Giuseppe di Stefano: The Decca Recordings

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All Music Guide - Patsy Morita
This 2011 set from Decca combines four recording Giuseppe di Stefano made between 1956 and 1965. It gives anyone unfamiliar with the great, post-World War II tenor a taste of what he sounded like in his prime and in the repertoire for which he was best known. There are two discs of the Italian and Neapolitan songs, including "Torna a Surriento," the songs he sang before he appeared on the operatic stage and were on some of his first, and most popular, recordings. There's also a disc of some of the most celebrated tenor arias, such as "E lucevan le stelle," from "Tosca"; "Nessun dorma," from "Turandot"; and "Salut! Demeure chaste et pure," from "Faust." The final two discs ...
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All Music Guide - Patsy Morita
This 2011 set from Decca combines four recording Giuseppe di Stefano made between 1956 and 1965. It gives anyone unfamiliar with the great, post-World War II tenor a taste of what he sounded like in his prime and in the repertoire for which he was best known. There are two discs of the Italian and Neapolitan songs, including "Torna a Surriento," the songs he sang before he appeared on the operatic stage and were on some of his first, and most popular, recordings. There's also a disc of some of the most celebrated tenor arias, such as "E lucevan le stelle," from "Tosca"; "Nessun dorma," from "Turandot"; and "Salut! Demeure chaste et pure," from "Faust." The final two discs are a complete performance of Donizetti's "L'elisir d'amore," with di Stefano portraying the love-struck Nemorino and Hilde Gueden as the fickle Adina, all conducted by Francesco Molinari-Pradelli.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/29/2011
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947829430
  • Catalog Number: 001589102

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A la Barcillunisa, Sicilian folk song - Dino Olivieri & Alberto Favara (2:49)
  2. 2 Nota di li lavannàri - Dino Olivieri & Sicilian Traditional (2:51)
  3. 3 A la vallelunghisa - Dino Olivieri & Sicilian Traditional (2:15)
  4. 4 Muttetti di lu paliu - Dino Olivieri & Sicilian Traditional (2:57)
  5. 5 Chiovu "Abballati" - Dino Olivieri & Sicilian Traditional (1:25)
  6. 6 Cantu a Timuni - Dino Olivieri & Sicilian Traditional (2:19)
  7. 7 Firenze Sogna for voice & orchestra (& chorus ad lib) - Cesare Cesarini & Dino Olivieri (3:15)
  8. 8 A Canzone 'e Napule for voice & orchestra - Ernesto de Curtis & Dino Olivieri (4:18)
  9. 9 Chitarra Romana for voice & orchestra - Eldo di Lazzaro & Eldo di Lazzaro (2:39)
  10. 10 Parlami D'Amore, Mariu for voice & orchestra - Cesare Andrea Bixio & Dino Olivieri (3:15)
  11. 11 Munasterio 'e Santa-Chiara (The Monastery at Santa Chiara), song - Alberto Barberis & Dino Olivieri (4:31)
  12. 12 Ti voglio tanto bene, for voice & orchestra - Ernesto de Curtis & Dino Olivieri (3:13)
  13. 13 Canta pe'me, for voice & orchestra - Ernesto de Curtis & Dino Olivieri (3:06)
  14. 14 Che t'aggia dì! - Evemero Nardella & Dino Olivieri (2:44)
  15. 15 Come è bello far l'amore quanno è sera - Simi & Dino Olivieri (2:38)
  16. 16 Sicilia bedda (Sicilia bella), for voice & keyboard/orchestra - Dino Olivieri & Vancheri (4:18)
  17. 17 Fili D'Oro, for voice & orchestra - Francesco Bongiovanni & Dino Olivieri (4:03)
  18. 18 Addio, sogni di gloria, for voice & orchestra - Dino Olivieri & Rivi (4:26)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Torna a Surriento, for voice & piano (or orchestra) - Ernesto de Curtis & New Symphony Orchestra of London (2:36)
  2. 2 Tu, ca nun chiagne!, for voice & piano (or orchestra) - Ernesto de Curtis & Libero Bovio (3:15)
  3. 3 Sona Chitarra! for voice & orchestra - Ernesto de Curtis & Libero Bovio (3:14)
  4. 4 Lacreme Napulitane for voice & orchestra - Francesco Bongiovanni & Libero Bovio (4:44)
  5. 5 Napule Canta for voice & orchestra - Ernesto Tagliaferri & Libero Bovio (3:02)
  6. 6 O surdato 'nnammurato - Giovanni Battista Califano & Enrico Cannio (2:42)
  7. 7 Core 'ngrato (Catari), for voice & orchestra - Salvatore Cardillo & Riccardo Cordiferro (6:57)
  8. 8 Piscatore 'E Pusilleco for voice & orchestra - Ernesto Tagliaferri & New Symphony Orchestra of London (3:54)
  9. 9 Era de maggio, song - Pasquale Mario Costa & Mauro Costa (3:41)
  10. 10 Scetate for voice & orchestra - Pasquale Mario Costa & New Symphony Orchestra of London (3:47)
  11. 11 Addio, mia bella Napoli, for voice & orchestra - Nicola Valente & Vincenzo Valente (3:36)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Andrea Chénier, opera: Colpito qui m'avete... Un dì, all'azzurro spazio - Umberto Giordano & Luigi Illica (5:57)
  2. 2 Andrea Chénier, opera: Come un bel dì di maggio - Umberto Giordano & Luigi Illica (3:22)
  3. 3 Tosca, opera: Recondita armonia - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Giacosa (3:09)
  4. 4 Tosca, opera: E lucevan le stelle - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Giacosa (3:13)
  5. 5 Turandot, opera: Non piangere, Liù - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Adami (2:48)
  6. 6 Turandot, opera: Nessun dorma - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Adami (3:34)
  7. 7 Werther, lyric drama in 4 acts: Pourquoi me réveiller - Jules Massenet & Edouard Blau (3:07)
  8. 8 Manon, opera in 5 acts: Instant charmant... en ferment les yeux - Jules Massenet & Henri Meilhac (3:45)
  9. 9 Carmen, opera: La fleur que tu m'avais jetée - Jacques-François Fromental Halévy & Georges Bizet (4:22)
  10. 10 Faust, opera: Quel trouble inconnu me pénètre... Salut! demeure - Charles Gounod & Jules Barbier (6:16)
  11. 11 Les Pêcheurs de perles, opera in 3 acts: De mon amie, fleur endormie - Georges Bizet & Michel Carré (2:11)
Disc 4
  1. 1–29 L'elisir d'amore, opera - Gaetano Donizetti & Renato Capecchi (108:56)
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