Nicolai Gedda (WAV)
Nicolai Gedda (WAV)

All thanks fly to Bob

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gaetano Donizetti, Giacomo Puccini, Gioachino Rossini
Performer: Nicolai Gedda, André Mallabrera, Ernst Blanc, Maria Callas
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Bavarian State Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conductor: Henry Krips, Heinrich Bender, Francesco Molinari-Pradelli, Thomas Schippers, James Levine
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 1
Format: WAV (tracks)
Label: EMI Classics
Size: 719 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

01. Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K.384, Act I: Hier soll ich…Aber wie soll ich in den Palast Kommen? (Belmonte)
02. Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön (Die Zauberflöte: Tamino, 1.Akt)
03. L’Elisir d’amore, ‘Elixir of Love’, Act I: Quanto è bella
04. L’Elisir d’amore, ‘Elixir of Love’, Act II: Una furtiva lagrima
05. La Bohème, Act I: Che gelida manina (Rodolfo)
06. Il Barbiere di Siviglia: Ecco ridente in cielo (Conte)
07. Di’ tu se fedele (Act 1)
08. Rigoletto, Act III: La donna è mobile (Duke)
09. Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Act I: Chanson et scène: Va pour Kleinzach!
10. Les Pêcheurs de perles: Au fond du temple saint (Act 1)
11. Les Pêcheurs de perlesz: A cette voix…Je crois entendre encore
12. Le Postillon De Lonjumeau : Ronde Du Postillon : ”Mes Amis, Écoutez L’histoire”
13. Carmen, Act II (Conclusion): Air de Fleur: “La fleur que tu ma’avais jetee”
14. Mignon: Elle ne croyait pas dans sa candeur naive (Act 3)
15. Pique Dame: What is our life? A game? (Das Leben Gleicht Dem Spiel)
16. Guillaume Tell, Act IV: Asile héréditaire (Arnold)
17. O Mädchen, mein Mädchen (Friederike)
18. Dein ist mein ganzes Herz (Das Land des Lächelns)

Gedda, a Truly Great Tenor!

This CD is wonderful! How can a tenor encompass with equal success so varied a repertoire? The first two arias, by Mozart, are exemplarily done, as are the two arias form “L’Elisir d’amore”, especially “Una furtiva lacrima”, with wonderful soft singing. He could give a pianissimo high C in “Je crois entendre encore” (no falsetto), from “The Pearl Fishers”, and boast a powerful high D in the aria from “Le Postillon Longjumeau”. His singing in the French arias is outstanding, with plenty of style, elegance, refinament, character and a perfect voice. Surprinsingly, his “Che gelida manina” is extremely succesful, impassioned and extrovert, as is his “Ecco ridente in cielo”, from “The Barber of Seville”, in which he displays outstanding agility (no softening of the tone in the fioriture). “Asile hereditaire” is outstanding (clear, powerful, perfectly focussed high C and awesome soft singing). His operetta renditions are extremely well done, showing his love for the style, and his Verdi (at least in this CD) is exemplary, with (again) wonderful soft singing in “Di’ tu se fedele” (as well as powerfull sounds when they are called for) and much exuberance in “La donna è mobile”. The Tchaikovsky item is a delight, too. No sign of strain throughout the CD. A real treat!

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