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Italian Soprano Arias by Respighi, Puccini, Verdi & Catalani / Maria Luigia Borsi, soprano

Album Summary

>Respighi, Ottorino : Il tramonto
>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Otello
>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot
>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème
>Puccini, Giacomo : Suor Angelica
>Puccini, Giacomo : La rondine
>Catalani, Alfredo : La Wally
>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera
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Notes & Reviews:

The Italian soprano, Maria Luigia Borsi, in her first solo album featuring works by Italian composers; Respighi, Puccini, Verdi and Catalani. Ms. Borsi, first discovered by Riccardo Muti, collaborates in this recording with the London Symphony Orchestra and conductor Yves Abel.

Gramophone Magazine, December 2014
Here is a young, sweet-toned lyric soprano able to float pianissimos in the highest register to ravishing effect...what I treasure most of all on the disc [is] the excerpt from Verdi's Otello...The performance that Boris gives is not just ravishingly beautiful but has a dramatic intensity that suggests that this is a role she has made her own onstage.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
The young Italian soprano Maria Borsi offers us a fairly conventional program of mostly lyric opera arias. Il Tramonto hasn't been recorded all that often, so it's welcome here. Abel and the London Symphony supply first-class support, and the sound is excellent.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London, UK (2013-11-29_2013-11-30&2013-).



Reviews

Stunning singing from Ms. Borsi WOW!!!
This disc, which is Ms. Borsis debut solo album, features the soprano performing works from Respighi, Verdi, Catalani, and 6 works of Puccini, accompanied by the London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Yves Abel. And it is stunning.

I was captivated from the first note to the last, and the opening track (Respighis Il tramonto) was wonderful, but particularly noteworthy for me was Puccinis Un bel di vedremo (Act 2) from Madama Butterfly (soooo difficult not to tear up, this is so well performed). The Verdi selections from Otello (including the Willow Song) were similarly moving. And I cant say enough about Lius aria Signore, ascolta from Turandot, Donde lieta usci from Act 3 of La Boheme (again, sooooo well performed, it is heart wrenching), and Chi il bel sogno di Doretta from La Rondine is simply gorgeous, and Ms. Borsi nails it I found myself envious of the recording engineers and orchestra members that got to hear this live. But all that being said, Catalanis Ebben? Ne andro lontana from La Wally is unbelievable, Ms. Borsi giving this particular listener an often sought emotional experience. The recording closes with a lovely version of Puccinis O mio babbino caro that is definitely worth hearing.

The London Symphony Orchestra w/ Yves Abel at the podium is excellent, and the recording quality is clear and warm. This recording calls for a high-end audiophile stereo system, and I will give it that treatment here in the next few weeks. I felt drained in a positive way after listening to it, it had such a powerful effect on me. Very highly recommended -- *amazing*.

Submitted on 09/28/14 by KlingonOpera 
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Works Details

>Respighi, Ottorino : Il tramonto
  • Performer: Maria Borsi (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Yves Abel
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London, UK (2013-11-29_2013-11-30&2013-)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914

>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly :: Act 2. Un bel dì vedremo
  • Performer: Maria Borsi (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Yves Abel
  • Notes: Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London, UK (2013-11-29_2013-11-30&2013-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1904

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Otello :: Act 4. Era piú calmo? ...Mia madre aveva una povera ancella (Canzone del salice / Willow Son
  • Performer: Maria Borsi (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Yves Abel
  • Notes: Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London, UK (2013-11-29_2013-11-30&2013-)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1887

>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot :: Act 1. Signore, ascolta
  • Performer: Maria Borsi (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Yves Abel
  • Notes: Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London, UK (2013-11-29_2013-11-30&2013-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1926

>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème :: Act 3. Donde lieta uscì
  • Performer: Maria Borsi (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Yves Abel
  • Notes: Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London, UK (2013-11-29_2013-11-30&2013-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Puccini, Giacomo : Suor Angelica :: Senza mamma
  • Performer: Maria Borsi (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Yves Abel
  • Notes: Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London, UK (2013-11-29_2013-11-30&2013-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1918

>Puccini, Giacomo : La rondine :: Act 1. Chi il bel sogno di Doretta
  • Performer: Maria Borsi (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Yves Abel
  • Notes: Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London, UK (2013-11-29_2013-11-30&2013-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1917

>Catalani, Alfredo : La Wally :: Act 1. Ebben? Ne andrò lontana
  • Performer: Maria Borsi (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Yves Abel
  • Notes: Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London, UK (2013-11-29_2013-11-30&2013-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1892

>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera :: O mio babbino caro
  • Performer: Maria Borsi (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Yves Abel
  • Notes: Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London, UK (2013-11-29_2013-11-30&2013-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918