The Great Renata Tebaldi

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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
Renata Tebaldi and Maria Callas started their careers at about the same time. Yet while Tebaldi enjoyed tremendous success in her heyday and is still regarded with almost reverential respect, it is fair to say that her star has been somewhat eclipsed by Callas. This is a shame, really, for Tebaldi not only possessed a drop-dead gorgeous voice; she also had considerable dramatic flair -- a class act in every respect. Start with the second disc of this set, and listen to the luscious tone and unforced power of her earliest Decca recordings taped in 1949. Callas may bind the notes of "Tacea la notte placida" Il Trovatore in a tighter legato, but Tebaldi's has a ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
Renata Tebaldi and Maria Callas started their careers at about the same time. Yet while Tebaldi enjoyed tremendous success in her heyday and is still regarded with almost reverential respect, it is fair to say that her star has been somewhat eclipsed by Callas. This is a shame, really, for Tebaldi not only possessed a drop-dead gorgeous voice; she also had considerable dramatic flair -- a class act in every respect. Start with the second disc of this set, and listen to the luscious tone and unforced power of her earliest Decca recordings taped in 1949. Callas may bind the notes of "Tacea la notte placida" Il Trovatore in a tighter legato, but Tebaldi's has a marvelous sense of youthful spontaneity. For the next two decades, Tebaldi was Decca's star soprano though Joan Sutherland nipped at her heels, giving us memorably exquisite portrayals of La Gioconda, Aïda, Desdemona, Amelia, Mimi, Tosca, Suor Angelica, Madama Butterfly, and other heroines. And while Callas helped to revive interest in the bel canto style of Bellini and Donizetti, Tebaldi reintroduced us to the beauties of neglected gems like La Wally and Adriana Lecouvreur. Opera buffs will want to have these complete sets, of course, but this wide-ranging compilation is a handsome souvenir of a glorious career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/15/2002
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947028024
  • Catalog Number: 470280
  • Sales rank: 107,248

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro - Lamberto Gardelli & Giacomo Puccini (2:16)
  2. 2 Tosca, opera: Vissi d'arte - Giacomo Puccini & Luigi Illica (3:22)
  3. 3 La Wally, opera (dramma musicale) in 4 acts: Ebben?... Ne andrò lontana - Fausto Cleva & Alfredo Catalani (5:03)
  4. 4 La Wally, opera: Prendi, fanciul, e serbala! - Fausto Cleva & Alfredo Catalani (4:20)
  5. 5 La Gioconda, opera in 4 acts: Suicidio! - Amilcare Ponchielli & Arrigo Boito (4:32)
  6. 6 Adriana Lecouvreur, opera: I fiori offerti in un'ora d'oblio... Poveri fiori - Francesco Cilèa & Franco Capuana (11:07)
  7. 7 Andrea Chénier, opera: Ecco l'altare... Eravate possente - Umberto Giordano & Gianandrea Gavazzeni (8:31)
  8. 8 Mefistofele, opera: L'altra notte in fondo al mare - Arrigo Boito & Tullio Serafin (7:53)
  9. 9 Suor Angelica, opera: Senza mamma, o bimbo tu sei morto - Giovacchino Forzano & Giacomo Puccini (4:43)
  10. 10 Il tabarro (The Cloak), opera: Michele! Michele!... Avevo ben ragione... Sì, vici - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Adami (2:30)
  11. 11 La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West), opera: Una partita a poker! - Giacomo Puccini & Franco Capuana (5:55)
  12. 12 Turandot, opera: Signore, ascolta! - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Adami (2:45)
  13. 13 Turandot, opera: Tu che di gel sei cinta - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Adami (2:57)
  14. 14 La bohème, opera: Sì. Mi chiamano Mimì... O soave fanciulla - Giuseppe Giacosa & Giacomo Puccini (10:15)
  15. 15 Aida, opera: Ritorna vincitor! - Giuseppe Verdi & Alberto Erede (5:54)
  16. 16 Il Trovatore, opera: Tacea la notte placida - Giuseppe Verdi & Salvatore Cammarano (4:02)
  17. 17 La Traviata, opera: Parigi, o cara, noi lasceremo - Giuseppe Verdi & Francesco Molinari-Pradelli (7:34)
  18. 18 La forza del destino, opera: Me pellegrina ed orfana - Giuseppe Verdi & Francesco Molinari-Pradelli (3:41)
  19. 19 La forza del destino, opera: Pace, pace, mio Dio! - Giuseppe Verdi & Francesco Molinari-Pradelli (5:58)
  20. 20 Otello, opera: Già nella notte densa - Giuseppe Verdi & Arrigo Boito (10:52)
  21. 21 Don Carlo, opera: Giustizia! o Sire - Giuseppe Verdi & Grace Bumbry (4:35)
  22. 22 Un ballo in maschera, opera: Morrò, ma prima in grazia - Giuseppe Verdi & Oliviero de Fabritiis (4:51)
  23. 23 Manon Lescaut, opera: Sola, perduta abbandonata - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Giacosa (4:08)
  24. 24 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Con onor muore - Giuseppe Giacosa & Giacomo Puccini (5:13)
  25. 25 La regata Veneziana, songs (3) in Venetian dialect for voice & piano (Péchés de vieillesse, book 1) - Gioachino Rossini & Richard Bonynge (9:57)
  26. 26 Vilja-Lied (from "Die lustige Witwe"), for voice & piano (or orchestra) - Leon & Franz Lehár (4:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Renata Tebaldi Primary Artist
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