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E lucevan le stelle



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"E lucevan le stelle"
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• Recorded 01-02-1904 •

Tosca (Puccini, Giacomo)

Date of recording: Monday, 01/02/1904

And the stars were shining,
and the earth smelled sweet,
the garden gate scraped,
and a step brushed the sand.
She came in, fragrant,
and fell into my arms.

Oh! sweet kisses, oh! languid caresses,
while I, trembling, released her lovely features from their veils!
My dream of love has vanished forever.
The moment is gone, and I die in despair!
And I never have loved life so much!


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Tom
For me the best ever
Posted on: 05-01-2011 0:30
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I think this is the best ever recording of this devine aria - even with its limited recording technique. I've listened to many versions performed by other great tenors. All great - Gigli, Björling, del Monaco, Pavarotti, etc., etc.
But - for me - the young lyrical Caruso - beats them all.
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Aetion
RE: For me the best ever (reply to Tom)
Posted on: 18-01-2011 11:20
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Well, perhaps only Corelli's famous rendition at Parma on 21 Jan 1967 can compete this.
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Tom
RE: For me the best ever (reply to Aetion)
Posted on: 18-01-2011 17:30
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Thanks for the hint. I tried to find the version you mention on YouTube, but didn't succeed. Do you know if it is there?
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Aetion
RE: For me the best ever (reply to Tom)
Posted on: 18-01-2011 18:28
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Here you are http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgrQKCgcNhM
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Tom
For me the best ever (reply to Aetion)
Posted on: 19-01-2011 19:22
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Thanks - terrific !! Never heard it before. Really great.
I miss, of course, LIVE recordings from Caruso. None ever made...
I think for an artist it makes a big difference if you have an audience cheering you... or not !
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Aetion
RE: For me the best ever (reply to Aetion) (reply to Tom)
Posted on: 21-01-2011 11:03
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I am glad that you liked Corelli’s version. It is something that none has ever repeated, not even Corelli himself. It was a special moment, a great moment of him. It was what Stefan Zweig a “Sternstunde” called.

I agree with the rest of your comment.

PS: Tom, how can one trace his comments, or the comments of other people? I must admit I searched quite long in order to find our comments here.
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Tom
RE: For me the best ever (reply to Aetion)
Posted on: 21-01-2011 20:50
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A spectacular performance! And a "Sternstunde" for Corelli indeed.
Confuses me a bit that you are unable to trace the comments?
You should receive an e-mail with a link to click on when someone has replied. Something like: www.enricocaruso.dk/musicdetails.php?mid=46, but clickable. You will have to login to respond, but the link should work.
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Aetion
RE: For me the best ever (reply to Tom)
Posted on: 22-01-2011 11:54
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I do receive the email. There is no problem. The problem is when I enter in the site and search a certain comment and cannot remember the exact place (recording) I have left it, in order to edit or complete it.
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Tom
RE: For me the best ever (reply to Aetion)
Posted on: 22-01-2011 13:32
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I see. I have expanded the search function (top left of the pages) to include comments. If you can remember a significant word (like Corelli), you should be able to find it. Often search for your username will do it too.
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Aetion
RE: For me the best ever (reply to Tom)
Posted on: 22-01-2011 13:54
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Excellent job, Tom. Thank you.