OP1744. MARISTELLA (Pietri) - Excerpts, Live Performance, 11 July, 1956, w.Basile Cond. RAI Ensemble, Torino; Rina Gigli, Agostino Lazzari, Carlo Tagliabue, Rina Corsi, etc. (E.U.) Myto 00167. - 8014399501675
“Giuseppe Pietri was an Italian composer, known primarily for his work in operetta. Excerpts from one of his works, the opera MARISTELLA, have been released on CD. The aria ‘Io conosco un giardino’ from that work has been quite popular with tenors, and has been frequently recorded separately; among the singers to record it are Luciano Pavarotti, Beniamino Gigli, Joseph Calleja and more recently, Rolando Villazón. Pietri studied composition at the Milan Conservatory at Gaetano Coronato. He studied harmony and counterpoint with Amintore Galli. He composed operas in versistical tradition, but it was his operettas that made him a popular success. He developed an independent Italian idiom for the operetta. The most famous was L'ACQUA CHETA, which premiered in Rome in 1920. The text was from a 1908 Tuscan dialect piece by Augusto Novelli, a romantic comedy in the Florentine petty bourgeois style. ROMPICOLLO was premiered in 1928 in Milan.”
"A lyric soprano best known as the daughter of the legendary tenor Beniamino Gigli, Rina Gigli had a quite significant career in her own right. Raised within the operatic milieu under conditions of wealth and privilege, she manifested a talent for the piano early on, and as a young girl accompanied her father in his recitals. Rina gave her first public voice recital on 7 February, 1936, and following study with Rosina Storchio made her 23 May, 1943, operatic bow at the Teatro Regio di Parma as Violetta opposite her father as her lover Alfredo. Based primarily at the Rome Opera, she appeared in other major venues on both sides of the Atlantic including the Teatro Colón, La Scala, Opera Madrid, and London's Covent Garden, her repertoire including Lauretta, Manon, Nedda, Mimi, Micaela, Cio-Cio-San, Adina and Desdemona, as well as the soprano part in Verdi's MANZONI REQUIEM. Rina continued performing until 1971 when she gave her final performance at Naples' Teatro San Carlo as Nedda. Awarded the Cross of Merit of the Italian Republic in 1988, she lived out her days in her ancestral home of Recanati and was buried beside her illustrious father. Her art is preserved on a number of 'live' and studio recordings."
- Bob Hufford
“Carlo Tagliabue’s début was 1921 in Lodi as Amonasro. After several appearances in various theatres he came to La Scala in 1929 at Toscanini’s behest. He appeared in 39 different rôles at La Scala alone. His conductors were de Sabata, Serafin, Guarnieri, Votto, Marinuzzi and Karl Böhm (who admired him as Wolfram). Further stations of his career were the Arena di Verona, Rio de Janeiro, San Paolo, Lisbon, Wiesbaden and Vienna. In 1936 he sang at Covent Garden in a Gala performance on the occasion of the coronation of George VI. For two seasons he appeared at the Met as Rigoletto, Amonasro and Marcello. His home remained La Scala, he belonged to its ensemble for more than 30 years until his farewell in a performance of LA TRAVIATA with Maria Callas and Gianni Raimondi in 1958.
I admire the beauty and warmth of his voice and his phenomenal breath control. It is a pity that he was not able to record before 1939! He had to compete with baritones like Viglione-Borghese, Stracciari, Urbano and Galeffi! Very important his participation in two of icomplete recordings of IL TROVATORE (Previtali) and LA FORZA DEL DESTINO (Marinuzzi).”
- Andrea Shum-Binder, subito-cantabile