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PONSELLE, Rosa: American Recordings, Vol. 1


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Described by Maria Callas as 'the greatest singer of us all', the American-born Rosa Ponselle 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 roles throughout her career.

This first disc of Ponselle's 1923-1929 American recordings features arias from three Verdi operas, and includes a number of alternative takes unpublished on 78rpm.

'The Sunday Times' praised her voice as having \richness and purity of tone, an evenness, a technical mastery and a keenness of rhythm... she combined them with a flaming intensity that made her voice unique, the embodiment of the life force, even in quiet music" (8.110728)"
Disc: 1
Love's Sorrow
1 Aida, Act III: O Patria mia
2 Ernani, Act I: Ernani! Ernani, involami (alternati
3 Aida, Act I: Ritorna vincitor (original issue)
4 Aida, Act I: Ritorna vincitor (alternative take)
5 La forza del destino, Act IV: Pace, pace, mio Dio
6 La forza del destino, Act IV: Pace, pace, mio Dio
7 Piangea cantando nell'erma landa, "Willow Song"
8 Ave Maria
9 Ernani, Act I: Ernani! Ernani, involami (original
10 La forza del destino, Act IV: Pace, pace, mio Dio
11 Act III: Pur ti riveggo
12 Act III: La, tra foreste vergini
13 Act IV: La fatal pietra (alternative take)
14 Act IV: La fatal pietra (original issue)
15 Act IV: O terra addio
16 Lullaby, Op. 57, No. 2
17 5 Songs, Op. 49: No. 4. Wiegenlied (Cradle Song)
18 Love's Sorrow
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