Icon: Franco Corelli (excerpts from I Puritani, Norma, Turandot, Pagliacci, Cavalleria Rusticana, etc)

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FRANCO CORELLI
Icon: Franco Corelli (excerpts from I Puritani, Norma, Turandot, Pagliacci, Cavalleria Rusticana, etc)
Franco Corelli (tenor) with various orchstras & conductors

[ Warner Classics / EMI Icon / 4 CD Box Set ]

Release Date: Wednesday 20 May 2009

Franco Corelli began his stage career in Italy in 1951. With his powerful voice, charismatic stage presence and film-star good looks he soon became one of the 20th century's outstanding operatic superstars.

He first came to prominence when he sang opposite Maria Callas at La Scala, Milan, in a production of La vestale in 1954. He subsequently partnered Callas at La Scala in Fedora and Poliuto and later appeared with her at the end of her stage career in Norma in Paris in 1964 and Tosca in New York in 1965.

Corelli made a spectacular debut at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, in January 1961 in Verdi's Il trovatore. He quickly became the Met's leading tenor and performed there every season until 1974.

He recorded extensively for EMI throughout the 1960s, when he made a number of complete operas as well as several albums of operatic arias and songs.

This 4 CD set brings together the best of Corelli's EMI recordings. From his operatic catalogue come a substantial number of arias, as well as duets with Birgit Nilsson, Mirella Freni, Antonietta Stella and Gabriella Tucci.

The operatic composers whose works are included in the set are Bellini, Donizetti, Catalani, Ponchielli, Cilea, Massenet, Gounod, Meyerbeer, Verdi, Puccini, Giordano, Mascagni and Leoncavallo, and some of the operas represented are Turandot, I puritani, Norma, Un ballo in maschera, Il trovatore, La forza del destino, Aida, Roméo et Juliette, Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci.

In addition to the operatic material, there are a large number of songs, including popular Neapolitan titles such as 'Core 'ngrato', 'Torna a Surriento' and ''O sole mio', plus other items like 'Granada', Schubert's Ave Maria and the Ingemisco from Verdi's Requiem.

This album also includes a song recorded in Milan in 1961: 'Si tu m'amais' by Luigi Denza, that has never been issued either on LP or on CD since its initial release only in Italy in 1962 on a 45 rpm single.

Tracks:

CD1
Vincenzo Bellini 1801-1835
1 A te, o cara (I puritani, Act I)
Philharmonia Orchestra, Franco Ferraris

Recorded: 29.VI & 1, 3, 5, 13.VII.1961 & 8.IX.1962, Kingsway Hall, London / Producer: Victor Olof • Balance engineer: Harold Davidson (P) 1963/2003*

2 Meco all'altar di Venere…Me protegge, me difende (Norma, Act I)
Piero de Palma tenor
Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin

Recorded: 5-16.IX.1960, Teatro alla Scala, Milan / Producers: Walter Legge & Walter Jellinek • Balance engineer: Robert Gooch (P) 1961/1989*

Gaetano Donizetti 1797-1848
3 Favorita del Re!...Spirto gentil (La favorita, Act IV)
Philharmonia Orchestra, Franco Ferraris

Recorded: 29.VI & 1, 3, 5, 13.VII.1961 & 8.IX.1962, Kingsway Hall, London / Producer: Victor Olof • Balance engineer: Harold Davidson (P) 1963/2003*

Giuseppe Verdi 1813-1901
4 Ah sì, ben mio…Di quella pira (Il trovatore, Act III)
Gabriella Tucci soprano • Angelo Mercuriali tenor, Coro e Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Thomas Schippers

Recorded: 6-12, 14, 17, 19, 31.VII & 7.VIII.1964, Opera House, Rome / Producer: Victor Olof • Balance engineer: Francis Dillnutt (P) 1965/1990*

5 Oh! Fede negar potessi …Quando le sere al placido (Luisa Miller, Act II)
6 La vita è inferno…O tu che in seno agli angeli (La forza del destino, Act III)
7 O figli, o figli miei!...Ah! La paterna mano (Macbeth, Act IV)
8 La donna è mobile (Rigoletto, Act III)
9 Mercé, diletti amici…Come rugiada…Oh, tu che l'alma adora (Ernani, Act I)
New Philharmonia Orchestra, Franco Ferraris

Recorded: 15, 17, 20, 25.II.1967, Kingsway Hall, London / Producer: Ronald Kinloch Anderson • Balance engineer: Robert Gooch (P) 2003/2003*

10 Forse la soglia attinse…Ma se m'è forza perderti (Un ballo in maschera, Act III)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Eduardo Pedrazzoli

Recorded: 26, 30.IX & 3,4.X.1958, Kingsway Hall, London (orchestra) & 25, 28.IX.1964, Basilica Santa Eufemia, Milan (voice), Producers: Victor Olof (orchestra) & Ronald Kinloch Anderson (voice) • Balance engineers: Robert Gooch (orchestra) & unknown (voice) (P) 2003/2003*

