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PONSELLE, Rosa: American Recordings, Vol. 3 (1923-1929)


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PONSELLE, Rosa: American Recordings, Vol. 3 (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 twentyone rĂ´les throughout her career. This third disc of Ponselle’s 1923-1929 American recordings features solo arias from the great Verdi operas, the complete ‘Tomb Scene’ from Aida and a number of songs that often appeared in Ponselle’s recital programmes. Schubert’s Ständchen is a composite of two takes unpublished on 78rpm found by a collector in Cincinnati.

Verdi, Giuseppe
Ghislanzoni, Antonio, lyricist(s)

  Aida, Act IV (excerpts)
1.   Act IV: La fatal pietra 00:06:47
2.   Act IV: O terra addio 00:05:43

Spontini, Gaspare
Jouy, Victor Joseph Etienne de, lyricist(s)

  La Vestale, Act II (excerpts)
3.   Act II: Tu che invoco 00:04:34
4.   Act II: O nume tutelar 00:03:30
5.   Act II: O nume tutelar (unpublished take) 00:03:30

Tosti, Francesco Paolo
D'Annuzio, Gabriele, lyricist(s)

  'A vucchella, "Arietta di Posillipo"
6.   'A vucchella, "Arietta di Posillipo" 00:03:10

Tosti, Paolo
Mazzola, Riccardo, lyricist(s)

  Luna d'estate
7.   Luna d'estate 00:02:32

Massenet, Jules
Gallet, Louis, lyricist(s)

8.   Elegie (take 1) 00:03:46
9.   Elegie (take 3) 00:03:48

Gounod, Charles-Francois / Bach, Johann Sebastian
Bible - New Testament, lyricist(s)

  Ave Maria
10.   Ave Maria 00:04:35

Schubert, Franz
Heine, Heinrich / Seidl, Johann Gabriel / Rellstab, Ludwig, lyricist(s)

  Schwanengesang, D. 957: No. 4. Standchen (Serenade)
11.   Schwanengesang, D. 957: No. 4. Standchen (Serenade) 00:04:37

Verdi, Giuseppe
Ghislanzoni, Antonio, lyricist(s)

  Aida (excerpts)
12.   Act I: Ritorna vincitor 00:04:54
13.   Act III: O patria mia 00:04:48

Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay Andreyevich
Koltsov, Aleksey Vasil'yevich, lyricist(s)

  4 Songs, Op. 2: No. 2. The Nightingale and the Rose (Vostochniy romans: Plenivshis' rozoy, solovey)
14.   4 Songs, Op. 2: No. 2. The Nightingale and the Rose (Vostochniy romans: Plenivshis' rozoy, solovey) 00:03:29

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

15.   Serenade 00:03:45

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

16.   Goodbye 00:03:41

Kahn, Percival Benedict
Bible - New Testament, lyricist(s)

  Ave Maria
17.   Ave Maria 00:03:37

Verdi, Giuseppe
Piave, Francesco Maria, lyricist(s)

  Ernani, Act I: Ernani! Ernani, involami
18.   Ernani, Act I: Ernani! Ernani, involami 00:04:30

Total Playing Time: 01:15:16

Bach, Johann Sebastian; Gounod, Charles-Francois; Kahn, Percival Benedict; Massenet, Jules; Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay Andreyevich; Schubert, Franz; Spontini, Gaspare; Tosti, Francesco Paolo; Tosti, Paolo; Verdi, Giuseppe

Bible - New Testament; Cesareo, Giovanni Alfredo; D'Annuzio, Gabriele; Gallet, Louis; Ghislanzoni, Antonio; Heine, Heinrich; Jouy, Victor Joseph Etienne de; Koltsov, Aleksey Vasil'yevich; Mazzola, Riccardo; Piave, Francesco Maria; Rellstab, Ludwig; Seidl, Johann Gabriel; Whyte-Melville, George John

Bourdon, Rosario; Setti, Giulio

Studio orchestra

Studio chorus

Baker, Elsie; Barone, Clement; Lapitino, Francis; Lennartz; Martinelli, Giovanni; Ponselle, Carmela; Ponselle, Rosa; Schmidt, Alexander

Label: Naxos Historical

Genre: Opera; Vocal

Period: 20th Century; Baroque; Contemporary; Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.111140

Barcode: 747313314027

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Physical Release: 07/2007

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