Verismo Arias & Duets | Australian Eloquence ELQ4820284

Verismo Arias & Duets

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Label: Australian Eloquence

Cat No: ELQ4820284

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 3rd February 2017

Contents

Works

Bizet, Georges

Carmen
» Je vais danser en votre honneur (Act 2)

Giordano, Umberto

Andrea Chenier
» Colpito qui m'avete
» Un di all'azzuro spazio

Leoncavallo, Ruggiero

Pagliacci
» Recitar! ...Vesti la giubba (Act 1)

Mascagni, Pietro

Cavalleria Rusticana
» Mamma, quel vino a generoso

Puccini, Giacomo

Tosca
» E lucevan le stelle (Act 3)
» Recondita armonia (Act 1)
Turandot
» Nessun dorma (Act 2)
» Non piangere Liu (Don't cry for me, Liu) (Act 1)

Saint-Saens, Camille

Samson et Dalila, op.47
» Un dieu plus puissant

Verdi, Giuseppe

Aida
» Guardie! Radames qui venga
Otello
» Gia nella notte densa (love duet) (Act 1)

Artists

James McCracken (tenor)
Sandra Warfield (mezzo-soprano)

Works

Bizet, Georges

Carmen
» Je vais danser en votre honneur (Act 2)

Giordano, Umberto

Andrea Chenier
» Colpito qui m'avete
» Un di all'azzuro spazio

Leoncavallo, Ruggiero

Pagliacci
» Recitar! ...Vesti la giubba (Act 1)

Mascagni, Pietro

Cavalleria Rusticana
» Mamma, quel vino a generoso

Puccini, Giacomo

Tosca
» E lucevan le stelle (Act 3)
» Recondita armonia (Act 1)
Turandot
» Nessun dorma (Act 2)
» Non piangere Liu (Don't cry for me, Liu) (Act 1)

Saint-Saens, Camille

Samson et Dalila, op.47
» Un dieu plus puissant

Verdi, Giuseppe

Aida
» Guardie! Radames qui venga
Otello
» Gia nella notte densa (love duet) (Act 1)

Artists

James McCracken (tenor)
Sandra Warfield (mezzo-soprano)

About

James McCracken (1926–1988) recorded the arias on the first half of this disc in 1969, four years after the duets with his wife, mezzo-soprano Sandra Warfield (1921-2009). Both singers were in their prime during those years and in the decade following.

These performances of distinction offer some of the sappiest and most exciting operatic singing on record, taped in the full, glorious, 1960s Decca Sound, with McCracken singled out for the ‘forthright virility’ (Gramophone) of his singing. The seven tenor arias that open this recording were originally coupled with the complete Gardelli recording of Pagliacci, and praised for their ‘thrilling’ sound (Gramophone); some of them are issued on Decca CD for the first time.

‘The part of Amneris […] is exactly suited to Miss Warfield’s qualities, and there the result is extraordinarily convincing.’ - Gramophone, February 1965

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