Joyce DiDonato: Stella di Napoli

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Joyce DiDonato: Stella di Napoli

Awards:

Presto Disc of the Week

25th August 2014

Gramophone Awards 2015

Finalist - Recital

Gramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - November 2014

BBC Music Magazine

Opera Choice - December 2014

Label:

Erato

Catalogue No:

2564636562

Discs:

1

Release date:

1st Sept 2014

Barcode:

0825646365623

Length:

72 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)
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Joyce DiDonato: Stella di Napoli

Bel Canto Arias


Bellini:

Dopo l'oscuro nembo (from Adelson e Salvini)

second version, 1828/29

Tu sola, o mia Giulietta... Deh! tu, bell’anima (from I Capuleti e I Montecchi)

Carafa:

L’amica ancor non torna...Oh, di sorte crudel (from Le nozze di Lammermoor)

Jean-Michel Bertelli (clarinet)

Donizetti:

Par che mi dica ancora… Fuggi l'immagine (from Elisabetta al castello di Kenilworth)

Morgane Fauchois (glockenspiel)

Io vi rivedo alfin...Deh! Tu di un’umile preghiera (from Maria Stuarda)

Mercadante:

Se fino al cielo ascendere (from La vestale)

Pacini:

Ove t’aggiri, o barbaro (from Stella di Napoli)

Héloise Mas (Marta)

Saffo Flutto che muggi…Teco dall’are pronube…L’ama ognor qual io l’amai (from Saffo)

Rémi Mathieu (Faone), Héloise Mas (Climene) & Nabil Suliman (Alcandro)

Rossini:

Riedi al soglio (from Zelmira)

Nabil Suliman (Polidoro), Rémi Mathieu (Ilo)

Valentini, C:

Lasciami... Se il mar sommesso mormora (from Il sonnambulo)

Héloise Mas (Sofia)


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Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

World premiere recordings and Italianate rarities from the queen of Bel Canto and coloratura. Following the success of her crowd-sourced ‘Best Of’ collection reJoyce and her electrifying Drama Queens album of Baroque arias, Joyce DiDonato returns to her heartland repertoire to celebrate the birth of Bel Canto opera in 19th-century Naples.

On Stella di Napoli (Star of Naples), the American mezzo-soprano’s creamy tone and dramatic prowess breathe new life into little-known arias by Mercadante, Michele Carafa (a student of Cherubini and close friend of Rossini), Carlo Valentini and the prolific opera composer Giovanni Pacini, whose Stella di Napoli (1845) gives the album its title. Joyce worked closely with Italian conductor Riccardo Minasi (whose previous projects include Bellini’s Norma with Cecilia Bartoli) to bring three unjustly neglected arias to light in new editions and world premiere recordings.

Alongside these little-known gems, Joyce presents a sumptuous Bel Canto banquet with music by the three greats — Bellini, Rossini and Donizetti — including the latter’s Maria Stuarda: a tour-de-force signature role for Joyce, recently screened in cinemas and released on DVD from the New York Metropolitan Opera.

Joyce DiDonato won a 2013 Grammy for her last Bel Canto album Diva, Divo, declared “an ideal vehicle for her glorious mezzo voice in which the most fiendish coloratura ornaments and trills sound effortless”. (The Observer)

“Ms DiDonato’s performance will be pointed to as a model of singing in which all components of the art form — technique, sound, color, nuance, diction — come together in service to expression and eloquence. Ms. DiDonato is simply magnificent, singing with plush richness and aching beauty.” The New York Times

Giovanni Pacini: Stella di Napoli, Part I: "Ove t'aggiri, o barbaro" (Stella, Marta)

Stella di Napoli, Part I: "Ove t'aggiri, o barbaro" (Stella, Marta)

Vincenzo Bellini: Adelson e Salvini, Act 1: "Dopo l'oscuro nembo" (Nelly)

Adelson e Salvini, Act 1: "Dopo l'oscuro nembo" (Nelly)

Michele Carafa: Le nozze di Lammermoor, Act 2: "L'amica ancor non torna... Oh, di sorte crudel" (Lucia)

