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Subject: Re: Maria Caniglia
From: Maxwell Paley <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Maxwell Paley <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 8 Aug 2018 21:53:37 +0300
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I think Caniglia is quite a good Tosca (likely an improvement over the originally planned Pacetti) in the 1938 HMV “Tosca” conducted by Fabritiis with Gigli and Borgioli.

Max Paley

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> On Aug 8, 2018, at 21:17, Donald Levine <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> I have to agree with Bob on this one.  This is definitely a recording for
> the ages.  The conducting by Gino Marinuzzi is in the tradition of
> Toscanini, de Sabata, prime Serafin and Panizza.  A great reading of a
> great score.  Forza has much of Verdi's best music.  Yes, its sprawls, yes
> it meanders a bit, yes, its inspiration at times lags but at its best,
> which is about 90% of the score.
> 
> Maria Caniglia, one of the truly great Italian dramatic soprano's of the
> twentieth century, and the most important Italian soprano of the generation
> before  Renata Tebaldi (Gina Cigna was French born and educated - a product
> of the Conservatoire and a piano pupil of Alfred Cortot - and didn't arrive
> in Milano until 1927 aged 27).  In her (Caniglia) opinion, the whole of the
> Convent Scene was as close to God as you could get, utter perfection.  She
> sings here  like her life depended upon it and her handling  of this music,
> occasional flatting not withstanding, is divine. She was a great soprano
> and here she is at her height - probably her greatest recorded moment.
> 
> Stignani does what she does best, sings magnificently.  Most consider her
> the supreme Italian mezzo of her time and then some, of course, Simionato
> and Minghini-Cattaneo have their partisans.
> 
> I can add nothing to what Bob has said about the men.  Masini was the owner
> of a remarkable voice if not the greatest of musicality and intelligence.
> Tagliabue is an honorable singer.  Bechi might have provided more glamour
> and of course, the young Taddei might have been something to behold in this
> music but he (Tagliabue)certainly holds up his end honorably.  Saturno
> Meletti is among the best of recorded Melitone's and he can sing also.  As
> for Pasero, he was the greatest Italian bass after Pinza and only just
> slightly.  As far as I am concerned, he is still in prime voice here only
> being 48 at the time.
> 
> Yes, this is perhaps my favorite Forza recording only challenged by the
> 1953 Scala under Mitropoulos with Tebaldi and of course the incredible
> Naples performance from 1958 with Tebaldi, Corelli, Bastianini, Dominguez
> and Christoff.  Honorable mention must also go to the Met performance from
> 1952 with Milanov, Tucker and Warren and the New Orleans from 1953 with
> Milanov, Del Monaco and Warren, both probably Milanov's two best recorded
> Forzas.
> 
> Donald
> 
>> On Wed, Aug 8, 2018 at 7:47 AM Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> 
>> Hi Bill
>> 
>> I do not respond particularly well to that which many receive as
>> defining and even cathartic. What they hear as stupendous, I hear mostly
>> as squally and out of tune, but there is one recording that I can
>> recommend without reservation, "La Forza del Destino". It was made
>> by what we know today as RAI (Radio Italiana) and the cast is superb
>> from top to bottom -
>> 
>> Caniglia is a hurricane, in the best sense, full voiced and enormously
>> dramatic. Softer passages are most impressive. A great performance!
>> Stignani does as much as can be done with Preziosilla, Galliano
>> Masini has a fine voice with thrilling tops, Carlo Tagliabue displays his
>> usual intelligent, fine vocalism, with an admittedly modest voice,
>> and Tancredi Pasero as Guardiano will "knock your socks off". That was
>> a voice for the ages, even as late as 1941, (he debuted in 1917) when
>> this recording was made.
>> 
>> Gino Marinuzzi conducts magnificently, and it is in very good sound.
>> The recording was made at the Turin EIAR studios.
>> 
>> Bob
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> On Wed, Aug 8, 2018 at 08:03 William Fiorelli <[log in to unmask]>
>> wrote:
>> 
>>> Hello,Looking for recommendations for Caniglia's best recordings.
>>> Thanks.BILL
>>> 
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