Amor: Opera Scenes and Lieder by Richard Strauss

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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
Richard Strauss' famous love affair with the soprano voice resulted in some of the most vividly drawn characters ever to walk the stage not to mention some of the most glorious operatic music ever written. Kaleidoscopically diverse in personality, these roles offer rich opportunities for singers with the rare combination of vocal and acting skills that are required to pull them off -- singers such as Natalie Dessay. The scene-stealing role of Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos could have been written for the gleaming tones of Dessay's high coloratura voice, and she also excels as the youthful Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier and as Zdenka in Arabella. In Zerbinetta's big aria, ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
Richard Strauss' famous love affair with the soprano voice resulted in some of the most vividly drawn characters ever to walk the stage not to mention some of the most glorious operatic music ever written. Kaleidoscopically diverse in personality, these roles offer rich opportunities for singers with the rare combination of vocal and acting skills that are required to pull them off -- singers such as Natalie Dessay. The scene-stealing role of Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos could have been written for the gleaming tones of Dessay's high coloratura voice, and she also excels as the youthful Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier and as Zdenka in Arabella. In Zerbinetta's big aria, "Grossmächtige Prinzessin," the virtuosic flights that conclude the number are impressive, but equally so are the understanding of the character and the careful pointing of the text that comes through in the less showy first half. The other opera excerpts here aren't solo arias but rather scenes and duets -- plus the extraordinary trio from Rosenkavalier -- and Dessay has a gold-standard cast at her side. Felicity Lott is a peerless Marschallin and Arabella, while the two mezzo-sopranos in trouser roles Angelika Kirchschlager as Octavian and Sophie Koch as the Composer supply rich voices that blend sublimely with Dessay's as she soars above them. As an interlude between the opera scenes, Dessay also goes solo to perform four of Strauss' ravishing Brentano Lieder, including the delightful "Amor," which gives the album its title. All of Dessay's recordings have been impressive, but the combined talent here helps makes this one a true knockout.
All Music Guide - Allen Schrott
Natalie Dessay's "Amor," a collection of operatic scenes and lieder of Richard Strauss, is anchored by her all-star turn in the role of Zerbinetta. It is one of her calling cards, and for good reason: her blend of attitude, sparkle, and vocal agility are perfectly matched to the part. Every phrase she utters effuses the manipulative charm at the heart of Zerbinetta's character, and her sparkling outbursts of coloratura are impressively clean and bell-like. Sophie Koch's opulent turn as the Composer makes her duet with Zerbinetta sizzle with tension, and lends the character's petulant idealism emotional credibility. And Thomas Allen and Felicity Lott turn in predictably solid turns as the Primadonna and the Music Master; Lott sounds much younger than her years, and Allen infuses his singing with just the right amount of character without sacrificing the natural beauty of his voice. The "Brentano Lieder" are a good choice for Dessay, since they showcase her easy facility with coloratura and rarely sound too heavy for her. Some passages could use more vocal presence, but conductor Antonio Pappano keeps them moving along so that they never lose their momentum. The "Arabella" and "Rosenkavalier" excerpts that round out the album are equally fine, benefiting especially from Angelika Kirchschlager's youthful Octavian and Felicity Lott's resigned Marschallin. Dessay tackles these purely lyrical roles admirably, showing that she doesn't need busy fireworks to take center stage. But her slightly throaty tone and irregular vibrato sometimes draw attention away from the flowing, silvery melodies. Pappano marshals the Royal Opera House Orchestra Covent Garden, beautifully, allowing it to swell to satisfying climaxes without ever eclipsing the voices.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/2/2004
