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Giordano: Andrea Chenier Import

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MUSICA CLASICA/CLASSIC MUSIC


1. Questo Azzurro SofÀ
2. Il Giorno Intorno GiÀ S'inseria Lentamente!
3. Soffoco, Moro Tutta Chiusa
4. Passiamo La Sera Allegramente!
5. Al Mio Dire Perdono
6. Colpito Qui M'avente...Un Di All'azzurro Spazio
7. Perdonatemi!...Creatura Strana Assai!
8. Per L'ex Inferno!
9. Temer- Perche-
10. Roucher! - ChÉNier!
11. Calligrafia Invero Femminil!
12. Ecco LaggiÙ GÉRard!
13. Non Mi Saluti-
14. Ecco L'altare
15. Maddalena Di Coigny! - GÉRard!
16. Dumouriez Traditore E Giacobino
17. Lacrime E Sangue DÀ La Francia!
18. Son La Vecchia Madelon
19. L'uccello È Nella Rete!
20. Nemico Della Patria-!
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Product Details

  • Orchestra: Santa Cecilia Academy Orchestra
  • Conductor: Gavazzeni
  • Composer: Giordano
  • Audio CD (April 4, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Decca Import
  • ASIN: B00000E42X
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,701 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 29, 2004
Format: Audio CD
If you like grand opera sung in the grand manner, this one's for you. Tebaldi and Del Monaco pull out all the stops here, and the singing is glorious. Tebaldi never sounded better, and if Giordano provided us with a bit of "anything you can sing, I can sing louder," well, this is verismo after all. Perhaps not the greatest of operas, but some of the greatest singing on disc. Buy it before Decca drops it from the catalog.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 16, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Andrea Chenier is one of the best examples of verisimo opera. It Giordano's most popular opera and contains the aria "La Mamma morta" used in the film "Philadelphia". You won't hear a more idiomatic and all-around excellent recording than this 1957 Decca recording. The cast and conductor are all in superb form!
Mario Del Monaco sings here one of his most famous roles and he's a thrilling Andrea Chenier! The voice is captured at it's best with ringing high notes and strong, handsome low ones. This is in my opinion his best studio recording (though many say it's La Gioconda). I've also listened to Corelli's impressive Chenier and though Franco is wonderful, it's Mario I prefer listening to.
If Franco Corelli would be my second choice for an excellent Chenier when it comes to the role of Maddalena, there is no second choice. Renata Tebaldi IS Maddalena! It sounds as if the role was written for her instrument and personality. Her "La Mamma morta" (or any other moment) will blow you away! You feel the sorrow and pain of this woman in Tebaldi's singing.
But the show goes on with another legend, Ettore Bastiannini who sings Geronte. Needless to say, he sings like a God! Like these three were not enough, decca chose the young but certainly promising mezzo Fiorenza Cossotto for the role of Bersi. And how happy we are that Gavazzeni is the conductor! Decca didn't often record operas with great conductors in the 50s but Gavazzeni is an exception.
On the whole, a grand verisimo opera and a legendary recording in excellent stereo sound! Don't miss this!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By "coellus" on June 9, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This recording revels all the dramatismo and power of this Giordanos'opera. Mario del Monaco is a passionate Andrea, his voice express the impetuous poet. Renata Tebaldi interprests with mastery and intense dramatism the role of Maddalena.
Deserves prominence Fiorenza Cossotto as the courageous Bersi.
A memorable recording!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rosemary Reuscher on November 5, 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
As one who had the unforgetable experience hearing and seeing Del Monaco as Andrea Chenier in the late 50's; I heartily
endorse this magnificent recording. All three principals- Del Monaco as Andrea Chenier; Renata Tebaldi as Maddalena di Coigny
And Ettore Bastianini are in thrilling voice as they effortlessly convey the sweep and thrust so necessary to great verismo singing.
While Andrea has always been given short shrift by some opera critics; the plot set In the explosive time of the French Revolution
Combined with glorious arias,duets and ensembles can make for a very exciting night at the opera.

Recorded sound is excellent. I,myself ,have always been partial to Decca (London) late fifties and sixties stereo sound.
Veteran conductor Gianandrea Gavazzeni 's work here is as always ,solid and reliable.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Glass on July 22, 2010
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This 1957 studio recording will most often be compared with the Franco Corelli/Antoinetta Stella/Mario Sereni recording made several years later.

I own and love both; but if I could take only one it would be this. Bastianini is on fire in this recording and handily beats Sereni in understated, moving characterization and in voice. His rendition of the big aria "Nemico della patria?" (an enemy of his country?) is the best studio perf. I've heard.

Del Monaco is likewise in good form at a (comparitively) young 42. It's a close call between him and Corelli. Personally, especially in studio, I find MDM's emoting to be more believable; less contrived (which may surprise some as MDM was quite hammy on stage, but then so was Corelli.) Corelli has the more piercing timbre and is placed more 'forward' in his studio recording of the role (this one favors orchestra and at times, Tebaldi) but MDM had the larger voice in house; overall I call it a draw between the two.

Tebaldi in warmth and evenness of timbre, vocal acting, (and practically everything haha) upstages Stella in the Corelli Chenier. Not that Stella is at all bad and she and Corelli probably recorded the definitive studio "Vicino a te" finale.

Finally Gavazzeni conducts with more vigor and the orchestra sounds great.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Joseph A. Pacaccio on August 9, 2005
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This is a fantasic recording with Tebaldi and Del Monico.....there is NO better rendition of this opera!

And the sound is great for a recording of this vintage.

Look no further.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. G. Petit on January 4, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Truly horrific that Decca, the stable of Del Monaco, Bergonzi and Pavarotti should sink low enough to believe that Bocelli's mediocre instrument is a fit match for the title role in Chenier. The man has no idea how to characterise through the music either. Utterly, grindingly, awful and an insult to the real artists involved in the recording and to all the other tenors around today who could have sung it better in their sleep and shame on Decca for continuing to fund these Bocelli vanity projects. The single star is for the rest of the cast and the poor souls who had to engineer the recording!
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