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Benita Valente, Soprano - Great Singers of the 20th Century, Vol. 1

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1. Un moto di gioia, K. 579
2. Deh Vieni, non tardar, from La Nozze di Figaro
3. Vorrei Spiegarvi o Dio!, K. 418
4. Lascia ch'io pianga, from Rinaldo
5. Heidenröslein, D. 257
6. Nacht und Träume, D. 827
7. Rastlose Liebe, D. 138
8. Der Hirt auf dem Felsen
9. Meine Liebe is Grün, Op. 63, No. 5
10. Vergeliches Ständchen, Op. 84, No. 4
11. Auch kleine Dinge, No. 1
12. Mir ward gesagt, No. 2
13. Wer rief dich denn?, No. 6
14. Du denkst mit einem Fädchen, No. 10
15. Wie lange schon, No. 11
16. Ihr jungen Leute, No. 16
17. Mein Liebster singt, No. 20, No. 43
18. Ich hab' in Penna einem Liebsten wohnen, No. 46
19. Il pleur dans mon coeur
20. Chevaux de bois
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  • Performer: Richard Goode, Peter Serkin, Harold Wright, Lydia Artymiw
  • Orchestra: Eastman Philharmonia Orchestra, Mozart Festival Orchestra, Marlboro Festival Orchestra, Minneapolis Festival Concert Orchestra
  • Conductor: David Effron / Alexander Schneider
  • Audio CD (December 8, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bridge
  • ASIN: B002VRNIXQ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,482 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By KCA on January 19, 2010
This is a sublime and joyous recording. Benita Valente's voice is exquisite and her interpretations move the soul. To add to the pleasure of this album are fellow artists Richard Goode, Lydia Artymiw, David Effron, and Alexander Schneider. My favorite track is Mozart's "Vorrei Spiegarvi o Dio!" Herr Mozart would have plotzed with pleasure. I also loved Shubert's "Der Hirt auf dem Felsen" performed at the Marlboro Music Festival with Rudolf Serkin, piano, and Harold Wright, clarinet. It has to be the best recording ever of that work. Delicious and pure delight.

Bridge Records provides the increasingly rare production quality that allows Benita Valente's artistry to shine with absolute purity. Bravo Bridge! I hope you win another Grammy with this one.

I went on line and ordered two more CD's as gifts today.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Salvatore Iacobello on October 18, 2010
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i am not technically knowledgeable when it comes to opera singing but I think this is the best singing I have heard in a long time. I really like her voice and there is not a place where her voice doesn't sound right. this is what makes one love operatic singing. I would recommend it to anybody.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Santa Fe Listener HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 9, 2011
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I don't have much to add to the previous reviewers' enthusiasm, except to say that Valente has always been a musician's singer, as shown by her close association with the elite singing program at Marlboro. born in 1934, she appears here in 1969, in a reprise of her wonderful 1061 performance of Schubert's The Shepherd on the Rocks, again with Rudolf Serkin and the great clarinetist Hrold Wright. The last items, from 1986 and 1989, are the Wolf and Spanish items, which sound almost as fresh - you'd never know that Valente was in her fifties. She was singing well up to her retirement in 2000.

Bridge has gathered these recordings from five sources, and it's gratifying that they went to the trouble, since Valente is under-represented on disc. Although she sang Mozart at the Met, I think of her primarily as a recitalist, as good as her friend, the gifted mezzo Jan DeGaetani; they rank wit the best song recitalists America has ever produced. The tone of her voice, with its fast beat and bright shimmer, reminds me of Beverly Sills but without the sting edge that Sills's voice had; on the other hand, Valente's vice is considerably smaller and her skill at coloratura not world class like sills'.

All in all, a treasurable retrospective in good sound throughout and with top-notch accompanists. Here's the complete program.

Brahms:
Meine Liebe ist grün, Op. 63 No. 5

Richard Goode (piano)

Debussy:
Il pleure dans mon caeur (No. 2 from Ariettes Oubliées)

Chevaux de bois (No. 4 from Ariettes Oubliées)

Green (No. 5 from Ariettes Oubliées)

Spleen (No.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hotcha! on January 3, 2012
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When I purchased this album I hadn't heard Ms. Valente's voice before. Though I am a soprano myself and make it a practice to listen to a variety of voices for enjoyment and study, I had never heard her. What a loss for me! She is wonderful! Her voice is rich. It has a lovely timbre. Her interpretations are inspiriing. I wish I had heard everything she recorded. It would have been extraordinary to have heard her in person.
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The most wonderful voice ever heard. The definition of beauty.
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