  • Label: Emi Classics
  • UPC: 724354570520
  • Catalog Number: 45705

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ariadne auf Naxos, opera, Op. 60-I (TrV 228) (original version): Opera. Recitative & aria. Großmächtige Prinzessin. - Richard Strauss & Natalie Dessay (11:15)
    Composed byRichard Strauss
    Conducted byAntonio Pappano
    Performed byNatalie Dessay, Peter Manning, Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus and Orchest, Antonio Pappano
  2. 2 Ariadne auf Naxos, opera, Op. 60-I (TrV 228) (original version): Prologue. Duet & aria. Kindskopf! Merkt auf, wir s - Richard Strauss & Natalie Dessay (7:07)
    Composed byRichard Strauss
    Conducted byAntonio Pappano
    Performed byNatalie Dessay, Peter Manning, Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus and Orchest, Antonio Pappano, Sophie Koch
  3. 3 Ariadne auf Naxos, opera, Op. 60-I (TrV 228) (original version): Prologue. Duet & aria. An Ihre Plätze... Seien wir - Richard Strauss & Hugo von Hofmannsthal (4:14)
    Composed byRichard Strauss
    Conducted byAntonio Pappano
    Performed byFelicity Lott, Peter Manning, Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus and Orchest, Antonio Pappano, Thomas Allen, Sophie Koch
  4. 4 Songs (6) for voice & piano (or orchestra) ("Brentano Lieder"), Op. 68 (TrV 235): No. 2. Ich wollt'ein Sträußlein binden - Richard Strauss & Clemens von Brentano (2:55)
    Composed byRichard Strauss
    Conducted byAntonio Pappano
    Performed byNatalie Dessay, Peter Manning, Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus and Orchest, Antonio Pappano
  5. 5 Songs (6) for voice & piano (or orchestra) ("Brentano Lieder"), Op. 68 (TrV 235): No. 3. Säusle, liebe Myrte - Richard Strauss & Clemens von Brentano (4:12)
    Composed byRichard Strauss
    Conducted byAntonio Pappano
    Performed byNatalie Dessay, Peter Manning, Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus and Orchest, Antonio Pappano
  6. 6 Songs (6) for voice & piano (or orchestra) ("Brentano Lieder"), Op. 68 (TrV 235): No. 4. Als mir dein Lied erklang - Richard Strauss & Clemens von Brentano (3:32)
    Composed byRichard Strauss
    Conducted byAntonio Pappano
    Performed byNatalie Dessay, Peter Manning, Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus and Orchest, Antonio Pappano
  7. 7 Songs (6) for voice & piano (or orchestra) ("Brentano Lieder"), Op. 68 (TrV 235): No. 5. Amor - Richard Strauss & Clemens von Brentano (3:08)
    Composed byRichard Strauss
    Conducted byAntonio Pappano
    Performed byNatalie Dessay, Peter Manning, Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus and Orchest, Antonio Pappano
  8. 8 Arabella, opera, Op. 79 (TrV 263): Act I. Duet. Ich danke, Fräulein... Aber der Richt - Richard Strauss & Natalie Dessay (8:56)
    Composed byRichard Strauss
    Conducted byAntonio Pappano
    Performed byNatalie Dessay, Felicity Lott, Peter Manning, Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus and Orchest, Antonio Pappano
  9. 9 Der Rosenkavalier, opera, Op. 59 (TrV 227): Act 2. Duet. Mir ist die Ehre widerfahren - Richard Strauss & Natalie Dessay (7:04)
    Composed byRichard Strauss
    Conducted byAntonio Pappano
    Performed byNatalie Dessay, Angelika Kirchschlager, Peter Manning, Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus and Orchest, Antonio Pappano
  10. 10 Der Rosenkavalier, opera, Op. 59 (TrV 227): Act 3. Trio & final duet. Marie Theres', wie gut S - Richard Strauss & Natalie Dessay (5:25)
    Composed byRichard Strauss
    Conducted byAntonio Pappano
    Performed byNatalie Dessay, Angelika Kirchschlager, Felicity Lott, Peter Manning, Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus and Orchest, Antonio Pappano
  11. 11 Der Rosenkavalier, opera, Op. 59 (TrV 227): Act 3. Trio & final duet. Ist ein Traum... Spür' n - Richard Strauss & Natalie Dessay (7:40)
    Composed byRichard Strauss
    Conducted byAntonio Pappano
    Performed byNatalie Dessay, Angelika Kirchschlager, Felicity Lott, Peter Manning, Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus and Orchest, Antonio Pappano, Thomas Allen
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