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Rossini: Opera Arias / Lezhneva

Album Summary

>Rossini, Gioachino : La donna del lago (The Lady of the Lake), opera
>Rossini, Gioachino : William Tell (Gugliemo Tell), opera
>Rossini, Gioachino : Semiramide, opera
>Rossini, Gioachino : Otello, opera
>Rossini, Gioachino : La Cenerentola (Cinderella)
>Rossini, Gioachino : Le siège de Corinthe (The Siege of Corinth), opera
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Notes & Reviews:

"I was listening contentedly to Naïve's new recording of Vivaldi's Ottone in villa - the latest installment in the label's monumental Vivaldi Edition - when Julia Lezhneva's rendition of 'Leggi almeno, tiranna infedele' sent me scurrying to the Internet to find out more about the singer... Lezhneva plainly has extraordinary potential as a Baroque and bel-canto singer." - Alex Ross Winner of the Mirjam Helin and the Paris Opera Competitions and protégée of Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, soprano Julia Lezhneva is one to watch. Her debut solo recording is devoted to Rossini, and features the talents of Sinfonia Varsovia and Marc Minkowski.

BBC Music Magazine
There is real flair and talent here, with much of the coloratura neatly despatched, and some stylistic grace that is admirable... Minkowski and his Polish musicians are marvellous, especially in a knockout account of the Cenerentola overture.

Classic FM Magazine
She delivers truly heart-stopping versions of the coloratura showpieces... Marc Minkowski's conducting is full of joie de vivre and sparkle too.

The Arts Desk
Lezhneva's vibrant pyrotechnics during "Tanti affeti" from La donna del lago are as wittily entertaining as they are musically appropriate... There's crisp support from the Warsaw chorus and effortless, gossamer-light orchestral backing. Remarkable indeed.

Opera Now
She sings with pinpoint accuracy, real elegance and musicality, and the voice itself is warm and round and womanly and beautifully clean... there is a gorgeous relaxed feel to her singing... This lovely disc, neatly accompanied by Marc Minkowski and the Sinfonia Varsovia, is genuinely the herald of a special new voice.

Gramophone Magazine
A pure, pellucid soprano with an intriguing hint of mezzo plangency, fluent movement between the registers, and scintillating (if faintly aspirated) coloratura... this is a highly enjoyable debut recital, by turns affecting exhilarating, from a soprano of impressive accomplishment and still more exciting potential. Orchestral accompaniments are trim and alert

The Guardian
Her sense of line is unquestionably superb, as is her technique: there are trills and staccatos here, the likes of which we hear all too rarely.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio of Polish Radio, Wars (01/2010).



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>Rossini, Gioachino : La donna del lago (The Lady of the Lake), opera :: Tanti affetti
  • Performer: Julia Lezhneva (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Running Time: 7 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1819

>Rossini, Gioachino : William Tell (Gugliemo Tell), opera :: Ils s'éloignent enfin
  • Performer: Julia Lezhneva (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Running Time: 8 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1829

>Rossini, Gioachino : Semiramide, opera :: Bel raggio lusinghier
  • Performer: Julia Lezhneva (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Notes: Composition written: 1823.
  • Running Time: 9 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1823

>Rossini, Gioachino : Otello, opera :: Assisa a' pie d'un salice
  • Performer: Julia Lezhneva (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Running Time: 8 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1816

>Rossini, Gioachino : La Cenerentola (Cinderella) :: Sinfonia
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Running Time: 7 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1817

>Rossini, Gioachino : La Cenerentola (Cinderella) :: Della fortuna istabile... Nacqui all'affanno
  • Performer: Julia Lezhneva (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Running Time: 9 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1817

>Rossini, Gioachino : Le siège de Corinthe (The Siege of Corinth), opera :: L'ora fatal s'apressa
  • Performer: Julia Lezhneva (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Running Time: 6 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1826