(The 1955 Carnegie Hall Farewell Recitals)
Lieder & Arien von Meyerbeer, Caccini, Donaudy, Händel,
Massenet, Wagner, Grieg, Chopin, Gomes, Puccini, Weckerlin,
Mozart, Curci, Carnevali, Curran, Crescenzo, Curtis, Veroli, Bixio,

  • Künstler: Benjamino Gigli
  • Label: Naxos, ADD/m, 1955
  • Bestellnummer: 8750261
  • Erscheinungstermin: 19.2.2007
  1. 1 L' Africaine (The African Maid) (Sung in Italian): L'Africana (L'Africaine), Act IV: Mi batte il cor # O paradiso Start
  2. 2 Amarilli, mia bella Start
  3. 3 O del mio amato ben (O my beloved) Start
  4. 4 Serse (Xerxes), Hwv 40, Act I: Frondi Tenere E Belle # Ombra Mai Fu, "largo" Start
  5. 5 Manon: Manon, Act II: Chiudo gli occhi (En fermant les yeux), "Le Reve" Start
  6. 6 Lohengrin, Act I: Merce, merce, cigno gentil (Nun sei bedankt, mein lieber Schwan!) Start
  7. 7 6 Songs, Op. 48: Un reve (En drom), Op. 48, No. 6 Start
  8. 8 Reviens mon amour, "Tristesse" (arr. of Chopin's Etude No. 3 in E major, Op. 10, No. 3) Start
  9. 9 Werther, Act Iii: Ah! Non Mi Ridestar (Pourquoi Me Reveiller?) Start
  10. 10 Lo schiavo: Lo Schiavo, Act II: All'istante partir # Quando nascesti tu Start
  11. 11 Tosca: Tosca, Act Iii: E Lucevan Le Stelle # O Dolci Baci Start
  12. 12 Bergere legere Start
  13. 13 Don Giovanni, K. 527, Act I: Dalla sua pace Start
  14. 14 Notte a Venezia Start
  15. 15 Come, love with me Start
  16. 16 Life Start
  17. 17 Rondine al nido Start
  18. 18 Addio, bel sogno Start
  19. 19 Ritorna amore Start
  20. 20 Mamma Start
  21. 21 O sole mio Start
  22. 22 La Fanciulla Del West: La Fanciulla Del West, Act Iii: Ch'ella Mi Creda Libero E Lontano Start


This final volume of the Naxos Gigli Edition, released to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the great tenor's death, is taken from his Carnegie Hall farewell concerts in April, 1955. Making their first appearance on CD here, these recordings demonstrate that Gigli remained to the end his old, communicative self, still able to pour an immense tranche of emotion into whatever he wassinging. For a man his age the overall sound is still remarkable and the honeyed mezza-voce remains a delight, untouched by the passing years. As ever in a Gigli programme, operatic titles are intertwined with more popular material. By and large Gigli kept faith with those pieces he most enjoyed singing and that his public adored. "It was only through my audiences that this exercise oflungs, diaphragm and vocal cords became transmuted for me into a profound spiritual experience. Like a squirrel counting his hoard of nuts in the winter, I treasure their applause in my memory."

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