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Giuseppe Di Stefano

Giuseppe Di Stefano Complete Decca Recordings (14CD)

Ships on or before 27th August, 2021

Giuseppe Di Stefano’s complete Decca discography brought together in one edition for the first time. Celebrating the centenary of his birth (24 July 2021). 14CDs, remastered at 24bit 96kHz from the original analogue tapes and presented in spined wallets & with original sleeves. Includes 3 recital discs, complete L’elisir d’amore and “Great Scenes” from Mefistofele originally released on Decca, plus the opera recordings of La Gioconda, La Forza del Destino & Tosca, originally recorded by the Decca recording teams for RCA (later released by Decca). The new limited edition includes a bonus 80-min audio documentary, produced by Jon Tolansky, featuring interviews with Di Stefano himself, alongside Luciano Pavarotti, Carlos Álvarez, the conductor Sir Edward Downes and the author Roger Pines.

TRACK LIST

CD1 “Operatic Recital”
Including arias from Giordano’s Andrea Chénier, Puccini’s Tosca & Turandot; Massenet’s Werther & Manon, Bizet’s Carmen & Les pêcheurs de perles & Gounod’s Faust
Giuseppe di Stefano, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Franco Patané

CD2 “Voce D’Italia” / Songs of Italy & Sicily
Highlights include Addio, sogni di Gloria; Parlami d'amore, Mariù; Sicilia bedda; Ti voglio tanto bene; Chitarra Romana & Firenze Sogna
Giuseppe di Stefano, Orchestra, Dino Olivieri

CD3 “Neapolitan Songs”
Highlights include Torna a Surriento, Core ‘ngrato, Lacreme napulitane & ‘O surdato ‘nnamurato
Giuseppe di Stefano, The New Symphony Orchestra Of London, Iller Pattacini

CD4-5 Donizetti: L’elisir d’amore
Giuseppe di Stefano, Hilde Gueden, Luisa Mandelli, Renato Capecchi, Fernando Corena, Coro & Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Francesco Molinari-Pradelli

CD6-7 Ponchielli: La Gioconda
Giuseppe di Stefano, Zinka Milanov, Rosalind Elias, Leonard Warren, Plinio Clabassi, Belen Amparan, Coro & Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Fernando Previtali

CD8-10 Verdi: La Forza del Destino
Giuseppe di Stefano, Zinka Milanov, Rosalind Elias, Giorgio Tozzi, Dino Mantovani, Coro & Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Fernando Previtali

CD11 Boito: Mefistole – Great Scenes
Giuseppe di Stefano, Cesare Siepi, Renata Tebaldi, Coro & Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Tullio Serafin

CD12-13 Puccini: Tosca
Giuseppe di Stefano, Leontyne Price, Giuseppe Taddei, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
Bonus CD “Giuseppe di Stefano – A profile”
80-min audio documentary featuring many interviews and musical excerpts. Speakers in this feature include Giuseppe di Stefano himself, the baritone Carlos Álvarez, conductor Sir Edward Downes, tenor Luciano Pavarotti and scholar/author Roger Pines. The documentary is narrated and produced by Jon Tolansky.