Another who sings it better!
Idebrando d’Arcangelo versus:
A German born singing Wagner, as it should be. Who else is lookking forward to the Met’s next Ring Cycle with the man himself as Wotan? (Did love Terfel, though, don’t get me wrong)
The man was a God, and sang into his old age. Cesare Siepi, singing Verdi. Ella giammi m’amo
Giorgio Tozzi. The youtube description says it all:
Samuel Barber brought Giorgio a few loose sheets of music one day during rehearsals for Vanessa saying, “I wrote this for you last night - I thought you needed something at the end of the show.” Rest in peace, Maestro.
The great Cesare Siepi singing another great song cycle for bass, Don Quichotte à Dulcineè by Maurice Ravel. Interestingly enough, this cycle was meant for a movie about the spanish legend Don Quixote. Ravel surprisingly didn’t win, but rather his pupil did. The cycle was still released, and is quite popular.
This is Hans Hotter singing Brahms’ Vier Ernste Gesänge (Four Serious songs). If you are a bass and you don’t know this song cycle, you really should. In all its Brahmsesque glory, it is truly wonderful. Hotter even takes it down to a lower bass key than originally transposed.
It’s nice to hear an Italian singing Puccini, although it’s not in his native language, he still has the right feel for it. Te Deum from Puccini’s Tosca, sung by Ruggero Raimondi.