Tino Rossi mit Orchester - Si vous l'aviez compris (Denza /Bordese), Columbia, early 1940s (German pressing)
This Luigi Denza's art song - written for the male voice with piano, was performed by most of the great singers in history - from Caruso to Pavarotti.
Here we have a lovely chamber interpretation of Tino Rossi, accompanied by a small ensamble.
GUSTAVE CAILLEBOTTE was born on August 19, 1848 to an upper-class Parisian family. His father, Martial Caillebotte (1799-1874), was the inheritor of the family's military textile business and was also a judge at the Seine department's Tribunal de Commerce. Caillebotte earned a law degree in 1868 and a license to practice law in 1870. After the French-Prussian war, when he served in the army, Caillebotte began visiting the studio of painter Léon Bonnat, where he began to seriously study painting. He developed an accomplished style in a relatively short period of time and had his first studio in his parents' home. In 1873, Caillebotte entered into the École des Beaux-Arts, but apparently did not spend much time there. He inherited his father's fortune and around 1874 he met and befriended several artists working outside the official French Academy, including Edgar Degas and Giuseppe de Nittis, and attended (but did not participate in) the first Impressionist exhibition of 1874.
Caillebotte's style belongs to the School of Realism but was strongly influenced by his Impressionist associates. As did his predecessors Jean-Francois Millet and Gustave Courbet, as well his contemporary Degas, Caillebotte aimed to paint reality as it existed and as he saw it, hoping to reduce painting's inherent theatricality. Perhaps because of his close relationship with so many of his peers, his style and technique varies considerably among his works, as if "borrowing" and experimenting, but not really sticking to any one style. At times, he seems very much in the Degas camp of rich-colored realism (especially his interior scenes) and at other times, he shares the Impressionists' commitment to "optical truth" and employs an impressionistic pastel-softness and loose brush strokes most similar to Renoir and Pissarro.
Caillebotte painted many domestic and familial scenes, interiors, and portraits. But he is most well known for his paintings of urban Paris, such as "The Pont de l'Europe" (Le pont de l'Europe) (1876), or "Place de l'Europe In The Rain" (1877). The latter is almost unique among his works for its particularly flat colors and photo-realistic effect which gives the painting its distinctive and modern look, almost akin to American Realists such as Edward Hopper.
Caillebotte's painting career slowed dramatically in the early 1890s, when he stopped making large canvases. He died of pulmonary congestion while working in his garden at Petit-Gennevilliers in 1894 at age 45, and was interred at Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.