Giovanni Malipiero;   Florica Christoforeanu      (Preiser 89719)
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Giovanni Malipiero;   Florica Christoforeanu      (Preiser 89719)
V1519. GIOVANNI MALIPIERO: Arias from L’Elisir d'Amore, La Favorita, Manon, Werther, La Damnation de Faust, Mignon, Mefistofele, La Boheme, Rigoletto, La Traviata, Tosca & Fedora; w.Florica Christoforeanu: Manon – St Sulpice Scene. (Austria) Preiser 89719, recorded 1930-41. - 717281897198


"Giovanni Malipiero is one of those singers who can not easily be identified with a specific fach. During his career he sang Rossini roles as well as Cavaradossi in Puccini’s TOSCA, he could blossom in dramatic, chesty spinto singing, launching high notes that were second to none (listen for example to Act III from the 1946 MANON LESCAUT at La Scala with Toscanini). At the same time he could show his strengths in soft and tender, pure lyrical moments – just listen to his recording of Thomas’ 'Addio Mignon', his 'Una furtiva lagrima' or simply the Toselli serenade.

Malipiero started his career in the end 1920s, but it was not before 1935 that he was invited to a major opera house (Rome), where he debuted in the role of Lindoro in Rossini’s L’ITALIANA IN ALGERI. Malipiero showed great engagement in the music of contemporary composers and rarely performed works. He sang in Massenet’s JONGLEUR DE NÔTRE DAME, in Milhaud’s LE PAUVRE MATELOT, in Zandonai’s ROMEO E GIULIETTA and FRANCESCA DA RIMINI, he was part of the first performance of Frazzi’s DON CHISCIOTTE and Lualdi’s LA LUNA DI CAIRIBI. Malipiero’s voice was very beautiful and agile, with that characteristic relaxed, ‘broad’ sound, which is typical for many Italian singers of that period.”

-Daniele Godor

"Malipiero’s career was to some extent blighted by the war. He rarely sang outside his native Italy, and will be remembered mainly for his participation in the concert for the reopening for La Scala under Toscanini, plus his fine singing in the first complete recording of LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR with Lina Pagliughi. The voice, with its attractive fast vibrato, has a truly distinctive quality, and he is invariably an interesting artist….Tenor addicts are unlikely to be disappointed with this generously filled disc.”

- Vivian A. Liff, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, May/June, 2009

"Born in Padua in 1906, GIOVANNI MALIPIERO made his début in RIGOLETTO at the age of 25 and appeared in South America and throughout Europe, first singing in Rome (L’ITALIANA IN ALGERI) in 1935, and at both La Scala (LA CENERENTOLA) and Verona Arena from 1937. Malipiero participated in the re-opening concert at La Scala under Toscanini in 1946 and appeared there in LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR with Pagliughi. His pure, forthright tenor suited the (principally Italian) rôles that he sang, but he also enjoyed success in the French repertory, including operas by Massenet and Gounod. Malipiero retired in 1962 and died in Padua in 1970."

- Paul Campion