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La Tebaldi
Giacomo Puccini, Arrigo Boito, Giuseppe Verdi
La Tebaldi
Genre: Classical
  •  Track Listings (11) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (13) - Disc #2


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F. Barton | Newport, WA USA | 06/20/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"After talking to many of my friends who are fellow Tebaldi-ites, they have shyed away from this CD set, as they figure it only contains excerpts from her stereo complete operas. This is true is some cases, but they are missing the boat, and YOU may be too. This set consists of almost ALL of her very famous "comeback' album, "Operatic Arias" from 1964, although this is not noted on the set, which is probably the problem. The aria "In questa reggia" from Turandot is enough to make your hair stand on end. Even a heavyweight such as Joan Sutherland used Tebaldi's recording of this as her base for her own recording of the opera. The two arias from "The Masked Ball" are vocally much superior than the set she recorded in 1970, plus "Selva opaca", not on ANY Tebaldi release, same with "Sogno di Doretta" and "Sempre all'alba" from Giovanna D'Arco. This set includes every track from her famous '64 album. This isn't a "greatest hits" by a long shot, as there are many tracks here you will not find on ANY complete recording. If I, as a HUGE Tebaldi fan, had one recommendation to make of hers, it would be "La Tebaldi". It won't be off your player for months."
A legacy for the ages!
Armindo | Greece | 02/22/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Perhaps the greatest spinto and certainly among the greatest sopranos of all times, with an extremely powerful, amazingly beautiful instrument, Renata Tebaldi on this set heard in some of her best moments! I will not repeat comments on her beautiful voice since it often overshadows the pathos with which she performed each role. To me, she knew exactly where to draw the line between acting and singing. Not too much to become annoying, not too little to become boring. This compilation also shows how versatile this soprano was, with repertoire ranging from Puccini and Verdi to Rossini and even Wagner (though no Wagner aria is heard on this particular double cd). In her early years she also performed Mozart roles!Her Puccini arias will make the most demanding listener cry. Her verdian heroines, enriched with her personal touch, are of exceptional value. Her Desdemona (Otello), Donna Leonora (Forza del destino) and Aida stand perhaps out. Her many verisimo roles sooo moving, full of sorrow and pain, exactly how they are supposed to sound. Just listen to "La mamma morta"! An unsurpassed shocking experience! A previous reviewer (F.W.Barton) correctly mentioned that not all moments are from her complete studio recordings, so this is a unique chance to enjoy alternative Tebaldi performances. Strongly recommended!!!!"
Best Collection
johnnyg316 | Chicago, IL | 01/11/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you love the warmth and power of Renata Tebaldi then this collection is for you. This has Two CD's of her best works. My favorites are her "o mio babbino caro" her tosca which isnt as dramatic as callas but has a vocal warmth in that aria that makes her voice so perfect for the aria. Another soothing aria would be her Un del di from Butterfly what sweetness and amazing finish to that aria!!! Her amazing power was noticed in La mamma morta and In questa reggia ( which was sooo good that it made me wonder WHY DIDNT SHE SING THIS ROLE ON STAGE) oh and of course her Suicido was also very well done.....Renata Tebaldi was without a doubt one of the best of the century...and this collection proves it."