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Italian bass Ferruccio Furlanetto is one of the most sought-after interpreters of French, Italian and Russian repertoire.
Here he joins Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky orchestra for a sumptuous recording of Massenet’s final great opera. Gergiev is no stranger to conducting Massenet, having recorded an outstanding performance of 'Hérodiade' in 1995 with Renée Fleming and Placido Domingo.
'Don Quichotte', Massenet’s comédie-héroïque, is a tale of heroism, adventure and unrequited love. The plot relates only indirectly to the great novel by Miguel de Cervantes and more likely refers to the play Le chevalier de la longue figure, by the poet Jacques Le Lorrain. Massenet, nearing the end of his career, probably identified with the character of Don Quichotte, and fell in love with the mezzo-soprano Lucy Arbell, who played Dulcinée in the first performance of the work.
Praised for his vast range, thundering vocal power, and exceptional acting ability, Ferruccio Furlanetto has performed at the world’s leading opera houses, including La Scala, the Royal Opera House, the New York Metropolitan Opera and the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg. His 2011-12 season is dominated by performances of 'Boris Godunov' with the Chicago Lyric Opera, Vienna Staatsoper and the Teatro Massimo (Palermo). Furlanetto will also sing Méphistophélès in Gounod’s 'Faust', Don Basilio in 'Il Barbiere di Siviglia' and Silva in 'Ernani' at the Met.
Mezzo-soprano Anna Kiknadze is a principal soloist of the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg. Highlights of her early career include being a finalist at the 2001 Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, 2002 Placido Domingo Operalia Competition in Paris and the International Rimsky-Korsakov Competition in St. Petersburg.
Massenet: Don Quichotte
Act 1: Alza!
Act 1: Quand La Femme A Vingt Ans
Act 1: Dulcinée Est Certes Jolie
Act 1: Allégresse
Act 1: C'est Merveille De Voir
Act 1: O Dulcinée!
Act 1: Quand Apparaissent Les Étoiles
Act 1: Ah! Ah! C'est Vous Qui Lanciez
Act 1: Vous Êtes, Monseigneur
Act 2: C'est Vers Ton Amour
Act 2: Comment Peut-On Penser Du Bien
Act 2: Regarde!
Act 3: C'est Ici Le Chemin
Act 3: O Mes Rêves Divins!
Act 3: Ah! Voir Un Corps Long
Act 3: Seigneur, Reçois Mon Âme
Act 4: Alors Traitresse
Ah! J'ai En Ce Moment Le Désir D'autre Chose
Alza! Ne Pensons Qu'au Plaisir D'aimer
Annonce Le Grand Don Quichotte
On Ne S'explique Pas
Marchez Dans Mon Chemin
Act 4: Me Marier, Moi!
Act 4: Enfin, Te Revoilà!
Act 4: Riez, Allez!
Act 5: O Mon Maître
Act 5: Oui! Je Fus Le Chef
Act 5: L'Etoile!
26th February 2012
“[Furlanetto] is moving in Quichotte’s prayer and death scene. Gergiev surprises with his sensitive handling of Massenet’s delicately perfumed idiom, relishing the atmosphere of his Spanish pastiche.”
8th March 2012
“[Furlanetto] is quite astonishingly moving in it, as is Andrei Serov as Sancho Pança. The rest of it is more equivocal. Gergiev is at his best when the music is most tender, but goes hell-for-leather at the fiesta scenes, which work better when less pressured.”
“Furlanetto's basso cantante makes a fine compromise [between Ghiaurov and van Dam] - rich but smooth in fluent French - and Valery Gergiev whips up the score more vigorously than either predecessor...Gergiev has excellent surround sound, and this new version comes recommended”
“[Furlanetto's] dark round tone is perfect for the role. He can't resist uttering his trademark sob now and then but much can be forgiven for his beautiful legato...Furlanetto's combination of sadness and dignity is most affecting...Anna Kiknadze finds heart as well as frivolity in Dulcinee's music. Gergiev and his chorus and orchestra are on fine form and the recorded sound, in the experienced hands of James Mallinson, is excellent.”
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