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Recorded in Aix-en-Provence in 1977
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A Guided Tour of the Romantic Era, Vol. 13
Giuseppe Filianoti (tenor), Dimitra Theodossiou (soprano), Mimmo Ghegghi (tenor), Ferruccio Furlanetto (bass), Sonia Zaramella (mezzo-soprano), Monica Minarelli (mezzo-soprano), Marcus Haddock (tenor), Rene Massis (baritone), Beatrice Uria-Monzon (mezzo-soprano), Jean Delescluse (tenor), Jean-Philippe Marliere (baritone), Jael Azzaretti (soprano), Jean-Sebastiene Bou (baritone), Janos Selmeczi (violin), Havard Gimse (piano), Henning Kraggerud (violin), Helge Kjekshus (piano), Oystein Birkeland (cello), Erling Ragnar Eriksen (piano), Bodil Arnesen (soprano), Einar Steen-Nokleberg (piano), Valery Gilmanov (bass), Rosanna Savoia (soprano), Alexander Naumenko (bass), Vitaly Panfilov (tenor), Mikhail Kazakov (bass), Gevorg Hakobyan (baritone), Stefano Consolini (tenor), Tatiana Monogarova (soprano), Riccardo Ferrari (bass), Marika Gulordava (soprano), Elena Manistina (mezzo-soprano), Mikhail Gubsky (tenor), Vladimir Grishko (tenor), David Nolan (violin), Lisa Beckley (soprano), Colm Carey (organ), Nicholas Gedge (bass-baritone), Francois-Joel Thiollier (piano), Pascal Devoyon (piano), Dong-Suk Kang (violin), Ina-Esther Joost Ben-Sasson (cello), Allan Sternfield (piano)
Palermo Teatro Massimo Children's Chorus, Palermo Teatro Massimo Chorus, Palermo Orchestra Sinfonica del Teatro Massimo, Lille National Orchestra, Camerata Transylvanica, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Malmo Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National O, Stefano Ranzani, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Gyorgy Selmeczi, Keith Clark, Bjarte Engeset, Donald Johanos, Gerard Schwarz, Alexander Vedernikov, Theodore Kuchar, Enrique Batiz, John Georgiadis, Jeremy Summerly, Antonio de Almeida
Verona - Live
Leo Nucci, Ghena Dimitrova, Peter Dvorsky, Sona Ghazarian, Giacomo Aragall, Ruggero Raimondi, Elena Obraztsova, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Natalia Troitskaya, Luca Canonici, Montserrat Caballé, Placido Domingo, Samuel Ramey, Aprile Millo, Vincenzo La Scola, Mara Zampieri, René Kollo, Silvano Carolli, Eva Marton, Juan Pons, Antonio Ordonez, Ileana Cotrubas & José Carreras
Orquesta Sinfonica de Madrid, José Collado, Carlo Franci
Montserrat Caballé, Samuel Ramey, Ileana Cotrubas, René Kollo, Eva Marton, and Ruggero Raimondi were amongst the many opera stars from all over the world who came together at the great Arena in Verona on 8th August 1988 to support José Carreras and the establishment of his foundation to fight leukaemia. The much-loved tenor had recently recovered from this life threatening illness and the recordings included in this special two-CD set are the aural documents of this memorable gala.
Although Placido Domingo was unable to take part that evening, he too supported his friend, providing a recording of a song by zarzuela composer Jacinto Guerrero at Carreras’s disposal for the concert in aid of foundation and this album. The discs include highlights from La Bohème, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Manon Lescaut, La Giaconda, Otello, La Traviata and many other operas.
August 8th, 1988 was a great evening for José Carreras. It went on until after two o’clock in the morning, but the packed audience in the Arena in Verona did not want to go yet. They held aloft signs and banners on which they hailed the singer, who had returned to life, with heartfelt words in many languages. He was the last to perform after the greats of opera had sung for him throughout the evening. For the first time since his convalescence Carreras again stood in front of an orchestra. His strength was only sufficient for a single song - Lara’s Granada - with which his voice could outshine the waves of the instruments.
“This Verona concert featuring more than 20 opera stars in showpiece arias celebrated Carreras's return to performing following his recovery from leukaemia.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2013 ****
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Mozart: Bass Arias
Celebrating the genius of Mozart, this exciting release features 15 of his most celebrated operatic arias, performed by legendary bass-baritone Ferruccio Furlanetto.
