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Mozart: Concert Arias / Rolando Villazon, tenor

Audio Samples

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Si mostra la sorte, aria for tenor & orchestra, K. 209
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Lo sposo deluso, K. 430 (424a)
>     Dove mai trovar quel ciglio?
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Per pieta, non ricercate, aria for tenor & orchestra, K. 420
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Va dal furor portata, K 21 (19c)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Misero! o sogno...Aura che intorni spiri, K 431 (425b)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Con ossequio, con rispetto, aria for tenor & orchestra, K. 210
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Or che il dover...Tali e cotanti sono, K 36 (33i)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Clarice cara mia sposa, aria for tenor & orchestra, K. 256
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Se al labbro...Il cor dolente, recitative and aria for tenor & orchestra, K. 295
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Musst ich auch durch tausend Drachen, aria for tenor & orchestra (fragment), K. 435 (K. 416b)

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Si mostra la sorte, aria for tenor & orchestra, K. 209
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Lo sposo deluso, K. 430 (424a)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Per pieta, non ricercate, aria for tenor & orchestra, K. 420
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Va dal furor portata, K 21 (19c)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Misero! o sogno...Aura che intorni spiri, K 431 (425b)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Con ossequio, con rispetto, aria for tenor & orchestra, K. 210
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Or che il dover...Tali e cotanti sono, K 36 (33i)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Clarice cara mia sposa, aria for tenor & orchestra, K. 256
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Se al labbro...Il cor dolente, recitative and aria for tenor & orchestra, K. 295
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Musst ich auch durch tausend Drachen, aria for tenor & orchestra (fragment), K. 435 (K. 416b)
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

One of the finest and most charismatic tenors on the international classical music scene, Rolando Villazon's many best-selling recordings have covered an extraordinary range of musical styles from his great opera roles to the Baroque, Mexican favorites and popular song.

For his new solo album, Rolando brings his lustrous Latin timbre to the concert arias of Mozart.

Mozart's Il re pastore was the very first opera Rolando performed while still a student at the conservatory and he has felt a special connection to the composer ever since; through his diverse musical explorations, especially of Baroque music and Monteverdi, and by reading Mozart's letters, Rolando has acquired the experience and artistic maturity he was looking for in his own Mozart interpretation.

Rolando has performed Mozart arias with the Wiener Philharmoniker at the Salzburg Mozart Week 2010, been celebrated in Lucio Silla at this year's Salzburg Summer Festival as well as in a wonderful production of Il re pastore in Zurich and Salzburg. And of course after the critically acclaimed Don Giovanni and Cosi fan tutte performances recorded live for DG - a solo Mozart project is the natural choice for Rolando's next classical solo project.

The emotional range and vocal demands of Mozart's condensed 'music-dramas' are perfectly suited to Rolando's musical and dramatic gifts and a sincere expression of his love for perhaps the greatest of all composers for the voice.

For this major new recording of Mozart's rarely recorded concert arias, Rolando is joined by 'Britain's Finest Orchestra' [The Arts Desk], the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the Music Director of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Sir Antonio Pappano.

Gramophone Magazine, February 2014
The Mexican tenor is temperamentally incapable of being bland or emotionally disengaged...Stylistic reservations centre above all on Villazon's intermittent scoops and slides...[his] ardour and dramatic energy ensure that enjoyment usually outweighs frustration...Pappano gets vital, elegant playing from the LSO, who fully match Villazon's fire in the faster numbers.

The Independent, 18th January 2014
It's a fascinating collection, with some striking unearthings...the range of Villaz=n's technique is demonstrated by his rapid-fire syllable-shower of "Clarice cara mia sposa".

Sunday Times, 2nd February 2014
The repertoire ranges from a grovelling tribute to Archbishop Schrattenbach by the 10-year-old prodigy to an outstanding substitute solo in a Hasse opera for his first Idomeneo, Anton Raaff. Villazon is at his best in the comic numbers.

The Telegraph, 6th March 2014
Villaz=n addresses the stylistic challenges with all his characteristic commitment, but there are moments when one wishes he would cool it a bit...The LSO and Antonio Pappano (who also sings bass briefly in a patter duet) provide elegant accompaniment.

The Times, 6th March 2014
All are entertaining fare, punched out with passion and personality by a singer clearly enjoying himself and flying free. Antonio Pappano is also grinning as he conducts the London Symphony Orchestra, hurtling along in music intoxicated with its own invention. I wore my own grin right from the opening track.

International Record Review, March 2014
Although he sounds in healthier voice than he has for some years now, his timbre and vocal mannerisms - portamento, a penchant for glottal sobs when the emotional temperature rises - remain that of a Latin Romantic tenor....Pappano and the LSO provide Villazon with sympathetic accompaniments.

BBC Music Magazine, April 2014
In range and vocal size Villaz=n is better suited to Mozart than some of the Romantic scores he has previously sung, even if the very top and bottom of his tenor are less refulgent than his middle register. But he brings enthusiasm and character to everything he sings.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Abbey Road Studios, Studio One, London, England (02/2012/02/2013).



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Works Details

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Si mostra la sorte, aria for tenor & orchestra, K. 209
  • Performers: John Alley (Harpsichord); Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1775

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Lo sposo deluso, K. 430 (424a) :: Dove mai trovar quel ciglio?
  • Performers: John Alley (Harpsichord); Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Notes: Composition written: 1783.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1783

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Per pietà, non ricercate, aria for tenor & orchestra, K. 420
  • Performers: John Alley (Harpsichord); Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Running Time: 7 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1783

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Va dal furor portata, K 21 (19c)
  • Performers: John Alley (Harpsichord); Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Running Time: 6 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1765

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Misero! o sogno...Aura che intorni spiri, K 431 (425b)
  • Performers: John Alley (Harpsichord); Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1783

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Con ossequio, con rispetto, aria for tenor & orchestra, K. 210
  • Performers: John Alley (Harpsichord); Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1775

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Or che il dover...Tali e cotanti sono, K 36 (33i)
  • Performers: Rolando Villazón (Tenor); John Alley (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1766

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Clarice cara mia sposa, aria for tenor & orchestra, K. 256
  • Performers: John Alley (Harpsichord); Antonio Pappano; Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Running Time: 1 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1776

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Se al labbro...Il cor dolente, recitative and aria for tenor & orchestra, K. 295
  • Performers: John Alley (Harpsichord); Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Running Time: 13 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1778

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Müsst ich auch durch tausend Drachen, aria for tenor & orchestra (fragment), K. 435 (K. 416b)
  • Performers: John Alley (Harpsichord); Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1783