Benita Valente, Vol. I;   Harold Wright        (Bridge 9316)
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Benita Valente, Vol. I;   Harold Wright        (Bridge 9316)
V1627. BENITA VALENTE, w.Richard Goode, Rudolf Serkin, Lydia Artymiw (Pfs.); Harold Wright (Clarinet); Alexander Schneider & David Effron Cond.: Mozart, Handel, Schubert, Brahms, Wolf, Debussy & Obradors. Bridge 9316, recorded 1970-89, partially Live Performances. - 090404931628

CRITIC REVIEWS:

“Quietly and with infinite grace, Benita Valente fashioned a major musical career. Her exquisite lyric soprano voice and uncompromising musicianship have left a distinctive mark on a breathtaking rage of repertory….As she passes on her artistry to a new generation of singers, Valente can look back with quiet pride on a distinguished career that covered the musical spectrum.”

- Robert Baxter, Program Notes



“Benita Valente has had a curious career. It has not been an unsuccessful one - her voluminous program biography easily refutes that notion. The curiosity lies in the discrepancy between her prodigious gifts and her relative lack of renown. She is as gifted a singer as we have today, worldwide. Yet for whatever reason, she is not an inescapable feature of our recordings or our operatic life.

Miss Valente is a soprano of a particular type. It is not surprising to read that she has sung Pamina in Mozart's ZAUBERFLÖTE more than 200 times, because her voice seems so perfectly suited to that role's timbral, technical and temperamental demands. That voice is a light lyric soprano with a cool nasality of timbre….All the hallmarks of bel canto technique are hers to command - the ability to sing evenly at any part of her range, loud or soft; the skill to ascend smoothly through the various registers; a complete lack of obtrusive wobble or hoarseness.”

- John Rockwell, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 20 Feb., 1983



Program: • Un moto di gioia, K. 579 • Deh Vieni, non tardar, from La Nozze di Figaro • Vorrei Spiegarvi o Dio!, K. 418 • Lascia ch'io pianga, from Rinaldo • Heidenröslein, D. 257 • Nacht und Träume, D. 827 • Rastlose Liebe, D. 138 • Der Hirt auf dem Felsen • Meine Liebe is Grün, Op. 63, No. 5 • Vergeliches Ständchen, Op. 84, No. 4 • Auch kleine Dinge, No. 1 • Mir ward gesagt, No. 2 • Wer rief dich denn?, No. 6 • Du denkst mit einem Fädchen, No. 10 • Wie lange schon, No. 11 • Ihr jungen Leute, No. 16 • Mein Liebster singt, No. 20, No. 43 • Ich hab' in Penna einem Liebsten wohnen, No. 46 • Il pleur dans mon coeur • Chevaux de bois • Aquarelles I green • Aquarelles II Spleen Poem • Al Amor • Con amore la mi madre • Del Cabello mas sutil • Chiquitita la novia