Una voce poco fa: A Portrait of Teresa Berganza

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All Music Guide - Allen Schrott
Decca has already devoted albums in its Grandi Voci and The Singers series to Teresa Berganza, but this release, Una voce poco fa: a Portrait of Teresa Berganza, is the first collection to address the real breadth of her work, and should be the first choice for anyone looking to get to know this fine singer. Berganza's staple operatic roles, such as Rossini's Rosina and Mozart's Cherubino, form the core of the first disc, which also includes arias by Gluck, Handel, and Bizet. Berganza's defining vocal traits are on display: the sweetness of her tone, the elegance of her phrasing, and her unflappable composure in even the most difficult music. The two arias from Handel's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Allen Schrott
Decca has already devoted albums in its Grandi Voci and The Singers series to Teresa Berganza, but this release, Una voce poco fa: a Portrait of Teresa Berganza, is the first collection to address the real breadth of her work, and should be the first choice for anyone looking to get to know this fine singer. Berganza's staple operatic roles, such as Rossini's Rosina and Mozart's Cherubino, form the core of the first disc, which also includes arias by Gluck, Handel, and Bizet. Berganza's defining vocal traits are on display: the sweetness of her tone, the elegance of her phrasing, and her unflappable composure in even the most difficult music. The two arias from Handel's "Alcina" are a nice touch, since, though known mostly for her Mozart and Rossini, Berganza was an accomplished performer of Baroque opera. Of the performances included, only "Come scoglio" from "Così fan tutte" and the arias from "Carmen" come up short, wanting for a more dramatic sound and more fiery temperament than Berganza can muster. As good as the first disc is, the second is what makes this collection special, exploring Berganza's extensive recital repertory, and especially her mastery of Spanish art song and Zarzuela. Song literature brings out Berganza's full expressive potential, revealing a more colorful vocalism and more of a willingness to take musical risks. There is an infectious joy to her work with pianist Felix Lavilla, and together they find just the right tone for everything from arias by Pergolesi and Scarlatti to the songs of Enrique Granados and Manuel de Falla. The two Zarzuela excerpts, from works by Jacinto Guerrero and Pedro Miguel Marqués, suffer from inferior sound quality, but they are excellent examples of an underappreciated musical tradition, and they capture Berganza at her most passionate.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/11/2004
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947551829
  • Catalog Number: 000233502
  • Sales rank: 318,869

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Il barbière di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), opera: Una voce poco fa - Gioachino Rossini & Teresa Berganza (6:06)
  2. 2 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Non so più - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Teresa Berganza (2:48)
  3. 3 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Voi che sapete - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Teresa Berganza (2:45)
  4. 4 Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Temerari!... Come scoglio - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Teresa Berganza (5:43)
  5. 5 Ch'io mi scordi di te...Non temer, amato bene, recitative and aria for soprano, piano & orchestra, K. 505 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Teresa Berganza (9:37)
  6. 6 Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Che farò senza Euridice? - Teresa Berganza & Christoph Willibald Gluck (3:51)
  7. 7 Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Che puro ciel! - Teresa Berganza & Christoph Willibald Gluck (4:40)
  8. 8 Alceste (French version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 44: Divinités du Styx - Teresa Berganza & Christoph Willibald Gluck (4:20)
