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GIGLI, Beniamino: Gigli Edition, Vol. 15: Carnegie Hall Farewell Recitals (1955)

    

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GIGLI, Beniamino: Gigli Edition, Vol. 15: Carnegie Hall Farewell Recitals (1955)

This final volume of the Naxos Gigli Edition, released to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the great tenor’s death, is taken from his Carnegie Hall farewell concerts in April, 1955. Making their first appearance on CD here, these recordings demonstrate that Gigli remained to the end his old, communicative self, still able to pour an immense tranche of emotion into whatever he was singing. For a man his age the overall sound is still remarkable and the honeyed mezza-voce remains a delight, untouched by the passing years. As ever in a Gigli programme, operatic titles are intertwined with more popular material. By and large Gigli kept faith with those pieces he most enjoyed singing and that his public adored. ‘It was only through my audiences that this exercise of lungs, diaphragm and vocal cords became transmuted for me into a profound spiritual experience. Like a squirrel counting his hoard of nuts in the winter, I treasure their applause in my memory.’


Meyerbeer, Giacomo
Scribe, Eugène, lyricist(s)

  L'Africana (L'Africaine), Act IV: Mi batte il cor … O paradiso
1.   L'Africana (L'Africaine), Act IV: Mi batte il cor … O paradiso 00:03:00

Caccini, Giulio
Guarini, Alessandro, lyricist(s)

  Amarilli, mia bella
2.   Amarilli, mia bella 00:02:29

Donaudy, Stefano
Donaudy, Alberto, lyricist(s)

  O del mio amato ben (O my beloved)
3.   O del mio amato ben (O my beloved) 00:03:33

Handel, George Frideric
Minato, Nicolo, lyricist(s)

  Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40, Act I: Frondi tenere e belle … Ombra mai fu, "Largo"
4.   Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40, Act I: Frondi tenere e belle … Ombra mai fu, "Largo" 00:03:15

Massenet, Jules
Meilhac, Henri / Gille, Philippe, lyricist(s)

  Manon, Act II: Chiudo gli occhi (En fermant les yeux), "Le Reve"
5.   Manon, Act II: Chiudo gli occhi (En fermant les yeux), "Le Reve" 00:03:08

Wagner, Richard
Wagner, Richard, lyricist(s)

  Lohengrin, Act I: Merce, merce, cigno gentil (Nun sei bedankt, mein lieber Schwan!)
6.   Lohengrin, Act I: Merce, merce, cigno gentil (Nun sei bedankt, mein lieber Schwan!) 00:01:34

Grieg, Edvard
Geibel, Emanuel von / Bodenstedt, Friedrich / Heine, Heinrich / Uhland, Johann Ludwig / Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von, lyricist(s)

  Un reve (En drom), Op. 48, No. 6
7.   Un reve (En drom), Op. 48, No. 6 00:02:21

Weston, Paul
Russell, Bob, lyricist(s)

  Reviens mon amour, "Tristesse" (arr. of Chopin's Etude No. 3 in E Major, Op. 10, No. 3)
8.   Reviens mon amour, "Tristesse" (arr. of Chopin's Etude No. 3 in E Major, Op. 10, No. 3) 00:02:13

Massenet, Jules
Blau, Edouard / Hartmann, Georges / Milliet, Paul, lyricist(s)

  Werther, Act III: Ah! Non mi ridestar (Pourquoi me reveiller)
9.   Werther, Act III: Ah! Non mi ridestar (Pourquoi me reveiller) 00:02:35

Gomes, Carlos
Paravicini, Rodolfo, lyricist(s)

  Lo Schiavo, Act II: All'istante partir … Quando nascesti tu
10.   Lo Schiavo, Act II: All'istante partir … Quando nascesti tu 00:03:15

Puccini, Giacomo
Giacosa, Giuseppe / Illica, Luigi, lyricist(s)

  Tosca, Act III: E lucevan le stelle … O dolci baci
11.   Tosca, Act III: E lucevan le stelle … O dolci baci 00:02:23

Weckerlin, Jean Baptiste
Traditional, lyricist(s)

  Bergere legere
12.   Bergere legere 00:01:19

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
Da Ponte, Lorenzo, lyricist(s)

  Don Giovanni, K. 527, Act I: Dalla sua pace
13.   Don Giovanni, K. 527, Act I: Dalla sua pace 00:03:38

Curci, Giuseppe

  Notte a Venezia
14.   Notte a Venezia 00:01:39

Carnevali, Vito

  Come, love with me
15.   Come, love with me 00:02:18

Curran, Pearl Gildersleeve

  Life
16.   Life 00:01:44

Crescenzo, Vincenzo de

  Rondine al nido
17.   Rondine al nido 00:02:38

De Curtis, Ernesto
Bovio, Libero, lyricist(s)

  Addio, bel sogno
18.   Addio, bel sogno 00:03:08

Di Veroli, Manlio

  Ritorna amore
19.   Ritorna amore 00:02:52

Bixio, Cesare Andrea
Cherubini, Bixio, lyricist(s)

  Mamma
20.   Mamma 00:02:54

Capua, Eduardo di
Capurro, Giovanni, lyricist(s)

  O sole mio
21.   O sole mio 00:01:36

Puccini, Giacomo
Zangarini, Carlo / Civinini, Guelfo, lyricist(s)

  La Fanciulla del West, Act III: Ch'ella mi creda libero e lontano
22.   La Fanciulla del West, Act III: Ch'ella mi creda libero e lontano 00:02:05

Total Playing Time: 00:55:37






Composer(s):
Bixio, Cesare Andrea; Caccini, Giulio; Capua, Eduardo di; Carnevali, Vito; Crescenzo, Vincenzo de; Curci, Giuseppe; Curran, Pearl Gildersleeve; De Curtis, Ernesto; Di Veroli, Manlio; Donaudy, Stefano; Gomes, Carlos; Grieg, Edvard; Handel, George Frideric; Massenet, Jules; Meyerbeer, Giacomo; Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus; Puccini, Giacomo; Wagner, Richard; Weckerlin, Jean Baptiste; Weston, Paul

Lyricist(s):
Blau, Edouard; Bodenstedt, Friedrich; Bovio, Libero; Capurro, Giovanni; Cherubini, Bixio; Civinini, Guelfo; Da Ponte, Lorenzo; Donaudy, Alberto; Geibel, Emanuel von; Giacosa, Giuseppe; Gille, Philippe; Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von; Guarini, Alessandro; Hartmann, Georges; Heine, Heinrich; Illica, Luigi; Meilhac, Henri; Milliet, Paul; Minato, Nicolo; Paravicini, Rodolfo; Russell, Bob; Scribe, Eugène; Traditional; Uhland, Johann Ludwig; Wagner, Richard; Zangarini, Carlo

Artist(s):
Fedri, Dino; Gigli, Beniamino

Label: Naxos Historical

Genre: Opera; Vocal

Period: 20th Century; Baroque; Classical; Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.111104

Barcode: 0747313310425

Distribution Note(s):

Not available in the United States, Australia and Singapore due to possible copyright restrictions


Physical Release: 02/2007

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