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Great Operatic Arias, Vol. 21

Audio Samples

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Iolanta
>     My only beloved Mathilde I claim
>Weber, Carl Maria von : Euryanthe
>     What refuge here?
>Adams, John : Doctor Atomic
>     Batter my heart
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Otello
>     Take it
>Wagner, Richard : Tannhäuser
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni
>     Come on, we're wasting time - There will my arms enfold you
>Turnage, Mark-Anthony : The Silver Tassie
>     Oh bring to me a pint of wine
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>     You're most kind, and in return I toast you - Toreador, be ready!
>Wagner, Richard : The Mastersingers of Nuremberg
>     Do not disdain our Masters thus'
>Donizetti, Gaetano : Linda of Chamounix
>     In this valley we shared our childhood
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
>     Three agents, quick as you can now
>Rodgers, Richard : South Pacific
>     Some enchanted evening

Album Summary

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Iolanta
>Weber, Carl Maria von : Euryanthe
>Adams, John : Doctor Atomic
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Otello
>Wagner, Richard : Tannhäuser
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni
>Turnage, Mark-Anthony : The Silver Tassie
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>Wagner, Richard : The Mastersingers of Nuremberg
>Donizetti, Gaetano : Linda of Chamounix
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
>Rodgers, Richard : South Pacific
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Notes & Reviews:

Leading baritone and dramatic interpreter of his generation, Gerald Finley is an artist who sets alight the stage and delights the ear, whatever role he portrays. On this first aria disc for the Chandos 'Opera in English' series, he explores a broad range of repertory: old favourites, hidden treasures and contemporary roles created for him by John Adams in Doctor Atomic and Mark-Anthony Turnage in The Silver Tassie. Gerald has won accolades across the globe including a Gramophone Award for the Chandos recording of Stanford - Songs of the Sea. The London Philharmonic is conducted by Edward Gardner who makes his debut on Chandos.

Gramophone Magazine
All essentials for a recital are present here: the featured artist in good voice, imagination capable of bringing 13 different characters to life..., apt recording decisions and on-the-pace accompaniment...Both Gerald Finley and Edward Gardner are natural time-travellers in lyric theatre

The Telegraph
As this recital of operatic arias in English handsomely demonstrates, Finley has it all: a rich-toned and smoothly produced voice, crisp diction, sterling technique, immaculate legato, a keen sense of musical style and unfailing sensitivity to drama and character.

The Observer
Opera recital discs too often play safe with repertoire. Not here. This intelligent compilation...satisfyingly mixes popular with unfamiliar. Finley, a versatile stage presence, brings integrity to every dark, burnished note he sings. All these arias come alive, even robbed of their original context.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Blackheath Halls, London, England (04/13/2009-04/16/2009).



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>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Iolanta :: My only beloved Mathilde I claim
  • Performer: Gerald Finley
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Notes: Blackheath Halls, London, England (04/13/2009-04/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1891

>Weber, Carl Maria von : Euryanthe :: What refuge here?
  • Performer: Gerald Finley
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Notes: Blackheath Halls, London, England (04/13/2009-04/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1822-1823

>Adams, John : Doctor Atomic :: Batter my heart
  • Performer: Gerald Finley
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Notes: Blackheath Halls, London, England (04/13/2009-04/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 2004-2005

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Otello :: Take it
  • Performer: Gerald Finley
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Notes: Blackheath Halls, London, England (04/13/2009-04/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1887

>Wagner, Richard : Tannhäuser
  • Performer: Gerald Finley
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Notes: Blackheath Halls, London, England (04/13/2009-04/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1843-1865

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni :: Come on, we're wasting time - There will my arms enfold you
  • Performers: Gareth Hancock (Harpsichord); Lucy Crowe (Soprano); Gerald Finley
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Notes: Blackheath Halls, London, England (04/13/2009-04/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1787

>Turnage, Mark-Anthony : The Silver Tassie :: Oh bring to me a pint of wine
  • Performer: Gerald Finley
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Notes: Blackheath Halls, London, England (04/13/2009-04/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: You're most kind, and in return I toast you - Toreador, be ready!
  • Performers: Emma Brain-Gabbott (Baritone); Kathryn Jenkin (Voice); Deborah Miles-Johnson (Alto); Gerald Finley
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Notes: Blackheath Halls, London, England (04/13/2009-04/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Wagner, Richard : The Mastersingers of Nuremberg :: Do not disdain our Masters thus'
  • Performer: Gerald Finley
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Notes: Blackheath Halls, London, England (04/13/2009-04/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1862-1867

>Donizetti, Gaetano : Linda of Chamounix :: In this valley we shared our childhood
  • Performers: Anne-Marie Gibbons (Mezzo Soprano); Gerald Finley
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Notes: Blackheath Halls, London, England (04/13/2009-04/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1842

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: Three agents, quick as you can now
  • Performers: Matthew Long (Baritone); Gerald Finley
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Notes: Blackheath Halls, London, England (04/13/2009-04/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900

>Rodgers, Richard : South Pacific :: Some enchanted evening
  • Performer: Gerald Finley
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Notes: Blackheath Halls, London, England (04/13/2009-04/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1949