Tosti: The Song of a Life, Volume 3 (4CD)

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Delphine Da Pontello, Marco Severin, Marco Scolastra, Daniela Mazzucato

Based on 33 years of scholarship and promotion by the Istituto Nazionale Tostiano and a lifetime of studies on the part of Francesco Sanvitale, this volume lives up to its predecessors in bringing to wider attention the work of a born songsmith, at home in the English and French tongues as well as his native Italian, and one who brought the genre of salon song to a peak of perfection.

No one, not even the most dedicated Tosti singers such as Gigli and Caruso, had ever addressed Tosti’s oeuvre with anything near a comprehensive approach. Yet the chronological approach to his work taken by this project proves that he was certainly not confined within the limited universe of love requited, rejected, desired, misunderstood, suffered or unspoken. The songs in this third volume cover the last decade of the 19th century, by which time Tosti had settled in London, been appointed singing teacher to the royal family and to a professorship at the Royal Academy of Music.

Despite their relative youth, the singers chosen to record this project are all Tosti experts, having won various editions of Ortona’s international voice competition devoted to the interpretation of drawingroom songs and ballads. Other actors of lesser skill almost always seem to be portraying the same person. Much the same thing can happen with music, but not here, thanks to the light, graceful and lively address of the singers to the wide range of poets set by Tosti, including Victor Hugo, Jules Barbier, Alfred de Musset and Frederic Weatherly as well as less-familiar lyricists such as Barry Cornwall and Ada Negri.

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1. A sera…, vogata (1883 – versi di Leonardo M. Cognetti, CS52) 
2. Sleep, and Remembered, Beloved, song (1894 – versi di James Strang, CS152B) 
3. Barcarolle, song (1895 – versi di Clifton Bingham, CS152C) 
4. My Darling (1895 – versi di Frederic Edward Weatherly, CS152D) 
5. Love’s Return, song (1895 – versi di Mark Ambient, CS153) 
6. Lamento d’amore: perché ti deggio amar, melodia (1875, CS154) 

“A Greyswood”, quattro melodie (1895, CS155)
7. I. Mattinata (versi di Enrico Panzacchi) 
8. II. Sonnet (versi di Félix Arvers) 
9. III. Zitta! (versi di Ferdinando Martini) 
10. IV. Vecchio Stornello (versi di Francesco Dall’Ongaro) 
11. Because of You, song (1895 – versi di Frederic Edward Weatherly, CS156) 
12. May-Time, song (1895 – versi di A Hancock, CS157) 

“Mélodies” (1896 – versi di Charles Fuster, CS158)
13. I. Mon bien aimé! CS158.1 
14. II. Petite valse romantique CS158.2 1
15. III. Avec toi CS158.3 
16. IV. L’extase CS158.4 

I. Connaissez-vous CS158.4.1
17. II. Debout encore, muet CS158.4.2 
18. III. Lorsqu’en mes bras CS158.4.3 
19. Petite Nöel (1896 versi di anonimo, CS158B) 
20. Who Knows?, song (1897 – versi di Louisa Gray, CS159) 
21. Povera Maria!, elegia popolare abruzzese (1897 – versi di Madonnina Malaspina, CS160)

1. Te souviens-tu?, temps de valse (1891 – versi di G. De Montgomery, CS111) 
2. Les filles de Cadix, chanson (1890 – versi di Alfred de Musset, CS112) 
3. Why Beatest So, O Heart?, song (1892 – versi di Arthur Chapman, CS136) 
4. Let love Awake, song (1892 – versi di Arthur Chapman, CS137) 
5. Two, song (1892 – versi di Clement Scott, CS139) 
6. Addio fanciulla…, canto popolare (1893, CS140) 
7. Petite sérénade (1891 – versi di Lucien Dhuguet, CS122) 
8. Demain!, mélodie (1891 – versi di Marc-Antoine Desaugiers, CS123) 
9. Retournelle (1891 – versi di François Coppée, CS127) 
10. Suzon (1892 – versi di Alfred de Musset, CS132) 
11. Bonjour, Suzon!, chansonette (1893 – versi di Alfred de Musset, CS141) 
12. Canta!..., melodia (1893 – versi di Ruggero Leoncavallo, CS142) 
13. My Dreams, (1893 – versi di Frederic Edward Weatherly, CS143) 
14. On Lido Waters, song (1893 – versi di Frederic Edward Weatherly, CS144) 
15. Song of a Rose (1893 – versi di Frederic Edward Weatherly, CS145) 
16. Rêve, mélodie (1983 – versi di Paul Verlaine, CS146) 
17. Strana, racconto (1893 – versi di Ada Negri, CS147) 
18. Te solo, melodia (1893 – versi di Ada Negri, CS148) 
19. A Song of Rest (1894 – versi di Barry Cornwall, CS151) 
20. Falling Leaves, waltz song (1894 – versi di Frederic Edward Weatherly, CS152)

