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Renata Tebaldi

Arias and Duets

Decca 475813-4
  • Amilcare Ponchielli:
  • Noi leggevamo insieme
  • La Gioconda: Suicidio!
  • Arrigo Boito:
  • Mefistofele:
  • L'altra notte in fondo al mare
  • Lontano, lontano
  • Camille Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila, Op. 47: "Amour, viens aider ma faiblesse"
  • Charles Gounod: Faust: Ah! je ris de me voir si belle "Jewel Song"
  • Christoph Willibald Gluck:
  • Alceste: Divinités du Styx
  • Parida ed Elena: O del mio dolce ardor
  • Francesco Cilèa:
  • Adriana Lecouvreur:
  • Io son l'umile ancella
  • Sia! Non rispondete…
  • L'Arlesiana: Esser madre è un inferno
  • Franz Lehár: Die lustige Witwe: Vilja-Lied
  • Franz Schubert:
  • Ave Maria
  • Mille cherubini in coro
  • Georges Bizet: Carmen: E l'more uno strano angelo
  • Giacomo Puccini:
  • E l'uccelino
  • Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro
  • La Bohème:
  • Donde lieta uscì
  • Si, mi chiamano Mimì
  • Sono andati? Fingevo di dormire
  • La fanciulla del West: Una partita a poker
  • La Rondine: Chi il bel sogno di Doretta
  • Madama Butterfly:
  • Con onor muore
  • Scuoti quella fronda "Flower Duet"
  • Un bel dì vedremo
  • Manon Lescaut:
  • In quelle trine morbide
  • Sola, perduta, abbandonata
  • Suor Angelica: Senza mamma, o bimbo
  • Tosca:
  • O dolci mani
  • Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore
  • Turandot: Signore ascolta… In questa reggia…
  • Gioachino Rossini:
  • L'invito
  • La Regata Veniziana
  • Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: Tre giorni son che Nina
  • Giuseppe Verdi:
  • Aida:
  • Fu la sorte dell'armi a'tuoi funesta
  • O patria mia
  • Qui Radamès verrà
  • Ritorna vincitor!
  • Su! del Nilo al sacro lido
  • Don Carlos:
  • Io vengo a domandar grazia alla mia Regina
  • Tu, che la vanitá conoscesti del mondo
  • Il trovatore: Tacea la notte placida…Di tale amor
  • La forza del destino: Pace, pace, mio Dio
  • La traviata: Parigi, o cara
  • Otello: Già nella notte densa
  • Un ballo in maschera:
  • Ecco l'orrido campo…Ma dall' arido stelo divulsa
  • Morrò, ma prima in grazia
  • Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana: Voi lo sapete, o Mamma
  • Richard Wagner: Lohengrin: Einsam in trüben Tagen "Elsa's dream"
  • Umberto Giordano: Andrea Chenier: Ecco l'altare… la mamma morte…
  • Paolo Tosti: Sogno
  • Agustin Lara: Granada
  • Alfredo Catalani:
  • La Wally:
  • Ebben?… Ne andrò lontana
  • Ne mai dunque avro pace
  • Quando à Sölden
  • Giovanni Paisiello:
  • Chi vuol la Zingarella
  • Nel cor più non mi sento
  • Giuseppe Sarti: Lungi dal caro bene
  • Traditional: Tu scendi dalle stele
Renata Tebaldi, soprano
Fiorenza Cossotto, mezzo-soprano
Giulietta Simionato, mezzo-soprano
Giuseppe Campora, tenor
Giuseppe Di Stefano, tenor
Carlo Bergonzi, tenor
Gianni Poggi, tenor
Luciano Pavarotti, tenor
Mario del Monaco, tenor
Cesare Siepi, bass
Various soloists, orchestras and conductors
Decca Original Masters 475813-4 5CDs Rec: 1950-74
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It is difficult to guage completely what Renata Tebaldi gave to the world in terms of singing and her immense variety of repertoire. For many years, the main rival to Maria Callas, Tebaldi was occasionally preferred to the great Greek legend, not less due to her outstanding success rate in Decca's golden years as 'the' opera company.

This well filled five-CD collection attempts to enshrine some of that art in an extremely varied pot pourri which restores some classic gems to the catalogue. The first two CDs are chiefly dedicated to Verdi and the many famous recordings of 'Otello', 'Un Ballo in Maschera', 'Aida', 'Il Trovatore' and 'La Traviata' make well deserved appearances. However we then move on to other famous recordings such as Boito's 'Mefistofele' with Tullio Serafin, Catalani's 'La Wally' with Fausto Cleva and some French opera excerpts, all immaculately sung one must add.

Puccini was another Tebaldi stalwart and the fourth CD includes ample references to legendary recordings such as Serafin's 'Bohème' and 'Butterfly' together with extensive excerpts from 'La Fanciulla del West', 'Tosca' and 'Il Trittico'. The fifth disc is the more varied with Schubert, Puccini, Ponchielli, Lehar and Gamley also making an appearance.

As expected, the recordings are of the highest quality throughout with particular praise going to those engineered by the late 'Wilkie', Kenneth Wilkinson, a marvel of sound to this day. Although opera lovers will undoubtedly have most of this material in complete sets or previously issued recitals, this is a must for the Tebaldi fan as it also includes some rare photographs.

Copyright © 2007, Gerald Fenech

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