(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, Capua
  • Künstler: Benjamino Gigli
  • Label: Naxos, ADD/m, 1955
  • Bestellnummer: 8750261
  • Erscheinungstermin: 19.2.2007


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

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