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Posted by Martin Walker on August 6, 2015, 10:27 am
A small point: I am not a Battistini expert, far from it, but I did a double take when I read of Battistini's recording of 'Pourquoi me réveiller' (Ah! non mi ridestar) - which I have never heard - since that was written for a tenor. The list at the bottom of the review gives several instances of transpositions but does not mention this one or the other aria from Werther, 'J'aurai sur ma poitrine'(Avrei sovra il mio petto). Was this list taken from the CD booklet? Checking on Wikipedia I discovered that Massenet himself made the transposition of the role for Battistini, which I think is quite significant in the context of the huge respect for this great singer among other artists. And it would be interesting to learn exactly how Massenet transposed the part, given that Battistini had a strikingly effective upper range but a less imposing lower range (at least on records). Massenet was in effect creating a new high baritone version of the role of Werther, and it would also be interesting to know whether anyone else has ever sung it.
- http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2015/Aug/Battistini_560022.htm - Martin Walker August 6, 2015, 10:27 am
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