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Mattia Battistini Complete Recordings

MR 56002 (6cd)

Mattia Battistini

The Complete Recordings

Mattia Battistini is unique among baritones. Battistini was born in 1856 and sang in the tradition of Tamburini, Ronconi, and Cotogni. Due to an exceedingly long career the zenith of which coincided with the invention of the gramophone, we can enjoy a rare glimpse into a bygone era of baritone-singing, especially since Battistini was still singing beautifully well into his sixties. To round off this six CD set, Marston will add eleven Fonotipia sides from 1910-1911 of baritone Giuseppe Bellantoni (1880 - 1946). Bellantoni is a “modern” singer who overlaps Battistini on the musical timeline. Pairing these two baritones on one CD set provides the contrast needed to paint a more complete history of baritone singing on record.

Mattia Battistini, baritone

Recorded 1898-1924


Track Listing

CD 1 (76:44)

GRAMOPHONE & TYPEWRITER, LTD.
Warsaw, 1902
Recorded by Franz Hampe
1. DON GIOVANNI: Fin ch’han dal vino (Mozart) 2:35
(439z) 52663
2. TANNHÄUSER: Wie Todesahnung … O du mein holder Abendstern (Forier di morte … Oh! tu bell’astro incantator) (Wagner) 3:17
(440z) 52664
Transposed up a tone to A
3. EUGENE ONEGIN: Kogdabizhizndomashnimkrugom (Se dell’Imen la dolce cura) (Tchaikovsky) 2:55
(441z) 52665
4. DON GIOVANNI: Deh vieni alla finestra (Mozart) 2:21
(442z) 52666
5. La mantilla (Álvarez) 2:48
(443z) 52667
6. Occhi di fata (Denza) 2:41
(444z) 52668
7. Ancora (Tosti) 3:13
(445z) 52669
8. THE DEMON: Ne plach, ditya (No, non plorar tu piangi invano) (Rubinstein) 2:45
(446z) 52670
9. IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA: Largo al factotum (Rossini) 3:17
(447z) 52671
10. FAUST: Avant de quitter ces lieux (Dio possente) (Gounod) 3:25
(448z) 52672
11. LA FAVORITA: In questo suolo ... Ah! l’alto ardor (Donizetti) 3:44
with Tilde Carotini, mezzo-soprano
(449z) 54034
GRAMOPHONE & TYPEWRITER, LTD.
Milan, 12 November 1906
Recorded by Frederick W. Gaisberg
12. PER LA PATRIA: Or limpida m’appare la superba visione! (Cocchi) 3:19
(866c) 052140
GRAMOPHONE & TYPEWRITER, LTD.
Milan, mid-November1906
Recorded by Frederick W. Gaisberg
13. ERNANI: Oh de’ verd’anni miei (Verdi) 3:06
(874C) 052141
14. ERNANI: Da quel dì che t’ho veduta (Verdi) 4:24
with Emilia Corsi, soprano
(876c) 054103
15. UN BALLO IN MASCHERA: Alla vita che t’arride (Verdi) 3:18
(877c) 052142
16. ERNANI: Lo vedremo o veglio audace (Verdi) 3:22
with Aristodemo Sillich, bass
(879c) 054105x
17. ERNANI: Lo vedremo o veglio audace (Verdi) 3:19
with Aristodemo Sillich, bass
(879 1⁄2c) 054105
18. ERNANI: Vieni meco, sol di rose (Verdi) 2:33
with Emilia Corsi, soprano; and chorus
(880c) 054106
19. ERNANI: O sommo Carlo (Verdi) 4:03
with Emilia Corsi, soprano; Luigi Colazza, tenor; Aristodemo Sillich, bass; and chorus
(881c) 054107
20. DON GIOVANNI: Alfin siam liberati, Zerlinetta gentil … Là ci darem la mano (Mozart) 4:19
with Emilia Corsi, soprano
(882c) 054104
21. MARTHA: Povero Lionello … Il mio Lionel perirà (Flotow) 3:53
(883c) 052143
22. LA FAVORITA: A tanto amor (Donizetti) 4:01
(884c) 052144
23. DOM SÉBASTIEN: Ô Lisbonne, ô ma patrie! (O Lisbona, alfin ti miro) (Donizetti) 4:05
(885c) 052145

CD 2 (79:13)

