• CD 1
    1. Manon, opera in 5 acts: Act 1. Eh! J'imagine
    2. Manon, opera in 5 acts: Act 1. Je suis encore toute étoudie
    3. Manon, opera in 5 acts: Act 1. Regardez-moi bien dans les yeux
    4. Manon, opera in 5 acts: Act 1. Ne bronchez pas
    5. Manon, opera in 5 acts: Act 1. Voyons, Manon, plus de chim?res!
    6. Manon, opera in 5 acts: Act 1. J'ai marqué l'heure du départ
    7. Manon, opera in 5 acts: Act 1. Nous vivrons ? Paris
    8. Manon, opera in 5 acts: Act 2. Allons! il le faut
    9. Manon, opera in 5 acts: Act 2. Adieu, notre petite table
    10. Manon, opera in 5 acts: Act 2. En fermant les yeux
    11. Manon, opera in 5 acts: Act 3. Gavotte: Obéissons quand leur voix appelle
    12. Manon, opera in 5 acts: Act 3. Je suis seul!
    13. Manon, opera in 5 acts: Act 3. Ah! fuyez, douce image
    14. Manon, opera in 5 acts: Act 3. Toi! Vous!...Oui, c'est moi!
    15. Manon, opera in 5 acts: Act 5. Ah! Des Grieux...Ô Manon!
    16. Manon Lescaut, opera: Act 1. Cortese damigella
    17. Manon Lescaut, opera: Act 1. Donna non vidi mai
    18. Manon Lescaut, opera: Act 1. Vedete? Io son fedele

    CD 2
    1. Manon Lescaut, opera: Act 2. Dispettosetto questo riccio!
    2. Manon Lescaut, opera: Act 2. In quelle trine morbide
    3. Manon Lescaut, opera: Act 2. Oh, sar? la pi? bella!
    4. Manon Lescaut, opera: Act 2. Taci, taci, tu il cor mi frangi!
    5. Manon Lescaut, opera: Act 2. Senti, di qui partiamo
    6. Manon Lescaut, opera: Act 2. Ah, Manon, mi tradisce
    7. Manon Lescaut, opera: Act 3. Il passo m'aprite
    8. Manon Lescaut, opera: Act 3. No! Passo son!
    9. Manon Lescaut, opera: Act 4. Sola, perduta, abbandonata
    10. La Traviata, opera: Act 3. Parigi, o cara
    11. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Act 1. Bimba, bimba, non piangere
    12. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Act 1. O dolce notte, quante stelle
    13. Lucia di Lammermoor, opera: Act 1. Sulla tomba che rinserra
    14. Lucia di Lammermoor, opera: Act 1. Verranno a te sull'aura
    15. La boh?me, opera: Act 1. O soave fanciulla
PUCCINI
PUCCINI
VERDI
VERDI
DONIZETTI
DONIZETTI
Anna Moffo
Anna Moffo
MASSENET
MASSENET

MASSENET, MASSENET, PUCCINI, PUCCINI, VERDI, VERDI, DONIZETTI, DONIZETTI, Anna Moffo, Anna Moffo
A Portrait of Manon and Great Love Duets

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A star between the mid-1950s and the early '70s, the Italian American soprano looked as lovely as she sounded - as these arias prove, that was pretty good. - BBC Music Magazine

This re-release brings together a mélange of performances starring the late Anna Moffo recorded between 1958 and 1966, when her voice was at its loveliest. Moffo's soprano was a good-sized, creamy lyric with terrific agility and an upper extension including a high E-flat. It was expressive enough to cover many emotions, but while she was a conscientious vocal actress, she came short of plumbing any great depths. She was absolutely beautiful and both her Violetta and Lucia benefited from her stunning stage presence; indeed, they were probably her best roles. Her Violetta lacked only some gravitas for the outbursts in the second and third acts. Similarly her Butterfly, as recorded complete (from which the lengthy Love Duet is presented here), benefits from having a light-voiced (and ravishing) Cesare Valletti as her Pinkerton and Erich Leinsdorf leading a small-scaled reading. I don't believe she ever sang Puccini's Manon Lescaut on stage; it would have been too large for her, and I think Butterfly was a role she only sang in the studio as well.

But this is a very fine collection, with two hours and 25 minutes of music to enjoy, and it is a good testament (no pun intended) to Moffo's charm and art. Her French Manon is just the right combination of insinuating and innocent, and she pulls out the on-the-nose high notes for the Cours de la Reine scene; she's also very moving and convincing in her seduction of Des Grieux in the Church. Giuseppe di Stefano is her partner in these excerpts, recorded late in his career (1964), and while his ardency and passion are most welcome, the voice whitens and strains at the top at forte, and his pianissimo singing is a crooning falsetto. But if you love him you overlook such things. In the Puccini Manon, Moffo is best early on: she exudes charm in Act 1, she gets the sadness of "In quelle trine morbide", and she's wonderful in the love duet. By Act 3 the music is heavier (though it's nice to hear such clean, clear high Cs) and she sounds a bit pressed from there on--but overall, it's a nice portrayal. Here the Des Grieux is the underrated and under-recorded Flaviano Labo, sounding virile and singing with absolute security, a slight yelp on the high B-flat at the close of the duet notwithstanding. Baritone Robert Kerns is a good Lescaut. René Liebowitz is better at leading the French Manon than the Italian--the latter is too soft-edged.

The Alfredo/Violetta duet from Traviata's last act is warmly sung by both Moffo and an unusually sensitive Richard Tucker, and the aforementioned Cesare Valletti partners Moffo beautifully in the Butterfly Love Duet under Leinsdorf. It's good to hear Carlo Bergonzi in the Lucia duet, and a nice surprise comes near its close when Moffo takes a high E-flat and Bergonzi a high C (it's written the other way around, but let's not push our luck). The program closes with Tucker joining Moffo, again quite insightfully, in the closing moments from the first act of Boh?me, in which he (happily) lets her take the high C alone and does the correct, harmonic thing. The sonics vary, with the Boh?me sounding as if recorded in a tile bathroom. In short, Moffo fans need not be convinced; others will be won over by her naturalness and the sheer beauty of her tone. [10/31/2008] (Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com)
2019-12-21

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