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Brava Berganza: Rossini, Baroque, Spanish & Basque Songs

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Label: Australian Eloquence

Cat No: ELQ4826397

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 6th April 2018

Contents

Works

Cesti, Antonio

Intorno all'idol mio

Chapi, Ruperto

Las hijas del Zebedeo
» Carceleras

Cherubini, Luigi

Demophoon
» Ahi! Che forse ai miei di

Donostia, Padre Jose Antonio 'Aita'

Basque Songs (8)

Falla, Manuel de

Canciones populares espanolas (7)

Granados, Enrique

Tonadillas (12) en estilo antiguo
» no.5 El majo timido
» no.7 El tra-la-la y el punteado
» no.11 La maja dolorosa no.3

Guerrero, Jacinto

La rosa del azafran
» Sagrario's Romanza

Guridi, Jesus

Canciones Castellanas (6)
» no.6 Mananita de San Juan

Lavilla, Felix

Canciones (4)
» no.2 Dices que no la quieres
Lullaby

Marques, Miguel

El anillo de hierro
» Margarita's Romanza

Rossini, Gioacchino

Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)
» Contro un cor
» Una voce poco fa
L'Italiana in Algeri (Italian Girl in Algiers)
» Amici, in ogni evento m'affido a voi...Pensa alla patria
» Cruda sorte, amor tiranno
» Per lui che adoro
La Cenerentola (Cinderella)
» Nacqui all' affanno ...Non piu mesta
Semiramide
» Bel raggio lusinghier (Act 1)
Stabat Mater
» Fac ut portem Christi mortem

Scarlatti, Alessandro

Elitropio d'amor
Gli equivoci nel Sembiante
Il flavio
» Chi vuole innamorarsi
Se delitto e l'adorarti

Turina, Joaquin

Triptico, op.45
» Farruca

Valverde, Joaquin

Clavelitos!

Vinci, Leonardo

Catone in Utica
» Confusa, smarrita

Artists

Teresa Berganza (mezzo-soprano)
Felix Lavilla (piano)
London Symphony Orchestra

Conductors

Alexander Gibson
Benito Lauret
Gerardo Gombau

Works

Cesti, Antonio

Intorno all'idol mio

Chapi, Ruperto

Las hijas del Zebedeo
» Carceleras

Cherubini, Luigi

Demophoon
» Ahi! Che forse ai miei di

Donostia, Padre Jose Antonio 'Aita'

Basque Songs (8)

Falla, Manuel de

Canciones populares espanolas (7)

Granados, Enrique

Tonadillas (12) en estilo antiguo
» no.5 El majo timido
» no.7 El tra-la-la y el punteado
» no.11 La maja dolorosa no.3

Guerrero, Jacinto

La rosa del azafran
» Sagrario's Romanza

Guridi, Jesus

Canciones Castellanas (6)
» no.6 Mananita de San Juan

Lavilla, Felix

Canciones (4)
» no.2 Dices que no la quieres
Lullaby

Marques, Miguel

El anillo de hierro
» Margarita's Romanza

Rossini, Gioacchino

Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)
» Contro un cor
» Una voce poco fa
L'Italiana in Algeri (Italian Girl in Algiers)
» Amici, in ogni evento m'affido a voi...Pensa alla patria
» Cruda sorte, amor tiranno
» Per lui che adoro
La Cenerentola (Cinderella)
» Nacqui all' affanno ...Non piu mesta
Semiramide
» Bel raggio lusinghier (Act 1)
Stabat Mater
» Fac ut portem Christi mortem

Scarlatti, Alessandro

Elitropio d'amor
Gli equivoci nel Sembiante
Il flavio
» Chi vuole innamorarsi
Se delitto e l'adorarti

Turina, Joaquin

Triptico, op.45
» Farruca

Valverde, Joaquin

Clavelitos!

Vinci, Leonardo

Catone in Utica
» Confusa, smarrita

Artists

Teresa Berganza (mezzo-soprano)
Felix Lavilla (piano)
London Symphony Orchestra

Conductors

Alexander Gibson
Benito Lauret
Gerardo Gombau

About

A newly remastered collection of four original Decca albums featuring the Spanish mezzo-soprano at the height of her powers in the repertoire most associated with her, from Rossini to folk and popular songs from her native Spain.

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 Bjorling, Nilsson, Sutherland and Tebaldi. Her contribution to that album was a Lullaby by her husband Felix 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’.

‘She is equally at home in the fiendish Cenerentola finale (the best I’ve ever heard) and in the long sweeping line of ‘Fac ut portem’... I can see no obstacle to a long and brilliant career for this singer. The accompaniments are clear and firm, and Decca’s stereo sound is bright and full. I recommend this record without hesitation.’ - High Fidelity, April 1960 (Rossini)

‘In the Basque songs she immediately identifies herself with each mood from tenderness to humour... I called her performance of [the Falla songs] incomparable, and it still remains so, with her completely idiomatic interpretation, vitality, exemplary enunciation, beautifully clean melismata, and wide range of colour... If for any reason you didn’t have a copy before, make good the omission straight away.’ - Gramophone, October 1972

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