CABALLE, MONTSERRAT The Sound Of Montserrat Caballe. Her Great Opera Roles. EMI 5cds

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MONTSERRAT CABALLÉ

The Sound Of Montserrat Caballé

Her Great Opera Roles

CD 1

Vincenzo Bellini 1801–1835

Il pirata (Romani)

1 Sorgete...Lo sognai ferito...

2 Quando a un tratto...Sventurata, anchi’io delirio (Act I)

3 Oh! s’io potessi...

4 Col sorriso d’innocenza...

5 Qual suono....Oh Sole! ti vela (Act II)

Flora Rafanelli soprano (1–3, 5) • Giuseppe Baratti tenor (1, 2)

Bernabé Martí tenor (2)

Coro e Orchestra della RAI, Roma chorus master Gianni Lazzari

Gianandrea Gavazzeni

Recorded: 14–31.VII.1979, RAI Studios, Rome

Producer: Ronald Kinloch Anderson • Balance engineer: Francis Dillnutt P 1971/1992*

I puritani (Pepoli)

6 Son vergin vezzosa (Act I)

7 Dov’è Arturo?...

8 Ah, vieni al tempio (Act I)

9 O rendetemi la speme...Qui la voce...

10 Tornò il riso....Vien diletto (Act II)

11 Finì, me lassa!...Ch’ei provò lontan da me?...

12 Vieni fra queste braccia (Act III)

Alfredo Kraus (6, 11, 12), Dennis O’Neill (7, 8) tenors

Julia Hamari mezzo-soprano (6) • Matteo Manuguerra baritone (7, 8, 10)

Agostino Ferrin (6–8, 10), Stefan Elenkov (7) bass

Ambrosian Opera Chorus chorus master John McCarthy

Philharmonia Orchestra / Riccardo Muti

Recorded: 18, 21–24, 29–30.VI & 1, 4.VII.1979, Kingsway Hall, London

Producer: John Mordler • Balance engineer: Peter Bown P 1980/1988*

CD 2

Gioachino Rossini 1792–1868

Guillaume Tell (de Jouy, Bis & Marrast)

1 Ils s’éloignent enfin...

2 Sombre forêt (Act II)

3 Arnold, d’où naît ce désespoir?...Pour notre amour plus despérance (Act III)

4 Quel bruit arrive à mon oreille?...Sur la rive étrangère (Act III)

Nicolai Gedda tenor (3, 4)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Lamberto Gardelli

Recorded in association with Robert Slotover: 11, 13-14, 18-22, 24-27, 31.VII.1972, Kingsway Hall, London & 7.IX.1972, No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London

Producer: Ronald Kinloch Anderson • Balance engineers: Christopher Parker, Stuart Eltham

P 1973/1995*

Gaetano Donizetti 1797–1848

Poliuto (Cammarano)

5 Donna! Malvagio!...

6 Ah fuggi da morte...Il suon dell’arpe angeliche (Act III)

Giacomo Meyerbeer 1791–1864

Les Huguenots (Scribe & Deschamps)

7 Oh ciel ! où courez-vous ?.....

8 Tu l’as dit.....

9 Plus d’amour ! plus d’ivresse ! (Act IV)

Bernabé Martí tenor

London Symphony Orchestra / Sir Charles Mackerras

Recorded: 30.III–10.IV.1970, Kingsway Hall, London

Producer: Christopher Bishop • Balance engineer: Neville Boyling P 1970/1995*

Giuseppe Verdi 1813–1901

Giovanna d’Arco (Solera)

10 Oh, ben s’addice...Sempre all’alba (Prologue)

11 Qui! qui...O fatidica foresta (Act I)

12 I Franchi!...Oh qual mi scuote...Amai, ma un solo instante (Act III)

13 Tu che all’eletto Sàulo...Or dal padre benedetta (Act III)

14 Che mai fu?...S’apre il cielo (Act III)

Plácido Domingo tenor (14) • Sherrill Milnes baritone (12–14)

Ambrosian Opera Chorus chorus master John McCarthy

London Symphony Orchestra / James Levine

Recorded: 23.VIII–1.IX.1972, No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London

Producer: Ronald Kinloch Anderson • Balance engineer: Christopher Parker P 1973/1989*

CD3

La forza del destino (Piave)

1 La Vergine degli’angeli (Act II)

2 Pace, pace, mio Dio (Act IV)

Ambrosian Opera Chorus chorus master John McCarthy

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Anton Guadagno

Recorded: 8–11.VI.1971, No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London

Producer: Ronald Kinloch Anderson • Balance engineer: Christopher Parker P 1971/1995*

Don Carlo (Méry & du Locle trans.Zanardini & de Lauzières)

3 Io vengo a domendar (Act II)

4 Non pianger mia compagna (Act II)

5 Tu che le vanità (Act V)

Plácido Domingo tenor (3) • Sherill Milnes baritone (4)

