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Homage to Maria Callas / Soprano Angela Gheorghiu

Audio Samples

>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème
>     Donde lieta uscì
>Gounod, Charles : Faust
>     Jewel Song
>Bellini, Vincenzo : Il Pirata, opera
>     Cor sorriso d'innocenza
>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci
>     Qual fiamma avea nel guardo! ... Stridono lassú
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Samson et Dalila
>     Mon cour s'ouvre à ta voix
>Catalani, Alfredo : La Wally
>     Ebben? ne andrò lontana
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>     Habanera
>Giordano, Umberto : Andrea Chénier
>     La mamma morta
>Cherubini, Luigi : Medea
>     Dei tuoi figli la madre
>Massenet, Jules : Le Cis
>     Pleurez, mes yeux!
>Cilèa, Francesco : Adriana Lecouvreur
>     Poveri fiori
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata
>     E strano! ... Ah fors'è lui che l'anima
>     Follie! follie! ... Sempre libera

Album Summary

>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème
>Gounod, Charles : Faust
>Bellini, Vincenzo : Il Pirata, opera
>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Samson et Dalila
>Catalani, Alfredo : La Wally
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>Giordano, Umberto : Andrea Chénier
>Cherubini, Luigi : Medea
>Massenet, Jules : Le Cis
>Cilèa, Francesco : Adriana Lecouvreur
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata
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Notes & Reviews:

Homage to Maria Callas is a collection of beloved French and Italian operatic masterpieces performed by Angela Gheorghiu, the defining diva of this century. The program is inspired by the career and recordings of Maria Callas, the greatest diva of the last century. The arias are shared favorites of both Callas and Gheorghiu, and Angela's new recording demonstrates once again her extraordinary vocal and emotional range.

Angela Gheorghiu said recently, "Callas was original in everything she did; she was a phenomenon. In every performance she gave her all. She was the most wonderful painter and you can always hear exactly the right colour in her voice. Just hearing her sound, you understand all the power or fragility of her emotions. That's a rare talent and a great gift." Gheorghiu continued, "EMI was her record label and it's mine too. It feels like a family".

Recorded in London and in New York, the repertoire of Gheorghiu's first studio recital in six years (during which time she recorded several complete operas, including a multiaward- winning Madama Butterfly [5099926418728]), shows her versatility in lyric, spinto and mezzo roles, with each of which she feels a strong emotional connection. The Deluxe Edition comprises a CD encased in a hardcover book containing an essay from Angela in three languages, a gallery of glamorous new photos and exclusive access to a video and mini-feature on the making of the CD.

"She has earned her place as one of the best sopranos of her generation and it has been said that her voice is 'perhaps the most instantly recognizable and interesting soprano voice of our time... a liquid instrument of great beauty'" -Gramophone

"She occupies [Callas's] role with aplomb. Gheorghiu animates these arias with such gusto that her interpretations sometimes border on the eccentric, so enthusiastic is her characterisation; but there's always a repository of effortless technique to draw upon...for emotional impact, the honours must go to her interpretation of "Ebben? ne andrò lontana", from La Wally." -The Independent

BBC Music Magazine
It's generally good news. The bloom in the middle of the voice may have lost its sheen, but the top is as glorious as ever and the lower register is edging Gheorghiu towards the spinto repertoire... What both [Callas and Gheorghiu] share is an unfailing instinct for the right dramatic choice. So Gheorghiu's Mimi is now tough as well as tender and her Violetta... a woman who knows that Alfredo is her last romantic roll of the dice.

Gramophone Magazine
Gheorghiu is always recognisably herself... Marco Armiliato's lively accompaniments second his soprano when she is at her most urgent. Together, they cap the recital with a riveting account of Violetta's Act 1 scene, where she really shines - not Callas back from the dead but Gheorghiu plain and simple, and full of life.

International Record Review
In such a legato-dominated programme, Armiliato's ability to breathe with his singer is welcome, as is the loveliness of the RPO's playing.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Henry Wood Hall, London (01/2011); MSR Studios, New York (01/2011); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (01/2011); Henry Wood Hall, London (02/2011); MSR Studios, New York (02/2011); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (02/2011); Henry Wood Hall, London (04/2010/08/2010); MSR Studios, New York (04/2010/08/2010); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (04/2010/08/2010); Henry Wood Hall, London (05/2010); MSR Studios, New York (05/2010); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (05/2010).



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>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème :: Donde lieta uscì
  • Performer: Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (01/2011); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (01/2011); MSR Studios, New York (01/2011); Henry Wood Hall, London (02/2011); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (02/2011); MSR Studios, New York (02/2011); Henry Wood Hall, London (04/2010/08/2010); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (04/2010/08/2010); MSR Studios, New York (04/2010/08/2010); Henry Wood Hall, London (05/2010); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (05/2010); MSR Studios, New York (05/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Gounod, Charles : Faust :: Jewel Song
  • Performer: Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (01/2011); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (01/2011); MSR Studios, New York (01/2011); Henry Wood Hall, London (02/2011); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (02/2011); MSR Studios, New York (02/2011); Henry Wood Hall, London (04/2010/08/2010); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (04/2010/08/2010); MSR Studios, New York (04/2010/08/2010); Henry Wood Hall, London (05/2010); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (05/2010); MSR Studios, New York (05/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1856-1859

