THE ROMANTIC VOICE OF CESARE SIEPI

THE ROMANTIC VOICE OF
CESARE SIEPI

Songs of Italy
GÚrard Souzay
Dalton Baldwin
Int. Release 02 Jun. 2014
1 CD / Download
0289 480 8178 3
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Track List

Giambattista de Curtis (1860 - 1926)
1.
4:22

Cesare Cesarini (1905 - 1973)
2.
5:01

Ernesto Tagliaferri (1889 - 1937)
3.
4:06

Ernesto de Curtis (1875 - 1937)
Renato Brogi
Luigi Denza (1846 - 1922)
Marino Marini
Eduardo di Capua (1865 - 1917), Alfredo Mazzucchi (1879 - 1972)
Salvatore Giacomo
9.
2:25

Francesco Paolo Tosti (1846 - 1916)
10.
2:35

Gaetano Oliviero (1980 - ), Manlio
Traditional
12.
2:14

Cesare Siepi, Dino di Stefano

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
Don Giovanni, K.527

Act 1

Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791 - 1864)
Robert le diable - opera in 5 acts

Act 2

Les Huguenots

Act 1

Jacques HalÚvy (1799 - 1862)
La Juive

Act 1

Antonio Carlos Gomes (1836 - 1896)
Salvator Rosa

Act 2

Cesare Siepi, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Alberto Erede

Total Playing Time: 1:07:03

Siepi sings with generous tone and a powerful bass . . . a charming -- and magnificently sung -- version of Leporello's catalogue aria from "Don Giovanni" . . . In Bertram's frightening invocation "Nonnes qui reposez" from Meyerbeer's "Robert le Diable", Siepi's cavernous sound fits perfectly, invoking the supernatural with depth and astonishing power. Next up is Marcel's Act I aria "Signeur, rampart et seul soutien . . . Piff, Paff" from "Les Huguenots" . . . where Siepi displays an astonishing range both in the first part's religious fervor and in the militant second part. At the end of the "Signeur" section, Siepi sings a note that has to be the lowest note that is humanly possible, and then he manages to hold it! The effect is jaw-dropping. The disc concludes with a deeply felt rendition of Cardinal Brogni's Act I aria "Si la rigeur et la vengeance" from Halevy's "La Juive", and a stirring and passionate "Di sposa, di padre le gioie serene" from Gomes' little know opera "Salvator Rosa". It is in these operatic excerpts that one can truly see the interpretive depth and the astonishing technically agility that made Siepi's great career.

Few artists in his voice range have made as many beautiful recordings as the Italian basso . . . But I have heard nothing from him to exceed the sheer vocal beauty of his singing of these dozen Cole Porter songs, and the well-known (some less well known in the U.S.) Italian songs heard on these discs . . . [in the arias accompanying the Italian songs, Siepi, at age 31,] was well beyond his years in interpretive maturity, sensitive to the texts, and to the mood of each aria. The Porter songs are amazing . . . [the ease of vocal emission, sonority, and his ease] in the upper register, are memorable. Not one of these selections failed to delight me. The Italian song recital is interesting, too . . . I cannot imagine any lover of fine singing not enjoying this disc . . . [all these recordings sound marvelous and] deserve a strong recommendation.

. . . [le disc de "Songs of Italy" par Siepi est recommandÚ pour] les superbes airs de "Robert le diable", des "Huguenots" ou de "La Juive", pour le bronze du timbre, la profondeur des graves, la puissance et la noblesse des incarnations.