A Te, Puccini - Angela Gheorghiu

A Te, Puccini - Angela Gheorghiu

SIGCD780 (Signum Classics, CD)

FIRST RELEASE (26 January 2024)

Playing time: 50'25"
Tracks: 17
Booklet pages: 52
℗ 2024 Signum Records
© 2024 Signum Records
Main country of recording: United Kingdom
Reviewer: Gerald Fenech
Review of A Te, Puccini - Angela Gheorghiu published on 23 January 2024

Angela Gheorghiu, soprano
Vincenzo Scalera, piano

Giacomo Puccini:

1 A te (c 1875, text: anon)

2 Salve Regina (c 1882, text: Antonio Ghislanzoni)

3 Storiella d'amore (1883, text: Antonio Ghislanzoni)

4 Ad una morta (1883, text: Antonio Ghislanzoni)

5 Mentia l'avviso (c 1883, text: Felice Romani)

6 Sole e amore (1888, text: anon)

7 Avanti, Urania! (1896, text: Renato Fucini)

8 Inno a Diana (1897, text: Carlo Abeniacar)

9 E l'uccellino (1899, text: Renato Fucini)

10 Terra e mare (1902, text: Enrico Panzacchi)

11 Canto d'anime (1904, text: Luigi Illica)

12 Dios y Patria (1905, Buenos Aires, text: Matías Calandrelli)

13 Casa mia, casa mia (1908, text: anon)

14 Sogno d'or (1912, text: Carlo Marsili)

15 Inno a Roma (1919, text: Fausto Salvatori)

16 Morire? (1917, text: Giuseppe Adami)

17 Melanconia (1883, text: Antonio Ghislanzoni, first recording)

Angela Gheorghiu has recorded a new album to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of Puccini's death, recorded with pianist Vincenzo Scalera. The album features seventeen songs composed by Puccini between 1875 and 1919, including the first recording of the recently rediscovered Melanconia. The album release coincides with Gheorghiu's return to the Royal Opera House where she will reprise the role of Mimì in Puccini's La bohème from 25 January to 11 February 2024. The recording brings together a collection of little-known songs, including some which Puccini used as inspiration for his popular operas such as Manon Lescaut, La bohème and La rondine. The album is Gheorghiu's tribute to the composer, inspired by his very first song A te, written when he was aged sixteen.

Recorded 8-14 May 2023 at St John's Upper Norwood, Sylvan Road,
London, SE19 2RX, UK.