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PONSELLE, Rosa: American Recordings, Vol. 2 (1923-1929)


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PONSELLE, Rosa: American Recordings, Vol. 2 (1923-1929)

Described by Maria Callas as‘the greatest singer of us all’, the American-born Rosa Ponselle (1897-1981) is acknowledged as one of the outstanding dramatic sopranos of the twentieth century. Without any previous experience of the operatic stage, she made her Metropolitan début in Verdi’s La forza del destino opposite Caruso in 1918. Following her enormous success, she became the Metropolitan’s leading soprano, appearing in twenty-one rôles throughout her career. This second disc of Ponselle’s 1923-1929 American recordings features two of her loveliest performances, In grembo a me from L’Africaine and Suicidio! from La Gioconda, as well as three of her first electrical recordings, The Little Old Garden, Carry Me Back to Old Virginny and My Old Kentucky Home, made on the 1st and 2nd June, 1925.

Tosti, Francesco Paolo
Whyte-Melville, George John, lyricist(s)

  Good-bye (take 1, unpublished)
1.   Good - bye (take 1, unpublished) 00:03:53
2.   Good - bye (take 2) 00:03:56

Munro, George

  My Lovely Celia
3.   My Lovely Celia 00:02:46

De Curtis, Ernesto

4.   Carme 00:03:09

Capua, Eduardo di
Russo, Vincenzo, lyricist(s)

  Maria, Mari!
5.   Maria, Mari! 00:03:36

Tosti, Francesco Paolo
Cesareo, Giovanni Alfredo, lyricist(s)

  Serenade (take 1)
6.   Serenade (take 1) 00:04:05
7.   Serenade (take 3, unpublished) 00:04:08

Ponchielli, Amilcare
Gorrio, Tobia, lyricist(s)

  La Gioconda, Act IV: Suicidio! (take 1)
8.   La Gioconda, Act IV: Suicidio! (take 1) 00:04:16
9.   La Gioconda, Act IV: Suicidio! (take 2, unpublished) 00:04:14

Meyerbeer, Giacomo
Scribe, Eugene, lyricist(s)

  L'Africana, Act II: In grembo a me (Sur mes genoux) (take 1)
10.   L'Africana, Act II: In grembo a me (Sur mes genoux) (take 1) 00:03:34
11.   L'Africana, Act II: In grembo a me (Sur mes genoux) (take 2, unpublished) 00:03:40

Hewitt, Thomas J.

  The Little Old Garden
12.   The Little Old Garden 00:02:28

Bland, James A.
Bland, James A., lyricist(s)

  Carry Me Back to Old Virginny
13.   Carry Me Back to Old Virginny 00:04:10

Foster, Stephen C.
Foster, Stephen C., lyricist(s)

  My Old Kentucky Home
14.   My Old Kentucky Home 00:04:08

Bishop, Henry
Payne, John Howard, lyricist(s)

  Home, Sweet Home
15.   Home, Sweet Home 00:03:58

Jacobs-Bond, Carrie
Jacobs-Bond, Carrie, lyricist(s)

  A Perfect Day
16.   A Perfect Day 00:03:07

Foster, Stephen C.
Foster, Stephen C., lyricist(s)

  Old Folks at Home (take 3)
17.   Old Folks at Home (take 3) 00:04:01
18.   Old Folks at Home (take 4) 00:04:03

Dupont, Paul

  La Rosita
19.   La Rosita 00:03:04

Nevin, Ethelbert
Rogers, Robert Cameron, lyricist(s)

  The Rosary
20.   The Rosary 00:02:35

Di Chiara, Vincenzo
Di Chiara, Vincenzo, lyricist(s)

  La Spagnola
21.   La Spagnola 00:02:42

Silberta, Rhea

22.   Beloved 00:02:51

Total Playing Time: 01:18:24

Bishop, Henry; Bland, James A.; Capua, Eduardo di; De Curtis, Ernesto; Di Chiara, Vincenzo; Dupont, Paul; Foster, Stephen C.; Hewitt, Thomas J.; Jacobs-Bond, Carrie; Meyerbeer, Giacomo; Munro, George; Nevin, Ethelbert; Ponchielli, Amilcare; Silberta, Rhea; Tosti, Francesco Paolo

Bland, James A.; Cesareo, Giovanni Alfredo; Di Chiara, Vincenzo; Foster, Stephen C.; Gorrio, Tobia; Jacobs-Bond, Carrie; Payne, John Howard; Rogers, Robert Cameron; Russo, Vincenzo; Scribe, Eugene; Whyte-Melville, George John

Bourdon, Rosario; Pasternack, Josef A.

Studio orchestra

Lapitino, Francis; Ponselle, Rosa

Label: Naxos Historical

Genre: Opera; Vocal

Period: 20th Century; Baroque; Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.111139

Barcode: 747313313921

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Physical Release: 03/2007

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