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Gigli: Beniamino Gigli - A Life in Words and Music (KAY)

A Life
Beniamino Gigli

Author and narrator: Graeme Kay
4 CDs
28-page booklet
ISBN: 1-84379-074-2
8.558148-51

Beniamino Gigli was heir to the crown of Enrico Caruso, the New York Metropolitan Opera's undisputed tenorissimo. Recordings from 1918 to the early 1950s offer a vivid testament to Gigli's natural vocal qualities: smoothness, warmth and lyric passion. Gigli was born to sing, and he used records, broadcasts and films to promote his music and career way beyond the confines of the opera house or concert hall. A country boy who made himself rich and famous, Gigli was a tenor in demand by the public, but also counted kings, princes, even Hitler and Mussolini, as ardent fans. In words and music, Graeme Kay explores the remarkable story of the man they called the 'bantam of the opera'.


Disc 1

  Gigli: A Life in Words and Music
1.   Play with flash player 'I was born with a voice and very little else... ' / Ponchielli: 'Cielo e mar' from La Gioconda - 1918 00:05:22
2.   Play with flash player Family background 00:05:20
3.   Play with flash player Gigli's stage debut and poverty - stricken start 00:06:36
4.   Play with flash player Puccini: 'O soave fanciulla' from La Bohème - 1919 00:03:36
5.   Play with flash player Service in the household of Countess Spannocchi 00:03:19
6.   Play with flash player Donizetti: 'Spirto gentil' from La favorita - 1918 00:04:03
7.   Play with flash player Colonel Delfino, and Giovanni Zerri's legal agreement 00:05:01
8.   Play with flash player Cannio: O surdato 'nnammurato - 1918 00:02:26
9.   Play with flash player A hospital visit and a scholarship 00:02:18
10.   Play with flash player Mascagni: 'Ah! ritrovarla nella sua capanna' from Lodoletta - 1918 00:03:42
11.   Play with flash player Gigli graduates and makes his debut; he goes for the high B flat 00:06:31
12.   Play with flash player Puccini: 'E lucevan le stelle' from Tosca - 1918 00:02:56
13.   Play with flash player Marriage, Rome and a tour to Spain 00:04:13
14.   Play with flash player Mascagni: 'Apri la tua finestra!' from Iris - 1918 00:02:35
15.   Play with flash player A letter from Fred Gaisberg of HMV 00:04:15
16.   Play with flash player Mascagni: 'Mamma, quel vino e generoso' from Cavalleria rusticana - 1919 00:04:18
17.   Play with flash player Gigli conquers South America, and receives an offer from the Met 00:03:35
18.   Play with flash player Metropolitan Opera debut in Mefistofele 00:04:42
19.   Play with flash player Boito: 'Giunto sul passo estremo' from Mefistofele - 1921 00:03:27


Disc 2

  Gigli: A Life in Words and Music
1.   Play with flash player The critics' verdict, and more performances 00:04:41
2.   Play with flash player Donizetti: 'Tombe degl'avi miei' from Lucia di Lammermoor - 1927 00:04:40
3.   Play with flash player Gigli's fate becomes entwined with Caruso's 00:07:30
4.   Play with flash player Giordano: 'Un di all'azzurro spazio' from Andrea Chenier - 1922 00:04:26
5.   Play with flash player Who will be Caruso's successor 00:05:49
6.   Play with flash player Verdi: 'De'miei bollenti spiriti' from La traviata - 1928 00:04:22
7.   Play with flash player Life forms a regular pattern, and Gigli learns to sing in foreign languages 00:02:06
8.   Play with flash player Lalo: 'Vainement, ma bien aimee' from Le Roi d'Ys - 1922 00:03:26
9.   Play with flash player Manon at the Met 00:00:57
10.   Play with flash player Massenet: 'O dolce incanto' from Manon - 1931 00:03:36
11.   Play with flash player Catalani's Loreley 00:00:50
12.   Play with flash player Catalani: 'Nel verde maggio' from Loreley - 1923 00:02:28
13.   Play with flash player Summer in Italy, then back to New York and some physical training 00:04:33
14.   Play with flash player Gounod: 'Ah! ne fuis pas encore!' from Romeo et Juliette - 1923 00:02:14
15.   Play with flash player Honorary Captain of the NYPD 00:02:22
16.   Play with flash player Meyerbeer: 'O paradiso' from L'Africaine - 1928 00:03:57
17.   Play with flash player Flourishing finances and professional rivalries 00:04:49
18.   Play with flash player Crushing remarks; the attraction of radio 00:03:40
19.   Play with flash player Sullivan: The Lost Chord - 1931 00:04:29
20.   Play with flash player A new decade, and the honour of playing Nemorino at the Met 00:01:31
21.   Play with flash player Donizetti: 'Quanto e bella' from L'elisir d'amore - 1925 00:02:52


