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Giordano: Andrea Chenier [Import]

Tebaldi , Cossotto , Del Monaco , Bastianini , Giordano , Gavazzeni , Santa Cecilia Academy Orchestra Audio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • 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: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,176 in Music (See Top 100 in 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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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grand June 29, 2004
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Look no further, this is by far the best Chenier! December 16, 2003
By A Customer
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic opera and recording 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mario the Magnificent 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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