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Ponchielli: Cielo e mar, etc; Verdi, Boito, etc / Villazón, Callegari, et al

Album Summary

>Ponchielli, Amilcare : La Gioconda
>Cilèa, Francesco : Adriana Lecouvreur
>Mercadante, Saverio : Il giuramento
>Boito, Arrigo : Mefistofele
>Pietri, Giuseppe : Maristella
>Gomes, Carlos : Fosca, opera
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Simon Boccanegra
>Donizetti, Gaetano : Poliuto
>Ponchielli, Amilcare : Il figliuol prodigo
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Luisa Miller
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"It's a pleasure to hear a recital devoted to rarities sung with such passion and conviction; it's clear Villazon is thrilled to have discovered these little known or virtually unknown arias and to offer them to modern audiences. The most familiar aria is the title track, Cielo e Mar! and with it Villazon sets the tone for the whole album: an intensely warm tone with the substance and richness of a lyric baritone, seamless legato, absolute technical security, and interpretive sensitivity to the variety of musical styles represented." -All Music Guide

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
This is a well chosen selection of tenor arias with a few comparative rarities to offset the more obvious favourites. In its way it is a mini-history of a century of Italian opera, from Donizetti's Poliuto (1838) to Pietri's Maristella (1934). The Donizetti is the longest item and well though Villazón copes with this, it's hard to imagine him in this part, beloved of tenore di forza of the past including Tamagno and Corelli. In fact he has not sung any of these roles on stage yet; in a note he explains that the repertory here is something 'with more spontaneity... without the burden of history'.

Be that as it may, the parts for which he would seem to be destined are Gabriele Adorno in Simon Boccanegra, Rodolfo in Luisa Miller and Viscardo in Il giuramento. Mercadante's opera is based on the same Victor Hugo play as Ponchielli's La Gioconda, so it is a good idea to contrast these two very different interpretations of the same character.

The little romanza from Pietri's opera is the only piece by him that we ever get to hear. It was a favourite with Gigli, and several other tenors have recorded it. The aria from Brazilian composer Carlos Gomes's 1873 opera Fosca is a highvoltage outpouring of emotion, as is the aria for Azael in Ponchielli's Il figliuol prodigo. Villazón sings them all with admirable intensity, his diction is excellent, and he can float a pianissimo when necessary, as in the opening 'Cielo e mar' from La Gioconda that gives the disc its title. Recording quality is first - rate, and the accompaniment is always sympathetic.



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Works Details

>Ponchielli, Amilcare : La Gioconda :: Act 2. Cielo e mar
  • Performer: Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Daniele Callegari
  • Ensemble: Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
  • Running Time: 5 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1876

>Francesco Cilèa (Composer) (1866 - 1950) : Adriana Lecouvreur :: Act 1. La dolcissima effigie sorridente
  • Performer: Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Daniele Callegari
  • Ensemble: Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1902

>Mercadante, Saverio : Il giuramento :: Act 1. La dea di tutti i cor!
  • Performer: Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Daniele Callegari
  • Ensemble: Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1837

>Boito, Arrigo : Mefistofele :: Act 1. Dai campi, dai prati
  • Performer: Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Daniele Callegari
  • Ensemble: Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
  • Notes: Composition written: 1868-75.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1868-1875

>Pietri, Giuseppe : Maristella :: Act 1. Io conosco un giardino
  • Performer: Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Daniele Callegari
  • Ensemble: Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Gomes, Carlos : Fosca, opera :: Act 4. Intenditi con Dio! - Ah! Se tu sei fra gli angeli
  • Performer: Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Daniele Callegari
  • Ensemble: Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1873

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Simon Boccanegra :: Act 2. Oh inferno! Amelia qui! - Sento avvampar nell'anima
  • Performer: Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Daniele Callegari
  • Ensemble: Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
  • Running Time: 5 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1857

>Donizetti, Gaetano : Poliuto :: Act 2. Veleno è l'aura ch'io respiro! - Sfolgorò divino raggio
  • Performers: Gianluca Alfano (Baritone); Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Daniele Callegari
  • Ensemble: Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
  • Running Time: 8 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1838

>Mercadante, Saverio : Il giuramento :: Act 2. Compita è omai - Fu celeste quel contento
  • Performer: Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Daniele Callegari
  • Ensemble: Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1837

>Francesco Cilèa (Composer) (1866 - 1950) : Adriana Lecouvreur :: Act 2. L'anima ho stanca
  • Performer: Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Daniele Callegari
  • Ensemble: Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1902

>Ponchielli, Amilcare : Il figliuol prodigo :: Act 4. Il padre!... Il padre mio! - Tenda natal
  • Performer: Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Daniele Callegari
  • Ensemble: Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1880

>Boito, Arrigo : Mefistofele :: Epilogue
  • Performer: Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Daniele Callegari
  • Ensemble: Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
  • Notes: Composition written: 1868-75.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1868-1875

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Luisa Miller :: Act 2. Oh! fede negar potessi - Quando le sere al placido
  • Performer: Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Daniele Callegari
  • Ensemble: Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
  • Running Time: 5 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1849

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Luisa Miller :: Act 2. L'ara, o l'avello apprestami
  • Performers: Gianluca Alfano (Baritone); Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Daniele Callegari
  • Ensemble: Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1849