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PONSELLE, Rosa: American Recordings, Vol. 2


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Described by Maria Callas as \the greatest singer of us all", the American-born Rosa Ponselle (1897-1981) is acknowledged as one of the outstanding dramatic sopranos of the twentieth century. Without any previous experience of the operatic stage, she made her Metropolitan d?®but in Verdi's 'La forza del destino' opposite Caruso in 1918. Following her enormous success, she became the Metropolitan's leading soprano, appearing in twenty-one r??les throughout her career. This second disc of Ponselle's 1923-1929 American recordings features two of her loveliest performances, 'In grembo a me' from 'L'Africaine' and 'Suicidio!' from 'La Gioconda', as well as three of her first electrical recordings, 'The Little Old Garden', 'Carry Me Back to Old Virginny' and 'My Old Kentucky Home', made on the 1st and 2nd June, 1925."
Disc: 1
Good-bye (take 1, unpublished)
1 Good-bye (take 1, unpublished)
2 Good-bye (take 2)
3 My Lovely Celia
4 Carme
5 Maria, Mari!
6 Serenade (take 1)
7 Serenade (take 3, unpublished)
8 La Gioconda, Act IV: Suicidio! (take 1)
9 La Gioconda, Act IV: Suicidio! (take 2, unpublishe
10 L'Africana, Act II: In grembo a me (Sur mes genoux
11 L'Africana, Act II: In grembo a me (Sur mes genoux
12 The Little Old Garden
13 Carry Me Back to Old Virginny
14 My Old Kentucky Home
15 Home, Sweet Home
16 A Perfect Day
17 Old Folks at Home (take 3)
18 Old Folks at Home (take 4)
19 La Rosita
20 The Rosary
21 La Spagnola
22 Beloved
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