Renata Tebaldi's debut season at London's Covent Garden began in June 1955 with her singing the title role in Puccini's Tosca. An anonymous music lover commissioned a studio with disc-cutting equipment and a suitable VHF receiver that night to record the live transmission onto a set of 33rpm acetate disc sides, and this remarkable new find has proved to be immeasurably superior in sound quality to the previously issued recording, with a full, realistic, clear and vibrant sound almost throughout. Magnificent!
"Tebaldi’s voice is remarkably fresh and secure, with all five high Cs in place and offering no problems; the registers are perfectly knit and the sound grand, beautiful, and womanly ... If you love Tebaldi you’ll adore her here in this gloriously sung and very committed reading ... Tito Gobbi of course is sui generis. From his opening, snarling statement in church, through his lascivious, sneering, “Ebbene” and disgusting “Tosca, finalmente mia” and even beyond, he terrifies."
- Classics Today
Floria Tosca - Renata Tebaldi
Mario Cavaradossi - Ferruccio Tagliavini
Il barone Scarpia - Tito Gobbi
The Covent Garden Opera
Francesco Molinari-Pradelli, conductor
PACO121 (1hr 50:15)
Let Mark Obert-Thorn invite you into the musical world of multi-talented musician, conductor, transcriber, orchestra and composer Lucien Cailliet with a series of recordings made by Ormandy, Stokowski, Reiner and Fiedler in the thirties and forties. The major work here is his transcription of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, but there's also music by Bach, Purcell, Turina and Cailliet himself. A fabulous collection!
"The Mussorgsky recording, made in 1937, is invaluable for offering the only version yet of Lucien Cailliet’s orchestration of Pictures, specially commissioned by Ormandy from the orchestra’s house-arranger and Principal Bass Clarinet. It was intended as an answer to the Ravel version, commissioned by Koussevitzky, and the contrasts are fascinating..."
- The Gramophone
MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition
PURCELL Suite from Dido and Aeneas
CAILLIET Variations on “Pop! Goes the Weasel”
Works by J. S. Bach and Turina
Eugene Ormandy ∙ Leopold Stokowski
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Fritz Reiner ∙ Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Arthur Fiedler ∙ Boston “Pops” Orchestra
“Supreme mastery of the instrument and brilliant technique [and] that rarer quality to be described only as soul … much as I want to hear Cortot, I want to hear Spivakovsky again still more” - Dover Express
“Back in Russia when I was four years old, my mother dragged me through snowdrifts twenty feet deep to hear an outstanding prodigy. YOU were that prodigy.” - Vladimir Horowitz, 1948
“The sensation of London. At the last evening concert in the Albert Hall it is estimated that 3,000 people were unable to gain admission, and there were scenes of wild enthusiasm.” - The Mercury
For the first time, one of the grestest "unrecorded" pianists of the 20th century - a man who taught fingerings to Schnabel, was personally requested as soloist by Richard Strauss, was fêted by the greatest musicians and critics of the age - can be heard demonstrating his mercurial talent and unique technique, the direct inheritance of Liszt and Rubinstein.
BACH-LISZT The Great Organ Fantasy & Fugue
BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 21 (Waldstein)
CHOPIN Ballade No. 1 in G Minor
BRAHMS Romanze in F
DEBUSSY Two Preludes
KABALEVSKY Sonata No. 3
Jascha Spivakovsky, piano
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