Notes & Reviews:
A dream team: Anna Netrebko, Plácido Domingo and Giuseppe Verdi! Giovanna d'Arco was recorded live during the critically acclaimed performances of 2013 Salzburg Festival.
Full of melodies, passion and pathos, Giovanna d'Arco, Verdi's take on the Joan of Arc story and its legendary heroine, is regarded as one of the great composer's early masterpieces.
The first complete audio opera recording of Domingo as a baritone and the first complete recording of this significant Verdi work in Deutsche Grammophon's history.
Young Italian tenor, Francesco Meli is one of the rising stars of Bel canto.
Renowned Verdi and Bel Canto maestro Paolo Carignani coaxes idiomatic style and flair from the Salzburg forces.
Domingo is a marvel - "The King of Opera" (Die Presse). Widely hailed as the greatest Verdi tenor of his day, even as a baritone, with his distinctive "bronze" vocal timbre, musical intelligence and sense of poetry, he remains one of our most compelling Verdi interpreters.
BBC Music Magazine, September 2014
[Domingo] sounds entirely at home in his new vocal category; his voice now fibrous in quality, he is also engaged dramatically...Netrebko's soprano has expanded to embrace the stirring warrior-maiden possibilities of the title-role...Meli's healthy and characteristically Italianate tenor creates a credibly wark but volatile Carlo...Carignani paces the score skilfully.
Gramophone Magazine, September 2014
Netrebko's upper range delivers operatic thrills (particularly once she's warmed up), though her more dramatically vivid treatment of Joan's more introspective moments make you eager for her to explore better-known Verdi.
Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 2nd June 2014
Netrebko is on fire (no pun intended) as Giovanna, singing with her customary passion but also with more technical security in the role's many florid passages and exposed top notes than she's brought to other Verdi projects...Domingo is absolutely riveting as her father, a role which to my ear suits him far better than some of his other excursions into baritone territory.
The Telegraph, 4th September 2014
[Netrebko] will be the deal breaker. This greatly talented but infuriatingly erratic Russian soprano runs true to form, being blowsily approximate and all over the place in the early scenes...before striking form in the second act, where she produces passages both thrilling and beautiful, graced by floated pianissimos to rival CaballT's and underpinned by a wholehearted exuberance.
American Record Guide, January/February 2015
This recording is certainly worth having. The sound is excellent, and the booklet has an interesting historical essay as well as a complete libretto in four languages.
Recording information: Felsenreitschule, Salzburg (08/2013).
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Works DetailsVerdi, Giuseppe : Giovanna d'Arco
- Conductor: Paolo Carignani
- Ensemble: Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
- Running Time: 98 min. 5 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1845