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GIGLI, Beniamino: Gigli Edition, Vol. 15: Carnegie Hall Farewell Recitals

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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 was singing. 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 of lungs, 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.""
Disc: 1
La Fanciulla del West, Act III: Ch'ella mi creda l
1 L'Africana (L'Africaine), Act IV: Mi batte il cor
2 Amarilli mia bella (My beautiful Amaryllis)
3 O del mio amato ben (O my beloved)
4 Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40, Act I: Frondi tenere e bel
5 Manon, Act II: Chiudo gli occhi (En fermant les ye
6 Lohengrin, Act I: Merce, merce, cigno gentil (Nun
7 Un reve (En drom), Op. 48, No. 6
8 Reviens mon amour, "Tristesse" (arr. of Etude No.
9 Werther, Act III: Ah! Non mi ridestar (Pourquoi me
10 Lo Schiavo, Act II: All'istante partir … Quando na
11 Tosca, Act III: E lucevan le stelle … O dolci baci
12 Bergere legere
13 Don Giovanni, K. 527, Act I: Dalla sua pace
14 Notte a Venezia
15 Come, love with me
16 Life
17 Rondine al nido
18 Addio, bel sogno
19 Ritorna amore
20 Mamma
21 O sole mio
22 La Fanciulla del West, Act III: Ch'ella mi creda l
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