Suzanne Danco - The Decca Recitals

 
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DEBUSSY / MOZART / SCHUMANN / RAVEL / BRAHMS / etc
Suzanne Danco - The Decca Recitals
Suzanne Danco (soprano) / with Guido Agosti (piano) Phyllis Spurr (piano), Gervase de Peyer (clarinet), etc

[ Decca Eloquence / 8 CD Box Set ]

Release Date: Friday 10 July 2020

The complete Decca recital recordings compiled and newly remastered in tribute to a superlative Mozart soprano of the last century - released to commemorate the 20th anniversary of her passing (10 August 2000).

The Belgian-born Suzanne Danco (1911-2000) made her operatic debut in Genoa as Fiordiligi in 1941, and it seems appropriate that in July 1947 in Milan she began her Decca relationship with a selection of Mozart arias. Equally fittingly, her first operatic recording was Pelléas et Mélisande with Ernest Ansermet and L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in April 1952. Ansermet always regarded Danco as his ideal Mélisande and, like Erich Kleiber, became a valued admirer of her artistry.

Danco's legacy on record is small but representative of her particular gifts in Mozart and French song, in which she was an almost unrivalled interpreter, leaving unforgettably refined readings of Debussy's Fêtes galantes, Fauré's La bonne chanson and Ravel's Shéhérezade, among others. The Debussy and Fauré count among the highlights of a series of Decca albums made with her long-time recital partner, Guido Agosti, and compiled here complete for the first time.

There is much else in the box that is new to CD or long unavailable: a lovely 10-inch collection of lullabies, songs of Bellini and arie antiche; her refined touch applied to the German Lieder tradition, from Schubert and Schumann (including a rare soprano version of Dichterliebe) to Brahms, Wolf and Richard Strauss, all generously and intelligently chosen recitals; Danco herself regarded Schumann's Op. 39 Liederkreis as one of her finest recordings. Wolf's Elfenlied from sessions in December 1950 was discovered among the tapes and is published here for the first time in any format.

A delightful pendant to Danco's recording career is an album of 18th-century songs made for Philips Classics in October 1956 near her home in Florence, made with conductor Francesco Mollinari-Pradelli at the piano. The collection closes with an anthology of highlights from her contributions to classic Decca recordings of oratorio and opera, including her Cherubino, Donna Anna, Eurydice, Mélisande and Consuela (L'heure espagnole).

"Just the right balance between knowingness and innocence which lies at the heart of that equivocal role." Daily Telegraph (Pelléas et Mélisande)

"Madame Danco's fine voice and Ansermet's magnificent accompaniment … It would be quite difficult to imagine a combination that could do more justice to these extremely beautiful songs." Tempo, winter 1948 (Shéhérezade)

"Danco has the sensibility and the judgment required. Above all, she knows just the proper amount of weight and stylized emotion to infuse so that her renderings are just right in every sense." Irish Monthly, June 1953 (Mozart & Strauss Lieder)

"It might be argued that [La Bonne Chanson] is preferably a man's song-cycle, but with supreme artistry Mme. Danco wins the listener over to viewing the songs in a new light. Brighter colours emerge in this interpretation and, in particular, her control and phrasing make the performance outstanding." Tempo, autumn 1953

"Miss Danco is in excellent form." High Fidelity, April 1954 (Strauss)

"Mme. Danco manages the expressive cantilena of Bellini's songs … very beautifully, and her voice is well recorded." Musical Times, April 1955

"Suzanne Danco makes an admirable Cherubino, ardent and youthful - a feat of characterization all the more astonishing when one has just listened to her Donna Anna." Musical Times, February 1956

"Miss Danco is well recorded. She chooses brisker tempi for all the songs, nearer the given metronome marks, and her spring-like voice is pretty throughout." Music & Letters, October 1956 (Les Nuits d'été)

"This record comes close to perfection. Miss Danco brings to these superb Lieder a fine-spun voice, secure vocalism and exquisite musicianship." High Fidelity, July 1956 (Liederkreis)

"Miss Danco is a most accomplished artist whose performances are always intelligent and in perfect taste." Music & Letters, October 1956 (Debussy, Chansons)

"Suzanne Danco's devastating coolness is more effective than any amount of husky sexiness." Opera, July 1987 (L'heure espagnole)

