Puccini Arias

Puccini Arias

by Eileen Farrell
     
 

Although it might not be readily apparent in the Eileen Farrell bin at your local record store, if there is one, she has been on plenty of CDs, usually in a supporting role rather than as the star. Late in life she recorded a whole series of discs for Reference Recordings, and individual tracks by Farrell are often used in themed compilations of various kinds. But…  See more details below

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Although it might not be readily apparent in the Eileen Farrell bin at your local record store, if there is one, she has been on plenty of CDs, usually in a supporting role rather than as the star. Late in life she recorded a whole series of discs for Reference Recordings, and individual tracks by Farrell are often used in themed compilations of various kinds. But anyone who experienced Farrell in the days of LPs would have thought of her as a Columbia Masterworks artist primarily, and among record companies CBS' successor Sony Classical seems about the least enthusiastic in making her back catalog available. In the whole of the CD era, only two Eileen Farrell re-releases have appeared under the Sony banner: I've Got a Right to Sing the Blues, which highlights her awesome facility with pop material, and the Masterworks Heritage issue Eileen Farrell Sings Verdi. Eileen Farrell: Puccini Arias and Others in the Great Tradition represents Sony's third go-round with Farrell's back catalog, and we'll take it -- hopefully the third time will prove the charm, as everything on here is just splendid. It's funny how devotees of historical sopranos forgive such past singers for quirks that would normally cause them to look down the ends of their noses at a present-day singer exhibiting vocal irregularities in concert -- we forgive Maria Callas for her cottony chest voice and tolerate Leyla Gencer's loopiness. However, Farrell simply doesn't have these kinds of defects; her singing is pure, always flawlessly in tune, rich with characterization, and very, very powerful. Farrell practically pins the listener against the back wall with sheer emotive energy and volume in her rendering of the aria "In questa reggia" from "Turandot" heard here. The recordings, made by CBS in stereo in 1958 and 1959, are fantastic and transferred beautifully on Eileen Farrell: Puccini Arias and Others in the Great Tradition. It also bears a nice appreciation by Farrell's biographer Brian Kellow. About the only thing wrong with Eileen Farrell: Puccini Arias and Others in the Great Tradition is that, while the original front cover image reproduced here features the name of conductor Max Rudolf in its correct spelling, on the back cover it is spelled "Rudolph." A pity, as the quality of Rudolf's conducting goes far beyond what is usually required to accompany a singer. Nevertheless, we'll still gladly take this -- maybe next time Sony will get it right.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/01/2006
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0828767876320
catalogNumber:
78763
Rank:
98404

Tracks

  1. Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro  - Giacomo Puccini  -  Columbia Symphony Orchestra  - Eileen Farrell  - Max Rudolf
  2. La bohème, opera: Quando me'n vo' soletta per la via  - Giacomo Puccini  -  Columbia Symphony Orchestra  - Eileen Farrell  - Max Rudolf
  3. La bohème, opera: Sì, mi chiamano Mimì  - Giacomo Puccini  -  Columbia Symphony Orchestra  - Eileen Farrell  - Max Rudolf
  4. La bohème, opera: Donde lieta uscì  - Giacomo Puccini  -  Columbia Symphony Orchestra  - Eileen Farrell  - Max Rudolf
  5. La Rondine (The Swallow), opera: Chi il bel sogno di Doretta  - Giacomo Puccini  -  Columbia Symphony Orchestra  - Eileen Farrell  - Max Rudolf
  6. Tosca, opera: Non la sospiri  - Giacomo Puccini  -  Columbia Symphony Orchestra  - Eileen Farrell  - Max Rudolf
  7. Tosca, opera: Vissi d'arte  - Giacomo Puccini  -  Columbia Symphony Orchestra  - Eileen Farrell  - Max Rudolf
  8. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Spira sul mare  - Giacomo Puccini  -  Columbia Symphony Orchestra  - Eileen Farrell  - Max Rudolf
  9. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Un bel dì vedremo  - Giacomo Puccini  -  Columbia Symphony Orchestra  - Eileen Farrell  - Max Rudolf
  10. Manon Lescaut, opera: In quelle trine morbide  - Giacomo Puccini  -  Columbia Symphony Orchestra  - Eileen Farrell  - Max Rudolf
  11. Turandot, opera: Tu che di gel sei cinta  - Giacomo Puccini  -  Columbia Symphony Orchestra  - Eileen Farrell  - Max Rudolf
  12. Turandot, opera: In questa reggia  - Giacomo Puccini  -  Columbia Symphony Orchestra  - Eileen Farrell  - Max Rudolf
  13. Alceste (French version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 44: Grands dieux! Du destin, qui m'accable  - Christoph Willibald Gluck  -  Columbia Symphony Orchestra  - Eileen Farrell  - Max Rudolf
  14. Ah! perfido! . . . Per pieta, non dirmi addio, scena and aria for soprano & orchestra, Op. 65  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Columbia Symphony Orchestra  - Eileen Farrell  - Max Rudolf
  15. Fidelio, opera, Op. 72: Abscheulicher, wo eilst du hin?  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Columbia Symphony Orchestra  - Eileen Farrell  - Max Rudolf
  16. Der Freischütz, opera, J. 277 (Op. 77): Leise, leise, fromme Weise  - Carl Maria von Weber  -  Columbia Symphony Orchestra  - Eileen Farrell  - Max Rudolf
  17. Der Freischütz, opera, J. 277 (Op. 77): Und ob die Wolke sie verhülle  - Carl Maria von Weber  -  Columbia Symphony Orchestra  - Eileen Farrell  - Max Rudolf

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