Bryn Terfel - Bad Boys

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Bryn Terfel - Bad Boys


Gramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - November 2009



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2nd Nov 2009




58 minutes


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Bryn Terfel - Bad Boys


Ha! Welch ein Augenblick! (from Fidelio)


Son lo Spirito che nega (from Mefistofele)


Udite, udite, o rustici (from L'elisir d'amore)


It Ain't Necessarily So (from Porgy and Bess)


Le veau d'or est toujours debout (from Faust)


Don Giovanni, a cenar teco (from Don Giovanni)


Maledici? O monumento (from La Gioconda)


Tre sbirri...Una carozza...Presto 'Te Deum' (from Tosca)


La calunnia è un venticello (from Il barbiere di Siviglia)

Schönberg, C-M:

Stars (from Les Misérables)


Epiphany (from Sweeney Todd)

Anne Sofie von Otter (Mrs Lovett)

Sullivan, A:

When the Night Wind Howls (from Ruddigore)


Vanne, la tua meta gia vedo…Credo in un Dio crudel (from Otello)


Schweig, schweig (from Der Freischütz)

Weill, K:

Moritat von Mackie Messer (from The Threepenny Opera)



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Bryn Terfel, a gentle man in real life, recruits a gang of “bad boy” characters from opera and musicals to serenade us with tunes from the sinister side of the bass clef. Thoroughly convincing as villains you would not want to meet alone in the dark, Bryn Terfel wields a full, wide ranging bass-baritone ever in service to dramatic instincts rare in any era Bad Boys delivers an original concept sure to seduce the media, wow the classical crowd and exert powerful mass appeal. No singer morphs from Don Giovanni to Mack the Knife to Sweeney Todd with Terfel’s devilish ease – Bad Boys is a delightful box of mixed (dark) musical bonbons

Arrigo Boïto: Mefistofele / Act 1

Canzone del fischio: "So lo Spirito che nega"

Giacomo Puccini: Tosca / Act 1

Tre sbirri, una carrozza

Gaetano Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 1

"Udite, udite, o rustici"

Giuseppe Verdi: Otello / Act 1

"Vanne! la tua meta già vedo" - "Credo in un Dio cru- del"

Carl Maria von Weber: Der Freischütz / Act 1

"Schweig, schweig, damit dich niemand warnt"

George Gershwin: Porgy and Bess / Act 2

It ain't necessarily so

Kurt Weill: Die Dreigroschenoper

Moritat von Mackie Messer

Arthur Sullivan: Ruddigore or The Witch's Curse / Act 2

20. When the night wind howls

Stephen Sondheim: Sweeney Todd


Claude-Michel Schönberg: Les Miserables - arranged by David Hamilton


Amilcare Ponchielli: La Gioconda / Act 1

O monumento!

Gioacchino Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia / Act 1

No.6 Aria: "La calunnia è un venticello"

Ludwig van Beethoven: Fidelio op.72 / Act 1

"Ha! Welch ein Augenblick!"

Charles Gounod: Faust / Act 2

No.7 Ronde du veau d'or: "Le veau d'or"

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Don Giovanni, ossia Il dissoluto punito, K.527 / Act 2

"Don Giovanni, a cenar teco m'invitasti"

BBC Music Magazine

Christmas 2009


“…Terfel is a consummate singing actor. …what other artist could find such different voices for singing Il Commendatore, Don Giovanni and Leporello in the closing scene of Mozart's opera.”

Gramophone Magazine

November 2009

“Terfel, of course, brings the smell of the theatre into everything he does. His powerful vocal presence is born of physical presence and he harnesses words, in any language, like few others. Brecht's words for "The Ballad of Mack the Knife" casually slip off Terfel's cords like the threats of a slickly attired bouncer... Sweeney Todd's "Epiphany" (with a flash of Anne Sofie von Otter's cockney Mrs Lovett - not 'arf bad) is scary to behold...”

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