>Bellini, Vincenzo : Il Pirata, opera :: Cor sorriso d'innocenza
  • Performers: Karen Jones (Flute); Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (01/2011); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (01/2011); MSR Studios, New York (01/2011); Henry Wood Hall, London (02/2011); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (02/2011); MSR Studios, New York (02/2011); Henry Wood Hall, London (04/2010/08/2010); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (04/2010/08/2010); MSR Studios, New York (04/2010/08/2010); Henry Wood Hall, London (05/2010); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (05/2010); MSR Studios, New York (05/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1827

>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci :: Qual fiamma avea nel guardo! ... Stridono lassú
  • Performer: Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (01/2011); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (01/2011); MSR Studios, New York (01/2011); Henry Wood Hall, London (02/2011); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (02/2011); MSR Studios, New York (02/2011); Henry Wood Hall, London (04/2010/08/2010); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (04/2010/08/2010); MSR Studios, New York (04/2010/08/2010); Henry Wood Hall, London (05/2010); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (05/2010); MSR Studios, New York (05/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Samson et Dalila :: Mon cour s'ouvre à ta voix
  • Performer: Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (01/2011); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (01/2011); MSR Studios, New York (01/2011); Henry Wood Hall, London (02/2011); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (02/2011); MSR Studios, New York (02/2011); Henry Wood Hall, London (04/2010/08/2010); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (04/2010/08/2010); MSR Studios, New York (04/2010/08/2010); Henry Wood Hall, London (05/2010); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (05/2010); MSR Studios, New York (05/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1859-1877

>Catalani, Alfredo : La Wally :: Ebben? ne andrò lontana
  • Performer: Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (01/2011); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (01/2011); MSR Studios, New York (01/2011); Henry Wood Hall, London (02/2011); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (02/2011); MSR Studios, New York (02/2011); Henry Wood Hall, London (04/2010/08/2010); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (04/2010/08/2010); MSR Studios, New York (04/2010/08/2010); Henry Wood Hall, London (05/2010); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (05/2010); MSR Studios, New York (05/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1892

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: Habanera
  • Performer: Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (01/2011); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (01/2011); MSR Studios, New York (01/2011); Henry Wood Hall, London (02/2011); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (02/2011); MSR Studios, New York (02/2011); Henry Wood Hall, London (04/2010/08/2010); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (04/2010/08/2010); MSR Studios, New York (04/2010/08/2010); Henry Wood Hall, London (05/2010); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (05/2010); MSR Studios, New York (05/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Giordano, Umberto : Andrea Chénier :: La mamma morta
  • Performers: Luisa Tuck (Cello); Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (01/2011); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (01/2011); MSR Studios, New York (01/2011); Henry Wood Hall, London (02/2011); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (02/2011); MSR Studios, New York (02/2011); Henry Wood Hall, London (04/2010/08/2010); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (04/2010/08/2010); MSR Studios, New York (04/2010/08/2010); Henry Wood Hall, London (05/2010); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (05/2010); MSR Studios, New York (05/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Cherubini, Luigi : Medea :: Dei tuoi figli la madre
  • Performer: Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (01/2011); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (01/2011); MSR Studios, New York (01/2011); Henry Wood Hall, London (02/2011); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (02/2011); MSR Studios, New York (02/2011); Henry Wood Hall, London (04/2010/08/2010); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (04/2010/08/2010); MSR Studios, New York (04/2010/08/2010); Henry Wood Hall, London (05/2010); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (05/2010); MSR Studios, New York (05/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: circa 1797

>Massenet, Jules : Le Cis :: Pleurez, mes yeux!
  • Performers: Tom Watmouch (Clarinet); Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (01/2011); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (01/2011); MSR Studios, New York (01/2011); Henry Wood Hall, London (02/2011); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (02/2011); MSR Studios, New York (02/2011); Henry Wood Hall, London (04/2010/08/2010); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (04/2010/08/2010); MSR Studios, New York (04/2010/08/2010); Henry Wood Hall, London (05/2010); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (05/2010); MSR Studios, New York (05/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Cilèa, Francesco : Adriana Lecouvreur :: Poveri fiori
  • Performer: Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (01/2011); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (01/2011); MSR Studios, New York (01/2011); Henry Wood Hall, London (02/2011); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (02/2011); MSR Studios, New York (02/2011); Henry Wood Hall, London (04/2010/08/2010); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (04/2010/08/2010); MSR Studios, New York (04/2010/08/2010); Henry Wood Hall, London (05/2010); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (05/2010); MSR Studios, New York (05/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1902

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata :: E strano! ... Ah fors'è lui che l'anima
  • Performers: James Valenti; Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (01/2011); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (01/2011); MSR Studios, New York (01/2011); Henry Wood Hall, London (02/2011); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (02/2011); MSR Studios, New York (02/2011); Henry Wood Hall, London (04/2010/08/2010); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (04/2010/08/2010); MSR Studios, New York (04/2010/08/2010); Henry Wood Hall, London (05/2010); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (05/2010); MSR Studios, New York (05/2010)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata :: Follie! follie! ... Sempre libera
  • Performers: James Valenti; Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (01/2011); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (01/2011); MSR Studios, New York (01/2011); Henry Wood Hall, London (02/2011); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (02/2011); MSR Studios, New York (02/2011); Henry Wood Hall, London (04/2010/08/2010); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (04/2010/08/2010); MSR Studios, New York (04/2010/08/2010); Henry Wood Hall, London (05/2010); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (05/2010); MSR Studios, New York (05/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853