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The Mapleson Cylinders - Program Notes

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- Puccini: TOSCA [Includes RealAudio Selections]
- Band 2

Band 2

Act I: Te Deum excerpt: "[con] spasimo d'amor" ...to end of act

Antonio Scotti (b), Scarpia

Metropolitan Opera & Chorus--Phillippe

Flon (?)

January 3, February 1, or February 17, 1902 (?)

[The presumed container for this cylinder now holds the Aida excerpt on Side 5/Band 6, and is not dated. As all Tosca performances in the 1902-03 season except the one represented by Band 1 preceded the first of the year, and as no Mapleson recordings have confirmed dates before January 1, Band 2 is probably from the preceding season--possibly from the same performance as Band 7. In any case, Scotti sang Scarpia at all Met Tosca performances of this period; Flon conducted in 1901-02, Mancinelli in the preceding and following seasons. At the end of this cylinder, one of the Mapleson children makes an appearance, with a bit of "Au clair de la lune"; see Side 12/Band 12(f).]

Baron Scarpia, the Roman police chief, has a plan to force the actress Floria Tosca to make love to him, by trapping her lover, the painter and Bonapartist, Mario Cavaradossi. As the church of S. Andrea Della Valle fills for a Te Deum celebrating a supposed victory over Napoleon, Scarpia exults in the prospect before him.

[original]

SCARPIA

A doppia mira tendo il voler,
nč il capo del ribella
č la pių prezio [ Band 1 begins →sa ]!
Ah, di quegli occhi vittoriosi
veder la fiamma illanguidir
con [ Band 2 begins → ] spasimo d'amor...
fra le mie braccia illanguidir d'amor.
L'uno al calpestro,
l'altra fra le mie braccia...

CHORUS
Te Deum laudamus:
te Dominum confitemur!

SCARPIA ( Startled by the sound of the chant, he collects himself and makes the sign of the cross. )
Tosca, mi fai dimenticare Iddio!

SCARPIA and CHORUS
Te aeternum Patrem omnis terra veneratur!

[translation]

SCARPIA

At a double target my desire takes aim,
nor is the rebel's head
the more precious of them!
Ah, to see the flame of those
triumphant eyes glow languid
with the agony of love...
in my arms grow languid with love.
One to the noose,
the other in my arms...

CHORUS
Te Deum laudamus:
te Dominum confitemur! ( Startled by the sound of the chant, he collects himself and makes the sign of the cross. )
Tosca, you make me forget God!

SCARPIA and CHORUS
Te aeternum Patrem omnis terra veneratur!


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