Benita Valente, Soprano

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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
One probably would not have to venture very far afield among fanciers of classical vocal music to find affirmation of soprano Benita Valente as one of the pre-eminent American concert singers of all time. However, for some reason the CD market has heretofore altogether lacked a disc that focused on Valente's artistry exclusively, in recordings made during her prime. Bridge's issue Benita Valente in its freshly minted series Great Singers of the 20th Century -- in which this appears as Vol. 1 -- appears to redress such shortfall. The Bridge issue combines recordings made originally for LP labels -- Desmar, Pantheon, and the still-active Centaur label -- and a couple of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
One probably would not have to venture very far afield among fanciers of classical vocal music to find affirmation of soprano Benita Valente as one of the pre-eminent American concert singers of all time. However, for some reason the CD market has heretofore altogether lacked a disc that focused on Valente's artistry exclusively, in recordings made during her prime. Bridge's issue Benita Valente in its freshly minted series Great Singers of the 20th Century -- in which this appears as Vol. 1 -- appears to redress such shortfall. The Bridge issue combines recordings made originally for LP labels -- Desmar, Pantheon, and the still-active Centaur label -- and a couple of recordings made at the Marlboro Festival, at which Valente was once a frequent flyer. Even some of the support staff here contains some legendary names -- pianists Rudolf Serkin and Richard Goode, conductor Alexander Schneider, and clarinetist Harold Wright among them -- and the tapes Bridge have been able to access for the project are excellently well preserved, even the previously unreleased live dates from Marlboro. If this volume is any indication of what's in store in Bridge's Great Singers of the 20th Century series, then enthusiasts of vocal music really have something to look forward to.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/8/2009
  • Label: Bridge
  • UPC: 090404931628
  • Catalog Number: 9316
  • Sales rank: 169,638

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Un moto di gioia mi sento, aria for soprano & orchestra, K. 579 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Richard Goode (1:40)
  2. 2 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Deh Vieni, non tardar - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & David Effron (4:48)
  3. 3 Vorrei spiegarvi, o Dio, aria for soprano & orchestra, K. 418 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Susan Gould (7:21)
  4. 4 Rinaldo, opera, HWV 7: Lascia ch'io pianga - George Frideric Handel & David Effron (4:33)
  5. 5 Heidenröslein ("Sah ein Knab..."), song for voice & piano, D. 257 (Op. 3/3) - Franz Schubert & Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1:49)
  6. 6 Nacht und Träume (Heil'ge Nacht, du sinkest nieder!"), song for voice & piano, D. 827 (Op. 43/2) - Franz Schubert & Matthaus Casimir von Collin (3:12)
  7. 7 Rastlose Liebe ("Dem Schnee, dem Regen"), song for voice & piano, D. 138 (Op. 5/1) - Franz Schubert & Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1:23)
  8. 8 Der Hirt auf dem Felsen ("Wenn auf dem höchsten Fels ich steh'"), for voice, clarinet (or cello) & piano, D. 965 (Op. posth. 129) - Franz Schubert & Wilhelm Müller (11:28)
  9. 9 Junge Liebe I ("Meine Liebe ist grün wie der Fliederbusch"), song for voice & piano, Op. 63/5 - Johannes Brahms & Richard Goode (1:19)
  10. 10 Vergebliches Ständchen ("Guten Abend, mein Schatz"), song for voice & piano, Op. 84/4 - Johannes Brahms & Richard Goode (1:38)
  11. 11 Auch kleine Dinge, song for voice & piano (Italienisches Liederbuch) - Hugo Wolf & Richard Goode (2:17)
  12. 12 Mir ward gesagt, song for voice & piano (Italienisches Liederbuch) - Hugo Wolf & Richard Goode (1:54)
  13. 13 Wer rief dich denn?, song for voice & piano (Italienisches Liederbuch) - Hugo Wolf & Richard Goode (1:07)
  14. 14 Du denkst mit einem Fädchen, song for voice & piano (Italienisches Liederbuch) - Hugo Wolf & Richard Goode (1:03)
  15. 15 Wie lange schon was immer mein Verlangen, song for voice & piano (Italienisches Liederbuch, No. 11) - Hugo Wolf & Richard Goode (2:12)
  16. 16 Ihr jungen Leute, song for voice & piano (Italienisches Liederbuch) - Hugo Wolf & Richard Goode (1:13)
  17. 17 Mein Liebster singt am Haus, song for voice & piano (Italienisches Liederbuch) - Hugo Wolf & Richard Goode (1:31)
  18. 18 Ich hab in Penna einen Liebsten, song for voice & piano (Italienisches Liederbuch) - Hugo Wolf & Richard Goode (1:02)
  19. 19 Il pleure dans mon coeur ("Il pleure dans mon coeur comme il pleut sur la ville"), song for voice & piano, L. 60/2 - Claude Debussy & Lydia Artymiw (2:13)
  20. 20 Chevaux de bois ("Tournez, tournez, bond chevaux de bois"), song for voice & piano, L. 60/4 - Claude Debussy & Lydia Artymiw (3:15)
  21. 21 Green ("Voici des fruits, des fleurs, des feuilles"), song for voice & piano, L. 60/5 - Claude Debussy & Lydia Artymiw (2:10)
  22. 22 Spleen ("Les roses était toutes rouges"), song for voice & piano, L. 60/6 - Claude Debussy & Lydia Artymiw (2:28)
  23. 23 Al amor, for voice & piano - Fernando J. Obradors & David Effron (1:14)
  24. 24 Con amores, la mia madre - Fernando J. Obradors & David Effron (1:32)
  25. 25 Del cabello más sutil, for voice & piano - Fernando J. Obradors & David Effron (2:01)
  26. 26 Chiquita la Novia - Fernando J. Obradors & David Effron (2:23)
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Benita Valente Primary Artist
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