Brava Berganza! Rossini (2CD)

Teresa Berganza; London Symphony Orchestra

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April 13, 2018

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A newly remastered collection of four original Decca albums featuring the Spanish mezzo-soprano at the height of her powers in the repertoire most associated with her, from Rossini to folk and popular songs from her native Spain.

Born in 1935, Teresa Berganza was in her mid-twenties when she made the recordings on this album, yet she was already the darling of the opera press by June 1959, when Decca first issued the wide-ranging recital of Rossini arias which opens this anthology, moving with assured mastery from the flirtatious Isabella in L?italiana in Algeri to the grave beauty of ?Fac ut portem? from the Stabat mater. Later the same year she recorded a sequence of eight Basque songs with orchestra which captivatingly exploits the dark, sultry shadings within her mezzo. Although the Rossini LP has been issued piecemeal on CD, this is the first time the entire recital appears in its entirety.

A year later, Berganza was established as an artist of singular gifts who would lend distinction to the extraordinary ?gala sequence? inserted in the second act of the label?s new Viennese recording of Die Fledermaus, capable of standing her own alongside the likes of Björling, Nilsson, Sutherland and Tebaldi. Her contribution to that album was a Lullaby by her husband Félix Lavilla, which they recorded together not in Vienna but Kingsway Hall, London.

As her long-standing accompanist, Lavilla partnered Berganza in a 1962 recital of Spanish song that captures the mezzo-soprano on vibrant form, bringing her flaring tone, dramatic energy and captivating charisma to Baroque arias by Pergolesi and Scarlatti as well as songs by Granados and Turina, finishing with a classic account of Falla?s Siete canciones populares españolas from 1959. As Richard Wigmore remarks in his new booklet appreciation, not even the legendary Conchita Supervia gave a more thrilling, spine-tingling performance of the cycle?s concluding ?Polo?.

?She is equally at home in the fiendish Cenerentola finale (the best I?ve ever heard) and in the long sweeping line of ?Fac ut portem?? I can see no obstacle to a long and brilliant career for this singer. The accompaniments are clear and firm, and Decca?s stereo sound is bright and full. I recommend this record without hesitation.? High Fidelity, April 1960 (Rossini)

?In the Basque songs she immediately identifies herself with each mood from tenderness to humour? I called her performance of [the Falla songs] incomparable, and it still remains so, with her completely idiomatic interpretation, vitality, exemplary enunciation, beautifully clean melismata, and wide range of colour? If for any reason you didn?t have a copy before, make good the omission straight away.? Gramophone, October 1972


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Key Value
Catalogue number ELQ4826397
Barcode 0028948263974
Number of items 2
Packaging type Jewel Case
Imported No
Weight 150g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 150mm x 25mm x 150mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Il Barbiere Di Siviglia 1. Una Voce Poco Fa -
2. 2. Contro Un Cor Che Accende Amore -
3. L’italiana In Algeri 3. Cruda Sorte! Amor Tiranno! -
4. 4. Per Lui Che Adoro -
5. 5. Amici … Pensa All Patria -
6. 6. Stabat Mater: Fac Ut Portem Christi Mortem -
7. 7. Semiramide: Bel Raggio Lusinghier -
8. 8. La Cenerentola: Nacqui All’affanno E Al Pianto … Non Più Mesta -
9. 9. GUERRERO: Sagrario’s Romanza -
10. 10. MARQUÈS: Margarita’s Romanza -
11. 11–18. DONOSTÍA, DE AZCUE: Eight Basque Songs -
19. 19. MUÑOZ, VALVERDE: Clavelitos* -

Disc 2

Track Listing — Disc 2

Song Title Time
1. 1. CHERUBINI Ahi! Che Forse Ai Miei Dì (Demofonte) -
2. 2. CESTI Intorno All’idol Mio (Orontea) -
3. 3. Attrib. PERGOLESI Confusa, Smarrita -
4. A. SCARLATTI 4. Qual Mia Colpa … Se Delitto è L’adorarvi -
5. 5. Chi Vuol Innamorarsi -
6. 6. La Rosaura -
7. 7. Elitropio D’amor -
8. 8. GURIDI Cómo Quieres Que Adivine -
9. 9. GURIDI Mañanita De San Juan -
10. 10. LAVILLA Four Basque Songs -
11. 11. TURINA Saeta En Forme De Salve A La Virgen De La Esperanza, Op. 60 -
12. 12. GRANADOS El Tra La La Y El Punteado -
13. 13. GRANADOS El Majo Timido -
14. 14. GRANADOS La Maja Dolorosa -
15. 15. TURINA Farruca (Treptico) -
16. 16–22 FALLA Seven Popular Spanish Songs -
23. 23. LAVILLA Lullaby -