Anna Netrebko: Verismo

 
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BOITO / CATALANI / CILEA / GIORDANO / LEONCAVLLO / PUCCINI
Anna Netrebko: Verismo
Anna Netrebko (soprano) / Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano, with Yusif Eyvazov (tenor)

[ Deutche Grammophon / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 9 September 2016

The "Diva Assoluta del Mondo" (Opera News) is back, as you have never heard her before!

With VERISMO Anna Netrebko presents her long-awaited new studio album - the first in three years - displaying her remarkable vocal maturity and reaffirming her status as one of the leading sopranos of her generation.

For Anna Netrebko herself, it was the obvious next step; for her public it promises to be a revelation. The challenging verismo repertoire offers a fascinating portrait of Netrebko's voice in its full maturity. Having reached the latest peak in an already sensational career, the soprano continues her vocal and artistic development in logical fashion, illuminating the stylistic and psychological complexities of verismo with her own special intensity and powers of expression.

Set to be one of the most important and anticipated classical releases of 2016.

VERISMO features Netrebko in the greatest, most irresistible hits of the Grand Italian repertoire of the fading 19th Century, with arias by Puccini, Leoncavallo, Ponchielli, Boito, Giordano, Catalani.

Showcasing brand new interpretations of some of the greatest and most popular opera arias of all time.

A winning classical music team - Anna Netrebko and Sir Antonio Pappano - now joined on record for the very first time by her husband and tenor Yusif Eyvazov.

Anna Netrebko has reached the heart of the rich, mature dramatic repertoire that allows her to showcase the sheer beauty, endless, wide range of colours and emotion in combination with her distinct and beloved timbre that sets her apart from any other artist, past or present. In many ways this album is a self-discovery for this unique artist, and is destined to reach Anna's widest fan-base.

Verismo at the turn of the last century introduced "real life" experience to opera and left behind the romantic approach of Belcanto. Netrebko's recent performances of Verdi's "Macbeth" and "Il Trovatore" but also her role debut of "Manon Lescaut" in March 2014 in Rome, have shown that Netrebko is able to combine the most beautiful sound production with the harsh, sometimes brutal and scary reality of those heroines she is awaking to life for us.

"her rich, dark chocolate and red wine tone is the main sell here, along with her satisfyingly growly low register and wall-shaking (even through your home speakers) top notes...Pappano and the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia also go full pelt, swaggering, moody and full-blooded throughout." The Times, 26th August 2016 ****

"all sung with plenty of voice and abandon...when she settles into a long extract from Puccini's Manon Lescaut, with tenor husband Yusif Eyvazov and Antonio Pappano conducting, the recital hits an impressively impassioned peak" Financial Times, 26th August 2016 ****

"The results are nothing short of magnificent. In familiar excerpts by Cilea, Giordani, Puccini and more, Netrebko deploys her increasingly dark and weighty vocal tone, along with the expressive fervor that has always been a hallmark, to produce readings that excite and delight the listener." San Francisco Chronicle, 1st September 2016

" ["Verismo"] reveals she is more than just a star; her performances of arias and scenes from Italian opera highlight an artistry that is both subtle and thrilling...Netrebko's rich lyric soprano is a natural match for the lush vocals demanded by these operas, not least because her voice is at its most powerful and complex in the transitional "passaggio" points at the top and bottom of the treble staff...[she] flaunts a fascinating low register in the very first cut on the album, "Io son l'umile ancella". The hallmark of this collection is Netrebko's taking offbeat approaches to pieces opera fans have heard a hundred times before. Netrebko's originality of approach can color an entire aria...among the most striking performances on this disc are arias from operas associated with full dramatic sopranos. In "Suicidio!" from "La Gioconda", Netrebko evokes a mood of doom with lurching high phrases and plunges into her eerie lower range." (New York Observer)

"The color of Netrebko's voice has become more beautiful as its hue has darkened. It has retained its golden top-all the stronger and better for stopping at C rather than pushing unsuccessfully upward, and the middle is a dark velvet purple. The most remarkable singing here is from Manon Lescaut: a very good "In quelle trine morbide", but an amazing fourth act, performed complete with her current husband, tenor Yusef Eyvazov, contributing a right-on, bright-toned Des Grieux." (ClassicsToday)

Tracks:

Boito:
L'altra notte in fondo al mare (from Mefistofele)

Catalani:
Ebben? Ne andrò lontana (from La Wally)

Cilea:
Ecco: respiro appena. Io son l'umile ancella (from Adriana Lecouvreur)

Giordano, U:
La mamma morta (from Andrea Chénier)

Leoncavallo:
Qual fiamma avea nel guardo!.... Hui! Stridono lassù (from I Pagliacci)

Ponchielli:
Suicidio! (from La Gioconda)

Puccini:
Un bel di vedremo (from Madama Butterfly)
Vissi d'arte (from Tosca)
Signore, ascolta! (from Turandot)
In questa reggia (from Turandot)
In quelle trine morbide (from Manon Lescaut)
Manon Lescaut: Act IV
with Yusif Eyvazov (tenor)