Tracks:

CD 1
OPERA ARIAS & SONGS
1 MOZART Così fan tutte: Come scoglio
2 MOZART Le Nozze di Figaro: Voi che sapete
Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala
Jonel Perlea

3 CHARPENTIER Louise: Depuis le jour
4 VERDI La Traviata: E strano … Ah, fors'è lui … Sempre libera
5 MASSENET Manon: Allons … Adieu, notre petite table
6 BIZET Carmen: C'est les contrabandiers … Je dis que rien ne m'épouvante
7 GLUCK Alceste: Divinités du Styx
8 PURCELL Dido and Aeneas: Thy hand, Belinda … When I am laid in earth
L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Alberto Erede

9-11 RAVEL Shéhérazade
L'Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire de Paris
Ernest Ansermet

12 BONONCINI Deh più a me non v'ascondete*
13 CACCINI Amarilli mia bella*
Phyllis Spurr, piano

14 SCHUBERT Die schöne Mullerin - No. 2: Wohin? (Take 1)*
15 SCHUBERT Die schöne Mullerin - No. 2: Wohin? (Take 2)*
16 SCHUBERT Die Forelle*
Guido Agosti, piano

*FIRST CD RELEASE ON DECCA

CD 2
ROBERT SCHUMANN (1810-1856)
1-16 Dichterliebe, Op. 48*
17-28 Liederkreis, Op. 39*

FRANZ SCHUBERT (1797-1828)
29 Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D.965
Gervase de Peyer, clarinet

30 Die Forelle, D.550
31 Gretchen am Spinnrade, D.118
32 Du bist die Ruh, D.776
33 Der Musensohn, D.764

Guido Agosti, piano

*FIRST CD RELEASE ON DECCA

CD 3
JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833-1897)
1 Die Mainacht*
2 Wiegenlied*
3 Ständchen*
4 Wir wandelten*
5 Meine Liebe ist grün*

HUGO WOLF (1860-1903)
6 Verborgenheit*
7 Blumengruss*
8 Gleich und Gleich*
9 Frühling übers Jahr*
10 Anakreons Grab*
11 Elfenlied°

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756-1791)
12 Das Veilchen*
13 Abendempfindung*
14 Dans un bois solitaire*
15 An Chloë*

RICHARD STRAUSS (1864-1949)
16 Morgen
17 Ständchen
18 Traum durch die Dämmerung
19 Zueignung
20 Freundliche Vision

CHRISTOPH WILLIBALD GLUCK (1714-1787)
21 O del mio dolce ardor*

ALESSANDRO SCARLATTI (1660-1725)
22 Se Florinda è fidele*

ANTONIO CALDARA (1670-1736)
23 Come raggio del sol*

FRANCESCO DURANTE (1684-1755)
24 Danza, danza*

GIULIO CACCINI (1551-1618)
25 Amarilli mia bella*

Guido Agosti, piano

*FIRST CD RELEASE ON DECCA
°PREVIOUSLY UNPUBLISHED

CD 4
CLAUDE DEBUSSY (1862-1918)
1-3 Trois Chansons de Bilitis, L.90*
4-6 Le Promenoir des deux amants, L.118*
7-12 Ariettes oubliées, L.60

GABRIEL FAURÉ (1845-1924)
13-21 La Bonne Chanson, Op. 61*

CLAUDE DEBUSSY (1862-1918)
22-24 Fêtes galantes I, L.80*
25-27 Trois Ballades de François Villon, L.119*

Guido Agosti, piano

*FIRST CD RELEASE ON DECCA

CD 5
MAURICE RAVEL (1875-1937)
1-3 Shéhérazade
4-5 Deux Mélodies hébraïques
6-8 Trois poems de Stéphane Mallarmé
L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Ernest Ansermet

VINCENZO BELLINI (1801-1835)
9 Il fervido desiderio*
10 Dolente imagine di fille mia*
11 Vanne, o rosa fortunata*
12 Vaga luna che inargenti*

CHARLES GOUNOD (1818-1893)
13 Venise*
14 Au rossignol*
15 Viens ! Les gazons sont verts !*

FRANZ SCHUBERT (1797-1828)
16 Ave Maria*

FELIX MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847)
17 Auf flügeln des Gesanges*

JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833-1897)
18 Wiegenlied*

CHARLES GOUNOD (1818-1893)
19 Sérénade*
GABRIEL FAURÉ (1845-1924)
20 Après un rêve*

CHARLES GOUNOD (1818-1893)
after JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750)
21 Ave Maria*

Guido Agosti, piano

*FIRST CD RELEASE ON DECCA

CD 6
Album de Musique offert par G. Rossini à Mademoiselle Louise Carlier
1 ROSSINI Mi lagnerò tacendo
2 BELLINI Dolente imagine
3 PAER Ange à la voix tendre
4 BRUGUIÈRE Le printemps arrive (Ester Orel, mezzo-soprano)
5 PANSERON Il n'aurait pas dû venir
6 TADOLINI Com'è soave a l'anima
7 COSTA Trova un sol, mia bella Clori
8 MARLIANI La gita in gondola
9 MERCADANTE Aure amiche, ah! non spirate
10 MORLACCHI La rosa appassita
11 MEYERBEER Soave l'istante
12 BERTON Air à trois notes
13 BERTIN Ah, dors en paix, mon bel enfant
14 CHERUBINI La pietosa bugia
15 SPONTINI L'adieu
16 ONSLOW Le Dante dans le paradis
17 GORDIGIANI Ognuno tira l'acqua al suo mulino
18 BAZZINI Chi ami?
Francesco Molinari-Pradelli, piano

HECTOR BERLIOZ (1803-1869)
19-24 Les Nuits d'été
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Thor Johnson

CD 7
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750)
1-5 Cantata 'Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen!', BWV 51
6-14 Cantata 'Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten', BWV 202
Stuttgarter Kammerorchester
Karl Münchinger

HEINRICH SCHÜTZ (1585-1672)
15 Eile mich, Gott, zu erretten, SWV 282*

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750)
16 Bist du bei mir, BWV 508*
17 Warum betrübst du dich, mein Herz, BWV 516*
18 Komm, süsser Tod, BWV 478*
Jeanne Demessieux, organ

CD 8
Arias

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756-1791)
1-2 Le Nozze di Figaro
Wiener Philharmoniker
Erich Kleiber

CHRISTOPH WILLIBALD GLUCK (1714-1787)
3-6 Orphée et Eurydice (Act III Scene 1)
Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux
Hans Rosbaud

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756-1791)
7-9 Don Giovanni
Wiener Philharmoniker
Josef Krips

CLAUDE DEBUSSY (1862-1918)
10-12 Pelléas et Mélisande

MAURICE RAVEL (1875-1937)
13 L'Enfant et les sortilèges
14 L'Heure espagnole

ARTHUR HONEGGER (1892-1955)
15 Le Roi David

CLAUDE DEBUSSY (1862-1918)
16 Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien

GABRIEL FAURÉ (1845-1924)
17 Requiem, Op. 48
L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Ernest Ansermet

Suzanne Danco, soprano

* * *

SHORT FORM TRACK LISTING

CD 1
OPERA ARIAS & SONGS
Mozart · Charpentier · Verdi · Massenet · Bizet · Gluck · Purcell · Ravel · Bononcini · Caccini · Schubert
Jonel Perlea · Alberto Erede · Ernest Ansermet · Phyllis Spurr · Guido Agosti

CD 2
SCHUMANN · SCHUBERT
Lieder
Guido Agosti

CD 3
BRAHMS · WOLF · MOZART · STRAUSS
Lieder
Guido Agosti

CD 4
DEBUSSY · FAURÉ
Mélodies
Guido Agosti

CD 5
SONGS
Ravel · Bellini · Gounod · Schubert · Mendelssohn · Brahms · Fauré · Bach/Gounod
Ernest Ansermet · Guido Agosti

CD 6
ALBUM DE MUSIQUE
BERLIOZ Les Nuits d'été
Francesco Molinari-Pradelli · Thor Johnson

CD 7
J.S. BACH · SCHÜTZ
Cantatas & Sacred Songs
Karl Münchinger · Jeanne Demessieux

CD 8
ARIAS
Mozart · Gluck · Debussy · Ravel · Honegger · Fauré
Erich Kleiber · Hans Rosbaud · Josef Krips · Ernest Ansermet