Tito Gobbi - The Very Best Of Tito Gobbi (2003) (Lossless)

MUSiC. May 31, 2011 by aomua.
Tito Gobbi - The Very Best Of Tito Gobbi (2003) (Lossless)
Tito Gobbi - The Very Best Of Tito Gobbi (2003) (Lossless)
EAC Rip | 2CD | FLAC - Log - Cue | Covers | Release: 2003 | 491 MB
Genre: Opera | Label: Emi Classics

Here's a virtual compendium of great Italian opera baritone arias, and Tito Gobbi's singing is a textbook illustration of how they should be done. He was a singing actor, at his best either on stage or in complete operatic recordings where he built layered, dramatically convincing characters. While few of the 36 arias and duets here are among the most beautifully sung versions, Gobbi's artistry makes them indispensable. Like Maria Callas, his partner in their memorable complete opera recordings, intensity, characterization, and imagination allied to individual vocal timbre made Gobbi a great singer. And like Callas, he infused his voice with an almost limitless range of colors precisely suited to a role.

Though on the dry side, Gobbi's lean instrument was ideal for Verdi, as we hear on Disc 2's 17 arias from 10 Verdi operas. His "Di Provenza il mar" is suffused with tenderness at the start, then moves through a range of moods that reflect text and music. When it ends we feel know Germont in ways revealed by few other exponents of the role, and while the forte top notes may not have the ideal "ping", diminuendos are ravishing. Gobbi was the reigning Rigoletto of his time, amply demonstrated in the inflections he lavishes on the repeated "la-la-las" of "Povero Rigoletto", and his tortured pleadings in "Cortigiani, vil razza dannata" strike to the heart. If he can't take the opening of "Pieta, rispetto, amore" from Macbeth in one breath, few baritones can. But he makes you forget about the vocally dry fortes and focus instead on the idiomatic breadth of his phrasing, apt rhythmic emphases, and a variety of vocal nuances that are never imposed self-consciously. The disc ends with Falstaff's air-borne "Quand'ero paggio" from a 1964 recital disc, and a terrific "L'Onore! Ladri" from his complete 1957 recording with Karajan.
Disc 1 ranges from Gobbi's Figaro (Rossini's young barber of Seville and Mozart's "Non, piu andrai") and a Donizetti set (highlighted by his inimitable Belcore in L'elisir d'amore), to first-rate verismo selections that include arias from lesser-known operas by Leoncavallo (Zaza), Giordano (Fedora), and Wolf-Ferrari (I gioieli della Madonna), to standards such as the Pagliacci Prologue. The disc ends with a bang--three Puccini arias, including "Tri sbirri" from the 1964 complete Tosca led by Pretre (not the classic earlier one under Sabata), and a lovely 1959 "Minnie, della mia casa", from La fanciulla del West. Recommended--among the very best of a variable series.--Dan Davis


01 - Tito Gobbi - Si Puo?(Pagliacci) (05:20)
02 - Tito Gobbi - Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro - Non Pui Andrai (03:39)
03 - Tito Gobbi; Alceo Galliera: Philharmonia Orchestra - Rossini: Il Barbiere Di Siviglia - Largo Al Factotum (04:49)
04 - Sherrill Milnes, Nicolai Gedda - Rossini: Il Barbiere Di Siviglia - All' Idea Di Qual Metallo (08:15)
05 - Tito Gobbi - Resta Immobile(Guglielmo Tell) (02:42)
06 - Tito Gobbi, Margherita Carosio, Nicola Monti, Loretta Di Lelio And Chorus - Come Paride Vezzoso(L'elisir D'amore) (03:27)
07 - Tito Gobbi And Nicola Monti - Venti Scudi(L'elisir D'amore) (07:35)
08 - Tito Gobbi - Cruda, Funesta Smania(Lucia Di Lammermoor) (02:26)
09 - Maria Callas, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Etc.; Tullio Serafin: Maggio Musicale Orchestra & Chorus - Donizetti: Lucia Di Lammermoor - Act 1: La Pietade In Suo Favore (01:42)
10 - Tito Gobbi - Buona Zaza(Zaza) (02:01)
11 - Tito Gobbi - Zaza, Piccola Zingara(Zaza) (02:29)
12 - Tito Gobbi - Come Due Tizzi Accesi(L'arlesiana) (04:02)
13 - Tito Gobbi - Ecco Il Monologo(Adriana Lecouvreur) (03:46)
14 - Tito Gobbi - La Donna Russa(Fedora) (01:41)
15 - Tito Gobbi - Nemico Della Patria(Andrea Chenier) (05:00)
16 - Tito Gobbi - Aprile O Bella(I Gioielli Della Madonna) (03:07)
17 - Maria Callas, Carlo Bergonzi, Etc.; Georges Pretre: Orchestre De La Societe Du Conservatoire, Paris - Puccini: Tosca - Tosca E Un Buon Falco! (04:34)
18 - Tito Gobbi - Minnie, Dalla Mia Casa(La Fanciulla Del West) (02:30)
19 - Tito Gobbi, Renato Ercolani and chorus - Tre Sbirri, Una Carrozza(Tosca) (04:02)

