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Santo: Sacred Songs / Juan Diego Flórez

Audio Samples

>Fux, Johann Joseph : Plaudite, sonat tuba
>     Alleluia
>Franck, César : Panis angelicus
>Adam, Adolphe : Cantique de Noel for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chretiens," "O Holy Night")
>Bellini, Vincenzo : Mass in A minor
>     Qui sedes
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>     Comfort ye... Every valley
>Rossini, Gioachino : Petite messe solennelle, for soloists, 2 pianos, harmonium & choir
>     Domine Deus
>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
>Rossini, Gioachino : Messa di Gloria, for soloists, chorus & orchestra
>     Qui tollis
>     Gratias agimus tibi
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Die Schopfung (The Creation)
>     Mit Würd' und Hoheit angetan
>Ramírez, Ariel : Misa Criolla
>     Kyrie
>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
>Florez, Juan Diego : Santo, for tenor & orchestra

Album Summary

>Fux, Johann Joseph : Plaudite, sonat tuba
>Franck, César : Panis angelicus
>Adam, Adolphe : Cantique de Noel for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chretiens," "O Holy Night")
>Bellini, Vincenzo : Mass in A minor
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>Rossini, Gioachino : Petite messe solennelle, for soloists, 2 pianos, harmonium & choir
>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
>Rossini, Gioachino : Messa di Gloria, for soloists, chorus & orchestra
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Die Schopfung (The Creation)
>Ramírez, Ariel : Misa Criolla
>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
>Florez, Juan Diego : Santo, for tenor & orchestra
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Notes & Reviews:

Today's leading bel canto tenor, and one of the world's biggest opera stars, celebrates this Christmas season with a very personal choice of sacred arias and songs, including favorites such as Panis Angelicus, Ave Maria and O Holy Night.

As well as the glorious coloratura for which he is celebrated, the album also reveals the more intimate side of Juan Diego Flórez, in new interpretations of much-loved tenor classics for the festive season. These popular hits take their place alongside less familiar treasures including the Qui sedes from Bellini's Mass in A minor and the virtuosic Alleluia from Fux's Plaudite, sonat tuba - which call for the thrilling virtuosity that have made Juan Diego Flórez a star in the world's greatest opera houses. A highlight of the program is the title track Santo - composed by Juan Diego Flórez himself - and infused with the musical colors and rhythms of his Latin American roots. "My father was a folk-singer and I grew up with Peruvian music. My hobby is to compose and orchestrate, and the melody came to me very easily. The hard part is then to find the right instrumental colors and write for all the instruments and the chorus. But it's fun."

"He sings sacred music by Bellini and Rossini with his usual jaw-dropping virtuosity, demonstrating the ideal balance of panache and swagger that Rossini requires in the show-stopping tenor arias from Messa di Gloria. He also disarmingly dispatches the seasonal favourites" -Classic FM

"Over the years, Florez's technique has remained stunning and his voice is still fresh. The artistry has developed. He now caresses the music more than he did when he first became well known and introduces more shading and tonal variety...he dispatches [the Messiah excerpt] cleanly and in clear English, which he enunciates naturally" -International Record Review

"Everything he does here Flórez does extremely well, and the sound quality helps him shine." -BBC

Classic FM Magazine
He sings sacred music by Bellini and Rossini with his usual jaw-dropping virtuosity, demonstrating the ideal balance of panache and swagger that Rossini requires in the show-stopping tenor arias from Messa di Gloria. He also disarmingly dispatches the seasonal favourites

International Record Review
Over the years, Florez's technique has remained stunning and his voice is still fresh. The artistry has developed. He now caresses the music more than he did when he first became well known and introduces more shading and tonal variety...he dispatches [the Messiah excerpt] cleanly and in clear English, which he enunciates naturally

BBC Music Magazine
everything he does here Flórez does extremely well, and the sound quality helps him shine.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Teatro Manzoni, Bologna, Italy (01/15/2010-01/27/2010); Teatro Manzoni, Bologna, Italy (01/2010).



