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Rene Pape’s solo debut for DG gives an overview of the roles that have made his career plus a few rarities.. Accompanied by the Dresden Staatskapelle under Sebastian Weigle, Pape performs his signature piece: King Mark’s monologue from Tristan und Isolde, as well as arias from Gounod’s Faust (the role of Méphistophélès), Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov and wonderful arias of the rarely performed Demon (Rubinstein) among others. “René Pape is an artist who thrills his audiences with charisma, intelligence and a one-in-a-million voice.” (Opera News)
The operatic roles on this album have to a large extend been performed by Pape to the highest critical acclaim in the world’s major opera houses, from the Metropolitan Opera to the Berlin Staatsoper.
As Pape’s first solo recording and his DG solo debut, this album is long overdue and is eagerly awaited not only by the music press but also by the singer’s international fan base.
Charles Gounod: Faust / Act 2
No.7 Ronde du veau d'or: "Le veau d'or"
Charles Gounod: Faust / Act 4
No.24 Sérénade: "Vous qui faites l'endormie"
Mefistofele / Act 2
Ecco il mondo
La Damnation de Faust, Op.24 / Part 2
Scène 7. Air de Méphistophélès. "Voici des roses"
Giuseppe Verdi: Don Carlo / Act 4
"Ella giammai m'amò!"
Jacques Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 3
Das Rheingold / Scene 2
Abendlich strahlt der Sonne Auge
Richard Wagner: Tristan und Isolde / Act 2
"Tatest du's wirklich?"
Anton Rubinstein: The Demon
"Na vazdushnam akeane"
"Ne plach dit'a"
Antonín Dvorák: Rusalka, Op.114 / Act 2
Beda, Beda! Ubohá rusalko bleda
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky: Boris Godounov - 1869 Version / Act 4
Oi! duschno, duschno
“Probably the premier basso cantante of our time, René Pape is a good god, a good king and a still better singer…”
“Very welcome on this recording… are less usual arias from Mefestofele… and Dvorák's Rusalka… with brisk support provided throughout by the Dresden Saatskapelle and Staatsopernchor under the direction of Sebastian Weigle, this is a fine showcase.”
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