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PONSELLE, Rosa: American Recordings, Vol. 3 (1923-1929)

Period(s) 20th CenturyBaroque (1600-1750)ContemporaryRomantic
Genre Classical Music
Category OperaVocal
Catalogue 8.111140
Label Naxos Historical
Quality   320kbps
  Booklet / liner notes available

Described by Maria Callas as ‘the greatest singer of us all’, the American-born Rosa Ponselle (1897-1981) is acknowledged as one of the outstanding dramatic sopranos of the twentieth century. Without any previous experience of the operatic stage, she made her Metropolitan début in Verdi’s La forza del destino opposite Caruso in 1918. Following her enormous success, she became the Metropolitan’s leading soprano, appearing in twentyone rôles throughout her career. This third disc of Ponselle’s 1923-1929 American recordings features solo arias from the great Verdi operas, the complete ‘Tomb Scene’ from Aida and a number of songs that often appeared in


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Work/Track Title Time
PONSELLE, Rosa: American Recordings, Vol. 3 (1923-1929) 1:15:16   
  Aida, Act IV (excerpts)          
      Act IV: La fatal pietra 6:47       
      Act IV: O terra addio 5:43       
  La Vestale, Act II (excerpts)          
      Act II: Tu che invoco 4:34       
      Act II: O nume tutelar 3:30       
      Act II: O nume tutelar (unpublished take) 3:30       
  'A vucchella, "Arietta di Posillipo" 3:10       
  Luna d'estate 2:32       
      Elegie (take 1) 3:46       
      Elegie (take 3) 3:48       
  Ave Maria 4:35       
  Schwanengesang, D. 957: No. 4. Standchen (Serenade) 4:37       
  Aida (excerpts)          
      Act I: Ritorna vincitor 4:54       
      Act III: O patria mia 4:48       
  4 Songs, Op. 2: No. 2. The Nightingale and the Rose (Vostochniy romans: Plenivshis' rozoy, solovey) 3:29       
  Serenade 3:45       
  Goodbye 3:41       
  Ave Maria 3:37       
  Ernani, Act I: Ernani! Ernani, involami 4:30       
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