Beniamino Gigli: A Life in Words and Music

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  • Release Date: 5/18/2004
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 636943814826
  • Catalog Number: 8558148-51
  • Sales rank: 278,647

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 La Gioconda, opera in 4 acts: Cielo e mar (is preceded by a brief spoken excerpt - Amilcare Ponchielli & Beniamino Gigli (5:22)
    Composed byAmilcare Ponchielli
    Performed byBeniamino Gigli, Graeme Kay
  2. 2 Beniamino Gigli: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples: Family background - Graeme Kay & Graeme Kay (5:20)
    Composed byGraeme Kay
    Performed byGraeme Kay
  3. 3 Beniamino Gigli: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples: Gigli's stage debut and poverty-stricken start - Graeme Kay & Graeme Kay (6:36)
    Composed byGraeme Kay
    Performed byGraeme Kay
  4. 4 La bohème, opera: O soave fanciulla - Giacomo Puccini & Beniamino Gigli (3:36)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Performed byBeniamino Gigli, Maria Zamboni
  5. 5 Beniamino Gigli: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples: Service in the household of Countess Spannocchi - Graeme Kay & Graeme Kay (3:19)
    Composed byGraeme Kay
    Performed byGraeme Kay
  6. 6 La favorita, opera: Spirto gentil - Gaetano Donizetti & Beniamino Gigli (4:03)
    Composed byGaetano Donizetti
    Performed byBeniamino Gigli, Maria Zamboni
  7. 7 Beniamino Gigli: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples: Colonel Delfino, and Giovanni Zerri's legal agreem - Graeme Kay & Graeme Kay (5:01)
    Composed byGraeme Kay
    Performed byGraeme Kay
  8. 8 O Surdato for voice & orchestra (with chorus, ad lib) - Enrico Cannio & Beniamino Gigli (2:26)
    Composed byEnrico Cannio
    Performed byBeniamino Gigli
  9. 9 Beniamino Gigli: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples: A hospital visit and a scholarship - Graeme Kay & Graeme Kay (2:18)
    Composed byGraeme Kay
    Performed byGraeme Kay
  10. 10 Lodoletta, opera in 3 acts: Ah! ritrovarla nella sua capanna - Pietro Mascagni & Beniamino Gigli (3:42)
    Composed byPietro Mascagni
    Performed byBeniamino Gigli
  11. 11 Beniamino Gigli: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples: Gigli graduates and makes his debut; he goes for t - Graeme Kay & Graeme Kay (6:31)
    Composed byGraeme Kay
    Performed byGraeme Kay
  12. 12 Tosca, opera: E lucevan le stelle - Giacomo Puccini & Beniamino Gigli (2:56)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Performed byBeniamino Gigli
  13. 13 Beniamino Gigli: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples: Marriage, Rome and a tour to Spain - Graeme Kay & Graeme Kay (4:13)
    Composed byGraeme Kay
    Performed byGraeme Kay
  14. 14 Iris, opera (melodramma) in 3 acts: Apri la tua finestra! - Pietro Mascagni & Beniamino Gigli (2:35)
    Composed byPietro Mascagni
    Performed byBeniamino Gigli
  15. 15 Beniamino Gigli: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples: A letter from Fred Gaisberg of HMV - Graeme Kay & Graeme Kay (4:15)
    Composed byGraeme Kay
    Performed byGraeme Kay
  16. 16 Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Mamma, quel vino è generoso - Pietro Mascagni & Beniamino Gigli (4:18)
    Composed byPietro Mascagni
    Performed byBeniamino Gigli
  17. 17 Beniamino Gigli: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples: Gigli conquers South America, and receives an offe - Graeme Kay & Graeme Kay (3:35)
    Composed byGraeme Kay
    Performed byGraeme Kay
  18. 18 Beniamino Gigli: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples: Metropolitan Opera debut in Mefistofele - Graeme Kay & Graeme Kay (4:42)
    Composed byGraeme Kay
    Performed byGraeme Kay
  19. 19 Mefistofele, opera in prologue, 4 acts & epilogue: Giunto sul passo estremo - Arrigo Boito & Beniamino Gigli (3:27)
    Composed byArrigo Boito
    Performed byBeniamino Gigli
Disc 2
  1. 1 Beniamino Gigli: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples: The critics' verdict, and more performances - Graeme Kay & Graeme Kay (4:41)
    Composed byGraeme Kay
    Performed byGraeme Kay
