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Conductor Alberto Veronesi’s inspiration to celebrate Leoncavallo’s work results in a revelatory recording by uniting Plácido Domingo, the world’s most celebrated living tenor, with virtuoso pianist Lang Lang.
A relatively unknown masterwork recounting the passionate vis-à-vis of a poet with his muse, La Nuit de Mai is a romantic symphonic piece for tenor based on Musset’s poem of the same name. Plácido Domingo’s emotion laden tenor negotiates La Nuit’s lyric and dramatic demands with characteristic impact and bravura.
Suavely accompanying Plácido Domingo in a selection of short songs, Lang Lang concludes this novel album with two dazzling solo piano pieces.
Leoncavallo: La Nuit De Mai - 1. Sostenuto Assai
Leoncavallo: La Nuit De Mai - 2. Largamente
Leoncavallo: La Nuit De Mai - 3. Vivo
Leoncavallo: La Nuit De Mai - 4. Assai Agitato
Leoncavallo: La Nuit De Mai - 5. Sostenuto
Leoncavallo: La Nuit De Mai - 6. Largo Tranquillo
Leoncavallo: La Nuit De Mai - 7. Allegro Con Fuoco
Leoncavallo: La Nuit De Mai - 8. Assai Sostenuto
Leoncavallo: La Nuit De Mai - 9. Andante Sostenuto Assai
Leoncavallo: La Nuit De Mai - 10. Andante Agitato Assai
Leoncavallo: La Nuit De Mai - 11. Largamente Quasi Recitativo
Leoncavallo: La Nuit De Mai - 12. Andante Mosso E Solenne
Leoncavallo: C'È Nel Tuo Sguardo
Leoncavallo: Hymne À La Lyre
Leoncavallo: La Chanson Des Yeux
Leoncavallo: Barcarola Veneziana
Leoncavallo: Valse Mignonne
“Domingo, still amazingly ringing, sings French more naturally than some languages...while Lang Lang's fluent touch makes the piano solos and accompaniments very pleasant...Orchestra and conductor are suitably idiomatic.”
13th May 2010
“We owe [La Nuit de Mai's] rediscovery, one suspects, to Plácido Domingo's willingness to sing it, which he does with intensity and with a voice that is still in terrific shape. The real heroes, however, are Alberto Veronesi and his virtuoso Bologna-based orchestra, who have the lion's share of the proceedings.”
“Relatively old Domingo sings with the voice of the young poet and really does love it! This is an astonishing performance, even for him...He can still sing with the fervour of youth but also with its flexibility, its ease and grace of movement. And, typically, he demonstrates all of this in something new.”
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