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Art of Victoria de los Angeles

Idis 6472 (2cd)

The Art of Victoria de los Angeles

Live and Studio recordings

Opera arias and songs

Victoria de los Angeles, soprano

Recorded 1949-1955


An exceptional career, for length and consistency: this, in a nutshell, the curriculum of Victoria de Los Angeles, one of the most acclaimed sopranos of the 1900s, a true icon for opera lovers, and one that unfortunately - despite her many recordings and the favour of the press - still remains, for the public at large, in the shade of Maria Callas and Renata Tebaldi. Of Catalan origin, Victoria de Los Angeles was born in Barcelona on November 1st, 1923; and in her native city she recently passed away, on 15th January 2005. Hundreds of recordings provide a well-documented profile of the progress and stylistic development of this soprano, whom nature had gifted with extraordinary means as far as the volume and extension of her voice and who, in the course of her artistic path, was sought by the most important conductors, among them Beecham, Karajan, Solti, Monteux, de Sabata, Giulini, Kertesz, Metha, and Pretre. The present 2-CD set features a rich anthology of this singer\'s recordings: from the early recordings of the 1940s, to her unforgettable interpretations of Spanish folk songs, to the triumphant Puccini and Massenet roles of the 1950s.

Track List:

CD 1
MOZART: Le Nozze di Figaro, "Porgi amor"
Philharmonia Orchestra - Walter Susskind, conductor
Studio Recording, 1949
WAGNER: Tannhauser, "Dich, teure Halle"
Philharmonia Orchestra - Anatole Fistoulari, conductor
Studio Recording, 1950
WAGNER: Lohengrin, "Einsam in truben Tagen"
Philharmonia Orchestra - Anatole Fistoulari, conductor
Studio Recording, 1950
GOUNOD: Faust, "Il Ètait un roi de Thule"
Philharmonia Orchestra - Walter Susskind, conductor
Studio Recording, 1949
MASSENET: Manon, "Adieu notre petite table"
Philharmonia Orchestra - Walter Susskind, conductor
Studio Recording, 1949
GRANADOS: Goyescas, "La maja y el ruise or"
Philharmonia Orchestra - Anatole Fistoulari, conductor
Studio Recording, 1949
GRANADOS: Tonadilla
Gerald Moore, piano
Studio Recording, 1949
FUSTE: Hablame de amor
Gerald Moore, piano
Studio Recording, 1949
TURINA: Farruca
Gerald Moore, piano
Studio Recording, 1949
VALVERDE: Clavelitos
Gerald Moore, piano
Studio Recording, 1949
TRADITIONAL: No quiero tus avellanas
Gerald Moore, piano
Studio Recording, 1949
TRADITIONAL: Jota
Gerald Moore, piano
Studio Recording, 1949
GRANADOS: La maja dolorosa
Gerald Moore, piano
Studio Recording, 1949
GRANADOS: El majo discreto
Gerald Moore, piano
Studio Recording, 1949
TRADITIONAL: El retrato de Isabela
Gerald Moore, piano
Studio Recording, 1949
TRADITIONAL: El amoro y los ojos
Gerald Moore, piano
Studio Recording, 1949
TRADITIONAL: El vito
Gerald Moore, piano
Studio Recording, 1949
TRADITIONAL: Pao murciano
Gerald Moore, piano
Studio Recording, 1949

CD 2
MASSENET: Manon, "On míappelle Manon"
Cesare Valletti, tenor
Metropolitan Opera House Orchestra & Chorus - Pierre Monteux, conductor
Live Recording, New York, December 18, 1954
MASSENET: Manon, "Ah, Des Grieux !"
Cesare Valletti, tenor
Metropolitan Opera House Orchestra & Chorus - Pierre Monteux, conductor
Live Recording, New York, December 18, 1954
PUCCINI: La BohËme, "Si, mi chiamano Mimi"
Jussi Bjoerling, tenor
R.C.A. Victor Orchestra - Sir Thomas Beecham, conductor
Studio Recording, 1955
PUCCINI: La Boheme, "Donde lieta usci"
Jussi Bjoerling, tenor
R.C.A. Victor Orchestra - Sir Thomas Beecham, conductor
Studio Recording, 1955
PUCCINI: La Boheme, "Sono andati ? Fingevo di dormire"
Jussi Bjoerling, tenor
R.C.A. Victor Orchestra - Sir Thomas Beecham, conductor
Studio Recording, 1955
PUCCINI: Madama Butterfly, "Bimba, bimba non piangere"
Giuseppe Di Stefano, tenor - Anna Maria Canali, mezzo
Orchestra e Coro del Teatro dellíOpera di Roma
Gianandrea Gavazzeni, conductor
Studio Recording, 1954
PUCCINI: Madama Butterfly, "Un bel di vedremo"
Orchestra e Coro del Teatro dell Opera di Roma
Gianandrea Gavazzeni, conductor
Studio Recording, 1954
PUCCINI, Madama Butterfly, "Che vuol da me ?"
Giuseppe Di Stefano, tenor - Anna Maria Canali, mezzo - Tito Gobbi, baritone
Orchestra e Coro del Teatro dell Opera di Roma
Gianandrea Gavazzeni, conductor
Studio Recording, 1954

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