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Anna Moffo - The Complete RCA Recital Albums (12CD Box Set, 2015)

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Anna Moffo - The Complete RCA Recital Albums (12CD Box Set, 2015)

Anna Moffo - The Complete RCA Recital Albums (12CD Box Set, 2015)
Classical, Opera | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 1,20 Gb
Label: Sony Music Classical

THE FIRST OF THE TWELVE discs in this collection of Anna Moffo’s RCA recital recordings begins with a 1960 performance of the jewel song from Gounod’s Faust, and that selection, along with the others on this disc, sets out the singer’s basic assets and liabilities. It’s a fresh lyric sound—Moffo was twenty-eight that year—even throughout the range, accurate in pitch and coloratura, with a good try at a trill. She phrases with musicality but not much nuance or variety of color. These qualities serve her and the music well in the coloratura fireworks of the shadow song from Meyerbeer’s Dinorah; “Bel raggio,” from Rossini’s Semiramide; and the bell song from Delibes’s Lakmé, all of which she tosses off with ease. Micaela’s aria from Carmen, however, demands more emotional thrust, while her Mimì and Liù are bland and anonymous.
Moffo’s career, as she admitted in later years, was damaged by too much, too soon. The essay in the printed booklet is aptly titled “The Curse of Beauty.” It didn’t help that Moffo was compared to Maria Callas, and was rashly encouraged to emulate the older diva. By 1962, Moffo recorded a disc of Verdi arias—not just lighter pieces such as the bolero from I Vespri Siciliani,but also the big stuff from Un Ballo in Maschera, Aida and Otello, in which she is plainly beyond her depth, vocally and interpretively. A year later, she was pushed in the opposite direction, recording The Dream Duet, operetta excerpts with tenor Sergio Franchi performed in a stylistic no-man’s land somewhere between bad Broadway, bad Vienna and bad Hollywood. Skip this nightmare entirely.
Anna Moffo - The Complete RCA Recital Albums (12CD Box Set, 2015)

Contents:
CD1: Anna Moffo - Rome Opera Orchestra Tullio Serafin - Arias
CD2: Anna Moffo - Sergio Franci - The Dream Duet
CD3: Anna Moffo - A Verdi Collaboration
CD4: Anna Moffo - A Portrait of Manon (CD1)
CD5: Anna Moffo - A Portrait of Manon (CD2)
CD6: Anna Moffo - Die Fledermaus
CD7: Anna Moffo - One Night of Love Anna Moffo
CD8: Anna Moffo - Canteloube Villa-Lobos Rachmaninov
CD9: Anna Moffo - Anna Moffo Songs of Debussy
CD10: Anna Moffo - Heroines From Great French Operas
CD11: Anna Moffo - Anna Moffo Selected Arias From Her RCA Opera Recordings
CD12: Anna Moffo - Great Love Duets From Opera

Anna Moffo - The Complete RCA Recital Albums (12CD Box Set, 2015)


Disc: 1
1. Faust / Air des bijoux
2. La bohème / Sì. Mi chiamano Mimi
3. Dinorah / Ombre légère
4. Carmen / Si, des contrebandiers…je dis que rien ne m'épouvante
5. Semiramide / Bel raggio lusinghier
6. Turandot / Signore, ascolta
7. Turandot / Tu che di gel sei cinta
8. Lakmé / Air des clochettes

Disc: 2
1. Sweetharts from "Sweethearts"
2. A Kiss in the Dark from "Orange Blossoms"
3. Lover, Come Back to Me from "The New Moon"
4. You are Love from "Show Boat"
5. Indian Love Call from "Rose Marie"
6. Ah! Sweet Mistery of Life from "Naughty Marietta"
7. Yours is my Heart Alone from "The Land of Smiles"
8. I'll See you Again from "Bitter Sweet"
9. My Hero from "The Chocolate Soldier"
10. One Alone from "The Desert Song"
11. Someday from "The Vagabond King"
12. Will you Remember from "Maytime"

