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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 10, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Decca Import
  • ASIN: B000F3T7RY
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #699,752 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Francesca Da Rimini - Act 2 - È Ancora Sgombro Il Campo De Comune?
2. Francesca Da Rimini - Act 3 - No, Smaragdi, No!...Benvenuto, Signore Mio Cognato
3. Francesca Da Rimini - Act 3 - Paolo, Datemi Pace!
4. Francesca Da Rimini - Act 3 - Ah, La Parola Che I Miei Occhi Incontrano...E Gale
5. Francesca Da Rimini - Act 4 - Ora Andate...O Biancofiore, Piccola Tu Sei!
6. Francesca Da Rimini - Act 4 - E CosÌ Vada S'È Pur Mio Destino...Vieni, Vieni,
7. Fedora - Introduction: Quattro! - Sei!
8. Fedora - Rigida È Assai...O Grandi Occhi Lucenti
9. Fedora - Signora, È Qui La Slitta Del Padron!
10. Fedora - Egli Mi Disse
11. Fedora - Son Gente Risoluta...Su Questa Santa Croce
12. Fedora - Altra Volta Quell'uomo Vedesti
13. Fedora - Signori, Vi Presento Lazinski
14. Fedora - Principessa, Ci Fate Langiur
15. Fedora - La Donna Russa
16. Fedora - Ma Dunque, È Amore...Amor Ti Vieta
17. Fedora - Se Innocente Sei Davvero, CrederÀ
18. Fedora - Portentoso!...Strepitoso!
19. Fedora - Orchestral Interlude
20. Fedora - Grech!...I Vostri Uomini
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Moore TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 21, 2006
Format: Audio CD
What a find this recording is for those, like me, who had ignored it for years believing the works to be overblown and the singers past their prime. Neither is true; although Del Monaco was in vocal decline by 1969, following a serious road accident, he drew upon all his experience and expertise to produce a wonderful piece of singing - often much subtler and more shaded than when he was in his best "can belto" form, which was always exciting but a little monotonous.

Despite her relatively advanced years, Olivero's singing is inspired; she sang wonderfully well into her sixties and beyond (like a handful of great singers whose technique was so reliable: Battistini, Tucker and now Domingo). I remember reading somewhere her describing how frustrated Del Monaco became when trying to echo her exquisite pianissimi in the "Francesca" love duet; at least this indicates how sincerely he wanted to fine down his large voice for the tenderer moments.

The Zandonai excerpts are almost more appealing than the whole opera "Fedora"; such a winning mixture of verismo passion and some lyrical, atmospheric scene-setting. Both seem worthy of major revival - "Fedora" appears occasionally - although you will find that it takes a few, repeated listenings to absorb the beauty of the melodies used by both composers, often re-cycled in Wagnerian leitmotiv style. The excerpts from "Francesca" are enough to make us realise what we have been missing; "Fedora" is recorded complete with an excellent supporting cast, including Gobbi, rather dry of voice but very characterful, of course, especially in his one brief showpiece, "La donna russa".
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alfredo R. Villanueva on March 19, 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I THANK ALL OF THE ERUDITE REVIEWERS THAT HAVE PROVIDED SUCH WONDERFUL INFORMATION ON THIS RECORDING. MY REACTION IS MORE VISCERAL. IF YOU HAVE THE MARTON/CARRERAS, SMASH IT WITH A HAMMER,SELL IT OR GIVE IT AWAY. THIS IS TRUE VERISMO SINGING OF THE KIND OUR BRAVE NEW WORLD OF DO-IT-ALL OPERA STARS CANNOT EVEN BEGIN TO APPROACH. HOW DELIGHTFUL TO LISTEN TO MY BELOVED OLIVERO IN A STUDIO RECORDING WITH CLEAN SOUND!!!!
DEL MONACO GIVES HIS ALL, AND GOBBI, WELL, PEERLESS. TO ME, A RECORDING TRIUMPHS WHEN IT MAKES YOU SIT UP AND LISTEN, AND WHEN IT CHANGES YOUR MIND UPWARDS ABOUT THE ARTISTIC VALUE OF A MUSICAL PIECE. THIS ONE DEFINITELY DOES! LISTEN TO OTHER GIORDANO OPERAS, AND NOT ONLY TO CHENIER!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Mark on March 2, 2008
Format: Audio CD
FEDORA was one of Magda Olivero's signature roles and nobody sings it better. Other than the complete TURANDOT recording with Cigna which was recorded many years earlier and where Olivero's voice sounds totally different with a much more pronounced vibrato reminiscent of an older style of singing, this is Olivero's only other studio recording of a complete opera and a great document of what she sounded like later on in her career. In this FEDORA she sings opposite the equally amazing Mario Del Monaco and although he is a little past his prime it still is a great studio document of two amazing singers. Magda has always been a controversial artist and is considered one of Italy's most important opera singers, so much so that when the famous printing house RICORDI decided to produce a series of biographies of Italy's most important opera singers, the first volume was not Caruso or Tebaldi or Callas but Magda Olivero. I highly recommend this FEDORA, it is one of my favorite recordings. I also absolutely love Olivero's live recording of FEDORA from Dallas with the tenor Bruno Prevedi who is equally as impressive in that performance with his beautiful dramatic tenor voice. P.S. I just heard from a friend of mine that this recording was originally supposed to be with Renata Tebaldi but she couldn't do it and recommended Magda Olivero in her place.
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By Jan A. Volkman on November 22, 2014
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The Francesca da Rimini hilites are great!!!!!
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