[ Deutsche Grammophon / 2 CD/DVD ]
Release Date: Thursday 10 March 2011
"the Russian diva's singing certainly won't disappoint - as thrillingly passionate here as it is in Romantic opera." (BBC Music)
"Netrebko finds real depth in this deceptively simple music...Pizzolato applies her expressive powers so well to yet another shepherd/nymph gripe as to make us actually feel sympathetic...the singers blend perfectly, and time and again the attention is caught by the quality of the playing. It is a most distinguished issue."
(Gramophone Editor's Choice April 2011)
"Though she minds her words carefully and modulates her tone, [Netrebko is] still at heart the suffering diva, dazzling us with that dark voice soaked in luscious full cream...the two voice colours blend superbly in the Stabat Mater, sensuously curling round in duet like intertwined vines...Pappano springs through these pieces with loving fervour."
"the Russian diva's singing certainly won't disappoint - as thrillingly passionate here as it is in Romantic opera. She's impressively partnered, too, by Marianna Pizzolato, whose full-bodied mezzo is as intense and intoxicating as the finest of Italian wines...the sensuous intertwining of two such voluptuous voices makes for a heady mix indeed."
Assisted by Antonio Pappano and recorded at Netrebko's July 2010 Baden-Baden concert, here is a landmark performance of one of classical music's most popular works. In the Stabat Mater, Anna Netrebko's lusciously dark soprano and mezzo Marianna Pizzolato's beautifully schooled tones are a marvellous complement to each other.
For this Pergolesi tribute, Anna Netrebko has added the secular cantata, Nel chiuso centro and Questo è il piano is also a secular cantata for alto and strings. Both cantatas add a special touch to this album where Pergolesi's sacred masterpiece is featured alongside some secular (more operatic) compositions.
Nel chiuso centro - chamber cantata
(Anna Netrebko, soprano)
La conversion e morte di San Guglielmo duca d'Aquitania: Sinfonia to the sacred drama
Questo è il piano
(Marianna Pizzolato, contralto)
(Anna Netrebko, soprano, & Marianna Pizzolato, contralto)