Ruggero Raimondi bass (4)

Ambrosian Opera Chorus chorus master John McCarthy

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Carlo Maria Giulini

Recorded: 18–31.VIII.Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London

Producer: Christopher Bishop • Balance engineer: Christopher Parker P 1971/2000*

Aida (Ghislanzoni)

6 Ritorna vincitor! (Act I)

7 Qui Radamès verrà...O patria mia (Act III)

8 Ciel! mio padre! (Act III)

9 Pur ti riveggo, mia dolce Aida (Act III)

10 O terra addio (Act IV)

Plácido Domingo tenor (9, 10) • Fiorenza Cossotto mezzo-soprano (10)

Piero Cappuccilli baritone (8)

Royal Opera Chorus chorus master Douglas Robinson

New Philharmonia Orchestra / Riccardo Muti

Recorded: 2–9 & 11.VII.1974, Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London

Producer: John Mordler • Balance engineer: Stuart Eltham P 1974/2001*

CD4

Macbeth (Piave)

1 Vegliammo invan due notti...Una macchia (Macbeth, Act IV)

Elizabeth Bainbridge mezzo-soprano • Thomas Allen baritone

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Anton Guadagno

Recorded: 8–11.VI.1971, No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London

Producer: Ronald Kinloch Anderson • Balance engineer: Christopher Parker P 1971/1995*

Otello (Boito)

2 Era più calmo?...Mia madre aveva una povera ancella (Act IV)

3 Ave Maria (Act IV)

Elizabeth Bainbridge mezzo-soprano (2)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Anton Guadagno

Recorded: 8–11.VI.1971, No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London

Producer: Ronald Kinloch Anderson • Balance engineer: Christopher Parker P 1971/1995*

Arrigo Boito 1842–1918

Mefistofele (Boito)

4 L’altra notte in fondo al mare (Act III)

London Symphony Orchestra / Julius Rudel

Recorded: 16–17, 19–21, 23–25.VII.1973, No.1 Studio, Abbey Road & Kingsway Hall, London

Producer: John Mordler • Balance Engineer: Robert Gooch P 1974/1987*

Giacomo Puccini 1858–1924

Manon Lescaut (Oliva, Ricordi, Illica, Giacosa & Praga)

5 In quelle trine morbide (Act II)

6 Oh, sarò la più bella!...Tu, tu, amore? Tu? (Act II)

7 Sola, perduta, abbandonata (Act IV)

Plácido Domingo tenor (6, 7)

New Philharmonia Orchestra / Bruno Bartoletti

Recorded: Recorded: 6–9, 11–15.VII, Wembley Town Hall, London & 2, 29.XII.1971,

No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London

Producer: Ronald Kinloch Anderson • Balance engineer: Christopher Parker P 1972/1994*

Le villi (Fontana)

8 Se come voi piccina io fossi (Act I)

La bohème (Illica & Giacosa)

9 Sì. Mi chiamano Mimì (Act I)

10 Donde lieta uscì (Act III)

Tosca (Illica & Giacosa)

11 Vissi d’arte (Act II)

Madama Butterfly (Illica & Giacosa)

12 Un bel dì vedremo (Act II)

13 Tu, tu, piccolo iddio (Act II)

London Symphony Orchestra / Sir Charles Mackerras

Recorded: 31.III & 1, 3, 6–8, 10.IV. 1970, Kingsway Hall, London

Producer: Christopher Bishop • Balance engineer: Neville Boyling P 1970/2002* except 2013* (8)

CD 5

Pietro Mascagni 1863–1945

Cavalleria rusticana (Menasci & Targioni-Tozzetti)

1 Regina Coeli...Ineggiamo, il Signor non è morto

2 Voi lo sapete, o mamma

3 Tu qui, Santuzza?...No, no, Turiddu

José Carreras tenor (3) • Astrid Varnay soprano (2)

Julia Hamari mezzo-soprano (3)

Ambrosian Opera Chorus chorus master John McCarthy

Philharmonia Orchestra / Riccardo Muti

Recorded: 2–7.VIII.1979, Watford Town Hall, and St Augustine's, Kilburn (off-stage chorus with organ), London

Producer: John Mordler • Balance engineer: Peter Bown P 1980/1987*

Umberto Giordano 1867–1948

Andrea Chénier (Illica)

4 Vicino a te (Act IV)

Bernabé Martí tenor

London Symphony Orchestra / Sir Charles Mackerras

Recorded: 30.III–10.IV.1970, Kingsway Hall, London

Producer: Christopher Bishop • Balance engineer: Neville Boyling P 1970/1995*

Giacomo Puccini

Gianni Schicchi (Forzano)

5 O mio babbino caro

La rondine (Adami)

6 Chi il bel sogno di Doretta (Act I)

Turandot (Adami & Simoni)

