Produktbeskrivelse

The Romanian soprano Virginia Zeani, who celebrated her 90th birthday in 2015, made only two studio recordings with a major label: these recordings for Decca of coloratura arias conducted by Gianandrea Gavazzeni, and Puccini arias conducted by Franco Patanè. Generally, she favoured the spontaneity of live recordings. She did not have an agent and was not an active self-promoter, which may account for the fact that she is less well known today than other great singers. However, there was never any doubt as to her mastery. Richard Bonynge once remarked: ‘Apart from Joan [Sutherland], who will always be number one on my list, the voices I most remember are Flagstad, Virginia Zeani and Renata Tebaldi. Zeani, whom I heard in the early fifties, had, at that time, a voice that was very beautiful all the way up to the E-flat, and the low register was phenomenal, Ponsellian in a way.’ Now, her two Decca recitals are available together as a 2CD set.

“… above all, with a dark, warm, chesty quality throughout its range […] she phrases meaningfully; she has an excellent sense of rhythm (witness the finale to the Traviata Act I) and she has what all too few sopranos even attempt on more than an occasional phrase: a steady legato” Gramophone

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Bellini, Vincenzo:
Ah, non credea mirarti (from La Sonnambula)
Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Gianandrea Gavazzeni

Qui la voce sua soave...Vien, diletto (from I Puritani)
Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Gianandrea Gavazzeni

Donizetti, Gaetano:
Regnava nel silenzio...Quando rapito in estasi (from Lucia di Lammermoor)
Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Gianandrea Gavazzeni

Il dolce suono mi colpì di sua voce! … Spargi d'amaro pianto (from Lucia di Lammermoor)
Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Gianandrea Gavazzeni

Puccini, Giacomo:
Si, mi chiamano Mimi (from La Bohème)
Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Gianandrea Gavazzeni

Donde lieta usci (from La Bohème)
Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Gianandrea Gavazzeni

O mio babbino caro (from Gianni Schicchi)
Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Franco Patanè

Signore, ascolta! (from Turandot)
Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Franco Patanè

Tu che di gel sei cinta (from Turandot)
Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Franco Patanè

Si, mi chiamano Mimi (from La Bohème)
Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Franco Patanè

Donde lieta usci (from La Bohème)
Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Franco Patanè

Un bel di vedremo (from Madama Butterfly)
Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Franco Patanè

Tu? Tu? Piccolo iddio (from Madama Butterfly)
Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Franco Patanè

Senza mamma, o bimbo (from Suor Angelica)
Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Franco Patanè

In quelle trine morbide (from Manon Lescaut)
Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Franco Patanè

Sola, perduta, abbandonata (from Manon Lescaut)
Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Franco Patanè

Vissi d'arte (from Tosca)
Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Franco Patanè

Chi il bel sogno di Doretta (from La Rondine)
Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Franco Patanè

Quando me'n vo (from La Bohème)
Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Franco Patanè

Verdi, Giuseppe:
È strano! è strano!...Ah! fors è lui (from La traviata)
Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Gianandrea Gavazzeni

Addio del passato (from La Traviata)
Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Gianandrea Gavazzeni

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