  2. 2 Lucia di Lammermoor, opera: Tombe degl'avi miei - Gaetano Donizetti & Beniamino Gigli (4:40)
    Composed byGaetano Donizetti
    Performed byBeniamino Gigli
  3. 3 Beniamino Gigli: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples: Gigli's fate becomes entwined with Caruso's - Graeme Kay & Graeme Kay (7:30)
    Composed byGraeme Kay
    Performed byGraeme Kay
  4. 4 Andrea Chénier, opera: Un dì all'azzurro spazio' - Umberto Giordano & Beniamino Gigli (4:26)
    Composed byUmberto Giordano
    Performed byBeniamino Gigli
  5. 5 Beniamino Gigli: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples: Who will be Caruso's successor? - Graeme Kay & Graeme Kay (5:49)
    Composed byGraeme Kay
    Performed byGraeme Kay
  6. 6 La Traviata, opera: De'miei bollenti spiriti - Giuseppe Verdi & Beniamino Gigli (4:22)
    Composed byGiuseppe Verdi
    Performed byBeniamino Gigli
  7. 7 Beniamino Gigli: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples: Life forms a regular pattern, and Gigli learns to - Graeme Kay & Graeme Kay (2:06)
    Composed byGraeme Kay
    Performed byGraeme Kay
  8. 8 Le Roi d'Ys, opera in 3 acts: Vainement, ma bien aimée - Edouard Lalo & Beniamino Gigli (3:26)
    Composed byEdouard Lalo
    Performed byBeniamino Gigli
  9. 9 Beniamino Gigli: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples: Manon at the Met - Graeme Kay & Graeme Kay (0:57)
    Composed byGraeme Kay
    Performed byGraeme Kay
  10. 10 Manon, comic opera in 5 acts: O dolce incanto - Jules Massenet & Beniamino Gigli (3:36)
    Composed byJules Massenet
    Performed byBeniamino Gigli
  11. 11 Beniamino Gigli: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples: Catalani's Loreley - Graeme Kay & Graeme Kay (0:50)
    Composed byGraeme Kay
    Performed byGraeme Kay
  12. 12 Loreley, opera (azione romantica) in 3 acts: Nel verde maggio - Alfredo Catalani & Beniamino Gigli (2:28)
    Composed byAlfredo Catalani
    Performed byBeniamino Gigli
  13. 13 Beniamino Gigli: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples: Summer in Italy, then back to New York and some ph - Graeme Kay & Graeme Kay (4:33)
    Composed byGraeme Kay
    Performed byGraeme Kay
  14. 14 Roméo et Juliette, opera: Ah! ne fuis pas encore! - Charles Gounod & Lucrezia Bori (2:14)
    Composed byCharles Gounod
    Performed byLucrezia Bori, Beniamino Gigli
  15. 15 Beniamino Gigli: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples: Honorary Captain of the NYPD - Graeme Kay & Graeme Kay (2:22)
    Composed byGraeme Kay
    Performed byGraeme Kay
  16. 16 L' Africaine, grand opera in 5 acts: O paradiso - Giacomo Meyerbeer & Beniamino Gigli (3:57)
    Composed byGiacomo Meyerbeer
    Performed byBeniamino Gigli
  17. 17 Beniamino Gigli: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples: Flourishing finances and professional rivalries - Graeme Kay & Graeme Kay (4:49)
    Composed byGraeme Kay
    Performed byGraeme Kay
  18. 18 Beniamino Gigli: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples: Crushing remarks; the attraction of radio - Graeme Kay & Graeme Kay (3:40)
    Composed byGraeme Kay
    Performed byGraeme Kay
  19. 19 The Lost Chord, song for voice & piano - Arthur Sullivan & Beniamino Gigli (4:29)
    Composed byArthur Sullivan
    Performed byBeniamino Gigli
  20. 20 Beniamino Gigli: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples: A new decade, and the honour of playing Nemorino a - Graeme Kay & Graeme Kay (1:31)
    Composed byGraeme Kay
    Performed byGraeme Kay
  21. 21 L'elisir d'amore, opera: Quanto è bella - Gaetano Donizetti & Beniamino Gigli (2:52)
    Composed byGaetano Donizetti
    Performed byBeniamino Gigli
Disc 3
  1. 1 Beniamino Gigli: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples: Debuts in Paris and London, and London's critical - Graeme Kay & Graeme Kay (4:43)
    Composed byGraeme Kay
    Performed byGraeme Kay
  2. 2 Martha, opera: M'apparì (Ach! So fromm) - Friedrich von Flotow & Beniamino Gigli (3:39)
    Composed byFriedrich von Flotow
    Performed byBeniamino Gigli
  3. 3 Beniamino Gigli: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples: Crisis: the death of Gigli's mother, and tension a - Graeme Kay & Graeme Kay (3:44)
    Composed byGraeme Kay
    Performed byGraeme Kay
