[ Deutsche Grammophon / CD ]
Release Date: Wednesday 20 January 2010
"Terfel, of course, brings the smell of the theatre into everything he does. His powerful vocal presence is born of physical presence and he harnesses words, in any language, like few others." Gramophone Magazine Editor's Choice - November 2009
"…Terfel is a consummate singing actor. …what other artist could find such different voices for singing Il Commendatore, Don Giovanni and Leporello in the closing scene of Mozart's opera."
BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2009 ****
"Terfel convincingly pulls off this challenging recital of opera and musical 'Bad Boy' characters. Marvellously sung and characterised with great affection, it's not surprising that the bass-baritone has achieved such elevated heights of popularity. I found this disc wonderful entertainment from start to finish."
(MusicWeb Jan 2010)
"Terfel, of course, brings the smell of the theatre into everything he does. His powerful vocal presence is born of physical presence and he harnesses words, in any language, like few others. Brecht's words for "The Ballad of Mack the Knife" casually slip off Terfel's cords like the threats of a slickly attired bouncer... Sweeney Todd's "Epiphany" (with a flash of Anne Sofie von Otter's cockney Mrs Lovett - not 'arf bad) is scary to behold..." Gramophone Magazine Editor's Choice - November 2009
Bryn Terfel, a gentle man in real life, recruits a gang of "bad boy" characters from opera and musicals to serenade us with tunes from the sinister side of the bass clef. Thoroughly convincing as villains you would not want to meet alone in the dark, Bryn Terfel wields a full, wide ranging bass-baritone ever in service to dramatic instincts rare in any era Bad Boys delivers an original concept sure to seduce the media, wow the classical crowd and exert powerful mass appeal. No singer morphs from Don Giovanni to Mack the Knife to Sweeney Todd with Terfel's devilish ease - Bad Boys is a delightful box of mixed (dark) musical bonbons
1. Mefistofele - Boïto: Mefistofele "Sono lo Spirito che nega"
2. Scarpia - Puccini: Tosca "Tre sbirri, una carrozza"
3. Dulcamara - Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore "Udite, udite, o rustici"
4. Jago - Verdi: Otello "Vanne … Credo in un Dio crudel"
5. Kaspar - Weber: Der Freischütz "Schweig, schweig, damit dich niemand warnt"
6. Sporting Life - Gershwin: Porgy and Bess "It ain't necessarily so"
7. Mackie Messer - Weill: Die Dreigroschenoper "Die Moritat von Mackie Messer"
8. Sweeney Todd - Sondheim: "Epiphany"
9. Roderic - Sullivan: Ruddigore "When the night wind howls"
10. Javert - Schönberg: Les Miserables "Stars"
11. Barnaba - Ponchielli: La Gioconda "O monumento"
12. Don Basilio - Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia "La calunnia è un venticello"
13. Pizzaro - Beethoven: Fidelio "Ha! Welch ein Augenblick!"
14. Méphistophélès - Gounod: Faust "Le veau d'or est toujours debout"
15. Il Commendatore, Don Giovanni, Leporello - Mozart: Don Giovanni "Don Giovanni, a cenar teco m'invitasti