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The Best of Tebaldi
Cornell MacNeil, Arrigo Boito, Francesco Cilea
The Best of Tebaldi
Genre: Classical
 

      
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Vintage Renata
Charlus | NYC | 01/02/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This recital, one of the series of "original cover" [in this case the English, not the American cover] albums that DECCA has been re-issuing, is a compilation-recital drawn from Tebaldi's many complete-opera sets.

TRACKLISTING

1 Sì. Mi chiamano Mimì (Mimì)
La Bohème Puccini
2 Donde lieta uscì al tuo grido (Mimì)
La Bohème Puccini
3 Vissi d'arte (Tosca)
Tosca Puccini
4 Laggiù nel Soledad (Minnie)
La fanciulla del West Puccini
5 Un bel dì, vedremo (Cio-cio-san)
Madama Butterfly Puccini
6 "Con onor muore" (Cio-cio-san)
Madama Butterfly Puccini
7 Signore, ascolta! (Liù)
Turandot Puccini
8 Tu che di gel sei cinta (Liù)
Turandot Puccini
9 La mamma morta (Maddalena)
Andrea Chénier Giordano
10 Io son l'umile ancella (Adriana)
Adriana Lecouvreur Cilèa
11 Poveri fiori (Adriana)
Adriana Lecouvreur Cilèa
12 L'altra notte in fondo al mare (Margherita)
Mefistofele Boïto

Carlo Bergonzi tenor (tracks 1 & 6)
Cornell MacNeil baritone (track 4)
Mario del Monaco tenor (track 8)
Orchestra e coro dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia
Tullio Serafin (tracks 1, 2, 5, 6 & 12)
Francesco Molinari-Pradelli (track 3)
Franco Capuana (tracks 4, 10 & 11)
Alberto Erede (tracks 7 & 8)
Gianandrea Gavazzeni (track 9)

Her luminous, radiant voice was at her best here.

Now DECCA ought to re-issue Tebaldi's classic 1955 recital with Alberto Erede conducting, from which I particularly cherish the two items from Licinio Refice's CECILIA, an azione sacra from the 1930s that Tebaldi sings with a tenderness and glow that is guaranteed to bring tears to your eyes.

To know Renata is to love her, and so will you, if you hear this exquisite disc.

The several non-jet-setting conductors in this dic lead with un-flashy excellence and a gracious, Italianate regard for the needs of the singer: a lesson in STYLE.

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