01 - Tito Gobbi/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin - Di Provenza il mar (from 'La Traviata', Act II) (1998 Digital Remaster) (04:45)
02 - Tito Gobbi/Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin - Rigoletto (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 1, Scene 2: Pari siamo! (Rigoletto) (03:58)
03 - Tito Gobbi/William Dickie/Renato Ercolani/Carlo Forti/Luisa Mandelli/Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Mil - Rigoletto (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 2: Povero Rigoletto! (Marullo/Rigoletto/Coro/Borsa/Ceprano/Un paggio) (08:32)
04 - Tito Gobbi - Nabucco (1989 Digital Remaster): Ah! prigioniero io sono... Dio di Giuda (Act IV) (04:38)
05 - Tito Gobbi - Macbeth (1989 Digital Remaster): Perfidi!...Pieta, rispetto, amore (Act IV) (05:43)
06 - Tito Gobbi/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Antonino Votto - Un Ballo in Maschera (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Alla vita che t'arride (Renato) (02:57)
07 - Tito Gobbi - Un ballo in maschera (1997 Digital Remaster): Alzati!...Eri tu (Act III) (06:16)
08 - Tito Gobbi; James Robertson: Philharmonia Orchestra - La forza del destino (1989 Digital Remaster): Urna fatale (03:36)
09 - Tito Gobbi; Alberto Erede: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Otello (1989 Digital Remaster): Era la notte (Dream) (02:53)
10 - Tito Gobbi/Gabriele Santini/Victoria De Los Angeles/Orchestra Del Teatro dell'Opera, Roma - Simon Boccanegra: Dinne...Figlia! A tal nome palpito (Act I) (1998 Digital Remaster) (05:09)
11 - Tito Gobbi/Philharmonia Orchestra/Alberto Erede - Simon Boccanegra (1989 Digital Remaster): Plebe! Patrizi! (02:44)
12 - Mario Filippeschi/Tito Gobbi/Orchestra Del Teatro dell'Opera, Roma/Gabriele Santini - Questo arcano...Dio, che nell'alma infondere (Don Carlo, Act I) (1993 Digital Remaster) (06:17)
13 - Tito Gobbi - Don Carlo (1993 Digital Remaster): Per me giunto e il di supremo (03:04)
14 - Tito Gobbi/Orchestra Del Teatro dell'Opera, Roma/Gabriele Santini - Don Carlo (1993 Digital Remaster): O Carlo, ascolta (03:59)
15 - Tito Gobbi/Philharmonia Orchestra/Alberto Erede - Otello: Vanne!...Credo in un Dio crudel (Act II) (1989 Digital Remaster) (04:48)
16 - Tito Gobbi - Falstaff (1989 Digital Remaster), ACT 2: Quand'ero paggio (Act II) (00:35)
17 - Tito Gobbi - L'Onore! Ladri! (from Falstaff, Act I) (1998 Digital Remaster) (04:11)

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