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Amore e Tormento: Italian Arias / Massimo Giordano, tenor

Audio Samples

>Puccini, Giacomo : Manon Lescaut
>     Donna non vidi mai
>Cilèa, Francesco : Adriana Lecouvreur
>     La dolcissima effigie
>Giordano, Umberto : Andrea Chenier
>     Come un bel di di maggio
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
>     E lucevan le stelle
>     Recondita armonia
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Don Carlo
>     Io l'ho perduta!... Io la vidi
>Cilèa, Francesco : L'Arlesiana
>     Lamento di Federico
>Giordano, Umberto : Fedora
>     Amor ti vieta
>Puccini, Giacomo : Le Villi
>     Torna ai felici dì
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Simon Boccanegra
>     O inferno!... Sento avvampar
>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly
>     Addio fiorito asil
>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot
>     Non piangere Liù
>Ponchielli, Amilcare : La Gioconda
>     Cielo e mar
>Giordano, Umberto : Marcella
>     Dolce notte misteriosa

Album Summary

>Puccini, Giacomo : Manon Lescaut
>Cilèa, Francesco : Adriana Lecouvreur
>Giordano, Umberto : Andrea Chenier
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Don Carlo
>Cilèa, Francesco : L'Arlesiana
>Giordano, Umberto : Fedora
>Puccini, Giacomo : Le Villi
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Simon Boccanegra
>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly
>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot
>Ponchielli, Amilcare : La Gioconda
>Giordano, Umberto : Marcella
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

After ten years as a force in the opera world, Massimo Giordano presents his first solo album. For the album "Amore e Tormento" (Love and Torment), Giordano has complied a wonderful Italian bel canto program and impresses listeners with arias by outstanding composers like Verdi, Puccini and Giordano from operas like "Don Carlo", "Manon Lescaut", and "Andrea Chénier". With Massimo Giordano's exceptional voice, goose bumps are guaranteed.

American Record Guide, January/February 2014
Massimo Giordano is a young, exceptionally photogenic lyric tenor, born in Pompeii in 1971. He made his Met debut in Manon in 2006 (with Renee Fleming) and last sang there in L'Elisir d'Amore in 2009 (with Angela Ghiorghiu). His voice is basically appealing and he shapes his words with clarity and conviction. Admire Giordano's sensitivity, and I've enjoyed watching him in a couple of videos.



Reviews

Fine collection of tenor arias
Essentially what we have here is Massimo Giordano performing 14 tenor arias from different operatic works. Mr. Giordano is an amazing talent, and on this collection his Puccini (particularly the pieces from Manon Lescaut, Tosca and Madama Butterfly) is beyond reproach. There are times, however, when his Verdi seems just a touch forced, which is a shame because with his vocal talent he has no need to force anything on a recording.

That being said, the disc as a whole is well recorded, and the Ensemble Del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino that accompanies Mr. Giordano sounds fantastic.

The liner notes are rather sparse, and rather a bit of a let-down. Granted some of these pieces need little if any introduction to the casual opera listener, but for those relatively new to the art form, additional information about the composers and the settings for the arias would have been nice. This is a pleasing disc, but it could have been so much more.

Submitted on 08/26/13 by KlingonOpera 
Dandy debut disc,
Tenor Massimo Giordano has been singing professionally for more than a dozen years, but is only now offering his first solo album. That's a reflection on the recording industry nowadays, and not on his talent. His voice is very nice indeed, with a quick vibrato and a portamento so smooth you almost wonder how he gets from one note to the next. The singer uses the difference between recording and live performance to good advantage--"E lucevan le stelle" begins at a conversational level, and there's a lot of soft singing, carefully supported by conductor Carlo Goldstein. The only mannerism that struck me is a tendency to "hook" into some high notes, but it's not so consistent as to be annoying. The disc is packaged in an elaborate "hardcover" foldout, but with almost no information about the tenor himself. Also, I guess they figured texts were not needed, since the repertoire is so standard, but the pages of costume sketches from the Ricordi archive don't contribute much of anything in return. The disc timing is well under an hour, which is a shame, as I'd happily have listened longer.
Submitted on 08/28/13 by Jim D. 
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Works Details

>Puccini, Giacomo : Manon Lescaut :: Donna non vidi mai
  • Performer: Massimo Giordano (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Carlo Goldstein
  • Ensemble: Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
  • Notes: Composition written: 1893.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1893

>Francesco Cilèa (Composer) (1866 - 1950) : Adriana Lecouvreur :: La dolcissima effigie
  • Performer: Massimo Giordano (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Carlo Goldstein
  • Ensemble: Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1902

>Giordano, Umberto : Andrea Chénier :: Come un bel di di maggio
  • Performer: Massimo Giordano (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Carlo Goldstein
  • Ensemble: Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
  • Notes: Composition written: 1896.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: E lucevan le stelle
  • Performer: Massimo Giordano (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Carlo Goldstein
  • Ensemble: Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Don Carlo :: Io l'ho perduta!... Io la vidi
  • Performer: Massimo Giordano (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Carlo Goldstein
  • Ensemble: Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
  • Notes: Composition written: 1884.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Francesco Cilèa (Composer) (1866 - 1950) : L'Arlesiana :: Lamento di Federico
  • Performer: Massimo Giordano (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Carlo Goldstein
  • Ensemble: Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1897

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: Recondita armonia
  • Performer: Massimo Giordano (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Carlo Goldstein
  • Ensemble: Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900

>Giordano, Umberto : Fedora :: Amor ti vieta
  • Performer: Massimo Giordano (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Carlo Goldstein
  • Ensemble: Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
  • Notes: Composition written: 1898.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1898

>Puccini, Giacomo : Le Villi :: Torna ai felici dì
  • Performer: Massimo Giordano (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Carlo Goldstein
  • Ensemble: Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
  • Running Time: 5 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1884

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Simon Boccanegra :: O inferno!... Sento avvampar
  • Performer: Massimo Giordano (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Carlo Goldstein
  • Ensemble: Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
  • Running Time: 5 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1857

>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly :: Addio fiorito asil
  • Performer: Massimo Giordano (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Carlo Goldstein
  • Ensemble: Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
  • Notes: Composition written: 1904.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1904

>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot :: Non piangere Liù
  • Performer: Massimo Giordano (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Carlo Goldstein
  • Ensemble: Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
  • Notes: Composition written: 1926.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1926

>Ponchielli, Amilcare : La Gioconda :: Cielo e mar
  • Performer: Massimo Giordano (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Carlo Goldstein
  • Ensemble: Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
  • Running Time: 4 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1876

>Giordano, Umberto : Marcella :: Dolce notte misteriosa
  • Performer: Massimo Giordano (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Carlo Goldstein
  • Ensemble: Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta