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Bel Canto Spectacular / Juan Diego Fl=rez, with Anna Netrebko, Daniela Barcellona, Patrizia Ciofi et al.

Album Summary

>Donizetti, Gaetano : La fille du régiment (The daughter of the regiment), opera
>Bellini, Vincenzo : I Puritani, opera
>Donizetti, Gaetano : La Favorita
>Donizetti, Gaetano : L'elisir d'amore, opera
>Donizetti, Gaetano : Linda di Chamounix
>Rossini, Gioachino : Il viaggio a Reims, opera
>Donizetti, Gaetano : Lucrezia Borgia
>Rossini, Gioachino : Otello, opera
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"This CD will make you wish you could sing. Happily not called "Florez and Friends", it's a collection of arias and duets by the three great bel canto composers, and it is, as advertised, "spectacular". The artists here are doing what they do better than anyone and making glorious music to boot, and they make it all seem effortless and fun... The Orquesta de la Communitat Valenciana under Daniel Oren offers terrific accompaniments. This is a superb disc, a boon for lovers of great singing." -Classics Today (10/10)

For the past decade the Peruvian tenor has earned ecstatic critical and public response internationally for a technical prowess and an authoritative style that must surely equal what the public would have heard from the greatest tenors more than 150 years ago. Flórez's exhilarating vocalism, matched by a magnetic stage presence, has prompted major opera companies to revive many rare works especially for him.  A celebration of THE Belcanto tenor of our times  The King of high Ds demonstrates yet again that he is THE Belcanto singer of his generation  JDF recently broke the 70-year old taboo at the Scala of repeating an aria as an encore (Feb Fille)  This "Flórez and Friends" programme of bel canto excerpts gives further proof of Flórez's supremacy in this repertoire. For Flórez, the disc is "really a treat because you have some of the finest artists of today - and I'm not talking about me! The opportunity to hear them all in one CD is wonderful. I'm proud that I'm singing here with great singers, great colleagues - great friends." Guests artists - Anna Netrebko (soprano) Patrizia Ciofi (soprano) Daniela Barcellona (mezzo-soprano) Mariusz Kwiecien (baritone) Cor de la Generalitat Valenciana Francesc Perales (Chorus Master) Fernando Piqueras (baritone) Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana Daniel Oren (conductor)

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Juan Diego Flórez (tenor); Anna Netrebko (soprano); Plácido Domingo (tenor).

Recording information: Palau de les Arts "Reina Sofia", Valencia, Spain.

Bel Canto Spectacular, a recital featuring tenor Juan Diego Flórez, delivers exactly what it promises: a spectacular release of vocal showpieces by one of the rising superstars of the early 21st century, singing scenes and arias by the great bel canto composers, Rossini, Bellini, and Donizetti. Flórez's voice is not particularly large, but he has a terrific, agile technique, a warmly enveloping tone, and a dramatic flair for fully inhabiting these operatic characters. He also has a sure grasp on the stylistic conventions of this repertoire and knows how to exploit them without going overboard. The album opens with "Amici mei," from La figlia del reggimento, an aria that helped secure his reputation because of his confident delivery of its multiple high Cs. He is equally impressive in the more lyrical selections, such as Una furtive lagrima, to which he brings an especially sweet, limpid tone. Flórez is joined in some of the scenes by artists of the caliber of Plácido Domingo, Anna Netrebko, and Mariusz Kwiecien; mezzo-soprano Daniela Barcellona is not quite in their league in a rare but delightful duet from Il viaggio a Reims. Domingo is featured on a bonus track in the duet Ah, vieni, nel tuo sangui, from Otello. Daniel Oren leads Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana in sensitive accompaniment. Decca's sound is clean and present with good balance. ~ Stephen Eddins



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Works Details

>Donizetti, Gaetano : La fille du régiment (The daughter of the regiment), opera :: Amici mei, che allegro giorno!
  • Performers: Juan Flórez (Tenor); Fernando Piqueras
  • Conductor: Daniel Oren
  • Ensemble: Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana
  • Running Time: 7 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1840

>Bellini, Vincenzo : I Puritani, opera :: Finì...me lassa!...Vieni fra queste braccia
  • Performers: Juan Flórez (Tenor); Anna Netrebko (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Daniel Oren
  • Ensemble: Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana
  • Running Time: 11 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1835

>Donizetti, Gaetano : La Favorita :: La maîtresse du roi?...Ange si pur
  • Performer: Juan Flórez (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Daniel Oren
  • Ensemble: Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1840

>Donizetti, Gaetano : L'elisir d'amore, opera :: Venti scudi?
  • Performers: Juan Flórez (Tenor); Mariusz Kwiecien (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Daniel Oren
  • Ensemble: Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana
  • Running Time: 8 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1832

>Donizetti, Gaetano : L'elisir d'amore, opera :: Una furtiva lagrima
  • Performer: Juan Flórez (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Daniel Oren
  • Ensemble: Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana
  • Running Time: 5 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1832

>Donizetti, Gaetano : Linda di Chamounix :: Linda! Linda!...Da quel dì che t'incontrai
  • Performers: Juan Flórez (Tenor); Patrizia Ciofi (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Daniel Oren
  • Ensemble: Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana
  • Notes: Composition written: 1842.
  • Running Time: 9 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1842

>Donizetti, Gaetano : Linda di Chamounix :: Linda! Si ritirò...Se tanto in ira agl'uomini
  • Performer: Juan Flórez (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Daniel Oren
  • Ensemble: Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana
  • Notes: Composition written: 1842.
  • Running Time: 7 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1842

>Rossini, Gioachino : Il viaggio a Reims, opera :: Di che son reo?...D'alma celeste
  • Performers: Juan Flórez (Tenor); Daniela Barcellona (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Daniel Oren
  • Ensemble: Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana
  • Notes: Composition written: 1825.
  • Running Time: 10 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1825

>Donizetti, Gaetano : Lucrezia Borgia :: Partir degg'io...T'amo qual s'ama un angelo
  • Performer: Juan Flórez (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Daniel Oren
  • Ensemble: Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana
  • Running Time: 7 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1833

>Rossini, Gioachino : Otello, opera :: Ah, vieni, nel tuo sangue vendicherò le offese
  • Performers: Juan Flórez (Tenor); Placido Domingo
  • Conductor: Daniel Oren
  • Ensemble: Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1816