  9. 9 Médée (Medea), opera in 3 acts: Medea! o Medea!... Solo un pianto - Luigi Cherubini & Teresa Berganza (7:00)
  10. 10 Alcina, opera, HWV 34: Mi lusinga il dolce affetto - Teresa Berganza & George Frideric Handel (5:03)
  11. 11 Alcina, opera, HWV 34: Verdi prati, selve amene - Teresa Berganza & George Frideric Handel (4:25)
  12. 12 Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Quand je vous aimerai?... L'amour est un oiseau re - Jacques-François Fromental Halévy & Georges Bizet (4:52)
  13. 13 Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Près des remparts de Séville - Jacques-François Fromental Halévy & Georges Bizet (4:34)
  14. 14 L'italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers), opera: Cruda sorte! Amor tiranno! - Gioachino Rossini & Angelo Anelli (4:15)
  15. 15 La cenerentola (Cinderella), opera: Nacqui all'affanno... Non più mesta - Gioachino Rossini & Teresa Berganza (6:50)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Démophoon, tragédie-lyrique in 3 acts: Ahi! Che forse ai miei dì - Felix Lavilla & Luigi Cherubini (5:31)
  2. 2 Orontea, opera in a prologue & 3 acts: Intorno all'idol mio - Felix Lavilla & Antonio Cesti (3:07)
  3. 3 Catone in Utica, opera: Confusa, smarrita - Felix Lavilla & Leonardo Vinci (3:45)
  4. 4 Work(s): Qual mia colpa, o sventura... Se delitto è l'avora - Felix Lavilla & Alessandro Scarlatti (3:17)
  5. 5 Il Flavio, opera: Chi vuol innamorarsi - Felix Lavilla & Alessandro Scarlatti (1:22)
  6. 6 Gli equivoci in amore, o vero La Rosaura, opera ("La Rosalba"): La Rosaura (Un cor da voi ferito) - Felix Lavilla & Alessandro Scarlatti (2:07)
  7. 7 Elitropio d'amor, chamber cantata for soprano or mezzo-soprano & continuo - Felix Lavilla & Alessandro Scarlatti (2:40)
  8. 8 Canzones Castellanas (6) for voice & piano: No. 5, Como quires que adivine! - Jesús Guridi & Felix Lavilla (2:25)
  9. 9 Mañanita de San Juan, for voice & piano - Jesús Guridi & Felix Lavilla (3:31)
  10. 10 Canciones Vascas (4) for voice & piano, Nos 1-4, complete - Felix Lavilla & Felix Lavilla (5:40)
  11. 11 Saeta en forma de salve a la Virgen de la Esperanza, for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 60 - Felix Lavilla & Joaquín Turina (3:08)
  12. 12 Tonadillas al estilo antiguo, songs (10) for voice & piano, H. 136: El tro-la-la y el punteado - Felix Lavilla & Enriqué Granados (1:14)
  13. 13 Tonadillas al estilo antiguo, songs (10) for voice & piano, H. 136: El majo tímido - Felix Lavilla & Enriqué Granados (1:04)
  14. 14 Tonadillas al estilo antiguo, songs (10) for voice & piano, H. 136: La maja dolorosa - Felix Lavilla & Enriqué Granados (3:39)
  15. 15 Triptico, for voice & piano, Op. 45: Farruca (Está tu imagen, que admiro) - Felix Lavilla & Joaquín Turina (2:38)
  16. 16–22 Popular Spanish Songs (7), for voice & piano, G. 40 - Felix Lavilla & Manuel de Falla (12:10)
  17. 17 La Rosa del Azafrán, zarzuela: Sagrario's Romanza - Teresa Berganza & Jacinto Guerrero (3:39)
  18. 18 El anillo de hierro, zarzuela: Margarita's Romanza - Teresa Berganza & Pedro Miguel Juan Buenaventura Bernadino Marqués (3:35)
  19. 19 Ocho Canciones Vascas: Txalopin txalo (Canción de cuna) - Gerardo Gombau & Jesús Arámbarri (2:01)
  20. 20 Ocho Canciones Vascas: Nere maitea (Canción amorosa) - Gerardo Gombau & Jesús Arámbarri (1:29)
  21. 21 Ocho Canciones Vascas: Atea tan tan (Canción amatoria) - Gerardo Gombau & Jesús Arámbarri (1:43)
  22. 22 Ocho Canciones Vascas: Tun, kurrun, kuntun (Canción de cuna) - Gerardo Gombau & Jesús Arámbarri (1:49)
  23. 23 Ocho Canciones Vascas: Arranoak bartuetan (Canción amorosa) - Gerardo Gombau & Jesús Arámbarri (2:32)
  24. 24 Ocho Canciones Vascas: Ainoarra nimino (Canción amorosa) - Gerardo Gombau & Jesús Arámbarri (0:41)
  25. 25 Ocho Canciones Vascas: Anderegeya (Canción amorosa) - Gerardo Gombau & Jesús Arámbarri (1:58)
  26. 26 Ocho Canciones Vascas: Amak ezkondu ninduen (Canción humoristica) - Gerardo Gombau & Jesús Arámbarri (1:40)
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Teresa Berganza Primary Artist
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