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Quote from: vandermolen on April 30, 2023, 01:09:32 AMThis one:Novak Eight Nocturnes for Voice and Orchestra is one of my favourites.As is this one:
Quote from: Tsaraslondon on April 30, 2023, 05:12:16 AMI love the Warlock, and I doubt very much there hs ever been a more bleakly atmospheric recording.
Quote from: Tsaraslondon on May 02, 2023, 01:59:47 AMDisc one, which is made up, mostly, of the Gedda's earliest recordings, hence we have excerpts from his splendid Dimitri on the 1952 Dobrowen recording of Boris Godunov (with Eugenia Zareska) and the whole of his first recital for EMI, recorded in 1953. A further excerpt from Boris Godunov from a 1969 recital is included, along with an aria from Rimsky-Korsakov's May Night which shows the voice virtually unchanged in seventeen years, though the style is possibly a little more assertive.The 1953 recital is a real treasure-trove of delights, opening with a version of Lensky's Act II aria, which is so beautiful that it bears comparison with Sobinov. He sings it as an inner monologue, the pianissimo reprise spun out in mastery fashion. Also wonderful are his honeyed performance of Du pauvre seul ami fidèle from Auber's La Muette de Portici and the glorious mezza voce legato of Nadir's Je crois entendre encore. The other French items are just as desirable. He is perhaps a little too diffident in Cielo e mar from Ponchielli's La Gioconda and one really wants a more robust voice here, On the other hand, I rather liked his sad, restrained performance of Federico's Lament from Cilea's L'Arlesiana. Some may prefer a more overtly passionate rendering in the manner of Corelli, but personally I find Gedda's vocal restraint quite refreshing and not in the least bit unemotional. This first disc ends with a joyfully ebullient version of Mes amis, écoutez l'histoire from Adam's Le postillon de Lonjumeau, sung in Swedish and recorded live in 1952.
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