Disc: 3
1. Vespri Siciliani, Act V: "Mercè, dilette amiche"
2. Ernani, Act I: "Surta è la notte..Ernani, Ernani, involami"
3. Aida, Act III: "Qui Radamès verrà…O patria mia"
4. Il trovatore, Act IV: "Timor di me?…D'amor sull'ali rosee"
5. Giovanna d'Arco, Prologue: "O ben s'addice questo torbido cielo..Sempre all'alba ed alla sera"
6. Otello, Act IV: "Emilia, te ne prego..Piangea cantando"
7. Un ballo in maschera, Act III: "Morrò ma prima in grazia"
8. Simon Boccanegra, Act I: "Come in quest'ora bruna"

Disc: 4
1. Manon / Act I / Eh! J'imagine
2. Manon / Act I / Je suis encore toute étouridé
3. Manon / Act I / Regardez-moi bien dans les yieux! - René Leibowitz
4. Manon / Act I / Ne bronchez pas - René Leibowitz
5. Manon / Act I / Voyons, Manon, plus de chimères
6. Manon / Act I / Quelqu'un…J'ai marqué l'heure du départ
7. Manon / Act I / Nous vivrons à Paris
8. Manon / Act II / Allons! il le faut
9. Manon / Act II / Adieu, notre petite table
10. Manon / Act II / Enfin, Manon….En fermant les yeux - René Leibowitz / Anna Moffo
11. Manon / Act III / Gavotte: Obéissons quand leur voix appelle
12. Manon / Act III / Je suis seul! - RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra and Chorus
13. Manon / Act III / Ah! fuyez, douce image - RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra and Chorus
14. Manon / Act III / Toi! Vous!… Oui, c'est moi!
15. Manon / Act III / N'est-ce plus ma main que cette main presse?
16. Manon / Act V / Ah! Des Grieux… O Manon!
17. Le Portrait de Manon: "L'amour, toujours l'amour maudit!" - Giuseppe Di Stefano
18. Portrait of Manon: "On se serait assis sur le gazon"

Disc: 5
1. Manon Lescaut / Act I / Cortese damigella
2. Manon Lescaut / Act I / Donna non vidi mai - René Leibowitz
3. Manon Lescaut / Act I / Vedete? Io son fedele
4. Manon Lescaut / Act II / Dispettosetto questo riccio!
5. Manon Lescaut / Act II / In quelle trine morbide
6. Manon Lescaut / Act II / Oh, sarò la più bella!
7. Manon Lescaut / Act II / Taci, taci, tu il cor mi frangi!
8. Manon Lescaut, Act II: Ah! Affe madamigella - Anna Moffo / René Leibowitz
9. Manon Lescaut / Act II / Senti, di qui partiamo
10. Manon Lescaut / Act II / Ah, Manon, mi tradisce
11. Manon Lescaut / Act III / Il passo m'aprite
12. Manon Lescaut / Act III / No! Pazzo son! - René Leibowitz
13. Manon Lescaut / Act IV / Sola, perduta, abbandonata…

Disc: 6
1. Die Fledermaus / Overture - Oscar Danon
2. Die Fledermaus / Act I / Though honesty is said to be the policy that's best - Anna Moffo / Richard Lewis / Jeanette Scovotti / Oscar Danon
3. Die Fledermaus / Act I / Calamity, Catastrophe - Anna Moffo / Jeanette Scovotti / Richard Lewis / Sergio Franchi / Oscar Danon
4. Die Fledermaus / Act I / Alfred! - Here we are, just you and I - Anna Moffo / Sergio Franchi / John Hauxvell / Oscar Danon
5. Die Fledermaus / Act I / Propriety, propriety - Anna Moffo / Sergio Franchi / John Hauxvell / Oscar Danon
6. Die Fledermaus / Act II / More often than not…Chacun à son goût - Risë Stevens / Oscar Danon
7. Die Fledermaus / Act II / Look at how I look - Jeanette Scovotti / Oscar Danon
8. Die Fledermaus / Act II / Echoes of Hungary! (Czardas) - Anna Moffo / Oscar Danon
9. Die Fledermaus / Act II / Champagne is so romancing, tr la la la - Jeanette Scovotti / Risë Stevens / Anna Moffo / Richard Lewis / John Hauxvell / George London / Oscar Danon
10. Die Fledermaus / Act II / Oh, mon ami, we'll meet again - Richard Lewis / John Hauxvell / George London / Anna Moffo / Jeanette Scovotti / Risë Stevens / Oscar Danon
11. Die Fledermaus / Act II / Happiness, here's to health and happiness - George London / Anna Moffo / Risë Stevens / Jeanette Scovotti / Richard Lewis / John Hauxvell / Oscar Danon
12. Die Fledermaus / Act II / A waltz, let's have a waltz - Risë Stevens / Anna Moffo / Jeanette Scovotti / Richard Lewis / John Hauxvell / George London / Oscar Danon
13. Die Fledermaus / Act III / Oh, for the life of an actress - Jeanette Scovotti / Oscar Danon
14. Die Fledermaus / Act III / I'm very fond of elderberry wine and sherry - Anna Moffo / Jeanette Scovotti / Risë Stevens / Richard Lewis / Sergio Franchi / George London / John Hauxvell / Oscar Danon