GRAMOPHONE & TYPEWRITER, LTD.
Milan, mid-November 1906
Recorded by Frederick W. Gaisberg
1. UN BALLO IN MASCHERA: Eri tu che macchiavi (Verdi) 4:23
(886C) 052146
2. LA DAMNATION DE FAUST: Voici des roses (Su queste rose) (Berlioz) 3:34
(888c) 052147
3. ZAMPA: Pourquoi, pourquoi vous troubler (Perchè tremar?) (Hérold) 4:02
(889c) 052148
THE GRAMOPHONE COMPANY, LTD.
Milan, 2 June 1911
Recorded by Frederick W. Gaisberg
4. PAGLIACCI: Si Può? [Prologue] (Leoncavallo) 7:37
(260ai/261ai) 052305/052306
5. WERTHER: J’aurais sur ma poitrine (Avrei sovra il mio petto) (Massenet) 3:32
(262ai) 052307
6. WERTHER: Pourquoi me réveiller (Ah! non mi ridestar) (Massenet) 3:36
(263ai) 052308
7. HAMLET: Comme une pâle fleur (Come il romito fior) (Thomas) 3:03
(267ai) 052309
8. Le soir (Gounod) 4:05
(268ai) 052310
9. Amour, amour (Tosti) 3:08
(269ai) 052311
THE GRAMOPHONE COMPANY, LTD.
Milan, 3 June 1911
Recorded by Frederick W. Gaisberg
10. TOSCA: Tre sbirri, una carrozza [Te Deum] (Puccini) 3:50
with chorus
(270ai) 052312
11. TOSCA: Tre sbirri, una carrozza [Te Deum] (Puccini) 3:47
with chorus
(271ai) unpublished
12. HAMLET: O vin dissipe la tristesse (O vin discaccia la tristezza) (Thomas) 3:43
with chorus
(272ai) 052302
13. THAÏS: Baigne d’eau mes mains et mes lèvres (D’acqua aspergimi) (Massenet) 3:26
with Ebe Boccolini, soprano
(273ai) assigned 054318 but published only on HM 47
14. TANNHÄUSER: Als du in kühnem Sange (Allor che tu coll’estro) (Wagner) 3:16
(274ai) 052303
15. FAUST: O sainte médaille … Avant de quitter ces lieux (O santa medaglia ... Dio possente) (Gounod) 4:11
(275ai) 052313
16. I PURITANI: Ah! per sempre io ti perdei (Bellini) 3:12
(276ai) 052314
THE GRAMOPHONE COMPANY, LTD.
Milan, 6 June 1911
Recorded by Frederick W. Gaisberg
17. THAÏS: Baigne d’eau mes mains et mes lèvres (D’acqua aspergimi) (Massenet) 3:09
with Attilia Janni, soprano
(277ai) unpublished
18. THAÏS: Baigne d’eau mes mains et mes lèvres (D’acqua aspergimi) (Massenet) 3:11
with Attilia Janni, soprano
(278ai) 054317
19. MARIA DI ROHAN: Son cifre di Riccardo! … Bella è di sol vestita (Donizetti) 3:57
(281ai) 052315
20. I PURITANI: Bel sogno beato di pace (Bellini) 2:59
(284ai) 052316
21. LA TRAVIATA: Mio figlio! Oh, quanto soffri … Di Provenza il mar (Verdi) 3:32
(285ai) 052317

CD 3 (79:49)

