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PONSELLE, Rosa: American Recordings, Vol. 4 (1923-1929)

    

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PONSELLE, Rosa: American Recordings, Vol. 4 (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. With the revival of Bellini’s Norma in the Met’s 1927-28 season Ponselle achieved perhaps the greatest triumph of her career. After the first performance on 16th November, Olin Downes, writing in The New York Times, remarked that the opera’s success was due to Ponselle, ‘probably the most beautiful voice of any soprano of her generation.’ This fourth and final disc of Ponselle’s 1923-1929 American recordings includes two sublime sets of takes of the Trio Finale from La forza del destino recorded with Giovanni Martinelli and Ezio Pinza in 1928. The 1929 Norma recordings are Ponselle’s last commercial recordings before her retirement from the stage, and capture her voice in its prime.


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

  La forza del destino, Act IV: Pace, pace, mio Dio
1.   La forza del destino, Act IV: Pace, pace, mio Dio (Take 8) 00:04:37
2.   La forza del destino, Act IV: Pace, pace, mio Dio (Take 9, unpublished) 00:04:42
  Ernani, Act I: Ernani! Ernani, involami
3.   Ernani, Act I: Ernani! Ernani, involami 00:04:40

Dvorak, Antonin
Heyduk, Adolf, lyricist(s)

  Zigeunermelodien (Gypsy Melodies), Op. 55, B. 104: IV. Songs My Mother Taught Me
4.   Zigeunermelodien (Gypsy Melodies), Op. 55, B. 104: IV. Songs My Mother Taught Me 00:02:41

Rubinstein, Anton
Watson, Michael, arranger(s)

  Since I First Met Thee (arr. 6 Soirees a Saint-Petersbourg, Op. 44: No. 1. Romance in E-Flat Major)
5.   Since I First Met Thee (arr. 6 Soirees a Saint - Petersbourg, Op. 44: No. 1. Romance in E - Flat Major) 00:03:16

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

  La forza del destino, Act IV: Io muoio! - Non imprecare, umiliati
6.   Io muoio! (Take 1, unpublished) 00:03:28
7.   Non imprecare, umiliati (Take 1, unpublished) 00:04:42
8.   Io muoio! (Take 2) 00:03:27
9.   Non imprecare, umiliati (Take 2) 00:04:42

Verdi, Giuseppe
Ghislanzoni, Antonio, lyricist(s)

  Aida, Act I: Ritorna vincitor
10.   Aida, Act I: Ritorna vincitor 00:04:49

Verdi, Giuseppe
Cammarano, Salvadore, lyricist(s)

  Il trovatore, Act IV: Miserere
11.   Il trovatore, Act IV: Miserere (Take 1) 00:04:30
12.   Il trovatore, Act IV: Miserere (Take 2) 00:04:28

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

  La forza del destino, Act II: La vergine degli angeli
13.   La forza del destino, Act II: La vergine degli angeli 00:04:33

Bellini, Vincenzo
Romani, Felice, lyricist(s)

  Norma (excerpts)
14.   Act I: Casta diva - Sediziose voci 00:04:51
15.   Act I: Ah! Bello a me ritorna 00:03:03
16.   Act II: Mira, o Norma 00:07:20

Total Playing Time: 01:09:49






Composer(s):
Bellini, Vincenzo; Dvorak, Antonin; Rubinstein, Anton; Verdi, Giuseppe

Lyricist(s):
Cammarano, Salvadore; Ghislanzoni, Antonio; Heyduk, Adolf; Piave, Francesco Maria; Romani, Felice

Arranger(s):
Watson, Michael

Conductor(s):
Bourdon, Rosario; Setti, Giulio

Orchestra(s):
Studio orchestra

Choir(s):
Metropolitan Opera Chorus

Artist(s):
Lennartz; Martinelli, Giovanni; Pinza, Ezio; Ponselle, Rosa; Telva, Marion

Label: Naxos Historical

Genre: Opera; Vocal

Period: Classical; Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.111141

Barcode: 747313314126

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Physical Release: 10/2007

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