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VERDI: Rigoletto (Bjorling, R. Peters, Merrill) (1956)


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VERDI: Rigoletto (Bjorling, R. Peters, Merrill) (1956)

When this 1956 recording of Rigoletto was first released in Britain, The Gramophone reviewer commented: “under Perlea, the orchestral playing is firm and dramatic, well balanced with the voice. The music is well paced. Björling’s tone is a constant pleasure. He sings elegantly. Merrill, too, is in fine voice: he sings the title rôle in correct and often impressive style… in short, this performance with Metropolitan stars offers an able, and therefore enjoyable performance of the opera”. Jussi Björling and Robert Merrill can also be heard together in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci (Naxos 8.110258) and Puccini’s Manon Lescaut (Naxos 8.111030-31).

Disc 1

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

1.   Act I Scene 1: Prelude 00:02:45
2.   Act I Scene 1: Della mia bella incognita borghese (Duke, Borsa) 00:01:44
3.   Act I Scene 1: Questa o quella (Duke, Countess Ceprano, Rigoletto, Borsa, Courtiers) 00:04:26
4.   Act I Scene 1: Gran nuova! gran nuova! (Marullo, Borsa, Courtiers, Duke, Rigoletto, Ceprano) 00:02:31
5.   Act I Scene 1: Ch'io gli parli (Monterone, Duke, Rigoletto, Borsa, Marullo, Ceprano, Courtiers) 00:04:42
6.   Act I Scene 2: Quel vecchio maledivami! (Rigoletto, Sparafucile) 00:04:41
7.   Act I Scene 2: Pari siamo! (Rigoletto) 00:03:48
8.   Act I Scene 2: Figlia! … Mio padre! (Rigoletto, Gilda, Giovanna, Duke) 00:06:14
9.   Act I Scene 2: Ah! veglia, o donna (Rigoletto, Gilda) 00:03:08
10.   Act I Scene 2: Giovanna, ho dei rimorsi (Gilda, Giovanna, Duke) 00:03:04
11.   Act I Scene 2: E il sol dell'anima (Duke, Gilda, Ceprano, Borsa) 00:04:59
12.   Act I Scene 2: Gualtier Malde … Caro nome (Gilda, Borsa, Ceprano, Marullo, Courtiers) 00:07:00
13.   Act I Scene 2: Riedo! perche (Rigoletto, Borsa, Countess Ceprano, Marullo) 00:02:08
14.   Act I Scene 2: Zitti, zitti (Borsa, Marullo, Ceprano, Courtiers, Gilda, Rigoletto) 00:02:55

Disc 2

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

1.   Act II: Ella mi fu rapita! … Parmi veder (Duke) 00:05:38
2.   Act II: Duca, Duca! (Borsa, Marullo, Ceprano, Courtiers, Duke) 00:02:11
3.   Act II: Povero Rigoletto! (Marullo, Rigoletto, Borsa, Ceprano, Courtiers, Page) 00:03:38
4.   Act II: Cortigiani, vil razza dannata (Rigoletto) 00:04:24
5.   Act II: Mio padre! (Gilda, Rigoletto, Borsa, Marullo, Ceprano, Courtiers) 00:01:58
6.   Act II: Tutte le feste (Gilda, Rigoletto, Usher, Monterone) 00:08:10
7.   Act II: No, vecchio t'inganni … Si, vendetta (Rigoletto, Gilda) 00:02:10
8.   Act III: E l'ami (Rigoletto, Gilda, Duke, Sparafucile) 00:02:09
9.   Act III: La donna e mobile (Duke) 00:02:54
10.   Act III: Un di, se ben rammentomi (Duke, Gilda, Maddalena, Rigoletto) 00:01:29
11.   Act III: Bella figlia dell'amore (Duke, Maddalena, Gilda, Rigoletto) 00:04:48
12.   Act III: Venti scudi (Rigoletto, Sparafucile, Gilda) 00:04:04
13.   Act III: E amabile in vero (Maddalena, Sparafucile, Gilda) 00:06:10
14.   Act III: Della vendetta (Rigoletto, Sparafucile, Duke) 00:04:49
15.   Act III: Chi e mai (Rigoletto, Gilda) 00:03:10
16.   Act III: Lassu in cielo (Gilda, Rigoletto) 00:03:08

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Boito, Arrigo, lyricist(s)

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19.   La traviata, Act II: Di Provenza il mar 00:04:09

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Total Playing Time: 02:14:41

Rossini, Gioachino; Verdi, Giuseppe

Boito, Arrigo; Cammarano, Salvadore; Piave, Francesco Maria; Sterbini, Cesare

Bellezza, Vincenzo; Perlea, Jonel

Rome Opera House Orchestra

Rome Opera House Chorus

Bjorling, Jussi; Calabrese, Franco; Celli, Silvana; Chissari, Santa; Frascati, Tommaso; Grandi, Lidia; La Porta, Arturo; Merrill, Robert; Mineo, Andrea; Monreale, Leonardo; Peters, Roberta; Rota, Anna Maria; Tatozzi, Vittorio; Tozzi, Giorgio

Label: Naxos Historical

Series: Great Opera Recordings

Genre: Opera

Period: Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.111276-77

Barcode: 0747313327621

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Physical Release: 06/2008

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