THE GRAMOPHONE COMPANY, LTD.
Milan, 6 June 1911
Recorded by Frederick W. Gaisberg
1. TANNHÄUSER: Blick’ ich umher in diesem edlen Kreise (Nel rimirar quest’adunanza) (Wagner) 4:00
(286ai) 052318
Transposed up a semi-tone to E
2. TANNHÄUSER: Wie Todesahnung … O du mein holder Abendstern (Forier di morte … Oh! tu bell’astro incantator) (Wagner) 3:32
(287ai) 052304
Transposed up a tone to A
3. Culto (Denza) 2:59
(288ai) 052319
4. Ideale (Tosti) 3:19
(289ai) 052320
5. O ma charmante (Quaranta) 3:45
(290ai) 052321
6. Mia sposa sarà la mia bandiera (Rotoli) 4:26
(291ai) 052322
THE GRAMOPHONE COMPANY, LTD.
Milan, 7 June 1911
Recorded by Frederick W. Gaisberg
7. La serenata (Tosti) 3:16
(292ai) 052323
8. La gondola nera (Rotoli) 3:51
(293ai) 052324
9. Non m’ama più (Tosti) 3:54
(294ai) unpublished
10. Non m’ama più (Tosti) 4:08
(295ai) 052325
11. Mia sposa sarà la mia bandiera (Rotoli) 4:16
(296ai) 052326 issued only in Russia and Germany
Sung in B Minor; a semi-tone higher than matrix (291ai)
THE GRAMOPHONE COMPANY, LTD.
Milan, 25 May 1912
Recorded by Edmund J. Pearse
12. L’AFRICAINE: Fille des rois (Figlia di regi) (Meyerbeer) 4:21
(214af) 052357
13. L’AFRICAINE: Mais, pour lui, pour Vasco (Ma per questo stranier) (Meyerbeer) 3:07
(215af) 052358
14. L’AFRICAINE: L’avoir tant adorée … Écrase-moi, tonnerre! (Averla tanto amata … O folgor, su me piomba!) (Meyerbeer) 3:41
(216af) 052359
15. LINDA DI CHAMOUNIX: Ambo nati in questa valle (Donizetti) 4:24
(217af) 052360
THE GRAMOPHONE COMPANY, LTD.
Milan, 27 May 1912
Recorded by Edmund J. Pearse
16. QUO VADIS?: Errer à travers les mers (Errare per l’ampio mar) (Nouguès) 4:16
(218af) 052361
17. QUO VADIS?: Vois, Phoebé elle-même (Or Febea pur essa) (Nouguès) 3:24
(219af) 052362
18. LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR: Cruda funesta smania (Donizetti) 4:09
(220af) 052363
THE GRAMOPHONE COMPANY, LTD.
Milan, 28 May 1912
Recorded by Edmund J. Pearse
19. PAGLIACCI: Decidi il mio destin (Leoncavallo) 2:58
with Maria Mos´ciska, soprano
(221af) 054389
20. PAGLIACCI: E allor perché (Leoncavallo) 3:53
with Maria Mos´ciska, soprano
(222af) 054390
21. RIGOLETTO: O mia Gilda! (Verdi) 4:08
with Maria Mos´ciska, soprano
(223af) 054392

CD 4 (73:45)

THE GRAMOPHONE COMPANY, LTD.
Milan, 28 May 1912
Recorded by Edmund J. Pearse
1. LINDA DI CHAMOUNIX: Un buon servo del visconte (Donizetti) 4:42
with Maria Mos´ciska, soprano
(224af) 054393
2. LA TRAVIATA: Madamigella Valéry? ... Pura siccome un angelo (Verdi) 4:04
with Maria Mos´ciska, soprano
(2251⁄2af) 054395
THE GRAMOPHONE COMPANY, LTD.
Milan, 29 May 1912
Recorded by Edmund J. Pearse
3. GUILLAUME TELL: Mon fils … Sois immobile (Ti benedico, figlio mio … Resta immobile) (Rossini) 4:37
(226af) 052364
4. QUO VADIS?: Amici, l’ora attesta è questa (Nouguès) 4:30
(227af) 052365
5. OTELLO: E qual certezza sognate … Era la notte (Verdi) 4:06
(228af) 052366
A portion of this aria is transposed up a semi-tone to D-flat
6. Delizia [Trauerwalzer No. 2, D. 365] (Schubert) 4:17
(229af) 052367
7. HÉRODIADE: Vision fugitive (Vision fuggitiva) (Massenet) 3:29
(233af) 052368
THE GRAMOPHONE COMPANY, LTD.
Milan, 30 May 1912
Recorded by Edmund J. Pearse
8. MACBETH: Perfidi! All’Anglo contro me … Pietà, rispetto, amore (Verdi) 4:17
(234af) 052369
9. NÉRON: Hymen! Hymen! fils d’Uranie (Imen! Imen, sòrte di vita) [Epithalamium] (Rubinstein) 3:26
(235af) 052370
10. Occhi di fata (Denza) 2:38
(236af) 052371
THE GRAMOPHONE COMPANY, LTD.
Milan, 2 June 1913
Recorded by Frederick W. Gaisberg
11. DON GIOVANNI: Deh, vieni alla finestra (Mozart) 2:08
(17569b) 2-52847
12. LA FAVORITA: Vien, Leonora … Ah! Mia Leonora … De’ nemici tuoi lo sdegno (Donizetti) 4:50
(17570b/17571b) 2-52848/2-52849
13. Malìa (Tosti) 2:53
(2807c) 052403
14. DON CARLO: Felice ancor io son … Per me giunto (Verdi) 3:48
(2808c) 052404
15. DON CARLO: O Carlo ascolta (Verdi) 5:03
(28091⁄2c) 052405
THE GRAMOPHONE COMPANY, LTD.
Milan, 3 June 1913
Recorded by Frederick W. Gaisberg
16. UN BALLO IN MASCHERA: Ve’, se di notte (Verdi) 3:46
with Elvira Barbieri, soprano; Vincenzo Bettoni, bass; and chorus
(2812c) 054449
17. ERNANI: Uscite … Vedi come il buon vegliardo (Verdi) 4:39
with Elvira Barbieri, soprano; Giuseppe Tommasini, tenor; and Vincenzo Bettoni, bass
(28131⁄2c) 054450
18. IL TROVATORE: Qual voce, come! tu, donna? … Mira, di acerbe lagrime (Verdi) 3:03
with Elvira Barbieri, soprano
(28151⁄2c) 054452
19. IL TROVATORE: Conte! Ne cessi? Grazia! … Vivrà! Contende il giubilo (Verdi) 3:29
with With Elvira Barbieri, soprano
(2816c) 054453