1. Ancora…! melodia, (1897 - versi di Rocco Emanuele Pagliara, CS161) 
2. Le rose che mi desti (1897 - versi di Rocco Emanuele Pagliara, CS162) 
3. Se avessi l’ale!..., melodia serenatella, (1897 - versi di Carlo D’Ormeville, CS163) 
4. Senza l’amore! melodia (1897 - versi di Rocco Emanuele Pagliara, CS164) 
5. Ohè! Mammà! (1897 - versi di Raffaele Petrosemolo, CS165) 
6. Invano! serenata (1898 - versi di Rocco Emanuele Pagliara, CS168) 

Deux chansons CS171
7. Chanson de Barberine (1898 - versi di Alfred de Musset, CS171.1) 
8. Chanson de l’adieu (1898 - versi di Edmond d’Haraucourt, CS171.2) 
9. Amour! Amour! mélodie, (1899 - versi di Victor Hugo, CS172) 
10. Infidélité mélodie (1899 - versi di Théophile Gautier, CS173) 
11. Malgré moi mélodie, (1899 - versi di Jules Barbier, CS174) 
12. Solo! romanza (1899 - versi di Laskaro, CS175) 
13. Parted song, (1899 - versi di Frederic E. Weatherly, CS176) 
Per Lei cinque melodie (1900 - versi di Silvio Marvasi, CS177)
14. Io ricordo, madonna, quella sera 
15. E come i maggi vengon per le rose 
16. Dalla pioggia le foglie ancor bagnate 
17. Io vi vorrei veder tutta baciata 
18. Ed ecco il sogno 
19. Aimez quand on vous aime! duetto, (1898 - versi di Armand Silvestre, CS167)

1. Speak!, song (1898 – versi di Clifton Bingham, CS166)
2. The Silver Lining, song (1898 – versi di R.H. Elkin, CS166B) 
3. If, song (1898 – versi di H. Stockall, CS166C) 
4. Love me To-Day, song (1898 – versi di Frederick Edward Weatherly, CS166D) 
5. Spring, song (1898 – versi di Frederick Edward Weatherly, CS170) 
6. Regret, melodia (1898 – versi di Paul Bourget, CS178) 
7. Far away, song (1898 – versi di C. Simon, CS178B) 
8. Rose d'automne, valse lente (1898, CS179) 
9. Fede, melodia (1898 – versi di Rocco Emanuele Pagliara, CS180) 
10. Serenata allegra (1898 – versi di Salvatore Di Giacomo, CS181) 
11. Novembre, mélodie (1901 – versi di Paul Bourget, CS182) 
12. La mia canzone! (1902 – versi di Francesco Cimmino, CS183) 
13. Chi sa!, vecchia canzone napoletana (1902 – versi di Ferdinando Russo, CS184) 
14. Inverno triste!, melodia (1902 – versi di Francesco Cimmino, CS185) 
15. Parting Time, song (versi di E. Teschemacher, CS185B) 
16. Non m’amate più, melodia (1902 – versi di Rocco Emanuele Pagliara, CS186) 
17. Vos yeux, mélodie (1902 – versi di E. Morandi, CS187) 
18. Mon coeur qui t'aime!, chanson (1902 – versi di J. Lahore, CS188) 
19. Pierrot's Lament, song (1902 – versi di F.E. Weatherly, CS189) 
20. Non chiedermi se t’amo, melodia (1902 – versi di R.E. Pagliara, CS190)