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Joyce & Tony: Live at Wigmore Hall - songs by Haydn, Rossini, Stephen Foster, Jerome Kern, Richard Rodgers, William Bolcom, Irving Berlin / Joyce DiDonato, soprano; Antonio Pappano, piano

Album Summary

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Arianna a Naxos
>Rossini, Gioachino : Beltà crudele ("Amori scendete propizi al mio core"), for voice & piano
>Rossini, Gioachino : La danza. Tarantella Napolitana ("Già la luna è in mezzo al mare"), for voice & piano
>Santoliquido, Francesco : I canti della sera, for voice & piano
>Curtis, Ernesto de : Non ti scordar di me
>Foster, Stephen : Beautiful dreamer
>Kern, Jerome : The Siren's Song, song (from "Leave It to Jane")
>Kern, Jerome : Go Little Boat, song (from "Miss 1917")
>Nelson, Havelock : Four Irish Songs
>Dougherty, Celius : Love in the Dictionary, for voice & piano
>Kern, Jerome : Life upon the Wicked Stage, song (from "Show Boat")
>Moross, Jerome : Lazy Afternoon
>Bolcom, William : Amor
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Food for Thought, song for voice & piano (from Magdalena), A. 472
>Kern, Jerome : Can't Help Lovin' dat Man, song (from "Show Boat")
>Rodgers, Richard : My Funny Valentine
>Kern, Jerome : Very Warm for May
>Berlin, Irving : I Love a Piano, song (from Stop! Look! Listen!")
>Arlen, Harold : Somewhere Over the Rainbow (for the film The Wizard of Oz)
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Notes & Reviews:

Joyce DiDonato and Antonio Pappano - at the piano rather than on the conductor's podium - opened the 2014-15 season at London's Wigmore Hall with a dazzling programme of song, emphasizing Italy and the USA. Recorded live on this 2-CD set, the two artists were described by The Times as "mezzo diva supreme" and "golden maestro and piano accompanist to the stars" The first item on the programme was Haydn's dramatic cantata Arianna a Naxos (which, back in 2003, also launched DiDonato's debut recital at Wigmore Hall). As the Guardian wrote, DiDonato excelled in presenting "the abandoned heroine's progression from grief to fury with all her vocal skills to the fore and Antonio Pappano - rarely heard these days as an accompanist, but an absolute master of the art - seconding her every gesture." The Times described the interpretation as "incandescent ... Daring vocal pirouettes, vivid acting, with dynamic swings, amazing breath control." Then came two songs by a composer who has played a defining role in Joyce DiDonato's operatic career - Rossini (her unforgettable collaboration with Pappano on Il barbiere di Siviglia at Covent Garden is captured on a Warner Classics DVD 5099969458194 - and four luscious late-Romantic numbers written in 1908 by the little-known Neapolitan composer Francesco Santoliquido.

The Guardian, 16th August 2015
Last year's recital by the dream duo of Joyce DiDonato and Antonio Pappano works wonderfully as a double CD - arguably more effective than the concert itself...DiDonato's immaculate voice relishes every vowel sound, Pappano responds with pianistic wit and idiomatic invention. Ad libs and applause are judiciously included. All a delight.

Gramophone Magazine, September 2015
DiDonato's remarkable evolution as an actress now allows her to convey dramatic precision while respecting [the Haydn's] classical outlines...the specificity of DiDonato's conviction breaks through one's preconceived notions about the respective genres.

Financial Times, 28th August 2015
Hugely enjoyable.

The Times, 4th September 2015
This potent combination of kindred spirits was irresistible in live performance, and sounds just as good on this recording...Both DiDonato and Pappano are spellbinding in Haydn's scena, Arianna a Naxos. She gives full tragic weight to the heroine's plight yet never allows the voice to spill into 19th-century histrionics; he finds wonderful pathos in Haydn's delicate passagework.

BBC Music Magazine, October 2015
Both of these artists know how to deliver popular material with skill and grace...[in the Haydn] DiDonato's interpretative imagination matches Tony Pappano's thoughtful and pianistic approach...[Pappano] takes everything in his stride, throwing a few witty pianistic interjections into Irving Berlin's 'I Love a Piano' and generally enjoying himself to entertaining effect.

New York Times, 25th November 2015
DiDonato demonstrates the full range of her expressive and technical gifts in a wide-ranging program...Pappano, better known for his work on the podium, is an exemplary collaborative pianist here, supporting Ms. DiDonato's voluptuous singing with characterful, virtuosic playing.



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>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Arianna a Naxos :: [Excerpt]
  • Performers: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano); Antonio Pappano (Piano)
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1789

>Rossini, Gioachino : Beltà crudele ("Amori scendete propizi al mio core"), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano); Antonio Pappano (Piano)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1821

>Rossini, Gioachino : La danza. Tarantella Napolitana ("Già la luna è in mezzo al mare"), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano); Antonio Pappano (Piano)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1830-1835

>Santoliquido, Francesco : I canti della sera, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano); Antonio Pappano (Piano)
  • Period Time: Modern

>Curtis, Ernesto de : Non ti scordar di me
  • Performers: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano); Antonio Pappano (Piano)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1935

>Foster, Stephen : Beautiful dreamer
  • Performers: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano); Antonio Pappano (Piano)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1862

>Kern, Jerome : The Siren's Song, song (from "Leave It to Jane")
  • Performers: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano); Antonio Pappano (Piano)
  • Period Time: Modern

>Kern, Jerome : Go Little Boat, song (from "Miss 1917")
  • Performers: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano); Antonio Pappano (Piano)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1917

>Nelson, Havelock : Four Irish Songs :: Lovely Jimmie
  • Performers: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano); Antonio Pappano (Piano)
  • Period Time: Modern

>Dougherty, Celius : Love in the Dictionary, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano); Antonio Pappano (Piano)
  • Period Time: Modern

>Kern, Jerome : Life upon the Wicked Stage, song (from "Show Boat")
  • Performers: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano); Antonio Pappano (Piano)
  • Period Time: Modern

>Moross, Jerome : Lazy Afternoon
  • Performers: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano); Antonio Pappano (Piano)
  • Period Time: Modern

>Bolcom, William : Amor
  • Performers: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano); Antonio Pappano (Piano)
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Food for Thought, song for voice & piano (from Magdalena), A. 472
  • Performers: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano); Antonio Pappano (Piano)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947

>Kern, Jerome : Can't Help Lovin' dat Man, song (from "Show Boat")
  • Performers: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano); Antonio Pappano (Piano)
  • Period Time: Modern

>Rodgers, Richard : My Funny Valentine
  • Performers: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano); Antonio Pappano (Piano)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937

>Kern, Jerome : Very Warm for May
  • Performers: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano); Antonio Pappano (Piano)
  • Period Time: Modern

>Berlin, Irving : I Love a Piano, song (from Stop! Look! Listen!")
  • Performers: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano); Antonio Pappano (Piano)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1915

>Arlen, Harold : Somewhere Over the Rainbow (for the film The Wizard of Oz)
  • Performers: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano); Antonio Pappano (Piano)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1939