Aida (Ghislanzoni)
11 Se quel guerrier io fossi!... Celeste Aida (Act I)
12 Pur ti riveggo, mia dolce Aida …Ma dimmi (Act III)
Birgit Nilsson soprano (12) • Grace Bumbry mezzo-soprano (12) Mario Sereni baritone (12) • Bonaldo Giaiotti bass (12)
Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Zubin Mehta

Recorded: 21.VI-6.VII.1967, Opera House, Rome / Producer: Ronald Kinloch Anderson • Balance engineer: Robert Gooch (P) 1967/1989*

Giacomo Meyerbeer 1791-1864
13 Non lunge della torre…Bianca al par di neve alpina (Les Huguenots, Act I)
Philharmonia Orchestra , Franco Ferraris

Recorded: 29.VI & 1, 3, 5, 13.VII.1961 & 8.IX.1962, Kingsway Hall, London / Producer: Victor Olof • Balance engineer: Harold Davidson (P) 1963/2003*

Alfredo Catalani 1854-1893
14 Nel verde maggio (Loreley, Act I)
New Philharmonia Orchestra, Franco Ferraris

Recorded: 15, 17, 20, 25.II.1967, Kingsway Hall, London / Producer: Ronald Kinloch Anderson • Balance engineer: Robert Gooch (P) 2003/2003*

CD2
Amilcare Ponchielli 1834-1886
1 Cielo e mar (La Gioconda, Act II)

Francesco Cilea 1866-1950
2 L'anima ho stanca (Adriana Lecouvreur, Act II)
Philharmonia Orchestra , Franco Ferraris

Recorded: 29.VI & 1, 3, 5, 13.VII.1961 & 8.IX.1962, Kingsway Hall, London / Producer: Victor Olof • Balance engineer: Harold Davidson (P) 1963/2003*

Pietro Mascagni 1863-1945
Cavalleria rusticana (Menasci & Targioni-Tozetti)
3 Intanto amici…Viva il vino spumeggiante
4 Mamma, quel vino è generoso
Adriana Lazzarini (3) & Corinna Vozza (4) mezzo-sopranos, Coro e Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Gabriele Santini

Recorded: 1-5.VII.1962, Opera House, Rome / Producer: Victor Olof • Balance engineer: Francis Dillnutt (P) 1963/1991*

Ruggero Leoncavallo 1858-1919
Pagliacci
5 Un grande spettacolo…Un tal gioco (Act I)
6 Recitar!...Vesti la giubba (Act I)
7 No, Pagliaccio non son (Act II)
Lucine Amara soprano (5 & 7) • Mario Spina tenor (5 & 7), Tito Gobbi (5 & 7) & Mario Zanasi (7) baritones, Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano , Lovro von Matacic

Recorded: 27.VI-7.VII.1960, Teatro alla Scala, Milan / Producers: Walter Legge & Walter Jellinek • Balance engineer: Harold Davidson (P) 1961/1991*

Giacomo Puccini 1858-1924
8 Donna non vidi mai (Manon Lescaut, Act I)

Tosca (Illica & Giocosa)
9 Recondita armonia (Act I)
10 E lucevan le stelle (Act III)
Philharmonia Orchestra , Franco Ferraris

Recorded: 29.VI & 1, 3, 5, 13.VII.1961 & 8.IX.1962, Kingsway Hall, London, Producer: Victor Olof • Balance engineer: Harold Davidson (P) 1963/2003*

Turandot (Adami & Simoni)
11 Non piangere, Liù…Ah! Per l'ultima volta (Act I)
12 Nessun dorma (Act III)
13 Principessa di morte! (Act III)
Renata Scotto (11) & Birgit Nilsson (13) sopranos Franco Ricciardi & Piero de Palma tenors (11) Bonaldo Giaiotti & Guido Mazzini basses (11) Coro e Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Francesco Molinari Pradelli

Recorded: 24.VI & 2, 5, 8, 10, 12, 13, 16.VII.1965, Opera House, Rome, Producer: Ronald Kinloch Anderson • Balance engineer: Francis Dillnutt (P) 1966/1988*

Umberto Giordano 1867-1948
Andrea Chénier (Illica)
14 Colpito…Un dì all'azzuro spazio (Act I)
15 Credo a una posanza arcana (Act II)
16 Legray!...Andrea Chénier!...Sì, fui soldato (Act III)
17 Come un bel dì di maggio (Act IV)
18 Vicino a te (Act IV)
Antonietta Stella soprano (16 & 18) • Mario Sereni baritone (16) Paolo Pedani (16) & Giuseppe Modesti (15 & 16) basses, Coro e Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Gabriele Santini

Recorded: 25-27, 30.VI & 1, 2.VII.1963, Opera House, Rome ,.Producer: Victor Olof • Balance engineer: Francis Dillnutt (P) 1964/1994*

CD3
Jules Massenet 1842-1912
1 Ah ! Tout est bien fini…? souverain, ô juge, ô père (Le Cid, Act III)
New Philharmonia Orchestra, Franco Ferraris