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Works Details

>Fux, Johann Joseph : Plaudite, sonat tuba :: Alleluia
  • Performers: Juan Flórez (Tenor); Nicoletta Mezzini (Organ); Nicoletta Mezzini (Harpsichord); Ulrich Breddermann (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Michele Mariotti
  • Notes: Teatro Manzoni, Bologna, Italy (01/15/2010-01/27/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>César Franck (1822 - 1890) : Panis angelicus
  • Performers: Juan Flórez (Tenor); Nicoletta Mezzini (Harpsichord); Nicoletta Mezzini (Organ)
  • Conductor: Michele Mariotti
  • Notes: Teatro Manzoni, Bologna, Italy (01/15/2010-01/27/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1872

>Adam, Adolphe : Cantique de Noël for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chrétiens," "O Holy Night")
  • Performers: Juan Flórez (Tenor); Nicoletta Mezzini (Harpsichord); Nicoletta Mezzini (Organ)
  • Conductor: Michele Mariotti
  • Notes: Teatro Manzoni, Bologna, Italy (01/15/2010-01/27/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1851

>Bellini, Vincenzo : Mass in A minor :: Qui sedes
  • Performers: Juan Flórez (Tenor); Luca Milani (Clarinet); Nicoletta Mezzini (Harpsichord); Nicoletta Mezzini (Organ)
  • Conductor: Michele Mariotti
  • Notes: Teatro Manzoni, Bologna, Italy (01/15/2010-01/27/2010)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1821

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Comfort ye... Every valley
  • Performers: Juan Flórez (Tenor); Nicoletta Mezzini (Organ); Nicoletta Mezzini (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Michele Mariotti
  • Notes: Teatro Manzoni, Bologna, Italy (01/15/2010-01/27/2010)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Rossini, Gioachino : Petite messe solennelle, for soloists, 2 pianos, harmonium & choir :: Domine Deus
  • Performers: Juan Flórez (Tenor); Nicoletta Mezzini (Harpsichord); Nicoletta Mezzini (Organ)
  • Conductor: Michele Mariotti
  • Notes: Teatro Manzoni, Bologna, Italy (01/15/2010-01/27/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1863

>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
  • Performers: Juan Flórez (Tenor); Nicoletta Mezzini (Harpsichord); Nicoletta Mezzini (Organ)
  • Conductor: Michele Mariotti
  • Notes: Teatro Manzoni, Bologna, Italy (01/15/2010-01/27/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1825

>Rossini, Gioachino : Messa di Gloria, for soloists, chorus & orchestra :: Qui tollis
  • Performers: Juan Flórez (Tenor); Nicoletta Mezzini (Harpsichord); Nicoletta Mezzini (Organ)
  • Conductor: Michele Mariotti
  • Notes: Teatro Manzoni, Bologna, Italy (01/15/2010-01/27/2010)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1820

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Die Schöpfung (The Creation) :: Mit Würd' und Hoheit angetan
  • Performers: Juan Flórez (Tenor); Nicoletta Mezzini (Harpsichord); Nicoletta Mezzini (Organ)
  • Conductor: Michele Mariotti
  • Notes: Teatro Manzoni, Bologna, Italy (01/15/2010-01/27/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1798

>Ariel Ramírez (1921 - 2010) : Misa Criolla :: Kyrie
  • Performers: Juan Flórez (Tenor); Nicoletta Mezzini (Harpsichord); Nicoletta Mezzini (Organ)
  • Conductor: Michele Mariotti
  • Notes: Teatro Manzoni, Bologna, Italy (01/15/2010-01/27/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1964

>Rossini, Gioachino : Messa di Gloria, for soloists, chorus & orchestra :: Gratias agimus tibi
  • Performers: Juan Flórez (Tenor); Nicoletta Mezzini (Harpsichord); Nicoletta Mezzini (Organ)
  • Conductor: Michele Mariotti
  • Notes: Teatro Manzoni, Bologna, Italy (01/15/2010-01/27/2010)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1820

>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
  • Performers: Juan Flórez (Tenor); Nicoletta Mezzini (Organ); Nicoletta Mezzini (Harpsichord); David Willcocks (Descant)
  • Conductor: Michele Mariotti
  • Notes: Teatro Manzoni, Bologna, Italy (01/15/2010-01/27/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1751

>Juan Diego Flórez (1973 - ) : Santo, for tenor & orchestra
  • Performers: Juan Flórez (Tenor); Nicoletta Mezzini (Harpsichord); Nicoletta Mezzini (Organ); Carlos Ayala (Guitar); Edgar Espinoza (Quena); Armando Guerrero (Charango)
  • Conductor: Michele Mariotti
  • Notes: Teatro Manzoni, Bologna, Italy (01/15/2010-01/27/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary