Anita Cerquetti Recital
Anita Cerquetti
Label
Decca
Catalogue No.
4828601
Barcode
00028948286010
Format
1-CD
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GIUSEPPE VERDI
Aida: Qui Radames verrà … O patria mia
I vespri siciliani: Mercè, dilette amiche

VINCENZO BELLINI
Norma: Casta

GASPARE SPONTINI
Agnes von Hohenstaufen: O rei dei cieli

GIUSEPPE VERDI
Nabucco: Ben io t’invenni … Anch’io dischuiso un giorno
Ernani: Surta è la notte … Ernani! Ernani involami

GIACOMO PUCCINI
Tosca: Vissi d’arte, vissi d’amore

GIUSEPPE VERDI
La forza del destino: Pace, pace, mio Dio

AMILCARE PONCHIELLI
La Gioconda: Suicidio!
La Gioconda: E un anatema! … Il mio braccia t’afferra!

Giulietta Simionato, mezzo-soprano
Mario del Monaco, tenor
Ettore Bastianini, baritone

Anita Cerquetti, soprano
Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Gianandrea Gavazzeni

Recording information

Recording Producer: James Walker
Balance Engineers: Cyril Windebank, Roy Wallace (Verdi, Bellini, Spontini, Puccini); Gil Went, Roy Wallace (Ponchielli)
Recording Location: Teatro Pergola, Florence, Italy, 8, 9, 13–15 September 1956 (Verdi, Bellini, Spontini, Puccini); 22 June–6 July 1957 (Ponchielli)
Original Decca LP Releases: LXT 5289 / SXL 2147 (Verdi, Bellini, Spontini, Puccini); LXT 5400–02 / SXL 2225-27 (Ponchielli – reissued on ‘Ace of Diamonds’ as GOS 609–11)

Reviews

‘A naturally warm, lyrical voice of considerable power and infinite tonal variety. Her mezza voce at the beginning of “Casta diva” recalls Rosa Ponselle, and her clear diction and keen sense of dramatic characterisation put her in the front rank of Italian sopranos.’ EMG Monthly Letter, June 1957

‘Here you will find natural gifts and ability of no ordinary calibre. The new soprano has a volume of sound and a brilliancy of execution that command immediate notice; her ringing, challenging tones ride securely on the breath stream with never a waver … This recital is a “must” for anyone interested in big, important voices.’ High Fidelity, July 1957

‘Here is a soprano to be reckoned with. She has a strong dramatic voice, not quite so beautiful as Tebaldi or Milanov, but more beautiful than Callas … Highly recommended.’ Opera, July 1957

‘Her virtues remain startling. Above all, there is the power and splendour of a young, forwardly placed voice. She had ardour, brilliance, and a thrilling largeness of temperament; she was almost recklessly impetuous (the recitative to Abigaille’s aria). There is a lot of superb legato phrasing in this recital … a hushed rapturousness in her “Casta diva” … and vivid projection of the text.’ High Fidelity, February 1973