Bel Canto Spectacular

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DONIZETTI / BELLINI / ROSSINI
Bel Canto Spectacular
Juan Diego Florez (tenor) with Anna Netrebko (soprano) and others / Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana / Daniel Oren

[ Decca Classics / CD ]

Release Date: Monday 8 December 2008

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"In Bel Canto Spectacular, Juan Diego Flórez manages yet again to produce thoughtful work, with musical integrity. He makes a strong case for listening to Bel Canto operas, demonstrating that they are as worthy, beautiful and fantastic."
Recording of the Month MusicWeb July 2008

MusicWeb - Recording of the Year 2008

"In Bel Canto Spectacular, Juan Diego Flórez manages yet again to produce thoughtful work, with musical integrity. He makes a strong case for listening to Bel Canto operas, demonstrating that they are as worthy, beautiful and fantastic."
Recording of the Month MusicWeb July 2008

For the past decade the Peruvian tenor has earned ecstatic critical and public response internationally for a technical prowess and an authoritative style that must surely equal what the public would have heard from the greatest tenors more than 150 years ago. Flórez's exhilarating vocalism, matched by a magnetic stage presence, has prompted major opera companies to revive many rare works especially for him.

This new recording is a celebration of THE Bel canto tenor of our times and features popular Bel canto arias & duets including world stars such as Anna Netrebko and Plácido Domingo and gives further proof of Flórez's supremacy in this repertoire

For Juan Diego Flórez, the disc is "really a treat because you have some of the finest artists of today - and I'm not talking about me! The opportunity to hear them all in one CD is wonderful. I'm proud that I'm singing here with great singers, great colleagues - great friends."

Extract from the Bel canto CD booklet text:

Bel canto, that most magical of operatic phrases,literally means "beautiful singing". The peak of opera's bel canto era came in the first three decades of the 19th century, with singers possessing a range, virtuosity, and expressiveness that quickly became legendary. Those extraordinary performers were the rock stars of their time, driving audiences mad with enthusiasm in every city where opera was performed. Fortunately for us, bel canto flourishes onstage today thanks in no small part to Juan Diego Flórez. For the past decade the Peruvian tenor has earned ecstatic critical and public response internationally for a technical prowess and an authoritative style that must surely equal what the public would have heard from the greatest tenors more than 150 years ago. Flórez's exhilarating vocalism, matched by a magnetic stage presence, has prompted major opera companies to revive many rare works especially for him. An exclusive Decca artist, Flórez has reached a point in his career where he can invite eminent colleagues to record with him. This type of programme is fairly common in popular music, but seldom, if ever, with opera stars of similar magnitude. "I decided who I wanted to invite - they're all friends of mine, and I've performed with all of them. I called them up and tried to persuade them. It wasn't easy to work with everyone's schedule, and I was lucky that they all could do it!" This "Flórez and Friends" programme of bel canto excerpts gives further proof of Flórez's supremacy in this repertoire. Roger Pines, dramaturg of Lyric Opera of Chicago, writes regularly for recordings, music magazines and opera companies.

Tracks:

1.DONIZETTI AMICI MIEI, CHE ALLEGRO GIORNO 7.20
La figlia del reggimento
Juan Diego Flórez: Tonio

2. BELLINI FINÌ… ME LASSA!... VIENI, FRA QUESTE BRACCIA! 11.38 I puritani
Juan Diego Flórez: Arturo
Anna Netrebko: Elvira

3. DONIZETTI LA MAIˆTRESSE DU ROI?…ANGE SI PUR" 5.10 La Favorite
Juan Diego Flórez: Fernando

4. DONIZETTI VENTI SCUDI! 8.17 L'elisir d'amore
Juan Diego Flórez: Nemorino
Mariusz Kwiecien: Belcore

5. DONIZETTI UNA FURTIVA LAGRIMA 5.15
L'elisir d'amore
Juan Diego Flórez: Nemorino

6. DONIZETTI LINDA, LINDA… DA QUELL DÌ CHE T'INCONTRAI 9.02 Linda di Chamounix
Juan Diego Flórez: Carlo
Patrizia Ciofi: Linda

7. DONIZETTI LINDA! SI RITIRÒ… SE TANTO 7.13
Linda di Chamounix
Juan Diego Flórez: Carlo

8. ROSSINI DI CHE SON REO?… D'ALMA CELESTE 10.48
Il viaggio a Reims
Juan Diego Flórez: Conte di Libenskof
Daniela Barcellona: Marchesa Melibea

9. DONIZETTI PARTIR DEGG'IO… T'AMO QUAL S'AMA UN ANGELO 7.18 Lucrezia Borgia
Juan Diego Flórez: Gennaro

Plus ROSSINI: OTELLO Ah vieni
Juan Diego Flórez and Placido Domingo