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Eileen Farrell Sings Verdi 1960-1961 Original recording remastered


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  • Performer: Fausto Cleva, Eileen Farrell, Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Sedgwick Clark
  • Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
  • Audio CD (January 14, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000029PJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,590 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Come in quest' ora bruna - From Simon Boccanegra (Act I)
2. Ritorna vincitor! - From Aida (Act I)
3. Pur ti reveggo - From Aida (Act III)
4. Tacea la notte placida - From Il trovatore (Act I)
5. D'amor sull' ali rosee - From Il trovatore (Act IV)
6. lo vengo a domandar - From Don Carlo (Act I)
7. Ave Maria - From Otello (Act IV)
8. Pace, pace, mio Dio - From La forza del destino (Act IV)
9. Ma dall' arido stelo divulsa - From Un ballo in maschera (Act II)
10. Teco io sto - From Un ballo in maschera (Act II)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Craig Matteson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on July 8, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Eileen Farrell was a fabulous singer and had one of the greatest voices ever. She was also one of those rare opera singers who was also comfortable and skillful with popular music. She was also an even rarer talent in that she valued her family life more than her career. Even so, she is one of the all time great sopranos.
This recording contains ten glorious arias and duets from Verdi operas such as Aida, Il trovatore, Don Carlo, and Otello (and others). I don't know how you can not want this in your collection. Just glorious music making and a voice to die for.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Eileen Farrell's voice is a magnificent instrument. With a rounded tone, beautiful overtones, sumptuous middle notes, secure low notes, and serviceable (re: adequate) high notes, enormous volume, and an unmistakable timbre, the voice is awe inspiring. To hear this soprano singing softly is a great experience. To hear her unleash the massive power of which her voice is capable is an even greater experience. The recording has superb stereo sound, but Farrell's voice is definitely not as loud here as it was live in a concert hall or in the opera house. Her three duets with Richard Tucker are supremely sung. Tucker is miked closer than Farrell so that she doesn't blow him away with her voice. Still, the Tucker voice is a very big instrument, with a wonderful tenor sound and ringing high notes. His pitch is well nigh perfect. On top of this, he emotes wonderfully. The duet from "Don Carlo", "Io vengo a domandar", is spine-chilling in its brilliance and artistry. The lyric singing displayed in the soft sections is heavenly, and the more impassioned parts are brought vividly to life by Tucker and Farrell. Verdi's orchestration in this duet is greatness itself. I wish Columbia had recorded Farrell in "Tu che le vanità" instead of the Willow Song. Still, the Willow Song allows Farrell to show off her magnificent pianissimo, so beautiful and well controlled for a voice of such great size. In "Pace, pace, mio Dio", Farrell sings wonderfully and with alert attention to both text and drama. Her final cries of "Maledizione!" must have been deafening in the recording studio. She displays impressive agility for a voice of such size in the cabaletta to "Tacea la notte in placida" and her piano singing in "D'amor sull'ali rosee" is a delight to hear.Read more ›
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "creighton@ath.forthnet.gr" on October 26, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is a superb album and should have been re-released years ago. My copy of the Verdi arias CD uses the album cover from Farrell's Puccini LP. Does this mean Sony has no intention of releasing the Puccini arias on CD? RCA has done Leontyne Price proud. Why can't Sony follow suit with Miss Farrell?
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 30, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I have never heard Eileen Farrell in Verdi's operas before since she never made any complete recording of them. However, after listening to this nice album, I become wondered what could have been a great "Trovatore", "La Forza" or "Aida" by Farrell. It is temping to compare her singing with what of Leontyne Price, one of the greatest Verdian sopranos of our time. Yes, she may not have the juicy voice of Price but she compensates with two things that are lacking in Price's singing, agility and impressive pianissmo. She is also very involved dramatically. Her "Pace, pace" is well sung and moving, probably ranks among the best together with Tebaldi's. The duets with Richard Tucker are also excellent. A real HERITAGE album!
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 9, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Eileen Farrell. What can one say? Well, for starters, she is probably the best female Verdian that America has ever produced. I am sorry Price fans, but Farrell is better than Price. Yes, Price is more famous and deserves her fame very much, but that doesn't mean she was the greatest American spinto there ever was. Farrell beats Price in the areas of pianissimo, diction, and identifying with the characters she sings instead of prima donna showoff singing. And no, I am not a racist. Farrell's voice soars in Verdi's music. Her magnificent instrument is capable of anything Verdi throws at her. She has an excellent trill. Her pianissimos and diminuendos are world-class. She really digs deep for characterization. Her "Pace, pace, mio Dio" ranks with Tebaldi's version. Farrell's version of the Willow Song from "Otello" would definitely make Tebaldi jealous. Her "Ave Maria" definitely rivals Caballé's stunning 1964 version. Farrell almost sounds like Tebaldi when she sings in her upper register. Her "Ritorna vincitor!" is awesome in its scope. Angry and self-loathing in the first half, then gently innocent in the second. Amazing. Her "Come in quest'ora bruna" demonstrates her wonderful agility. She beats every soprano who has recorded "Tacea la notte placida" and "D'amor sull'ali rosee" with her own masterful renditions. Her pianissimos, trills, and stunning agility are showcased in these two arias. Among the three duets with Richard Tucker (an excellent tenor and partner for Farrell), the only one worthy of the two's talents is "Pur ti riveggo" from "Aïda". The two other arias, one from "Don Carlo" and the other from "Un Ballo in Maschera", are two of Verdi's most overrated.Read more ›
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