Amoureuses

Amoureuses

by Patricia Petibon
     
 
This album's title, Amoureuses, refers to operatic characters who are motivated by some aspect of love, from its purest romantic form to its more warped distortion. The characters come from works by three of the greatest composers of the Classical era, Mozart, Haydn, and Gluck. French soprano

Overview

This album's title, Amoureuses, refers to operatic characters who are motivated by some aspect of love, from its purest romantic form to its more warped distortion. The characters come from works by three of the greatest composers of the Classical era, Mozart, Haydn, and Gluck. French soprano Patricia Petibon has a voice of piercing purity, sparkling silvery lightness, and dazzling agility. Her range is unusually wide, so that she can easily handle roles for both high coloratura and lyric soprano, serenely floating or darting madly about high above the staff or plunging with full strength to the depths of the soprano register. The range of arias shows not only her musical scope, including both the warmly lyric and the most outrageously demanding coloratura, but a thoughtfulness and emotional honesty that demonstrate real dramatic breadth, to the extent that she's willing to sound less than absolutely lovely when the drama demands it. The arias range from Susanna's "Deh vieni, non tardar" and Barbarina's "L'ho perduta" to the Queen of the Night's "Der Hölle Rache," but the bulk of the album is made up of repertoire that's far more obscure, and it's in some of these less familiar arias that Petibon makes the strongest impression. Mozart is represented by his insertion aria, "Vorrei spiegarvi, oh Dio!," and arias from "Lucio Silla" and "Zaide," Gluck by arias from two operas, and Haydn by arias from five. "Salamelica," "Semprugna cara," from Haydn's "Lo Speziale" is a marvel of comic eccentricity, and Eurydice's death scene from his "L'anima del filosofo ossia Orfeo ed Euridice" showcases the singer's gift for lyrically sustaining long lines. The passion that erupts in the aria from "Zaide," and in the Gluck scene from "Armide" that ends the album, is nothing short of astonishing. Daniel Harding leads Concerto Köln in a refined and spirited accompaniment that is keenly geared to matching Petibon's interpretations. Deutsche Grammophon's sound is clear and clean, with good balance.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/18/2008
Label:
Dg Imports
UPC:
0028947774686
catalogNumber:
4777468
Rank:
284171

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Tracks

  1. Il mondo della luna, opera, H. 28/7: Act 1. Aria. Ragion nell'alma siede  - Franz Joseph Haydn  -  Concerto Köln  - Merle Kersten  - Patricia Petibon  - Arend Prohmann  - Marita Prohmann  - Daniel Harding
  2. Vorrei spiegarvi, o Dio, aria for soprano & orchestra, K. 418  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  Concerto Köln  - Merle Kersten  - Patricia Petibon  - Arend Prohmann  - Marita Prohmann  - Daniel Harding
  3. Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Act 2. Aria. Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herze  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  Concerto Köln  - Merle Kersten  - Patricia Petibon  - Arend Prohmann  - Marita Prohmann  - Emanuel Schikaneder  - Daniel Harding
  4. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Act 4. Cavatina. L'ho perduta... me meschina!  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  Concerto Köln  - Merle Kersten  - Patricia Petibon  - Arend Prohmann  - Marita Prohmann  - Lorenzo da Ponte  - Daniel Harding
  5. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Act 4. Aria. Deh vieni, non tardar  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  Concerto Köln  - Merle Kersten  - Patricia Petibon  - Arend Prohmann  - Marita Prohmann  - Lorenzo da Ponte  - Daniel Harding
  6. Lucio Silla, opera, K. 135: Act 2. Accompagnato and Aria. Vanne. T'affretta -  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  Concerto Köln  - Giovanni de Gamerra  - Merle Kersten  - Patricia Petibon  - Arend Prohmann  - Marita Prohmann  - Daniel Harding
  7. Lucio Silla, opera, K. 135: Act 3. Aria. Fra i pensier più funesti di morte  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  Concerto Köln  - Giovanni de Gamerra  - Merle Kersten  - Patricia Petibon  - Arend Prohmann  - Marita Prohmann  - Daniel Harding
  8. Lo Speziale (Der Apotheker), opera, H. 28/3: Act 3. Aria. Salamelica, Semprugna cara  - Franz Joseph Haydn  -  Concerto Köln  - Carlo Goldoni  - Merle Kersten  - Patricia Petibon  - Arend Prohmann  - Marita Prohmann  - Daniel Harding
  9. Armide, opera in 5 acts, Wq. 45: Act 2. Aria. Venez, secondez mes désirs  - Christoph Willibald Gluck  -  Concerto Köln  - Merle Kersten  - Patricia Petibon  - Arend Prohmann  - Marita Prohmann  - Philippe Quinault  - Daniel Harding
  10. Armida, opera, H. 28/12: Act 2. Aria. Odio, furor, dispetto  - Franz Joseph Haydn  -  Concerto Köln  - Merle Kersten  - Patricia Petibon  - Arend Prohmann  - Marita Prohmann  - Daniel Harding
  11. L'anima del filosofo (Orfeo ed Euridice), opera, H. 28/13: Act 2. Cavatina. Del mio core il voto estremo  - Franz Joseph Haydn  -  Concerto Köln  - Merle Kersten  - Patricia Petibon  - Arend Prohmann  - Marita Prohmann  - Daniel Harding  - Carlo Francesco Badini
  12. L'isola disabitata, opera, H. 28/9: Part 1. Aria. Fra un dolce deliro  - Franz Joseph Haydn  -  Concerto Köln  - Merle Kersten  - Pietro Metastasio  - Patricia Petibon  - Arend Prohmann  - Marita Prohmann  - Daniel Harding
  13. Iphigénie en Tauride, opera in 4 acts, Wq. 46: Act 4. Accompagnato and Aria. Non, cet affreux dev  - Christoph Willibald Gluck  -  Concerto Köln  - Nicolas-Francois Guillard  - Merle Kersten  - Patricia Petibon  - Arend Prohmann  - Marita Prohmann  - Daniel Harding
  14. Armide, opera in 5 acts, Wq. 45: Act 3. Aria. Ah! Si la liberté me doit être ravie  - Christoph Willibald Gluck  -  Concerto Köln  - Merle Kersten  - Patricia Petibon  - Arend Prohmann  - Marita Prohmann  - Philippe Quinault  - Daniel Harding
  15. Zaide, opera, K. 344 (K. 336b): Act 2. Aria. Tiger! Wetze nur die Klauen  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  Concerto Köln  - Merle Kersten  - Patricia Petibon  - Arend Prohmann  - Marita Prohmann  - Johann Andreas Schachtner  - Daniel Harding
  16. Armide, opera in 5 acts, Wq. 45: Act 5. Aria. Le perfide Renauc me fuit / Recitativ  - Christoph Willibald Gluck  -  Concerto Köln  - Merle Kersten  - Patricia Petibon  - Arend Prohmann  - Marita Prohmann  - Philippe Quinault  - Daniel Harding

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