CD 5 (79:43)

THE GRAMOPHONE COMPANY, LTD.
Milan, 3 June 1913
Recorded by Frederick W. Gaisberg
1. FAUST: Par ici, par ici, mes amis! … Écoute-moi bien, Marguerite! (Per di quà … Non val … Stammi ad udir, Margherita!) (Gounod) 7:03
with Elvira Barbieri, soprano; and chorus
(2817c/2820c) 054454/054455
2. FAUST: Par ici, par ici (Per di quà … Non val) (Gounod) 2:28
with Elvira Barbieri, soprano; and chorus
(2819c) unpublished
3. UN BALLO IN MASCHERA: Ve’, se di notte (Verdi) 3:34
with Elvira Barbieri, soprano; Vincenzo Bettoni, bass; and chorus
(2821c) 054449x
La Société Suisse des Disques Phonographiques d’Art
Zürich, ca. 1920
4. Ideale (Tosti) 4:00
(C5002) C3002
5. Caro mio ben (Giordani) 3:39
(C5008) C3003
THE GRAMOPHONE COMPANY, LTD.
Milan, 21 May 1921
Recorded by Raymond R. Sooy
6. La mantilla (Álvarez) 2:49
(BA1-2) 7-62029
7. LE ROI DE LAHORE: Aux troupes du Sultan … Promesse de mon avenir (Le barbare tribù … O casto fior) (Massenet) 4:05
(CA2-3) 2-052201
8. Vittoria, vittoria, mio core! (Carissimi) 2:37
(BA3-1) 7-52192
THE GRAMOPHONE COMPANY, LTD.
Milan, 22 May 1921
Recorded by Raymond R. Sooy
9. RUY BLAS: Io scacciato! Io bandito! … Ai miei rivali cedere (Marchetti) 4:16
(CA4-1) 2-052202
10. DON CARLO: Felice ancor io son … Per me giunto (Verdi) 3:52
(CA5-1) 2-052203
THE GRAMOPHONE COMPANY, LTD.
Milan, 23 May 1921
Recorded by Raymond R. Sooy
11. TANNHÄUSER: Wie Todesahnung … O du mein holder Abendstern (Forier di morte … Oh! tu bell’astro incantator) (Wagner) 3:40
(CA6-2) 2-052204
Transposed up a tone to A
12. ERNANI: O sommo Carlo (Verdi) 3:47
with Giuseppe Taccani, tenor; Jannina De Witt, soprano; and chorus
(CA7-2) 2-054118
13. RIGOLETTO: No, vecchio, t’inganni … Sì, vendetta! (Verdi) 2:26
with Lulu Hayes, soprano
(BA8-2) 7-54018
14. LA GIOCONDA: Così mantieni il patto? … Ebbrezza! delirio! (Ponchielli) 4:24
with Jannina De Witt, soprano
(CA9-2) 2-054119
THE GRAMOPHONE COMPANY, LTD.
Milan, 24 May 1921
Recorded by Raymond R. Sooy
15. MARIA DI ROHAN: Voce fatal di morte (Donizetti) 3:27
(CA10-1) 2-052207
16. LA FAVORITA: Vien, Leonora … De’ nemici tuoi lo sdegno (Donizetti) 4:22
with Alberto Trevisan, flute obbligato
(CA11-1) 2-052208
17. LA FORZA DEL DESTINO: E la fè che giurai? … Urna fatale (Verdi) 4:10
(CA12-2) unpublished
18. LA FORZA DEL DESTINO: E s’altra prova rinvenir potessi? … Egli è salvo! (Verdi) 2:42
(BA13-2) 7-52194
THE GRAMOPHONE COMPANY, LTD.
Milan, 26 May 1921
Recorded by William J. Beckwith
19. MARIA DI ROHAN: Voce fatal di morte (Donizetti) 3:44
(CM24) unpublished
20. LA FAVORITA: Vien, Leonora … De’ nemici tuoi lo sdegno (Donizetti) 4:18
(CM26) unpublished
21. MARIA DI RUDENZ: Egli ancora non giunge … Ah! non avea più lagrime (Donizetti) 4:17
(CM27) 2-052209

