The Great Renata Tebaldi

The Great Renata Tebaldi

by Renata TebaldiRenata Tebaldi

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Overview

Renata Tebaldi and Maria Callas started their careers at about the same time. Yet while Tebaldi enjoyed tremendous success in her heyday and is still regarded with almost reverential respect, it is fair to say that her star has been somewhat eclipsed by Callas. This is a shame, really, for Tebaldi not only possessed a drop-dead gorgeous voice; she also had considerable dramatic flair -- a class act in every respect. Start with the second disc of this set, and listen to the luscious tone and unforced power of her earliest Decca recordings (taped in 1949). Callas may bind the notes of "Tacea la notte placida" (Il Trovatore) in a tighter legato, but Tebaldi's has a marvelous sense of youthful spontaneity. For the next two decades, Tebaldi was Decca's star soprano (though Joan Sutherland nipped at her heels), giving us memorably exquisite portrayals of La Gioconda, Aïda, Desdemona, Amelia, Mimi, Tosca, Suor Angelica, Madama Butterfly, and other heroines. And while Callas helped to revive interest in the bel canto style of Bellini and Donizetti, Tebaldi reintroduced us to the beauties of neglected gems like La Wally and Adriana Lecouvreur. Opera buffs will want to have these complete sets, of course, but this wide-ranging compilation is a handsome souvenir of a glorious career.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/15/2002
Label: Decca
UPC: 0028947028024
catalogNumber: 470280
Rank: 39462

Tracks

  1. Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro
  2. Tosca, opera: Vissi d'arte
  3. La Wally, opera (dramma musicale) in 4 acts: Ebben?... Ne andrò lontana
  4. La Wally, opera: Prendi, fanciul, e serbala!
  5. La Gioconda, opera in 4 acts: Suicidio!
  6. Adriana Lecouvreur, opera: I fiori offerti in un'ora d'oblio... Poveri fiori
  7. Andrea Chénier, opera: Ecco l'altare... Eravate possente
  8. Mefistofele, opera: L'altra notte in fondo al mare
  9. Suor Angelica, opera: Senza mamma, o bimbo tu sei morto
  10. Il tabarro (The Cloak), opera: Michele! Michele!... Avevo ben ragione... Sì, vici
  11. La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West), opera: Una partita a poker!
  12. Turandot, opera: Signore, ascolta!
  13. Turandot, opera: Tu che di gel sei cinta
  14. La bohème, opera: Sì. Mi chiamano Mimì... O soave fanciulla
  15. Aida, opera: Ritorna vincitor!
  16. Il Trovatore, opera: Tacea la notte placida
  17. La Traviata, opera: Parigi, o cara, noi lasceremo
  18. La forza del destino, opera: Me pellegrina ed orfana
  19. La forza del destino, opera: Pace, pace, mio Dio!
  20. Otello, opera: Già nella notte densa
  21. Don Carlo, opera: Giustizia! o Sire
  22. Un ballo in maschera, opera: Morrò, ma prima in grazia
  23. Manon Lescaut, opera: Sola, perduta abbandonata
  24. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Con onor muore
  25. La regata Veneziana, songs (3) in Venetian dialect for voice & piano (Péchés de vieillesse, book 1)
  26. Vilja-Lied (from "Die lustige Witwe"), for voice & piano (or orchestra)

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