The compilation traces Mozart’s four most famous operas and details nine separate characters in the space of an hour. From Figaro’s military-style ‘Non più andrai’ to the Count’s display of jealous insecurity in ‘Hai già vinta la causa!’ – two of four arias from Le nozze di Figaro – Furlanetto also explores the servant-nobleman roles in Don Giovanni, performing the infamous ‘Madamina! il catalogo è questo’ and ‘Champagne Aria’ among others. Così fan tutte, Mozart’s third and final collaboration with librettist Lorenzo da Ponte, sees the bass-baritone take on the role of Guglielmo, while in Die Zauberflöte, written just a couple of months before the composer’s death, the singer contrasts the naivety of Papageno the birdcatcher (‘Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja’ and ‘Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen’) with the wisdom and purity of Sarastro (‘In diesen heil’gen Hallen’).
Representing the pinnacle of Mozart’s mature style, these arias run the full gamut of emotions and reveal Furlanetto’s range of technical and expressive virtuosity. To find the same artist singing such a wide variety of roles in his career, let alone on the same disc, is a rare thing: this recording is a fine addition to the Newton Classics vocal library.
Booklet note by Mozart opera conductor and scholar Ian Page.
Recorded in 1991.
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After its successful premiere, Rossini’s opera “Armida” was quickly forgotten, only to be triumphantly revived by Maria Callas in 1952, and ever since it is considered a masterpiece. This performance with primarily Italian forces, has all the wit, charm, beauty and sparkle that any Rossini opera can wish for. Some big names here: Cecilia Gasdia, Chris Merritt,William Matteuzzi and Ferruccio Furlanetto. Great addition to the Brilliant Classics Opera Collection.
Armida is today considered one of Rossini’s greatest operas, but following its premier in Naples in 1817 it quickly faded from the standard operatic repertoire. Its plot of knightly duties, love and supernatural worlds (foreshadowing Weber in places) inspired the composer to write some of his most original and inimitable music, with unusual combinations of instruments and some beautiful extended solos for cello and violin.The love music is undeniably heartfelt and sincere; Rossini’s inspiration may have been assisted by his romantic involvement with the soprano Isabella Colbran, a major star of the time and the first to perform the title role.
Armida was revived in 1952 with Maria Callas in the lead role, and this began a trajectory that saw the work rise back to its rightful place in the repertoire. It is now considered one of Rossini’s masterpieces.
“Gasdia as Armida does not have the most alluring of voices, but she has amazing presence and style...it is [a] pleasure to hear what is a strong voice moving with such facility...She is well served by her three cavaliers, Merritt, Ford and Matteuzzi. Each has quite a distinctive voice and you can distinguish between them, which is necessary in such a tenor-laden piece.” MusicWeb International, August 2012
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Live Recording from The Teatro Alla Scala, Milan 2010
Set Design by PIER PAOLO BISLERI
Plácido Domingo‘s triumphant “return” to his baritone roots (his first debut with the Mexican National Opera, in 1959, was as a baritone), is captured in this stunning DVD of the Teatro alla Scala’s 2010 production of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra.
Domingo is joined by Anja Harteros, Ferruccio Furlanetto and Fabio Sartori in this Daniel Barenboim conducted performance, directed by Federico Tiezzi.
Plácido Domingo’s intention had been to bring down the curtain on his career in the (baritone) role of Simon Boccanegra. One can only hope – for our sake as well as his – that this truly great tenor of the modern era reneges on his promise and remains a unique vocal and dramatic presence on the opera stage long after the 70th birthday celebrations that were held in his honour on 21 January 2011.
Sound Format: PCM Stereo, dts-HD Master Audio 5.1
Picture Format: 16:9
Resolution: 1080i FULL HD
Subtitle Languages: IT (Original Language), GB, DE, FR, ES, JP, Korean
Running Time: 149 mins
Blu-ray Disc: 25 GB (Single Layer)
“Some signs of vocal wear ([Domingo] was 69 at the time) could be seen as fitting the character; in fact they're surprisingly few and far between...The finest vocal contribution comes from soprano Anja Harteros: as Amelia she sings with radiant tone and an effortless command of the role's difficulties...Barenboim stresses the score's sombre tones and gives it momentum” BBC Music Magazine, April 2012 ***
“[Barenboim] delivers the kind of eloquently moulded, dramatically succinct phrases heard in his Wagner performances of late...[His] status as a Verdian outsider - and the fresh insights that come with that - is a genuine drawing card.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2012
“Neither the solo and choral singing nor the orchestral playing is ever less than such a work deserves...Domingo, Furlanetto and Cavaletti particularly are every inch in their roles...[but] There is a lot of standing and singing at each other which means that only the most seasoned performers, Domingo and Furlanetto in particular, dare act expressively.” MusicWeb International, August 2012
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