Alessandro Moreschi - The Last Castrato [LP]

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Alessandro Moreschi (1858-1922) was the last known castrato, and the only one to have ever made recordings. He was born into a Catholic family in one of the so-called Roman castles, where he was castrated either for health reasons, or because of his singing talents, the history is unclear. But either way he was discovered soon after for his talents and by a very young age was known as ''l'Angelo Di Roma'' and quickly became the first soprano of the Sistine Chapel choir, a position he held for more than 30 years. In Roma at the time members of the Sistine Chapel choir, and castrati in particular, held much esteem, bordering on celebrity, and Moreschi was probably the most famous of them all. His recordings were made in 1902 and 1904 at the Vatican. Most of them are extremely rare and are collected here for the first time. This historic re-issue includes all twelve records which Professor Moreschi is known to have made, as well as five choral records on which his voice is clearly discernable. 425 gram sleeve; hand-numbered sticker. - 01. Domine Salvum Fac Pontificem Nostrum Leonem
02. Et Incarnatus Est/ Crusifixus
03. Ideale
04. Ave Verum
05. Tui Sunt Coeli
06. Ave Verum
07. Crucifixus
08. Crucifixus
09. Pie Jesu
10. Hostias Et Preces
11. Preghiera
12. Ave Maria
13. Incipit Lamentatio
14. Laudamus Te
15. Improperia
16. La Cruda Mia Nemica
17. Oremus Pro Pontifice
18. The Voice Of Pope Leo XII

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