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Richard Wagner / Giuseppe Verdi / Gaetano Donizetti / Giacomo Puccini / Amilcare Ponchielli / Giacomo Meyerbeer / Friedrich von Flotow

Sandor Konya

The Art of Sandor Konya

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  • Type CD
  • Label Australian Eloquence
  • UPC 0028948070961
  • Catalog number ELQ 4807096
  • Release date 11 April 14

About the album


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

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