CD 6 (77:37)

THE GRAMOPHONE COMPANY, LTD.
Milan, 22 February 1924
Recorded by George W. Dillnutt
1. LA FORZA DEL DESTINO: E la fè che giurai? … Urna fatale (Verdi) 4:00
(Ck1418-1) 2-052251
2. UN BALLO IN MASCHERA: Alla vita che t’arride (Verdi) 2:51
(Bk1422-1) 7-52264
3. LA FAVORITA: A tanto amor (Donizetti) 3:51
(Ck1423-1) 2-052253
THE GRAMOPHONE COMPANY, LTD.
Milan, 24 February 1924
Recorded by George W. Dillnutt
4. DON CARLO: O Carlo ascolta … Io morrò (Verdi) 3:40
(Ck1419-3) 2-052252
5. UN BALLO IN MASCHERA: Non è su lei, nel suo fragile petto … Eri tu che macchiavi (Verdi) 4:48
(Ck1424-1) 2-052254
THE GRAMOPHONE COMPANY, LTD.
Milan, 25 February 1924
Recorded by George W. Dillnutt
6. LE NOZZE DI FIGARO: Non più andrai (Mozart) 3:48
(Ck1427-2) 2-052255
Transposed up a semi-tone to D-flat
7. PARIDE ED ELENA: O del mio dolce ardor (Gluck) 3:42
(Ck1428-2) 2-052256
8. Si vous l’aviez compris (Denza) 3:38
(Ck1429) 2-032079
THE GRAMOPHONE COMPANY, LTD.
Milan, 27 February 1924
Recorded by George W. Dillnutt
9. IL GUARANY: Olà dunque, miei bravi! … Senza tetto, senza cuna (Gomes) 3:32
(Ck1432-3) 2-052257
10. DON GIOVANNI: Deh, vieni alla finestra (Mozart) 2:08
(Bk1433-3) 2-52265
11. La partida (Álvarez) 4:14
(CK1434-2) unpublished

APPENDIX 1

Mattia Battistini’s only non-commercial recording
12. TANNHÄUSER: Da scheinest du … O du mein holder Abendstern (Or splendi tu … Oh! tu bell’astro incantator) (Wagner) 2:15
Privately made 2-minute cylinder recorded Berlin circa 1898
Transposed up a semi-tone to A-flat
Note: The cylinder runs out of time before the end of the aria.

APPENDIX 2

Giuseppe Bellantoni, Baritone
1880-1946

Selected Fonotipia Recordings, Milan, 1910-1911
13. Occhi di fata (Denza) 3:31
16 March 1910 (XPh 4274-1) 62468
14. L’ultima canzone (Tosti) 3:01
16 March 1910 (XPh 4275-1) 62469
15. Luna cortese (Valente) 2:52
21 March 1910 (XPh 4285-1) 62467
16. Chianiutedda mia (Graffeo) 3:12
21 March 1910 (XPh 4286-1) 62466
17. UN BALLO IN MASCHERA: Alla vita che t’arride (Verdi) 3:03
24 March 1910 (XPh 4298) unpublished
18. SAFFO: Di sua voce il suon giungea (Pacini) 3:35
16 January 1911 (XPh 4495-1) 92784
19. SAFFO: Mesta elegia Saffo sciogliendo ... Un’ Erinni atroce, orrenda (Pacini) 3:08
17 February 1911 (XPh 4531-1) 92785
20. HÉRODIADE: Vision fugitive (Vision fuggitiva) (Masssenet) 3:44
26 October 1910 (XPh 4400-1) 92679
21. RUY BLAS: Ai miei rivali cedere (Marchetti) 3:03
29 October 1910 (XPh 4405-1) 92730
22. SIEGFRIED: Wache, wala! (Veglia, Wala!) (Wagner) 6:00
25 November1910 and 16 January 1911 (XPh 4423-1/XPh 4498-1) 92725/92726

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