Recorded: 15, 17, 20, 25.II.1967, Kingsway Hall, London / Producer: Ronald Kinloch Anderson • Balance engineer: Robert Gooch (P) 2003/2003*

Charles Gounod 1818-1893
Roméo et Juliette (Barbier & Carré)
2 Ange adorable (Act I)
3 L'amour…Ah ! Lève-toi, soleil ! (Act II)
4 O nuit divine ! (Act II)
5 C'est là ! Salut ! Tombeau ! (Act V)
Mirella Freni soprano (4), Orchestre du Théâtre National de l'Opéra de Paris, Alain Lombard

Recorded: 20.VI-6.VII.1968, Salle Wagram, Paris, Producers: Victor Olof & Eric Macleod • Balance engineer: Christopher Parker (P) 1969/1994*

Franz Schubert 1797-1828
6 Ave Maria, D839

George Frideric Handel 1685-1759
Serse (Stampiglia)
7 Frondi tenere…Ombra mai fu (Act I)

Giuseppe Verdi
Requiem
8 Ingemisco

Gioachino Rossini 1792-1868
Petite Messe solennelle
9 Domine Deus

Agustin Lara 1900-1970
10 Granada

Stefano Donaudy 1879-1925
11 Vaghissima sembianza (Alberto Donaudy)

Ernesto de Curtis 1875-1937
12 Ti voglio tanto bene (Furnò)

Renato Cairone
13 Mon ciel, c'est toi (Loysel)

Eduardo Pedrazzoli
14 Il canto della rinuncia

Raffaele Mingardo 1923-1978
15 Carrettiere (Mingardo)

Giovanni Berrafato
16 Tu lo sai (anon.)
Arrangements by Raffaele Mingardo, Chorus & Orchestra Raffaele Mingardo

Recorded: 6, 19.VI & 16, 21.IX.1963, Milan (6-9); 18.V.1964 & 16, 17.VI & 27.IX.1965, Rome (10- 16) / Producer & balance engineer: unknown / (P) 1964/1996* (6-9) & (P) 1966/1996* (10-16)

Renato Cairone
17 Pourquoi fermer ton cœur ? (Loysel)

Luigi Denza 1846-1922
18 Si tu m'amais (Paris)
Orchestra, Franco Ferraris

Recorded: 14, 16, 26.X & 21.XII.1961, Milan / Producer & balance engineer: unknown (P) 1962/1996* (17) & (P) 1962/2009* (18)

CD4
Luigi Tortorella
1 Mammina mia (de Palois & Testoni)

José Serrano 1873-1941
El trust de los tenorios (Arniches & Álvarez)
2 Te quiero, morena
Arrangements by Raffaele Mingardo, Chorus & Orchestra, Raffaele Mingardo

Recorded: 18.V.1964 & 16, 17.VI & 27.IX.1965, Rome / Producer & balance engineer: unknown (P) 1966/1996*

Salvatore Cardillo 1874-1947
3 Core 'ngrato (Cordiferro)

Ernesto de Curtis
4 Senza nisciuno (Barbieri)

Luigi Tortorella
5 Addà turnà

Vincenzo d'Annibale
6 'O paese d' 'o solé (Bovio)

Gaetano Errico Pennino
7 Pecchè? (de Flaviis)

Anon.
8 Fenesta che lucive (anon)

Ernesto Tagliaferri 1889-1937
9 Piscatore 'e Pusilleco (Murolo)

Ernesto de Curtis
10 Tu, ca nun chiagne! (Bovio)

Eduardo di Capua (1865-1917)
11 I' te vurria vasà (Russo)

Ernesto de Curtis
12 Torna a Surriento (G. B. de Curtis)

Rodolfo Falvo 1874-1936
13 Dicitencello vuje (Fusco)
14 Guapparia (Bovio)

Gaetano Lama
15 Silenzio cantatore (Bovio)

Ernesto de Curtis
16 Voce 'e notte! (Nicolardi)

Salvatore Gambardella
17 'O marenariello (Ottaviano)

Vincenzo Valente 1855-1921 & Ernesto Tagliaferri
18 Passione (Bovio)

Eduardo di Capua
19 'O sole mio (Capurro)

Enrico Cannio 1874-1949
20 'O surdato 'nnammerato (Califano)

Francesco Paolo Tosti 1846-1916
21 'A vucchella (d'Annunzio)

Nicola Valente 1881-1946
22 Torna! (Vento)
23 Addio, mia bella Napoli (Manlio)
Arrangements by Franco Ferraris, Orchestra, Franco Ferraris

Recorded: 7, 9, 11.VII.1961, No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (3-12) & 14, 16, 26.X & 21.XII.1961, Milan (13-23) / Producers: Ronald Kinloch Anderson (3-12) & unknown (13-23) / Balance engineers: unknown (P) 1962/1996* (3-12) & 1963/1996* (13-23)