Disc: 7
1. One Night of Love (From the Film "One Night of Love")
2. Lover (From "Love Me Tonight")
3. If I Loved You (From "Carousel")
4. Italian Street Song from "Naughty Marietta"
5. Kiss me Again from "Mlle Modiste"
6. Vilia from "The Merry Widow"
7. Falling in Love with Love from "The Boys from Syracuse"
8. Stars in my Eyes from "The King Steps Out"
9. Strange Music (From "Song of Norway")
10. I'll See you Again (From "Bitter Sweet")
11. Love is where you Find from the Film "The Kissing Bandit"
12. Always

Disc: 8
1. Chants d'Auvergene / L'Antouènou (Vol. II, No. 2)
2. Chants d'Auvergene / Pastourelle (Vol. II, No. 1)
3. Chants d'Auvergene / L'Aio dè rotso (Vol. I, No. 3a)
4. Chants d'Auvergene / Bailèro (Vol. I, No. 2)
5. Chants d'Auvergene / Passo pel prat (Vol. III, No. 2)
6. Chants d'Auvergene / Malurous qu'o uno fenno (Vol. III, No. 5)
7. Chants d'Auvergene / Brezairola (Vol. III, No. 4)
8. Bachianas brasileiras No. 5 / Ária (Cantilena)
9. Bachianas brasileiras No. 5 / Dança (Martelo)
10. Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14

Disc: 9
1. Cinq Poèmes de Baudelaire / Le balcon
2. Cinq Poèmes de Baudelaire / Harmonie du soir
3. Cinq Poèmes de Baudelaire / Le jet d'eau
4. Cinq Poèmes de Baudelaire / Recueillement
5. Cinq Poèmes de Baudelaire / La mort des amants
6. Fêtes Galantes (I), L. 80 / En sourdine
7. Fêtes Galantes (I), L. 80 / Fantoches
8. Fêtes Galantes (I), L. 80 / Clair de lune
9. Voici que le printemps, L. 52
10. Deux Romances: No. 1, L'âme évaporée, L. 78
11. Mandoline, L. 29
12. Trois Chansons de Bilitis, L. 90 / La flûte de Pan
13. Trois Chansons de Bilitis, L. 90 / La Chevelure
14. Trois Chansons de Bilitis, L. 90 / Le Tombeau des naïades

Disc: 10
1. La Fille Du Régiment: Chacun le sait, chacun le dit
2. La Damnation de Faust: D'amour l'ardente flamme
3. Hérodiade: "Celui dont la parole….Il est doux, il est bon"
4. Hamlet: Mais quelle est cette belle…À vos jeux, mes amis "Mad Scene"
5. Les Pecheurs de Perles: O Dieu Brahma!
6. Robert le Diable: Robert, toi que j'aime
7. Roméo et Juliette: Je veux vivre dans le rêve
8. Werther: Letter Scene
9. Louise: Depuis le jour