(role of Liù)

7 Signore, ascolta (Act I)

8 Tu che di gel sei cinta (Act III)

London Symphony Orchestra / Sir Charles Mackerras

Recorded: Recorded: 31.III & 1, 3, 6–8, 10.IV.1970, Kingsway Hall, London

Producer: Christopher Bishop • Balance engineer: Neville Boyling P 1970/2002*

Turandot completed Alfano (Adami & Simoni)

(role of Turandot)

9 In questa reggia (Act II)

10 Straniero, ascolta! (Act II)

11 Gloria, o vincitore...Figlio del cielo (Act II)

12 Principessa di morte!...che è mai di me? Perduta! (Act III)

13 Del primo pianto...La mia gloria è il tuo amplesso! (Act III)

14 Diecimila anni al nostro imperatore! (Act III)

Mirella Freni soprano (10) • José Carreras (9–13), Michel Sénéchal (10, 11) tenors

Chœurs de l’Opéra du Rhin chorus master Günter Wagner

Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg / Alain Lombard

Recorded: 22–31.VIII.1977, Palais de la Musique, Strasbourg

Producer: David Mottley • Balance engineer: Michael Gray P 1978/1994*

Compilation producer: Tony Locantro

Montserrat Caballé soprano

Montserrat Caballé was one of the most stimulating and refined singers in opera, concert and recital in the second half of the 20th century. Born in Barcelona on 23 April 1933, she studied at the Barcelona Liceo and made her concert debut there in 1954. After opera engagements at Basle and Bremen and guest appearances in Milan, Vienna and Lisbon, she became a major international star in 1965 when she substituted for an ailing Marilyn Horne in a concert performance of Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia in New York. Her long and highly successful career has encompassed a wide range of repertoire, including roles in a number of demanding bel canto operas in which she followed Maria Callas, who had brought these works back into public favour.

This set, together with the recital CD Montserrat Caballé Sings Bellini and Verdi, are being released to mark the diva’s 80th birthday.

The first CD consists of extracts from two of the high points of the bel canto repertoire: Il pirata and I puritani, both by Bellini. These two operas feature extended mad scenes which give Caballé the opportunity to demonstrate her exquisitely beautiful voice and limpid tones, but also to make use of her outstanding technical ability to sing florid music, as well as bring it to life dramatically when the action requires it. She is partnered by her tenor husband Bernabé Marti in Il pirata and by another distinguished Spaniard, Alfredo Kraus, in I puritani.

CD 2 begins with the principal soprano aria: ‘Sombre forêt’, from Rossini’s last masterpiece Guillaume Tell and then a long duet in which Caballé, as the Austrian Princess Mathilde is joined by Arnold, the Swiss patriot in love with her and sung by Nicolai Gedda. These are followed by two further powerful duets, the first from Donizetti’s Roman tragedy Poliuto and the second from Meyerbeer’s archetypical French grand opera Les Huguenots; Caballe’s partner in both cases is Bernabé Marti. The disc ends with scenes from Verdi’s treatment of the story of Joan of Arc, which bears little resemblance to the historical facts but provides a feast of wonderful singing for Caballé and her two partners here: the tenor Plácido Domingo and the baritone Sherrill Milnes.

The next CD covers arias and duets from three of Verdi’s greatest operas: La forza del destino, Don Carlo and Aida. Caballé’s male partners in the duets are again the tenor Plácido Domingo and the baritone Sherrill Milnes, and the conductors are Anton Guadagno (La forza del destinio), Carlo Maria Giulini (Don Carlo) and Riccardo Muti (Aida).

Verdi was a great admirer of Shakespeare and CD 4 introduces us to his settings of two of the bard’s plays, with the eerie Sleepwalking Scene from Macbeth and the poignant Willow Song and Ave Maria from the final scene of Otello, where Caballé’s Desdemona is heartbreakingly moving. After the aria ‘L’altra notte in fondo al mare’ from Boito’s Mefistofele, we come to a group of arias by Puccini whose music suits Caballé to perfection. Her gallery of Puccini heroines includes Manon Lescaut, Mimì, Tosca and Madama Butterfly, all sung with her unmatched beauty of tone and superb characterisation.

The final CD comes to the era of verismo, with extracts from the highly dramatic one-act opera Cavalleria rusticana by Mascagni, and the triumphant love duet that closes Giordano’s Andrea Chénier as the two protagonists go together to death on the guillotine during the French revolution. The programme concludes with another group of well-loved Puccini characters including Loretta from Gianni Schicchi with her beautiful ‘O mio babbino caro’ and both the loyal slave girl Liù and the cruel, imperious

Chinese Princess Turandot, from the opera of the same name. In all of these arias, Caballé shows a perfection of voice and performance that are unique to her and that have never been surpassed by any other soprano.

EMI Classics 5cds 7212962

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