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L'Amour - Arias by Boiëldieu, Donizetti, Bizet, Berlioz, Adam, Delibes, Massenet, Thomas, Offenbach et al. / Juan Diego Florez, tenor

Album Summary

>Boieldieu, François-Adrien : La Dame blanche
>Bizet, Georges : La Jolie Fille de Perth, opera in 4 acts
>Donizetti, Gaetano : La Favorita
>Berlioz, Hector : Les Troyens, opera, H. 133a
>Adam, Adolphe : Le Postillon de Lonjumeau
>Delibes, Léo : Lakme
>Massenet, Jules : Werther
>Thomas, Ambroise : Mignon
>Offenbach, Jacques : La Belle Helene
>Gounod, Charles : Romeo et Juliette
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Marking a departure for the Peruvian bel canto superstar, this new recording offers a personal survey of the French operatic repertoire from Donizetti to the romantic outpourings of Gounod and Massenet, including Massenet's 'Pourquoi me Reveiller' from Werther

This is a disc that not only plays to Flórez's strengths - virtuosic and high-lying - but also shows a new side to the popular singer, featuring repertoire which he has rarely sung on stage

The first solo album in four years by one of the classical world's biggest stars reveals a voice which has become richer, rounder and more mellow; the choice of repertoire draws further new colours from this ever-stylish tenor

Gramophone Magazine, June 2014
He voice, despite having recently bulked out a little, essentially remains a bright, light (and sometimes a little tight) lyric intrument, famously flexible and free at the top but still with a somewhat limited timbral range...As such, the more wistful, gentle numbers...struck me as the most enjoyable.

Sunday Times, 6th April 2014
His singing of these great French tenor roles recalls the tenore di grazia style of the great Tito Schipa...As Florez begins to tackle such romantic parts on stage, he will find more light and shade, and a more generous use of voix mixte (a blend of chest and head voice), but the results are exciting here.

The Telegraph, 31st March 2014
Throughout, Fl=rez is in glowing voice, his clarity and precision of technique as impeccable as ever. In the past, he has occasionally seemed like a relentlessly efficient vocal machine; here, however, he paints enough subtlety of shading and mood to leave such criticism unjustified - evidence of a true artist as well as a star performer.

The Times, 7th March 2014
The brilliant tone and breath control remain; but Fl=rez is human after all, and he's been singing his lungs out round the world for more than 15 years. All he needed, perhaps, was a few extra retakes...everything is beguiling, dressed in succulent accompaniments from Roberto Abbado and the Teatro Comunale di Bologna orchestra. You just have to watch for the voice's quirks.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Teatro Manzoni, Bologna (2013-07-03&2013-07-05&2013-).



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Works Details

>François-Adrien Boieldieu (1775 - 1834) : La Dame blanche :: A quel plaisir
  • Performer: Juan Flórez (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Roberto Abbado
  • Ensemble: Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna
  • Notes: Teatro Manzoni, Bologna (2013-07-03&2013-07-05&2013-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1825

>Bizet, Georges : La Jolie Fille de Perth, opera in 4 acts :: Act 2. Elle es là...A la voix d'un amant fídèle
  • Performer: Juan Flórez (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Roberto Abbado
  • Ensemble: Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna
  • Notes: Teatro Manzoni, Bologna (2013-07-03&2013-07-05&2013-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1866

>Donizetti, Gaetano : La Favorita :: Act 1. Un ange, une femme inconnue
  • Performers: Sergey Artamonov; Juan Flórez (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Roberto Abbado
  • Ensemble: Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna
  • Notes: Teatro Manzoni, Bologna (2013-07-03&2013-07-05&2013-)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1840

>Berlioz, Hector : Les Troyens, opera, H. 133a :: Act 4. O blonde Cérès
  • Performer: Juan Flórez (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Roberto Abbado
  • Ensemble: Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna
  • Notes: Teatro Manzoni, Bologna (2013-07-03&2013-07-05&2013-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1858

>Adam, Adolphe : Le Postillon de Lonjumeau :: Act 1. Mes amis, écoutez l'histoire
  • Performer: Juan Flórez (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Roberto Abbado
  • Ensemble: Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna
  • Notes: Teatro Manzoni, Bologna (2013-07-03&2013-07-05&2013-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1836

>Léo Delibes (Composer) (1836 - 1891) : Lakmé :: Act 1. Prendre le dessin d'un bijou...Fantaisie aux divins
  • Performer: Juan Flórez (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Roberto Abbado
  • Ensemble: Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna
  • Notes: Teatro Manzoni, Bologna (2013-07-03&2013-07-05&2013-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1883

>Massenet, Jules : Werther :: Act. 1. O Nature, pleine de grâce
  • Performer: Juan Flórez (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Roberto Abbado
  • Ensemble: Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna
  • Notes: Teatro Manzoni, Bologna (2013-07-03&2013-07-05&2013-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Massenet, Jules : Werther :: Act 3. Toute mon âme es là! Pourquoi me réveiller, ô souffle de printemps
  • Performer: Juan Flórez (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Roberto Abbado
  • Ensemble: Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna
  • Notes: Teatro Manzoni, Bologna (2013-07-03&2013-07-05&2013-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Thomas, Ambroise : Mignon :: Act 1. Oui je veux par le monde promener librement mon humeur vagabonde!
  • Performer: Juan Flórez (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Roberto Abbado
  • Ensemble: Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna
  • Notes: Teatro Manzoni, Bologna (2013-07-03&2013-07-05&2013-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1866

>François-Adrien Boieldieu (1775 - 1834) : La Dame blanche :: Maintenant, observons Viens, gentille dame
  • Performer: Juan Flórez (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Roberto Abbado
  • Ensemble: Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna
  • Notes: Teatro Manzoni, Bologna (2013-07-03&2013-07-05&2013-)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1825

>Offenbach, Jacques : La Belle Hélène :: Act 1. A Mont Ida, tois déesses
  • Performer: Juan Flórez (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Roberto Abbado
  • Ensemble: Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna
  • Notes: Teatro Manzoni, Bologna (2013-07-03&2013-07-05&2013-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1864

>Gounod, Charles : Roméo et Juliette :: Act 2. L'amour! L'amour!...Ah! lève-toi, soleil!
  • Performer: Juan Flórez (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Roberto Abbado
  • Ensemble: Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna
  • Notes: Teatro Manzoni, Bologna (2013-07-03&2013-07-05&2013-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1865-1871