Disc: 11
1. Orfeo ed Euridice, Wq. 30 / Qual vita è questa mai - Shirley Verrett
2. Orfeo ed Euridice, Wq. 30 / Che fiero momento! - Shirley Verrett
3. Orfeo ed Euridice, Wq. 30 / Avvezza al contento - Shirley Verrett
4. Orfeo ed Euridice, Wq. 30 / Che fiero momento! - Shirley Verrett
5. La serva padrona / Stizzoso, mio stizzoso
6. La serva padrona / A Serpina penserete
7. Lucia di Lammermoor / Act I / Scene 2 / Ancor non giunse! - Georges Prêtre
8. Lucia di Lammermoor / Act I / Scene 2 / Regnava nel silenzio - Georges Prêtre
9. Lucia di Lammermoor / Act I / Scene 2 / Quando, rapito in estasi - Georges Prêtre
10. Lucia di Lammermoor / Act III / Scene 2 / Eccola! - Il dolce suono - Georges Prêtre
11. Lucia di Lammermoor / Act III / Scene 2 / Ohimè! Sorge il tremendo fantasma - Georges Prêtre
12. Lucia di Lammermoor / Act III / Scene 2 / Ardon gl'incensi - Georges Prêtre
13. Lucia di Lammermoor / Act III / Scene 2 / S'avanza Enrico! - Georges Prêtre
14. Lucia di Lammermoor / Act III / Scene 2 / Spargi d'amaro pianto - Georges Prêtre
15. Luisa Miller / Act I / Scene 1 / Lo vidi, e'l primo palpito - Fausto Cleva / RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra
16. Rigoletto / Act I / Gualtier Maldé, Caro nome - Georg Solti / RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra
17. La Traviata / Act I / E strano, è strano!; Ah, fors è lui - Anna Moffo / Richard Tucker / Robert Merrill / Anna Reynolds / Piero de Palma / Franco Ventriglia / Vito Susca / Liliana Poli / Fernando Previtali
18. La Traviata / Act I / Follie! Follie! Delirio vano - Anna Moffo / Richard Tucker / Robert Merrill / Anna Reynolds / Piero de Palma / Franco Ventriglia / Vito Susca / Liliana Poli / Fernando Previtali
19. La Traviata / Act I / Sempre libera - Anna Moffo / Richard Tucker / Fernando Previtali
20. La Traviata / Act III / Teneste la promessa - Anna Moffo / Richard Tucker / Robert Merrill / Anna Reynolds / Piero de Palma / Franco Ventriglia / Vito Susca / Liliana Poli / Fernando Previtali
21. La Traviata / Act III / Addio del passato - Anna Moffo / Richard Tucker / Robert Merrill / Anna Reynolds / Piero de Palma / Franco Ventriglia / Vito Susca / Liliana Poli / Fernando Previtali
22. La bohème / Si. Mi chiamano Mimi - Erich Leinsdorf
23. La Rondine / Chi il bel sogno di Doretta - Francesco Molinari-Pradelli / Anna Moffo

Disc: 12
1. Madama Butterfly / Act I / Bimba, bimba, non piangere
2. Madama Butterfly / Act I / Ah! dolce notte, quante stelle
3. La Bohème, Act I: O soave fanciulla
4. Manon Lescaut / Act II / Oh, sarò la più bella!
5. Manon Lescaut / Act II / Taci, taci, tu il cor mi frangi!
6. Lucia di Lammermoor / Act I / Scene 2 / Sulla tomba che rinserra - Georges Prêtre
7. Lucia di Lammermoor / Act I / Scene 2 / Qui di sposa eterna fede - Georges Prêtre
8. La Traviata / Act III / Parigi, o cara - Anna Moffo / Richard Tucker / Robert Merrill / Anna Reynolds / Piero de Palma / Franco Ventriglia / Vito Susca / Liliana Poli / Fernando Previtali
9. Rigoletto / Act III / Giovanna, ho dei rimorsi
10. Rigoletto / Act III / E il sol dell'anima
11. Manon / Act III / Toi! Vous!… Oui, c'est moi!
12. Manon / Act III / N'est-ce plus ma main que cette main presse?
13. Luisa Miller / Act III / Ah! L'ultima preghiera - Fausto Cleva / RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra
14. La Traviata / Act I / Un dì felice eterea - Anna Moffo / Richard Tucker / Robert Merrill / Anna Reynolds / Piero de Palma / Franco Ventriglia / Vito Susca / Liliana Poli / Fernando Previtali
15. La Rondine / Che caldo! Che sete! - Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
16. La Rondine / Perchè mai cercate di saper - Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
17. La Rondine / Zitti! Non disturbiamoli! - Francesco Molinari-Pradelli