simionato (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; Italy
3. La traviata by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: John Pritchard
Period: Romantic
Written: 1853 ; Italy
4. Don Carlos by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Jeanette Sinclair (Soprano), Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor), Renata Tebaldi (Soprano), Joan Carlyle (Soprano), Kenneth MacDonald (Tenor), John Wakefield (Tenor), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass), Grace Bumbry (Mezzo Soprano), Martti Talvela (Bass), Tugomir Franc (Bass)
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Period: Romantic
Written: 1867/1886 ;
5. Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Fiorenza Cossotto (Mezzo Soprano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Renata Scotto (Soprano), Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor), Ivo Vinco (Bass)
Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
Period: Romantic
Written: 1851 ; Italy
6. Il trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor), Ivo Vinco (Bass), Angelo Mercuriali (Tenor), Fiorenza Cossotto (Mezzo Soprano), Giuseppe Morresi (Bass Baritone), Franco Ricciardi (Tenor), Armanda Bonato (Mezzo Soprano), Antonietta Stella (Soprano), Ettore Bastianini (Baritone)
Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Period: Romantic
Written: 1853 ; Italy
7. Oberto: Ciel, che feci! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor: Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1839 ; Italy
8. 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
9. 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
10. 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
11. 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
12. 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
13. Giovanna d'Arco: Sotto una quercia...Pondo è letal, martiró by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor: Nello Santi
Period: Romantic
Written: 1845 ; Italy
14. Alzira: Miserandi avanzi by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor: Nello Santi
Period: Romantic
Written: 1845 ; Italy
15. Alzira: Irne lungi ancor dovrei by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor: Nello Santi
Period: Romantic
Written: 1845 ; Italy
16. Attila: Qui, qui sostiamo by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor: Lamberto Gardelli
Period: Romantic
Written: 1846 ; Italy
17. Attila: Ella in poter del barbaro...Cara patria by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor: Lamberto Gardelli
Period: Romantic
Written: 1846 ; Italy
18. Attila: Che non avrebbe by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor: Lamberto Gardelli
Period: Romantic
Written: 1846 ; Italy
19. 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
20. I masnadieri: Quando io leggo in Plutarco by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor: Lamberto Gardelli
Period: Romantic
Written: 1847 ; Italy
21. I masnadieri: O mio castel paterno by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor: Lamberto Gardelli
Period: Romantic
Written: 1847 ; Italy
22. I masnadieri: Ecco un foglio...Nell'argilla maledetta by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor: Lamberto Gardelli
Period: Romantic
Written: 1847 ; Italy
23. 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
24. Il corsaro: Eccomi prigioniero by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor: Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1848 ; Italy
25. 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
26. 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
27. Rigoletto: Questa o quella by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor: Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1851 ; Italy
28. 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 ;
29. 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
30. 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
31. 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
32. 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
33. 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
34. 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
35. 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
36. 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
37. 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
38. 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
39. 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
40. 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
41. Aida: Celeste Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor: Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871 ; Italy
42. 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
43. 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
44. 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
45. Adriana Lecouvreur: L'anima ho stanca by Francesco Cilèa
Performer: Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1902 ; Italy
46. Adriana Lecouvreur: La dolcissima effigie by Francesco Cilèa
Performer: Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1902 ; Italy
47. Andrea Chénier: Come un bel dì di maggio by Umberto Giordano
Performer: Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1896 ; Italy
48. L'Africaine: O paradis sorti de l'onde by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer: Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1865 ; Germany
49. Manon Lescaut: Donna non vidi mai by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1893 ; Italy
50. Tosca: Recondita armonia by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1900 ; Italy
51. Tosca: E lucevan le stelle by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1900 ; Italy
52. Aida: Celeste Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871 ; Italy
53. Don Carlos: Io la vidi by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1867/1884 ; Italy
54. Un ballo in maschera: Ma se m' è forza perderti by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; Italy
55. Luisa Miller: Quando le sere al placido by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1849 ; Italy
56. La forza del destino: O, tu che in seno agli angeli by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1862/1869 ; Italy
57. Il trovatore: Ah si, ben mio by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1853 ; Italy
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