Music: Fortissimo Farewell

Carnegie Hall was in a sweat bath of nostalgia: far-famed Italian Tenor Beniamino Gigli (pronounced jeel-yee), 65, returned for his first U.S. appearances in 16 years, and presumably his last. This week he sang the third of three Manhattan farewell recitals. The instant his heavily paunched figure moved from the wings, the crowd turned on the applause full blast. The tenor bowed, leaned firmly on the piano, spread his feet and bent forward from the waist as if to bounce his voice off the stage.

The programs listed one old reliable after another (Brahms's...

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