Le nozze di Lammermoor, Act 2: "L'amica ancor non torna... Oh, di sorte crudel" (Lucia)

Gioachino Rossini: Zelmira, Act 2: "Riedi al soglio" (Zelmira, Polidoro, Ilo)

Zelmira, Act 2: "Riedi al soglio" (Zelmira, Polidoro, Ilo)

Saverio Mercadante: La vestale, Act 2: "Se fino al cielo ascendere" (Giunia)

La vestale, Act 2: "Se fino al cielo ascendere" (Giunia)

Gaetano Donizetti: Elisabetta al castello di Kenilworth, Act 3: "Par che mi dica ancora" (Amelia)

Elisabetta al castello di Kenilworth, Act 3: "Par che mi dica ancora" (Amelia)

Vincenzo Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Act 2: "Tu sola, o mia Giulietta... Deh! tu, bell'anima" (Romeo)

I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Act 2: "Tu sola, o mia Giulietta... Deh! tu, bell'anima" (Romeo)

Carlo Valentini: Il sonnambulo, Act 1: "Lasciami... Se il mar sommesso mormora" (Adele, Sofia)

Il sonnambulo, Act 1: "Lasciami... Se il mar sommesso mormora" (Adele, Sofia)

Gaetano Donizetti: Maria Stuarda, Act 3: "Io vi rivedo alfin... Deh! Tu di un'umile preghiera" (Maria)

Maria Stuarda, Act 3: "Io vi rivedo alfin... Deh! Tu di un'umile preghiera" (Maria)

Giovanni Pacini: Saffo, Act 3: "Flutto che muggi... Teco dall'are pronube... L'ama ognor qual io l'amai" (Saffo, Faone, Climene, Alcandro)

Saffo, Act 3: "Flutto che muggi... Teco dall'are pronube... L'ama ognor qual io l'amai" (Saffo, Faone, Climene, Alcandro)

Presto Classical

Katherine Cooper

25th August 2014

“The sole Rossini aria, Zelmira’s imperious ‘Riedi al soglio’, also provides vocal thrills aplenty – but for the most part, this disc is more about long-breathed melodies and plangent laments than it is about pyrotechnics...A must for all fans of DiDonato, and well worth exploring for anyone who fancies an enthusiastic, committed guide to the highways and byways of bel canto.”

The Times

29th August 2014

*****

“this luscious collection of Italian bel canto opera arias presents the incandescent DiDonato on top form, the creamy tones effortlessly whipped into endless, kaleidoscopic threads of melody...Riccardo Minasi and the Orchestra of the Opéra National de Lyon bring their own pleasures with flute, harp and clarinet solos beautifully enhancing diaphanous textures.”

The Observer

1st August 2014

****

“They allow this adored US mezzo to display her dizzying technical virtuosity, her acting skills and her extravagant sense of drama. The Opéra de Lyon orchestra give characterful support...You may think bel canto recital discs are not your thing. Let Joyce DiDonato convince you otherwise. She did me.”

Daily Telegraph

18th October 2014

“DiDonato seems to have brought the performance and interpretation of the Italian bel canto repertoire to new heights, combining absolute technical security, intense but unmannered musicality, a beguiling range of colour and bell-like clarity of tone at a pitch of artistry that not even her nearest rival, Cecilia Bartoli, can match...This must surely rank as one of the greatest vocal recitals in recorded history.”

BBC Music Magazine

December 2014

*****

“everyone who cares about singing should promote it immediately to the top of their letters to Santa. Creamy, sumptuous, almost flawless - every adjective may be a cliché, but how else to describe singing of this quality?”

Gramophone Magazine

November 2014

“warm tone, perfect control, a deeply sympathetic portrayal [of Maria Stuarda]. The finale of Zelmira provides DiDonato with the opportunity of showing off her brilliantly executed coloratura, while her mezza voce at the start of Romeo's farewell to the supposedly dead Juliet in Bellini's opera is sustained to perfection.”

Opera Now

“The highlight, on many levels, is Mary’s prayer from Maria Stuarda – both in musical and performance terms, because here she is really inside the music in a role she knows backwards, and it shows in the freedom, character and control: she knows where she’s going.”

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