  4. 4 Beniamino Gigli: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples: Departure from the Met - Graeme Kay & Graeme Kay (4:28)
    Composed byGraeme Kay
    Performed byGraeme Kay
  5. 5 Beniamino Gigli: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples: America's loss is Europe's Gain - Graeme Kay & Graeme Kay (6:40)
    Composed byGraeme Kay
    Performed byGraeme Kay
  6. 6 Gigli in an interview at the Savoy Hotel, London (Speech) - Beniamino Gigli & Beniamino Gigli (0:43)
    Composed byBeniamino Gigli
    Performed byBeniamino Gigli
  7. 7 Beniamino Gigli: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples: Cherished London reviews - Graeme Kay & Graeme Kay (1:41)
    Composed byGraeme Kay
    Performed byGraeme Kay
  8. 8 Pagliacci, opera: No, Pagliaccio non son! - Ruggero Leoncavallo & Beniamino Gigli (3:14)
    Composed byRuggero Leoncavallo
    Performed byBeniamino Gigli
  9. 9 Beniamino Gigli: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples: Recording reflects the drama - Graeme Kay & Graeme Kay (1:08)
    Composed byGraeme Kay
    Performed byGraeme Kay
  10. 10 Pagliacci, opera: Suvvia, così terribile - Ruggero Leoncavallo & Beniamino Gigli (2:57)
    Composed byRuggero Leoncavallo
    Performed byBeniamino Gigli
  11. 11 Beniamino Gigli: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples: Touring, Gigli's working relationships, and a new - Graeme Kay & Graeme Kay (5:59)
    Composed byGraeme Kay
    Performed byGraeme Kay
  12. 12 Non ti scordar di me, for voice & orchestra (& chorus ad lib) - Ernesto de Curtis & Beniamino Gigli (3:17)
    Composed byErnesto de Curtis
    Performed byBeniamino Gigli
  13. 13 Beniamino Gigli: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples: Film popularity, Hitler and Goebbels, and the Cara - Graeme Kay & Graeme Kay (4:44)
    Composed byGraeme Kay
    Performed byGraeme Kay
  14. 14 La bohème, opera: Che gelida manina - Giacomo Puccini & Beniamino Gigli (4:25)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Performed byBeniamino Gigli
  15. 15 Beniamino Gigli: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples: Voice expert John Steane's recommendation - Graeme Kay & Graeme Kay (0:28)
    Composed byGraeme Kay
    Performed byGraeme Kay
  16. 16 La bohème, opera: O soave fanciulla - Giacomo Puccini & Licia Albanese (3:34)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Performed byLicia Albanese, Beniamino Gigli
  17. 17 Beniamino Gigli: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples: A new recording of Tosca - Graeme Kay & Graeme Kay (2:41)
    Composed byGraeme Kay
    Performed byGraeme Kay
  18. 18 Tosca, opera: Recondita armonia - Giacomo Puccini & Beniamino Gigli (2:49)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Performed byBeniamino Gigli, Giulio Tomei
  19. 19 Beniamino Gigli: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples: Patience and hard work produce "a perfect set of m - Graeme Kay & Graeme Kay (2:36)
    Composed byGraeme Kay
    Performed byGraeme Kay
  20. 20 Tosca, opera: E lucevan le stelle - Giacomo Puccini & Beniamino Gigli (2:41)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Performed byBeniamino Gigli
  21. 21 Beniamino Gigli: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples: A return to America and the Met - Graeme Kay & Graeme Kay (4:34)
    Composed byGraeme Kay
    Performed byGraeme Kay
  22. 22 Requiem Mass, for soloists, chorus & orchestra (Manzoni Requiem): Ingemisco - Giuseppe Verdi & Beniamino Gigli (3:39)
    Composed byGiuseppe Verdi
    Performed byBeniamino Gigli
  23. 23 Beniamino Gigli: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples: The recording of Madama Butterfly - Graeme Kay & Graeme Kay (0:37)
    Composed byGraeme Kay
    Performed byGraeme Kay
  24. 24 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Closing moments of Act 1 - Giacomo Puccini & Beniamino Gigli (4:18)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Performed byBeniamino Gigli, Toti Dal Monte
Disc 4
  1. 1 Beniamino Gigli: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples: War keeps Gigli in Italy - Graeme Kay & Graeme Kay (2:56)
    Composed byGraeme Kay
    Performed byGraeme Kay
