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

The Art of Sandor Konya

Sandor Konya

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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)

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