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Product details

  • Audio CD (7 July 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 17
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B00JX63KXG
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,117 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Winner of Gramophone Magazine’s ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’, Italian tenor Carlo Bergonzi always epitomised both bel canto and the grandeur and lyric style of Verdi. This special commemorative box includes all his best-known Verdi recordings, including six operas and two recitals.

CONTENTS AND PERFORMERS

CD 1 & 2
VERDI Aida
Renata Tebaldi, Carlo Bergonzi, Giulietta Simionato
Wiener Philharmoniker / Herbert von Karajan

CD 3 & 4
VERDI Un Ballo In Maschera
Birgit Nilsson, Giulietta Simionato, Carlo Bergonzi, Cornell MacNeil
Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia / Sir Georg Solti

CD 5 & 6
VERDI La Traviata
Dame Joan Sutherland, Carlo Bergonzi, Robert Merrill
Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino / Sir John Pritchard

CD 7 - 9
VERDI Don Carlo
Renata Tebaldi, Grace Bumbry, Carlo Bergonzi, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Nicolai Ghiaurov
Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / Sir Georg Solti

CD 10 & 11
VERDI Rigoletto
Renata Scotto, Carlo Bergonzi, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano / Rafael Kubelik

CD 12 & 13
VERDI Il Trovatore
Antonietta Stella, Fiorenza Cossotto, Carlo Bergonzi, Ettore Bastianini
Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano / Tullio Serafin

CD 14-16
TENOR ARIAS
Arias from Oberto, Un giorno di regno, I Lombardi, I due Foscari, Alzira, Macbeth, Giovanna d’Arco, Attila, I Masnadieri, Il Corsardo, Luisa Miller, Simon Boccanegra, I vespri siciliani, Falstaff, Otello, La forza del destino and many more.
New Philharmonia Orchestra / Nello Santi
Ambrosian Singers / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Lamberto Gardelli

CD 17
OPERATIC RECITAL
Carlo Bergonzi
Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia / Gianandrea Gavazzeni

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Ultrarunner TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 July 2014
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Carlo Bergonzi is above all associated with the operas of Verdi, and because of this on his 90th birthday, all his best known Verdi recordings have been brought together. Bill Holland author of the article on Bergonzi in the booklet believes " that he is widely regarded as one of the greatest singers of the 20th century." Steane in his book the Grand Tradition states "more than any other Italian singer on record, he combines power, beauty, intensity and elegance." A lyrical tenor with Spinto capabilities. However, it is understandable that Bergonzi admires Gigli, Schipa, Caruso and Pertile. These were his role models and he often cited them as " grand tradition" or " Golden age" artists.(Booklet). If you are interested, there is a 2 CD set with only these 4 tenors recordings. Phonographe-Great voices. Published 1996 Nuova era records-Italy. Also, The greatest tenors-Tito Schipa. 1991 Award International Ltd. A Gramophone recommended recording. I have owned the CDs for years.(Reviews below.)

He was born on 13th July 1924 in Vidalenzo, near Busseto in Italy, the birth place of Verdi. He began training as a baritone at the Parma conservatory. However, he found he had the capablitities of a tenor in 1950, so after a period of retraining and studying great tenors such as Pertile, Lauri- Volpi and Gigli, he started his career in 1951 as a tenor. Pavarotti was a friend in his later years, and called Bergonzi the " Boss" and admired his technique. You could say Bergonzi is a tenor for musicians and critics alike, and naturally the public. He retired in 1996 at Carnegie Hall. Bergonzi spends his retirement at I due Foscari, the family run Hotel in Busseto. Within the Hotel, he created Accademia Verdiana, which has found and mentored young singers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Spiro on 14 Sept. 2014
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A wonderful compilation by a truly great artist, right up there with my hero Jussi. An irresistible bargain for all who love bel canto singing. I was grateful the Rigoletto disks including the usually-omitted "Possente" aria. We are lucky nowadays that there seems to be a groundswell of really extensive and cheap reissues of wonderful singers such as Tito Gobbi, Jussi Björling, Carlo Bergonzi, immortals all.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Richard di Calatrava on 5 Aug. 2014
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What an amazing compilation of this greatest of great tenors...and at a spit over £1.50 a disc!

Unfortunately I won't be buying it because I have long had each and every recording for years; that's my good luck and bad luck!

Seriously, for opera lovers who do NOT have most or all of these recordings, don't hesitate - buy it NOW and just enjoy yourselves!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PJM3 on 25 Sept. 2014
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Splendid, swift service!! A++++
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