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voce poco fa: A Portrait of Teresa Berganza
     

Una voce poco fa: A Portrait of Teresa Berganza

by Teresa Berganza
 
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 See more details below

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/11/2004
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028947551829
catalogNumber:
000233502
Rank:
66628

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Il barbière di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), opera: Una voce poco fa

    1. Una voce poco fa  (06:06)
  2. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Non so più

    1. Non so più  (02:48)
  3. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Voi che sapete

    1. Voi che sapete  (02:45)
  4. Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Temerari!... Come scoglio

    1. Temerari!... Come scoglio  (05:43)
  5. Ch'io mi scordi di te...Non temer, amato bene, recitative and aria for soprano, piano & orchestra, K. 505  (09:37)
  6. Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Che farò senza Euridice?

    1. Che farò senza Euridice?  (03:51)
  7. Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Che puro ciel!

    1. Che puro ciel!  (04:40)
  8. Alceste (French version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 44: Divinités du Styx

    1. Divinités du Styx  (04:20)
  9. Médée (Medea), opera in 3 acts: Medea! o Medea!... Solo un pianto

    1. Medea! o Medea!... Solo un pianto  (07:00)
  10. Alcina, opera, HWV 34: Mi lusinga il dolce affetto

    1. Mi lusinga il dolce affetto  (05:03)
  11. Alcina, opera, HWV 34: Verdi prati, selve amene

    1. Verdi prati, selve amene  (04:25)
  12. Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Quand je vous aimerai?... L'amour est un oiseau re

    1. Quand je vous aimerai?... L'amour est un oiseau rebelle  (04:52)
  13. Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Près des remparts de Séville

    1. Près des remparts de Séville  (04:34)
  14. L'italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers), opera: Cruda sorte! Amor tiranno!

    1. Cruda sorte! Amor tiranno!  (04:15)
  15. La cenerentola (Cinderella), opera: Nacqui all'affanno... Non più mesta

    1. Nacqui all'affanno... Non più mesta  (06:50)

Disc 2

  1. Démophoon, tragédie-lyrique in 3 acts: Ahi! Che forse ai miei dì

    1. Ahi! Che forse ai miei dì  (05:31)
  2. Orontea, opera in a prologue & 3 acts: Intorno all'idol mio

    1. Intorno all'idol mio  (03:07)
  3. Catone in Utica, opera: Confusa, smarrita

    1. Confusa, smarrita  (03:45)
  4. Work(s): Qual mia colpa, o sventura... Se delitto è l'avora

    1. Qual mia colpa, o sventura... Se delitto è l'avorarvi  (03:17)
  5. Il Flavio, opera: Chi vuol innamorarsi

    1. Chi vuol innamorarsi  (01:22)
  6. Gli equivoci in amore, o vero La Rosaura, opera ("La Rosalba"): La Rosaura (Un cor da voi ferito)

    1. La Rosaura (Un cor da voi ferito)  (02:07)
  7. Elitropio d'amor, chamber cantata for soprano or mezzo-soprano & continuo  (02:40)
  8. Canzones Castellanas (6) for voice & piano: No. 5, Como quires que adivine!  (02:25)
  9. Mañanita de San Juan, for voice & piano  (03:31)
  10. Canciones Vascas (4) for voice & piano, Nos 1-4, complete  (05:40)
  11. Saeta en forma de salve a la Virgen de la Esperanza, for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 60  (03:08)
  12. Tonadillas al estilo antiguo, songs (10) for voice & piano, H. 136: El tro-la-la y el punteado

    1. El tro-la-la y el punteado  (01:14)
  13. Tonadillas al estilo antiguo, songs (10) for voice & piano, H. 136: El majo tímido

    1. El majo tímido  (01:04)
  14. Tonadillas al estilo antiguo, songs (10) for voice & piano, H. 136: La maja dolorosa

    1. La maja dolorosa  (03:39)
  15. Triptico, for voice & piano, Op. 45: Farruca (Está tu imagen, que admiro)

    1. Farruca (Está tu imagen, que admiro)  (02:38)
  16. Popular Spanish Songs (7), for voice & piano, G. 40

    1. El paño moruno  (01:06)
    2. Seguidilla murciana  (01:21)
    3. Asturiana  (02:42)
    4. Jota  (02:52)
    5. Nana  (01:32)
    6. Canción  (00:59)
    7. Polo  (01:38)
  17. La Rosa del Azafrán, zarzuela: Sagrario's Romanza

    1. Sagrario's Romanza  (03:39)
  18. El anillo de hierro, zarzuela: Margarita's Romanza

    1. Margarita's Romanza  (03:35)
  19. Ocho Canciones Vascas: Txalopin txalo (Canción de cuna)

    1. Txalopin txalo (Canción de cuna)  (02:01)
  20. Ocho Canciones Vascas: Nere maitea (Canción amorosa)

    1. Nere maitea (Canción amorosa)  (01:29)
  21. Ocho Canciones Vascas: Atea tan tan (Canción amatoria)

    1. Atea tan tan (Canción amatoria)  (01:43)
  22. Ocho Canciones Vascas: Tun, kurrun, kuntun (Canción de cuna)

    1. Tun, kurrun, kuntun (Canción de cuna)  (01:49)
  23. Ocho Canciones Vascas: Arranoak bartuetan (Canción amorosa)

    1. Arranoak bartuetan (Canción amorosa)  (02:32)
  24. Ocho Canciones Vascas: Ainoarra nimino (Canción amorosa)

    1. Ainoarra nimino (Canción amorosa)  (00:41)
  25. Ocho Canciones Vascas: Anderegeya (Canción amorosa)

    1. Anderegeya (Canción amorosa)  (01:58)
  26. Ocho Canciones Vascas: Amak ezkondu ninduen (Canción humoristica)

    1. Amak ezkondu ninduen (Canción humoristica)  (01:40)

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