Disc 3

  Gigli: A Life in Words and Music
1.   Play with flash player Debuts in Paris and London, and London's critical reception 00:04:43
2.   Play with flash player Flotow: 'M'appari' [Ach! So fromm] from Mata [Martha] - 1929 00:03:39
3.   Play with flash player Crisis: the death of Gigli's mother, and tension at the Met 00:03:44
4.   Play with flash player Departure from the Met 00:04:28
5.   Play with flash player America's loss is Europe's gain 00:06:40
6.   Play with flash player Speech: Gigli in an interview at the Savoy Hotel, London - 1946 00:00:43
7.   Play with flash player Cherished London reviews 00:01:41
8.   Play with flash player Leoncavallo: 'No, Pagliacci non son!' from Pagliacci - 1934 00:03:14
9.   Play with flash player Recording reflects the drama 00:01:08
10.   Play with flash player Leoncavallo: 'Suvvia, così terribile' from Pagliacci - 1934 00:02:57
11.   Play with flash player Touring, Gigli's working relationships, and a new turn of events 00:05:59
12.   Play with flash player De Curtis: Non ti scorder di me - 1935 00:03:17
13.   Play with flash player Film popularity, Hitler and Goebbels, and the Caracalla tradition 00:04:44
14.   Play with flash player Puccini: 'Che gelida manina' from La Bohème - 1938 00:04:25
15.   Play with flash player Voice expert John Steane's recommendation 00:00:28
16.   Play with flash player Puccini: ' O soave fanciulla' from La Bohème - 1938 00:03:34
17.   Play with flash player A new recording of Tosca 00:02:41
18.   Play with flash player Puccini: 'Recondita armonia' from Tosca - 1938 00:02:49
19.   Play with flash player Patience and hard work produce 'a perfrect set of master recordings' 00:02:36
20.   Play with flash player Puccini: 'E lucevan le stelle' from Tosca - 1938 00:02:41
21.   Play with flash player A return to America and the Met 00:04:34
22.   Play with flash player Verdi: 'Ingemisco' from the Requiem - 1939 00:03:39
23.   Play with flash player The recording of Madama Butterfly 00:00:37
24.   Play with flash player Puccini: Closing moments of Act I, Madama Butterfly - 1939 00:04:18


Disc 4

  Gigli: A Life in Words and Music
1.   Play with flash player War keeps Gigli in Italy 00:02:56
2.   Play with flash player Introductory speech to Cavalleria rusticana by Mascagni - 1940 00:00:50
3.   Play with flash player Translation of the speech 00:00:58
4.   Play with flash player Mascagni: 'Mamma, quel vino e generoso' from Cavalleria rusticana - 1940 00:04:45
5.   Play with flash player More role debuts, Gigli's wartime films, and Andrea Chenier 00:06:41
6.   Play with flash player Giordano: 'Un di all'azzurro spazio' from Andrea Chenier - 1941 00:05:09
7.   Play with flash player John Steane's verdict 00:00:28
8.   Play with flash player Giordano: 'Come un bel di di maggio' from Andrea Chenier - 1941 00:03:04
9.   Play with flash player Rome Opera House rallies wartime spirits 00:01:06
10.   Play with flash player Verdi: 'Teco io sto - Gran Dio' from Un ballo in maschera - 1943 00:01:21
11.   Play with flash player Verdi: 'Non sai tu che se l'anima mia' from Un ballo in maschera - 1943 00:03:33
12.   Play with flash player Verdi: 'Oh, qual soave brivido' from Un ballo in maschera - 1943 00:03:24
13.   Play with flash player Gigli's political affiliations 00:06:32
14.   Play with flash player Verdi: 'Celeste Aida' from Aida - 1946 00:04:36
15.   Play with flash player Postwar Italy: an HMV manager's report 00:01:00
16.   Play with flash player Verdi: 'Pui ti riveggo, mia dolce Aida' from Aida - 1946 00:03:15
17.   Play with flash player Covent Garden with Rina, then a tour of Britian and Ireland 00:06:18
18.   Play with flash player Speech given by Gigli after a concert at the Royal Albert Hall - 1952 00:00:42
19.   Play with flash player The final phase - and no thoughts of retirement 00:02:47
20.   Play with flash player Di Veroli: Ritorna amore - 1952 00:03:34
21.   Play with flash player A last visit to the USA 00:01:14
22.   Play with flash player Cottrau: Santa Lucia - 1949 00:03:06
23.   Play with flash player Gigli's death, his obituaries, and his place in the tenor lineage 00:09:04
24.   Play with flash player Meyerbeer: 'O paradiso' from L'Africaine (ending) - 1928 00:02:28

Total Playing Time: 05:11:43






Artist(s):
Kay, Graeme

Label: Naxos Educational

Series: A Life

Genre: Music Biographies

Catalogue No: 8.558148-51

Barcode: 0636943814826

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Release Date: 03/2004

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