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Audio CD, February 2, 1996
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  • Audio CD (February 2, 1996)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nimbus Records
  • ASIN: B0000037KV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,371 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Di Due Figli... Abbietta Zingara
2. Dalle Stanze Ove Lucia
3. Si La Rigeur
4. Vous Qui Du Dieu Vivant
5. Cinta Di Fiori
6. Eh Bien! Que T' Ensemble...
7. O Patria...O Tu Palermo
8. Vecchia Zimarra
9. Dormiro Sol Nel Manto Mio Regal
10. O Isis Und Osiris
11. Voici Donc Les Debris...
12. De Son Coeur J'ai Calme
13. Enfant Cheri...Le Tambour-Major
14. Possente Ftha
15. Nume Custode E Vindice
16. Ite Sul Colle, O Druidi!
17. Le Veau D'Or
18. Fin Ch'han Dal Vino
19. Deh Vieni Alla Finestra
20. Te sol Quest' Anima

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Sasha VINE VOICE on July 20, 2007
Such is the nature of pop culture that beloved italian opera singer who sang classical music all his life,was upon his death remember chifely for his later Broadway succes,when in fact Broadway was just a short chapter in oterwise dignified and serious career.There is nothing wrong in "South Pacific" of course,but there is so much more to Pinza and this is why "Prima Voce" is important to represent how this thundering bass worked his way from Italy to Metroploitan.Lots of goodies here,my favourite arias from "Don Giovanni" and "Aida",also nice to cmpare his later recordings with very first ones done in Italy with conductor Carlo Sabajno (acoustic! before they started making elctric recordings) apparently his talent was there from the very start.Excellent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stanley Crowe TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 14, 2014
The items recorded here were all from Pinza's thirties -- i. e. before 1932 -- when a voice that was always worth hearing, even up to the early 1950's, was in its prime. The voice, as they say, "leaps from the grooves" -- and Nimbus, of course, records by playing and re-recording old 78s! So the grooves are behind this. The first six tracks are acoustic, and the voice is alive. Listen to Brogni's scenes from "La Juive" for the dark colors, and hear more warmth in the cantilena "Cinta di fiori" from "Puritani." It's astounding to think that Pinza could not read music (though he did have vocal training) and that Toscanini tabbed him for Pogner for his La Scala debut (later in his career, he would do Boris and King Marke too). The electrical recordings are a bit smoother and do more justice to the orchestra and chorus, but the Pinza voice comes through as clearly as ever. On 17 February, 1927, he set down "Vecchia Zimarra" and King Philip's "Dormiro sol." The one is all warmth and rounded, the other darker and implacable -- the style and the expressiveness as well as the sheer beauty of the voice come through. Like Gigli (heard gratefully with him on the "Attila" trio), he seemed to produce his voice very naturally and to naturally have a sense of appropriate style -- again, listen to the "Norma" selection ("Ite sul colle") and Sarastro's "O Isis und Osiris," sung here beautifully in Italian. The two "Don Giovanni" items are great, although the Champagne Aria is arguably a bit fast (but what articulation!), but the Serenade is golden. My only disappointment is that one of his greatest recordings -- "Infelice" from "Ernani" -- is not included. The other great voice of Pinza's era in similar repertory was that of Alexander Kipnis, who had a bit of Slavic bite for seasoning. Both should be in the collection of any vocal enthusiast.
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