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|Paolo Tosti, William Matteuzzi, Paola Molinari|
William Matteuzzi - Tosti Rare Songs
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Classical
Outstanding renditions of an underappreciated composer
Sanford Forte | 06/11/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Francesco Paolo Tosti, a late 19th century composer of art songs deserves to be better known. Many of his works, written in Italian, French and English are outstanding in their lyricism, and moving in their meaning (often borrowing lyrics from well-known, and a few rank amateur, poets of Tosti's time).Tosti had a rare gift in that many of his songs simply appear to 'happen' as one listens. His songs 'flow', for lack of a better way to say it. There is a masterful coupling of melody and word. This is especially true in songs that he composed in Italian.This CD - with William Matteuzzi singing, and Paola Molinari accompanying - does ample justice to Tosti's art.Matteuzzi delivers wonderful phrasing throughout, with a lyrical tenor voice that moves the listener. Molinari's accompaniment is spot on, ebbing and flowing with Matteuzzi as they create an experience that too few listeners have had - namely, experiencing the pleasure of being moved by one of the truly wonderful masters of the art of late 19th century song.Some of Tosti's best known songs are not on this disc, but others are, and there are a few gems that I hadn't heard until this performance - "van gli effluvi" is one of those, a delightful piece with wistful, memorable melodic touches.Don't miss "L'alba separa dalla luce l'ombra", or "Chanson de l'adieu". They're unforgettable.There is also a good selection of Tosti's songs in English on this disc; they're 'lighter' than the Italian and French works, but make good listening. In fact, Tosti made his fame initially in England, having emigrated there from Italy. He was eventually knighted in England, returning late in life to Italy.To conclude: if you would like a nice introduction to the range of Tosti's work, this is an ideal place to start."