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Carlo Bergonzi - Italian Songs ~ Bellini · Verdi · Danza · Tosti · Donizetti · Rossini · Mascagni · Puccini

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Product Details

  • Performer: Vincenzo Bellini, Giuseppe Verdi, Luigi Denza, Gaetano Donizetti, Stefano Donaudy, et al.
  • Audio CD (November 24, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SONY MASTERWORKS
  • Run Time: 58 minutes
  • ASIN: B00000FCKS
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,856 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This album is quite simply put, exquisite! Bergonzi shows in this collection that even late in his career he could still produce that wonderful lyric beauty he was so famous for. My favorite song on this abum Donaudy's "Vaghissima sembianza" is so perfect, so shimmering, just so very beautiful. This song is worth the price of the album itself. Bergonzi's stylings on de Curtis' "Non ti scordar di me" will send one back to the recording of Beniamino Gigli, and favorably so. Begonzi also demonstrates a musicianship on this album that is second to none. Bergonzi was truly a "class act". This is one of the most beautiful, most perfect Neapolitan collections ever. This CD is a must have for lovers of Bergonzi, for lovers of Neapolitan songs, or just lovers of perfect singing!!
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This is a wonderful recording. Bergonzi's musical understanding of these songs in unparalleled. Bergonzi brings the same kind of musical intelligence, attention to phrasing and dynamic shading to these songs as Wunderlich brought to lieder. Although his delivery is deeply emotional, it never yields to the sentimental. Bergonzi's voice on this cd is perhaps past its prime (though some will contend that Bergonzi was always in his prime). Still it retains a rich timbre and evenness of tone, with plenty of power and a solid top resister to boot. However, in these songs Bergonzi is to be commended as much for his vocal restraint as for his power. Bergonzi is always sensitive to the graceful vocal line of the older songs on the cd, such as Vaga Luna and La Promessa, and his delivery of these songs is never crass or over-the-top. In this recording, as in many others, Bergonzi's performances epitomize the art of singing.
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I love this CD and recommend it to anyone who loves opera and clear, beautiful singing. The variety of songs ranges from meltingly romantic to playful and flippant. My Italian is not very good but his diction is so perfect I feel like I understand every word. Bergonzi's big, athletic voice gives the illusion of being barely under control. But of course it is under complete contol, never bellowing. John Wustman's supple, slender accompaniment is perfect, each introduction whets the listener's appetite for the song, which he then gently frames and supports. He does get to shine on "La Daza". This would be a great CD for those new to opera and is worth it for "Vaga luna" alone!
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This album followed an Avery Fisher Hall Recital in which, I believe, all of the material was performed. It is vintage middle/late Bergonzi with a number of definitive cuts. My favorites are Bellini's "Vaga Luna" which is personal and direct but full of languid, nocturnal atmosphere; "O Primavera" by Tirindelli and "Lolita" by Buzzi-Peccia which share an absolutely infectious charm and energy; and a deeply felt rendition of Tosti's "Ideale" that always brings me back to the concert itself which, for me, truly began to soar with the words "Io ti segui.."! But this recital is not merely a memento. This side of Tito Schipa I can't think of the tenor that could invest this material with as much warmth (one of the great Bergonzi assets!), restrained passion and beauty of sound. On the debit side, "La Danza" does not have quite the "tossed off" feel that it needs and the high notes at the end of "La Danza" and the otherwise superb "L'alba separa dalla luce l'ombra" point more to the years to come than to the great recordings that preceeded them. Don't worry about it. If you like italian songs you'll probably find something to love here!
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I must admit I wasn't a huge Bergonzi fan until I heard this album. I 've heard a few arias here and there of Bergonzi's never being that impressed. This was the first album I purchased of Bergonzi's and it was not my last. His technique of Neapolitan singing is all his own. He sings with full passion and power that include fire striking high notes and fantastic phrasing. Tosti's "L'alba separa dalla luce lombra" is the best I have ever heard and that includes Di Stefano's & Carreras' versions. Only Pavarotti sings a better "Non ti scordar di me". His voice isn't as "pretty" as Carreras' or Pav's, but it is pure Bergonzi! If you are a tenor fan, this album is a must!
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This CD is for lovers of Italian "classical" Ballads, and is highly recommended. Most of the songs are sung by Carlo with a piano accompaniment, so don't expect to hear grand opera.

A very lovely CD
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