  2. 2 Introductory speech to Cavalleria rusticana by Mascagni (1940) - Pietro Mascagni & Spoken Word (0:50)
    Composed bySpoken Word
    Performed byPietro Mascagni
  3. 3 Beniamino Gigli: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples: Introductory speech to Cavalleria rusticana by Mas - Graeme Kay & Graeme Kay (0:58)
    Composed byGraeme Kay
    Performed byGraeme Kay
  4. 4 Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Mamma, quel vino è generoso - Pietro Mascagni & Beniamino Gigli (4:45)
    Composed byPietro Mascagni
    Performed byBeniamino Gigli
  5. 5 Beniamino Gigli: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples: More role debuts, Gigli's wartime films, and Andre - Graeme Kay & Graeme Kay (6:41)
    Composed byGraeme Kay
    Performed byGraeme Kay
  6. 6 Andrea Chénier, opera: Un dì all'azzurro spazio - Umberto Giordano & Beniamino Gigli (5:09)
    Composed byUmberto Giordano
    Performed byBeniamino Gigli
  7. 7 Beniamino Gigli: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples: John Steane's verdict - Graeme Kay & Graeme Kay (0:28)
    Composed byGraeme Kay
    Performed byGraeme Kay
  8. 8 Andrea Chénier, opera: Come un bel dì di maggio - Umberto Giordano & Beniamino Gigli (3:04)
    Composed byUmberto Giordano
    Performed byBeniamino Gigli
  9. 9 Beniamino Gigli: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples: Rome Opera house rallies wartime spirits - Graeme Kay & Graeme Kay (1:06)
    Composed byGraeme Kay
    Performed byGraeme Kay
  10. 10 Un ballo in maschera, opera: Teco io sto - Gran Dio - Giuseppe Verdi & Maria Caniglia (1:21)
    Composed byGiuseppe Verdi
    Performed byMaria Caniglia, Beniamino Gigli
  11. 11 Un ballo in maschera, opera: Non sai tu che se l'anima mia - Giuseppe Verdi & Maria Caniglia (3:33)
    Composed byGiuseppe Verdi
    Performed byMaria Caniglia, Beniamino Gigli
  12. 12 Un ballo in maschera, opera: Oh, qual soave brivido - Giuseppe Verdi & Maria Caniglia (3:24)
    Composed byGiuseppe Verdi
    Performed byMaria Caniglia, Beniamino Gigli
  13. 13 Beniamino Gigli: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples: Gigli's political affiliations - Graeme Kay & Graeme Kay (6:32)
    Composed byGraeme Kay
    Performed byGraeme Kay
  14. 14 Aida, opera: Celeste Aida - Giuseppe Verdi & Beniamino Gigli (4:35)
    Composed byGiuseppe Verdi
    Performed byBeniamino Gigli
  15. 15 Beniamino Gigli: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples: Postwar Italy: an HMV manager's report - Graeme Kay & Graeme Kay (1:00)
    Composed byGraeme Kay
    Performed byGraeme Kay
  16. 16 Aida, opera: Per ti riveggo, mia dolce Aida - Giuseppe Verdi & Beniamino Gigli (3:15)
    Composed byGiuseppe Verdi
    Performed byBeniamino Gigli
  17. 17 Beniamino Gigli: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples: Covent Garden with Rina, then a tour of Britain an - Graeme Kay & Graeme Kay (6:18)
    Composed byGraeme Kay
    Performed byGraeme Kay
  18. 18 Speech given by Gigli after a concert at the Royal Albert Hall - Beniamino Gigli & Beniamino Gigli (0:42)
    Composed byBeniamino Gigli
    Performed byBeniamino Gigli
  19. 19 Beniamino Gigli: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples: The final phase - and no thoughts of retirement - Graeme Kay & Graeme Kay (2:47)
    Composed byGraeme Kay
    Performed byGraeme Kay
  20. 20 Ritorna Amore - Manlio di Veroli & Beniamino Gigli (3:34)
    Composed byManlio di Veroli
    Performed byBeniamino Gigli
  21. 21 Beniamino Gigli: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples: A last visit to the USA - Graeme Kay & Graeme Kay (1:14)
    Composed byGraeme Kay
    Performed byGraeme Kay
  22. 22 Santa Lucia for voice & orchestra - Teodoro Cottrau & Beniamino Gigli (3:06)
    Composed byTeodoro Cottrau
    Performed byBeniamino Gigli
  23. 23 Beniamino Gigli: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples: Gigli's death, his obituaries, and his place in th - Graeme Kay & Graeme Kay (9:04)
    Composed byGraeme Kay
    Performed byGraeme Kay
  24. 24 L' Africaine, grand opera in 5 acts: O paradiso (ending) - Giacomo Meyerbeer & Graeme Kay (2:28)
    Composed byGiacomo Meyerbeer
    Performed byGraeme Kay
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