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The Art of Sandor Konya
Giuseppe Verdi / Richard Wagner / Giacomo Puccini / Gaetano Donizetti / Giacomo Meyerbeer / Friedrich von Flotow / Amilcare Ponchielli
Sandor Konya

The Art of Sandor Konya

CD | Australian Eloquence | 0028948070961 | ELQ 4807096 | 04-14

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The celebrated Hungarian tenor Sándor Kónya (1923–2002) made regrettably few recordings. With a voice of ‘lirico-heroic splendour’ (Andrew Porter, Opera magazine), he brought strength of purpose and real nobility to his portrayals on stage, with generously warm vocal projection. He was described by Opera magazine as ‘the finest Lohengrin since Franz Völker’. Collected here are his three studio recital recordings – two for Deutsche Grammophon and one for American Decca (MCA). They showcase Kónya in a selection of Puccini and Verdi arias, including (as was sometimes the practice in the late-1950s and early 1960s) four Verdi arias sung in German. The rare 1967 American Decca recording consists not of arias, but songs by two opera composers championed by Konya – Verdi and Wagner. Much of this material appears internationally on CD for the first time.

‘Konya has a fine voice, a very beautiful, firm, pure tenor [in the Wagner songs] … The voice also sounds well in the seven Verdi songs … Konya does have a feeling for line, for joining note to note, and the sheer sound of his manly voice is a pleasure. The recording is excellent and voice and piano are well balanced.’ Gramophone, September 1968 (Verdi & Wagner songs)

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Tracklisting
    • 1
      Tosca
      Recondita armonia (Act I)
       
      Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Wagner, Puccini, Giacomo, Gaetano Donizetti, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Friedrich von Flotow, Amilcare Ponchielli
    • 2
      La fanciulla del West
      Una parola sola ... Or son sei mesi (Act II)
       
      Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Wagner, Puccini, Giacomo, Gaetano Donizetti, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Friedrich von Flotow, Amilcare Ponchielli
    • 3
      Madama Butterfly
      Addio, fiorito asil (Act II)
       
      Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Wagner, Puccini, Giacomo, Gaetano Donizetti, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Friedrich von Flotow, Amilcare Ponchielli
    • 4
      Turandot
      Non piangere Liù (Act I)
       
      Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Wagner, Puccini, Giacomo, Gaetano Donizetti, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Friedrich von Flotow, Amilcare Ponchielli
    • 5
      Gianni Schicchi
      Firenze è come un albero fiorito
       
      Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Wagner, Puccini, Giacomo, Gaetano Donizetti, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Friedrich von Flotow, Amilcare Ponchielli
    • 6
      Manon Lescaut
      Donna non vidi mai (Act I)
       
      Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Wagner, Puccini, Giacomo, Gaetano Donizetti, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Friedrich von Flotow, Amilcare Ponchielli
    • 7
      La bohème
      Che gelida manina (Act I)
       
      Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Wagner, Puccini, Giacomo, Gaetano Donizetti, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Friedrich von Flotow, Amilcare Ponchielli
    • 8
      Turandot
      Nessun dorma (Act III)
       
      Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Wagner, Puccini, Giacomo, Gaetano Donizetti, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Friedrich von Flotow, Amilcare Ponchielli
    • 9
      La fanciulla del West
      Ch’ella mi creda libero e lontano (Act III)
       
      Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Wagner, Puccini, Giacomo, Gaetano Donizetti, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Friedrich von Flotow, Amilcare Ponchielli
    • 10
      Il tabarro
      Hai ben ragione
       
      Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Wagner, Puccini, Giacomo, Gaetano Donizetti, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Friedrich von Flotow, Amilcare Ponchielli
    • 11
      Tosca
      E lucevan le stelle (Act III)
       
      Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Wagner, Puccini, Giacomo, Gaetano Donizetti, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Friedrich von Flotow, Amilcare Ponchielli
    • 12
      Manon Lescaut
      Che avvien! ... Ah! non v’avvicinate ... Guardate, pazzo son (Act III)
       
      Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Wagner, Puccini, Giacomo, Gaetano Donizetti, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Friedrich von Flotow, Amilcare Ponchielli
    • 13
      L’elisir d’amore
      Una furtiva lagrima (Act II)
       
      Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Wagner, Puccini, Giacomo, Gaetano Donizetti, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Friedrich von Flotow, Amilcare Ponchielli
    • 14
      L’Africaine
      Mi batti il cor ... O paradiso (Act IV)
       
      Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Wagner, Puccini, Giacomo, Gaetano Donizetti, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Friedrich von Flotow, Amilcare Ponchielli
    • 15
      La Gioconda
      Cielo e mar (Act II)
       
      Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Wagner, Puccini, Giacomo, Gaetano Donizetti, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Friedrich von Flotow, Amilcare Ponchielli
    • 16
      Martha
      Ach, so fromm (Act III)
       
      Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Wagner, Puccini, Giacomo, Gaetano Donizetti, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Friedrich von Flotow, Amilcare Ponchielli
    • 17
      Aida
      Celeste Aida (Act I)
       
      Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Wagner, Puccini, Giacomo, Gaetano Donizetti, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Friedrich von Flotow, Amilcare Ponchielli
    • 18
      Il trovatore
      La? die Sorgen entschwinden … Da? nur für mich dein Herz erbebt (Act III)
       
      Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Wagner, Puccini, Giacomo, Gaetano Donizetti, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Friedrich von Flotow, Amilcare Ponchielli
    • 19
      Il trovatore
      Lodern zum Himmel (Act III)
       
      Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Wagner, Puccini, Giacomo, Gaetano Donizetti, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Friedrich von Flotow, Amilcare Ponchielli
    • 20
      Rigoletto
      Sie wurde mir entrissen … Ich seh die hei?en Zähren (Act II)
       
      Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Wagner, Puccini, Giacomo, Gaetano Donizetti, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Friedrich von Flotow, Amilcare Ponchielli
    • 21
      Rigoletto
      Ach wie so trügerisch (Act III)
       
      Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Wagner, Puccini, Giacomo, Gaetano Donizetti, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Friedrich von Flotow, Amilcare Ponchielli
    • 1
      Sei Romanze, 1838
      Non t’accostare all’urna
       
      Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Wagner, Puccini, Giacomo, Gaetano Donizetti, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Friedrich von Flotow, Amilcare Ponchielli
    • 2
      Sei Romanze, 1838
      More, Elisa, lo stanco poeta
       
      Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Wagner, Puccini, Giacomo, Gaetano Donizetti, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Friedrich von Flotow, Amilcare Ponchielli
    • 3
      Sei Romanze, 1838
      In solitaria stanza
       
      Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Wagner, Puccini, Giacomo, Gaetano Donizetti, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Friedrich von Flotow, Amilcare Ponchielli
    • 4
      Sei Romanze, 1845
      Il tramonto
       
      Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Wagner, Puccini, Giacomo, Gaetano Donizetti, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Friedrich von Flotow, Amilcare Ponchielli
    • 5
      Sei Romanze, 1845
      Il mistero
       
      Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Wagner, Puccini, Giacomo, Gaetano Donizetti, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Friedrich von Flotow, Amilcare Ponchielli
    • 6
      Sei Romanze, 1845
      Il poveretto
       
      Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Wagner, Puccini, Giacomo, Gaetano Donizetti, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Friedrich von Flotow, Amilcare Ponchielli
    • 7
      Sei Romanze, 1845
      Brindisi
       
      Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Wagner, Puccini, Giacomo, Gaetano Donizetti, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Friedrich von Flotow, Amilcare Ponchielli
    • 8
      Karnevalslied
       
      Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Wagner, Puccini, Giacomo, Gaetano Donizetti, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Friedrich von Flotow, Amilcare Ponchielli
    • 9
      Lieder für Singstimme und Klavier
      Der Tannenbaum
       
      Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Wagner, Puccini, Giacomo, Gaetano Donizetti, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Friedrich von Flotow, Amilcare Ponchielli
    • 10
      Lieder für Singstimme und Klavier
      Die Rose
       
      Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Wagner, Puccini, Giacomo, Gaetano Donizetti, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Friedrich von Flotow, Amilcare Ponchielli
    • 11
      Wesendonck Lieder
      Schmerzen
       
      Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Wagner, Puccini, Giacomo, Gaetano Donizetti, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Friedrich von Flotow, Amilcare Ponchielli
    • 12
      Wesendonck Lieder
      Träume
       
      Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Wagner, Puccini, Giacomo, Gaetano Donizetti, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Friedrich von Flotow, Amilcare Ponchielli
    • 13
      Die beiden Grenadiere
       
      Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Wagner, Puccini, Giacomo, Gaetano Donizetti, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Friedrich von Flotow, Amilcare Ponchielli
    • 14
      Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
      Am stillen Herd (Act I)
       
      Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Wagner, Puccini, Giacomo, Gaetano Donizetti, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Friedrich von Flotow, Amilcare Ponchielli
    • 15
      Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
      Morgenlich leuchtend (Act III)
       
      Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Wagner, Puccini, Giacomo, Gaetano Donizetti, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Friedrich von Flotow, Amilcare Ponchielli
    • 16
      Lohengrin
      In fernem Land, unnahbar euren Scritten (Act III)
       
      Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Wagner, Puccini, Giacomo, Gaetano Donizetti, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Friedrich von Flotow, Amilcare Ponchielli
    • 17
      Lohengrin
      Mein lieber Schwan (Act III)
       
      Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Wagner, Puccini, Giacomo, Gaetano Donizetti, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Friedrich von Flotow, Amilcare Ponchielli
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