Singers of the Century

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(Amadeus). The subjects of this third volume range from survivors of the so-called Golden Age of the 1890s, such as the formidable Lotte Lehman, to those whom the 20th century has bequeathed to the 21st, such as Cecilia Bartoli and Ian Bostridge. This is a personal selection that includes many of the great names, including Melchior, heldentenor of the century, and Gigli, the most popular Italian singer of his generation. The entire series (for this is the final volume) ends with a chapter on Caruso, still widely regarded as the greatest of

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Overview

(Amadeus). The subjects of this third volume range from survivors of the so-called Golden Age of the 1890s, such as the formidable Lotte Lehman, to those whom the 20th century has bequeathed to the 21st, such as Cecilia Bartoli and Ian Bostridge. This is a personal selection that includes many of the great names, including Melchior, heldentenor of the century, and Gigli, the most popular Italian singer of his generation. The entire series (for this is the final volume) ends with a chapter on Caruso, still widely regarded as the greatest of all.Steane's critical essays seek out the special qualities of each singer and relate them to wider concerns in music and in life. His eloquent descriptions of the nuances of the vocal art are wonderful examples of the best kind of music appreciation. HARDCOVER.

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The third in a series of volumes that collects vignettes on the life, times, and art of famous singers. Rather than presenting bland endorsements of well-established reputations, Steane (who writes for several music magazines) offers critical essays that seek out the singers' special qualities and relate them to wider concerns in music and life. Examples range from the formidable Lilli Lehman, who survived the golden age of the 1890s, to 20th-century artists like Caruso, still widely regarded as the greatest of them all. Most of the national schools are represented. The book contains many b&w photographs. Several chapters first appeared in . Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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A collection of essays on the lives of 50 remarkable singers from the great Adelina Patti, the most famous singer in the world in 1900, to Marian Anderson, African American contralto, to Bulgarian baritone, Boris Christoff, and Lucia Popp, whose early demise left the opera world mourning. Illustrated with fine b&w photographs and memorabilia. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574670578
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Series: Singers of the Century Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 275
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.53 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
List of illustrations
1 Richard Tauber 1
2 Emma Calve 6
3 Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 11
4 Feodor Chaliapin 16
5 Amelita Galli-Curci 21
6 Tito Gobbi 26
7 Nellie Melba 31
8 Maria Ivogun 36
9 Fernando De Lucia 41
10 Marian Anderson 46
11 Renato Zanelli 51
12 Ezio Pinza 56
13 Kathleen Ferrier 61
14 Giuseppe di Stefano 66
15 Luisa Tetrazzini 71
16 Joseph Hislop 76
17 Geraldine Farrar 81
18 Giacomo Lauri-Volpi 86
19 Carlo Bergonzi 91
20 Regine Crespin 96
21 Kirsten Flagstad 101
22 Antonio Scotti 106
23 Boris Christoff 111
24 Adelina Patti 116
25 John McCormack 121
26 Victoria de los Angeles 126
27 Birgit Nilsson 131
28 Joan Cross 136
29 Aureliano Pertile 141
30 Antonio Cortis 146
31 Christa Ludwig 151
32 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 156
33 Titta Ruffo 161
34 Maria Cebotari 166
35 Rosa Ponselle 171
36 Florence Austral 176
37 Arleen Auger 181
38 Giovanni Zenatello 186
39 Galina Vishnevskaya 191
40 Giuseppe De Luca 196
41 Lucia Popp 201
42 Ernestine Schumann-Heink 206
43 Jon Vickers 211
44 Elisabeth Rethberg 216
45 Martti Talvela 221
46 Toti Dal Monte 226
47 Robert Merrill 231
48 Dmitri Smirnov & Leonid Sobinov 236
49 Gundula Janowitz 241
50 Joan Sutherland 246
Dates, books and records 251
Index of singers 623
General index 267
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2001

    the final volume in Steane's series on great singers

    On one hand, this slim volume is heartily welcome as another fascinating collection of Steane's witty, concise articles discussing the vocal attributes of some of the century's greatest singers. On the other hand, this is the last volume in the series and it is sad to see these gems end. For anyone not familiar with them, these books collect 50 articles by Steane, each devoted to one (or more) singer of the 20th century (ie, the recorded era). Each article is a witty discussion of each singer's vocal qualities in terms that appeal to the novice as well as the seasoned operaphile. Highly recommended.

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