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Marcelo Álvarez - The Verdi Tenor
From one of the greatest Verdi singers on today's operatic stage, a disc of the most glorious music Verdi wrote for the tenor voice.
"Alvarez performs with generosity and compassion, throwing himself into the high emotions demanded. He scales his high notes joyfully, boldly, never indulgently. This is familiar Pavarotti territory, but in Alvarez's hands a more tormented and impassioned experience." (Evening Standard, London (on Il Trovatore at Covent Garden))
Marcelo Álvarez showcases the voice that has made him THE Verdi tenor on today's operatic stage, in his first disc for Decca.
“Throughout, Álvarez offers open-hearted, open-throated vocalism, founded on impeccable breath control and a textural attention that binds the consonants carefully into the line. …there's some fine caressing of the line (Ballo), immaculately shaped cantilena (Luisa Miller), impetuous heroism (thrilling in Trovatore) and an intelligent highlighting of the dramatic context throughout, but especially in Macbeth, Forza and Otello.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2009
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Verdi: Famous Tenor Arias
János B.Nagy (tenor), Tibor Kelen (tenor), Dénes Gulyás (tenor), József Simándy (tenor), Róbert Ilosfalvy (tenor), Sándor Kónya (tenor), Alfonz Bartha (tenor) with Attila Fülöp (tenor), Valéria Koltay (soprano), Margit László (soprano), András Faragó (bass), Tamás Mészáros (bass)
Hungarian State Opera Male Chorus, Hungarian Radio & Television Chorus,
Hungarian State Opera Orchestra, Hungarian State Orchestra, Hungarian Radio & Television Symphony Orchestra, Ádám Medveczky, Lamberto Gardelli, János Ferencsik, András Kórody, Miklós Erdélyi, János Kerekes
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Pavarotti sings Verdi
Esultate! (from Otello)
Giá nella notte densa (from Otello)
Era la notte (from Otello)
Si, pel ciel (from Otello)
Niun mi tema (from Otello)
O figli … Ah, la paterna mano (from Macbeth)
Dove siam? (from Macbeth)
Quale d’armi fragor poc’anzi intesi? (from Il Trovatore)
Ah sì ben mio (from Il trovatore)
L'onda de'suoni mistici (from Il Trovatore)
Di quella pira (from Il trovatore)
Miserere d'un' alma gia vicina (from Il Trovatore)
Ingemisco (from Requiem)
Il foglio dunque?…Io tutto già vi narrai (from Luisa Miller)
Quando le sere al placido (from Luisa Miller)
M'ardon le vene (from Luisa Miller)
Padre, ricevi l'estremo addio (from Luisa Miller)
Se quel guerrier io fossi!…Celeste Aida (from Aida)
Pur ti riveggo, mia dolce Aida (from Aida)
Fuggiam gli ardori inospiti (from Aida)
Tu...Amonasro!...tu!...il Re? (from Aida)
La fatale pietra (from Aida)
Presago il core della tua condonna (from Aida)
O terra, addio (from Aida)
Fratello...Riconoscimi! (from La Forza del Destino)
O madre mia, che fa colei? (from I Lombardi)
O madra mia ... Come poteva un angelo (from I Lombardi)
Dove sola m'inoltro? (from I Lombardi)
Oh belle, a questa misera (from I Lombardi)
In cielo benedetto (from I Lombardi)
Qual prodigio!...Non fu sogno! (from I Lombardi)
Di' tu se fedele (from Un ballo in maschera)
E' scherzo od è follia (from Un ballo in maschera)
Teco io sto (from Un ballo in maschera)
Forse la soglia attinse (from Un ballo in maschera)
Ma se m'è forza perderti (from Un ballo in maschera)
Libiamo, ne' lieti calici (from La Traviata)
Un dì felice, eterea (from La traviata)
Lunge da lei…De’ miei bollenti spiriti (from La Traviata)
Parigi, o cara (from La Traviata)
Della mia bella incognita borghese (from Rigoletto)
Questa o quella (from Rigoletto)
Ella mi fu rapita! (from Rigoletto)
Scorrendo uniti remota (from Rigoletto)
Possente amor mi chiama (from Rigoletto)
La donna è mobile (from Rigoletto)
Un di, se ben rammentomi... Bella figlia dell'amore (from Rigoletto)
Mercè, diletti amici (from Ernani)
Dell’esilio nel dolore (from Ernani)
Cessaro i suoni, dispari ogni face (from Ernani)
Ecco il pegno (from Ernani)
Ferma, crudele, estinguere perché vuoi tu due vite? (from Ernani)
Inno delle nazioni
Legendary tenor Luciano Pavarotti often said that Verdi was his favourite operatic composer. He excelled in a number of major roles in Verdi operas, both on stage and in the recording studio.
This 3-CD set, celebrating Verdi’s bicentenary, features Pavarotti and several star colleagues in arias and extended scenes from eleven of Verdi’s operas, the Requiem and the rarely performed Inno delle nazioni (Hymn of the Nations), written for the 1862 International Exhibition in London that Verdi visited as Italy’s representative.
Excerpts from Aida, Un ballo in maschera, Ernani, La forza del destino, I Lombardi, Luisa Miller, Macbeth, Otello, Rigoletto, La Traviata, Il trovatore, Requiem Plus Hymn of the Nations
Artists include Joan Sutherland, Kiri Te Kanawa, Montserrat Caballé, Christa Ludwig, Margaret Price, Leo Nucci, Richard Bonynge, Lamberto Gardelli, James Levine, Lorin Maazel and Sir Georg Solti
George Hall article on Pavarotti and Verdi.
Production/Concert and session of images
Sung texts translated into English (cue pointed).
Decca - 4785397
(CD - 3 discs)
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