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Michael Volle – A Portrait
Messiah: Thus saith the Lord
Te Deum in D major 'Dettingen', HWV283: Vouchsafe, O Lord
Da geh' ich zu Maxim (from Die Lustige Witwe)
Dunkelrote Rosen (from Gasparone)
Deh! vieni alla finestra (from Don Giovanni)
Fin ch'han dal vino (from Don Giovanni)
Tutto e disposto...Aprite un po' quegl'occhi (from Le Nozze di Figaro)
An Sylvia, D891
Gruppe aus dem Tartarus, second version, D583 (Schiller)
Confutatis (from Requiem)
O Carlo, ascolta (from Don Carlo)
É sogno, o realta? (from Falstaff)
Ehi! Paggio! ... L'onore! Ladri! (from Falstaff)
Wie Todesahnung...O du, mein holder Abendstern (from Tannhäuser)
Nein, Lasst ihn unenthüllt (Parsifal)
Wahn! Wahn! Überall Wahn! (from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg)
BR-Klassik presents the first portrait CD of baritone Michael Volle. Volle is a long-standing member of Bavarian State Opera choral ensemble.
This disc includes works from the Messiah, Don Giovanni and The Marriage of Figaro. Volle also commemorates Wagner and Verdi’s 200th Anniversary by singing arias from Parsifal, Tannhäuser, Don Carlos and Falstaff.
Previous recordings include, St John’s Passion (Harmonia Mundi); Ariadne Auf Naxos (Art Haus) and Zemlinksy: 21st Century Classics (EMI Classics).
Scheduled for release on 1 July 2013. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.
Great Singers Live: Hermann Prey
Arias from the legendary Sunday concerts from 1966, 1972, 1988 and 1992.
His Papageno was historic and turned Hermann Prey into the most popular opera singer in Germany. This CD contains a collection of hitherto unpublished recordings made during the legendary Sunday Concerts with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester from 1966 to 1992. In a representative series of roles ranging from Bach to musicals, the great baritone shows us all his facets: from the sensitivity of the comic actor to the intense, inmost sincerity of the Lieder performer. At a time when the opera was still an integral part of Germany's media landscape, Hermann Prey made it impressively clear that a broad repertoire and depth of interpretation are not necessarily mutually exclusive. Prey ends this CD with a performance of “They say falling in love is wonderful”, inviting us to fall in love with his art yet again.
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From the outset of his career, bass-baritone Ildebrando D’Arcangelo has been the pre-eminent Mozart man in his Fach. For his all-Italian Mozart album under Gianandrea Noseda, he delivers numbers famous and rare that brim with vocal distinction and interpretive panache.
D’Arcangelo’s awesome Don Giovanni (“Champagne Aria”) and uproarious Leporello (“Catalogue Aria”) establish his wide emotional range. Excerpts of his much anticipated Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, which goes public in Paris in 2011 (followed by Vienna and L.A.), and his notable Figaro highlight other facets of D’Arcangelo’s command as a Mozartian.
With its unusually prominent writing for the double bass, the concert aria, “Per questa bella mano”, is a composition out of the ordinary; it shows that in addition to being a master of character creation, D’Arcangelo is a master of pure singing.
“Ildebrando D’Arcangelo is a complete knock-out as Leporello − charming, funny, sexy. What a difference a native Italian speaker makes in the role”, says The Independent
“Ildebrando d’Arcangelo, mellow and secure in tone, forcefully brings the characters and drama alive.” The Telegraph, 17th June 2011 ****
“The velvety patina and fierce core strength of the Italian bass-baritone is on show here in a patterning of both popular operatic and rarer concert arias...He shifts from the expression of astonishment to regret, from pride to shame within Leporello's 'Catalogue' aria” BBC Music Magazine, August 2011 ***
“D'Arcangelo's savour of text, crucial in Mozart's recitatives, is second to none in this repertoire today...All non-Italian aspirants to Figaro, Leporello and Giovanni should listen to this disc to hear exemplary diction and communication of the text: D'Arcangelo lives the roles precisely because he understands what he is singing and is able to project its meaning so vividly.” International Record Review, July/August 2011
“The sonorous bass-baritone of Ildebrando d'Arcangelo, with its oaken middle register and ringing top notes, is certainly an impressive instrument.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2011
“D'Arcangelo is a rising operatic star with a rich, dark, burnished bass-baritone voice, a flawless technique and an unusually wide vocal range: skills particularly evident in the demanding concert arias. There's plenty of characterisation, too - smooth and seductive in Don Giovanni's 'Deh, vieni alla finestra', knowing in the 'Catalogue' aria - his Leporello is no bumbling servant, but a sly, rather dangerous man who resents his status.” Classic FM Magazine, September 2011 ****
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