- Audio CD (June 1, 1990)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: EMI Studio
- ASIN: B000002S1P
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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"La Bellissima" Anna Moffo: The Debut Recordings
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it's her fault (because of this cd) that i'm learning the aria 'vedrai, carino'; next up, 'caro nome' -- and i'm a guy -- i just wish i could hit the high notes -- a tenth as high...as she does -- such beauty, such precision, such smoothness -- lovely...beautiful -- such words...are too little to say
the lucia...is out of this world -- sixteen minutes and sixteen seconds...of pure magic
and i haven't heard cuts nine through eleven, in full -- they're scratched, on my copy of the cd -- can't wait...to hear them, in full
Second, she was clearly a very talented lyric soprano, with a voice that was absolutely lovely. Along with this, she was a fine singing actress, able to create characters that had some believability on the opera stage.
Thirs, although she was a terrific lyric soprano, she was not a great coloratura soprano. But more on that as this review proceeds. Let's take a look at several cuts to get a sense of her art.
"Quando m'en vo": One of her first recordings was as Musetta in the Callas version of Puccini's "La Boheme" (Later on, Moffo sang Mimi, but she began here as Musetta), which is where this cut comes from. Her lovely, rich voice shows well in this aria. Her lush lyric soprano voice was a key hallmark of her singing. Liner notes refer to her, accurately from my perspective, as having a "warm, full, radiant tone." This is an animated and good version of Musetta's Waltz.
"Voi che sapete": From Mozart, she displays, again, a lovely voice that fits this piece well. She was regarded as a fine singing actress, and there are some nice hints of a character in this cut.
"Mad Scene": From "Lucia di Lammermoor," we have an early version of her singing the "Mad Scene" (later recordings suggest better coloratura singing). In "Il dolce suono" and "Ardon gl'incensi," her voice works well. Sweet, lovely singing. . . .Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Of everything the CD which I have of the beautiful Italian - American if he is the only one whom I had to keep, thus that would be the one there - Listen to the air of "the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Chistian
Anna Moffo was a beautiful woman blessed with a voice of gold. I first heard Anna Moffo on vinyl in a Reader's Digest Operetta album (Thankfully now restored to circulation on CD... Read morePublished 23 months ago by RONALD CORK
Die Csárdásfürstin is one of Moffo's greatest hits. Buy the DVD. She excelled in Mozart, Donizetti, Verdi, Puccini, she was beautiful, an accomplished actress... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Irwin Tallarico