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PONSELLE, Rosa: American Recordings, Vol. 1 (1923-1929)

Period(s) 20th CenturyRomantic
Genre Classical Music
Category OperaVocal
Catalogue 8.111138
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 twenty-one rôles throughout her career. This first disc of Ponselle’s 1923-1929 American recordings features arias from three Verdi operas, and includes a number of alternative takes unpublished on 78rpm.

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Work/Track Title Time
PONSELLE, Rosa: American Recordings, Vol. 1 (1923-1929) 1:16:57   
  Aida, Act III: O Patria mia 4:36       
  Ernani, Act I: Ernani! Ernani, involami (alternative take) 4:35       
  Aida, Act I: Ritorna vincitor (original issue) 4:32       
  Aida, Act I: Ritorna vincitor (alternative take) 4:47       
  La forza del destino, Act IV: Pace, pace, mio Dio (alternative take 1) 4:40       
  La forza del destino, Act IV: Pace, pace, mio Dio (alternative take 2) 4:32       
  Otello, Act IV (excerpts)          
      Piangea cantando nell'erma landa, "Willow Song" 4:35       
      Ave Maria 4:27       
  Ernani, Act I: Ernani! Ernani, involami (original issue) 4:47       
  La forza del destino, Act IV: Pace, pace, mio Dio (original issue) 4:59       
  Aida (excerpts)          
      Act III: Pur ti riveggo 3:37       
      Act III: La, tra foreste vergini 4:22       
      Act IV: La fatal pietra (alternative take) 4:39       
      Act IV: La fatal pietra (original issue) 4:34       
      Act IV: O terra addio 4:50       
  Lullaby, Op. 57, No. 2 2:34       
  5 Songs, Op. 49: No. 4. Wiegenlied (Cradle Song) 2:19       
  Love's Sorrow 3:32       
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