Tito Schipa The Romance of Spain

Record and Artist Details

Composer or Director: Tito Schipa, Michelena, Victor August Herbert, Tomás (Saavedra) Barrera, Alfonso Esparza Oteo, Osman Perez Freire, C. Palacios, Enrique Discepolo, Augustin Lara, Manuel (Maria) Ponce, José Serrano (Siméon), Gerardo Rodriguez, Guaracha, José Padilla, Arturo Buzzi-Peccia, Julian Huarte, Eduardo Sánchez de Fuentes, Fermin Maria Alvarez, Gonzalo Roig, Manuel de Falla, Federico Longás Torres, Lilian Ray

Label: Pearl

Media Format: CD or Download

Mastering:

Mono
ADD

Catalogue Number: GEMMCD9183

Tracks:

Composition Artist Credit
Luna castillana Tito Schipa Composer
Tito Schipa
(Anonymous) Orchestra
A la luz de la luna Emilio de Gogorza
(Anonymous) Orchestra
Michelena Composer
Tito Schipa
Naughty Marietta Tito Schipa
Victor August Herbert Composer
(Anonymous) Orchestra
Emigrantes (Anonymous) Orchestra
Tito Schipa
Josef Pasternack
Tomás (Saavedra) Barrera Composer
Mi viejo amor (Anonymous) Orchestra
Alfonso Esparza Oteo Composer
Rosario Bourdon
Tito Schipa
Ay, Ay, Ay Osman Perez Freire Composer
(Anonymous) Orchestra
Tito Schipa
A Granada Tito Schipa
C. Palacios Composer
(Anonymous) Orchestra
Confesión Tito Schipa
Enrique Discepolo Composer
(Anonymous) Orchestra
Oracion caribe (Anonymous) Orchestra
Tito Schipa
Augustin Lara Composer
A la orilla de un palmar Manuel (Maria) Ponce Composer
Tito Schipa
(Anonymous) Orchestra
Alma de Dios (Anonymous) Orchestra
José Serrano (Siméon) Composer
Tito Schipa
A Cuba (Anonymous) Orchestra
Tito Schipa
Tito Schipa Composer
(La) Cumparsita (Anonymous) Orchestra
Tito Schipa
Gerardo Rodriguez Composer
(Los) Romberos Emilio de Gogorza
Tito Schipa
Guaracha Composer
(Anonymous) Orchestra
Princesita (Anonymous) Orchestra
José Padilla Composer
Tito Schipa
(La) Niña querida Arturo Buzzi-Peccia Composer
Tito Schipa
(Anonymous) Orchestra
Madrigal español Tito Schipa
(Anonymous) Orchestra
Julian Huarte Composer
Rosalinda Eduardo Sánchez de Fuentes Composer
Tito Schipa
(Anonymous) Orchestra
(La) Partida Fermin Maria Alvarez Composer
Tito Schipa
(Anonymous) Orchestra
(El) Gaucho Tito Schipa
(Anonymous) Orchestra
Tito Schipa Composer
Quiéreme mucho Tito Schipa
Gonzalo Roig Composer
(Anonymous) Orchestra
(7) Canciones populares españolas Manuel de Falla Composer
Tito Schipa
(Anonymous) Orchestra
(La) Gitana (Anonymous) Orchestra
Federico Longás Torres Composer
Tito Schipa
(The) Sunshine of your smile Lilian Ray Composer
(Anonymous) Orchestra
Tito Schipa
Ojos lindos y mentirosos Tito Schipa Composer
(Anonymous) Orchestra
Tito Schipa
Platitudes offer themselves in plenty (“Schipa’s exquisite art makes magic of even the most trivial music”, “He has the alchemist’s touch”, “The thinnest shreds and patches of song glisten like a finespun garment when he sings”). But no: it really isn’t true, and the truth itself is depressing to contemplate. That so distinguished a singer, and one whose style has characteristically so much refinement about it, should have been drawn compulsively to such poor music as is predominant in this collection, must to some extent diminish the respect in which he is held. Of a piece with the repertoire is the title: if such a thing as ‘the romance of Spain’ exists it is certainly not to be found in cheap tangos, sentimental banalities and Ay ay ay. A little, a very little, might reward attention: the song by Buzzi-Peccia (La nina querida) has delicacy and charm, the two duets with Emilio de Gogorza have some relationship with authentic folk music, and Victor Herbert’s Ah, sweet mystery of life (sung in Spanish) has at least a genuine melodic impulse – but see what we have already come to. There is of course a literature of Spanish song that Schipa could well have explored; but he, and his public, preferred the tangos and banalities.
It is not even as if they served his art well (as the more vital Neapolitan songs did). The poise and grace of his singing are never completely absent, but they are not prime requirements here. Some of the songs (La partida for instance) display the voice attractively, but others take him down into the husky region of low notes where there is hardly any tone at all. The quality of recorded sound is also variable, but, as the producer’s note points out, several of the items are rare in their original form, including some which were never available in the British catalogues.'

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