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Una Furtiva Lagrima (digital remastering)

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"Una Furtiva Lagrima "
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• Recorded 01-02-1904 •

L'elisir d'amore (Donizetti, Gaetano)

Date of recording: Monday, 01/02/1904

Caruso created the role of Nemorino the first time in February 1901 at La Scala in Milan. The conductor was the famous Toscanini, but the notoriously critical and reserved audience of La Scala did not react at all ... until Caruso started singing - and he basically turned the performance from failure to success. The audience went wild and Caruso was compelled to repeat "Una furtiva lagrima" three times.

When Toscanini came back stage to go before the curtain with the artists, he embraced Caruso, then turned to the manager of La Scala, Giulio Gatti-Casazza, and said: "Per dio! Se questo Napoletano continua a cantare cosģ, farą parlare di sč il mondo intero." (By Heaven! If this Neapolitan continues to sing like this, he will make the whole world talk about him.)

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James allison
bel canto
Posted on: 25-01-2011 16:40
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Dear Tom, Every time I hear this version of Una Furtiva I'm amazed at the technique Caruso had mastered. I enjoy listening and trying to figure out exactly what he's doing vocally. I've just about come to the conclusion that he had a perfect lyric tenor that just grew and grew as he sang more and matured physically. He also had incredible musical taste. Just had to 'vent' my admiration.
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Posted on: 25-10-2011 21:16
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Hello Tom,

The one thing that made Matchpoint a great movie is without a doubt Allen's decision to put in this original version of una fortiva lagrima. I'd never heard of the song nor Enrico Caruso before but ever since this movie this composition's enchanting to me.
Beautiful website, great initiative!

Edwin Schoe.
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Most definitely a favorite!
Posted on: 26-08-2012 18:01
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This has my vote for the greatest recording ever made. I know that's a somewhat foolish thing to say, but I think one would be hardpressed to find a better recording. Caballe's first recording of Casta Diva, maybe?
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Caruso`s Feeling
Posted on: 08-09-2012 2:23
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Hello Tom
Thank you, I personally believe he is what Hank Williams was to
country in his feelings he con vied when singing. He lets me feel the
Posted by:
She Loves Me !!!
Posted on: 03-05-2017 8:51
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The crescendo on the realization "she loves me" is masterful. Who could NOT love him?
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Macht Point
Posted on: 14-04-2018 15:02
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I listen it again and again,He had so grateful voice and make this song the most beautiful in the univers. Woody Allen made me know Caruso and his voice and I'm very grateful for it. Thanks Tom for your web site
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music rights
Posted on: 06-03-2024 0:15
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Hello Tom,

Thank you so much for restoring this amazing aria Una Furtiva. Can I use this in my film under the Public Domain clause even though you remastered it? Stunning and again, thank you!
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RE: bel canto (reply to James allison)
Posted on: 27-01-2011 0:36
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Dear James,
I think this recording is "out of this world" - the power of his voice alternated with gentle, sensitive lyrical expression.
His empathy transcends time.
Best, Tom
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RE: Matchpoint (reply to Edwin76)
Posted on: 25-10-2011 21:55
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Hello Edwin,

I guess Woody Allen was/is enchanted by Caruso's singing. Many people on YouTube (uploads regarding Match Point) have commented that Caruso's empathetic singing made the most impression on them in the whole movie.
Glad you like the website.
Best regards,
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RE: Caruso`s Feeling (reply to jclogston)
Posted on: 13-09-2012 19:55
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Yes, that's it. Great singers make you feel the song. That's the art. In a way you don't even hear them sing - they are not drawing attention to themselves, only to the song.