Sì, Sì, Sì, Sì!

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Sì, Sì, Sì, Sì!

Label:

Erato

Catalogue No:

9029595326

Discs:

1

Release date:

3rd March 2017

Barcode:

0190295953263

Length:

79 minutes

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Sì, Sì, Sì, Sì!

Rossini Opera Arias & Duets


Rossini:

Cruda sorte! Amor tiranno! (from L'Italiana in Algeri)

O patria...Di tanti palpiti (from Tancredi)

Fiero incontro! from Tancredi

Patrizia Ciofi (soprano)

Quel dirmi, oh Dio! (from La Pietra del Paragone)

Patrizia Ciofi (soprano)

In si barbara sciagura (from Semiramide)

Amici, in ogni evento m'affido a voi…Pensa alla patria (from L'Italiana in Algeri)

Sazia tu fossi alfine...Ah! Perché, perché la morte (from Matilde di Shabran)

Patrizia Ciofi (soprano)

Deh, pensa che domani... E ben, per mia memoria (from La gazza ladra)

Una voce poco fa (from Il barbiere di Siviglia)

Duetto buffo di due gatti (Comic Duet for Two Cats)

Patrizia Ciofi (soprano)


Marie-Nicole Lemieux (contralto)

Orchestre national de Montpellier Occitanie, Enrique Mazzola

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“Rossini has been a revelation for me,” says Canadian contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux. The first fruit of her exclusive Erato contract is this live recording from Montpellier of arias and duets from Tancredi, Semiramide, L’italiana in Algeri and other serious and comic operas by the composer. She is joined by soprano Patrizia Ciofi and conductor Enrique Mazzola, also her partners for a 2014 staging of Tancredi in Paris, which prompted La Croix to praise her as “a generous artist with a voice that is both ample and easily produced across its entire tessitura … from the depths to top notes that flash like a cavalier’s sabre.”

Marie-Nicole Lemieux triumphantly defies the frequent assertion that the contralto is a dying breed. Moreover, with this live recital of Rossini arias and duets, the Canadian singer proves that a deep, rich, voluminous female voice can move with the same dazzling agility as a light, bright soprano.

Since she first came to the world’s attention in 2000, when she won the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition for Opera in Brussels, Lemieux, who has been praised by Gramophone for her “velvet-like voice and generosity in phrasing and thought”, has established herself in a wide variety of operatic roles.

Gioachino Rossini: L'Italiana in Algeri, Act 1: "Cruda sorte!" (Isabella)

L'Italiana in Algeri, Act 1: "Cruda sorte!" (Isabella)

Gioachino Rossini: Tancredi, Act 1: "Oh patria!... Tu che accendi questo core... Di tanti palpiti" (Tancredi)

Tancredi, Act 1: "Oh patria!... Tu che accendi questo core... Di tanti palpiti" (Tancredi)

Gioachino Rossini: Tancredi, Act 2: "Fiero incontro!... Lasciami - non t'ascolto" (Tancredi, Amenaïde)

Tancredi, Act 2: "Fiero incontro!... Lasciami - non t'ascolto" (Tancredi, Amenaïde)

Gioachino Rossini: La Pietra del Paragone, Act 1: "Quel dirmi, oh Dio!" (Clarice, Echo)

La Pietra del Paragone, Act 1: "Quel dirmi, oh Dio!" (Clarice, Echo)

Gioachino Rossini: Semiramide, Act 2: "In sì barbara sciagura" (Arsace)

Semiramide, Act 2: "In sì barbara sciagura" (Arsace)

Gioachino Rossini: L'Italiana in Algeri, Act 2: "Amici, in ogni evento... Pensa alla patria" (Isabella)

L'Italiana in Algeri, Act 2: "Amici, in ogni evento... Pensa alla patria" (Isabella)

Gioachino Rossini: Matilde di Shabran, Act 2: "Sazia tu fossi alfine... Ah! Perché, perché la morte" (Edoardo, Raimondo)

Matilde di Shabran, Act 2: "Sazia tu fossi alfine... Ah! Perché, perché la morte" (Edoardo, Raimondo)

Gioachino Rossini: La gazza ladra, Act 2: "Deh, pensa che domani... E ben, per mia memoria" (Pippo, Ninetta)

La gazza ladra, Act 2: "Deh, pensa che domani... E ben, per mia memoria" (Pippo, Ninetta)

Gioachino Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia, Act 1: "Una voce poco fa" (Rosina)

Il barbiere di Siviglia, Act 1: "Una voce poco fa" (Rosina)

Gioachino Rossini: Duetto buffo di due gatti (Cat Duet)

Duetto buffo di due gatti (Cat Duet)

Sunday Times

12th March 2017

“The Quebecois singer recalls the great Marilyn Horne in this repertoire, though her voice is more feminine in timbre, her persona perhaps more coquettish for Rosina’s and Isabella’s arias...The rarities are treats.”

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