Puccini Arias

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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
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: 8/1/2006
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 828767876320
  • Catalog Number: 78763
  • Sales rank: 59,506

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro - Giacomo Puccini & Columbia Symphony Orchestra (2:25)
  2. 2 La bohème, opera: Quando me'n vo' soletta per la via - Giacomo Puccini & Columbia Symphony Orchestra (2:10)
  3. 3 La bohème, opera: Sì, mi chiamano Mimì - Giacomo Puccini & Columbia Symphony Orchestra (4:52)
  4. 4 La bohème, opera: Donde lieta uscì - Giacomo Puccini & Columbia Symphony Orchestra (3:07)
  5. 5 La Rondine (The Swallow), opera: Chi il bel sogno di Doretta - Giacomo Puccini & Columbia Symphony Orchestra (2:42)
  6. 6 Tosca, opera: Non la sospiri - Giacomo Puccini & Columbia Symphony Orchestra (2:40)
  7. 7 Tosca, opera: Vissi d'arte - Giacomo Puccini & Columbia Symphony Orchestra (3:01)
  8. 8 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Spira sul mare - Giacomo Puccini & Columbia Symphony Orchestra (2:52)
  9. 9 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Un bel dì vedremo - Giacomo Puccini & Columbia Symphony Orchestra (4:47)
  10. 10 Manon Lescaut, opera: In quelle trine morbide - Giacomo Puccini & Columbia Symphony Orchestra (2:18)
  11. 11 Turandot, opera: Tu che di gel sei cinta - Giacomo Puccini & Columbia Symphony Orchestra (2:46)
  12. 12 Turandot, opera: In questa reggia - Giacomo Puccini & Columbia Symphony Orchestra (5:48)
  13. 13 Alceste (French version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 44: Grands dieux! Du destin, qui m'accable - Christoph Willibald Gluck & Columbia Symphony Orchestra (4:14)
  14. 14 Ah! perfido! . . . Per pieta, non dirmi addio, scena and aria for soprano & orchestra, Op. 65 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Columbia Symphony Orchestra (12:18)
  15. 15 Fidelio, opera, Op. 72: Abscheulicher, wo eilst du hin? - Ludwig van Beethoven & Columbia Symphony Orchestra (6:58)
  16. 16 Der Freischütz, opera, J. 277 (Op. 77): Leise, leise, fromme Weise - Carl Maria von Weber & Columbia Symphony Orchestra (7:44)
  17. 17 Der Freischütz, opera, J. 277 (Op. 77): Und ob die Wolke sie verhülle - Carl Maria von Weber & Columbia Symphony Orchestra (4:58)
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Eileen Farrell Primary Artist
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