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Born in 1935, Teresa Berganza was in her mid-twenties when she made the recordings on this album, yet she was already the darling of the opera press by June 1959, when Decca first issued the wide-ranging recital of Rossini arias which opens this anthology, moving with assured mastery from the flirtatious Isabella in L'italiana in Algeri to the grave beauty of 'Fac ut portem' from the Stabat mater. Later the same year she recorded a sequence of eight Basque songs with orchestra which captivatingly exploits the dark, sultry shadings within her mezzo. Although the Rossini LP has been issued piecemeal on CD, this is the first time the entire recital appears in its entirety.
A year later, Berganza was established as an artist of singular gifts who would lend distinction to the extraordinary 'gala sequence' inserted in the second act of the label's new Viennese recording of Die Fledermaus, capable of standing her own alongside the likes of Björling, Nilsson, Sutherland and Tebaldi. Her contribution to that album was a Lullaby by her husband Félix Lavilla, which they recorded together not in Vienna but Kingsway Hall, London.
As her long-standing accompanist, Lavilla partnered Berganza in a 1962 recital of Spanish song that captures the mezzo-soprano on vibrant form, bringing her flaring tone, dramatic energy and captivating charisma to Baroque arias by Pergolesi and Scarlatti as well as songs by Granados and Turina, finishing with a classic account of Falla's Siete canciones populares españolas from 1959. As Richard Wigmore remarks in his new booklet appreciation, not even the legendary Conchita Supervia gave a more thrilling, spine-tingling performance of the cycle's concluding 'Polo'.
|Primary Format - Music||CD|
|Label||Decca / Eloquence|
|Music Genre Primary||Classical|
- 1. GIOACHINO ROSSINI (17921868) - Il barbiere di Siviglia: Una voce poco fa
- 2. GIOACHINO ROSSINI (17921868) - Il barbiere di Siviglia: Contro un cor che accende amore
- 3. GIOACHINO ROSSINI (17921868) - L'italiana in Algeri: Cruda sorte! Amor tiranno!
- 4. GIOACHINO ROSSINI (17921868) - L'italiana in Algeri: Per lui che adoro
- 5. GIOACHINO ROSSINI (17921868) - L'italiana in Algeri: Amici... Pensa all patria
- 6. GIOACHINO ROSSINI (17921868) - Stabat Mater: Fac ut portem Christi mortem
- 7. GIOACHINO ROSSINI (17921868) - Semiramide: Bel raggio lusinghier
- 8. GIOACHINO ROSSINI (17921868) - La Cenerentola: Nacqui all'affanno e al pianto... Non più mesta
- 9. GUERRERO: Sagrario's Romanza
- 10. MARQUÈS: Margarita's Romanza
- 11. DONOSTÍA, DE AZCUE: Eight Basque Songs - Orchestra conducted by Gerardo Gombau
- 12. MUÑOZ, VALVERDE: Clavelitos (First CD Release On Decca)
- 13. CHAPÍ Y LORENTE: Carceleras (First CD Release On Decca)
- 1. CHERUBINI Ahi! Che forse ai miei dì (Demofonte)
- 2. CESTI Intorno all'idol mio (Orontea)
- 3. Attrib. PERGOLESI Confusa, smarrita
- 4. SCARLATTI - Qual mia colpa... Se delitto è l'adorarvi
- 5. SCARLATTI - Chi vuol innamorarsi
- 6. SCARLATTI - La Rosaura
- 7. SCARLATTI - Elitropio d'amor
- 8. GURIDI Cómo quieres que adivine
- 9. GURIDI Mañanita de San Juan
- 10. LAVILLA Four Basque Songs
- 11. TURINA Saeta en forme de Salve a la Virgen de la Esperanza, Op. 60
- 12. GRANADOS El tra la la y el punteado
- 13. GRANADOS El majo timido
- 14. GRANADOS La maja dolorosa
- 15. TURINA Farruca (Treptico) - FALLA Seven Popular Spanish Songs
- 16. LAVILLA Lullaby
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