Arias & Scenes

Arias & Scenes

by Nino Machaidze
     
 

Georgian soprano Nino Machaidze, with a rich vibrato, emerged as a star with a performance in Gounod's "Roméo et Juliette" at the 2008 Salzburg Festival. For this recital album, the second of a pair designed to propel her to more general notice, she sensibly plays to the strengths in French music she displayed earlier. Machaidze does fine in…  See more details below

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Georgian soprano Nino Machaidze, with a rich vibrato, emerged as a star with a performance in Gounod's "Roméo et Juliette" at the 2008 Salzburg Festival. For this recital album, the second of a pair designed to propel her to more general notice, she sensibly plays to the strengths in French music she displayed earlier. Machaidze does fine in the obligatory Verdi and Puccini selections, although there's an edge in her voice that somehow robs "O mio babbino caro" of its sentiment-laden effect. But the scenes by Bizet, the little-known Ambroise Thomas (whose 14-minute excerpt ought to be heard more often on programs of this kind), and especially Massenet's "Thaïs" and "Manon" that she really shines. As the line in these French opera scenes builds through several registers, Machaidze is given the chance to display the most distinctive quality of her voice: a top at which the vibrato drops out and is replaced by startling knife-like tones of considerable power, perfectly intoned. There's something uncanny about the shades of this voice, and if Machaidze still has rough edges in both dramatic and lyric capacities, one can easily feel, as the headline of the booklet essay promises, that one is looking into the future. The line refers merely to the fact that Machaidze here has selected works that she has not yet performed on stage, but she's promising in terms of the more general meaning as well. Conductor Daniele Gatti and the Orchestre National de France provide entirely idiomatic support, but it's a little hard to understand what Sony was trying to do with the sound: it's hollow and indistinct, resembling what one might hear in an opera house without terribly good acoustics.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/23/2013
Label:
Sony Classics
UPC:
0887654479129
catalogNumber:
544791
Rank:
123715

Tracks

  1. Manon, opera in 5 acts: Toi! Vous! - N'est-ce plus ma main  - Jules Massenet  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Daniele Gatti  - Philippe Gille  - Henri Meilhac  -  Orchestre National de France  - Stewart Spencer  - John Philip Couch  - Tessa Fanelsa  - Nino Machaidze  - Atalla Ayan
  2. Thaïs, opera in 3 acts: Ah! je suis seule enfin! - Dis-moi que je suis bel  - Jules Massenet  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Louis Gallet  - Daniele Gatti  -  Orchestre National de France  - Stewart Spencer  - John Philip Couch  - Tessa Fanelsa  - Nino Machaidze
  3. Les Pêcheurs de perles, opera in 3 acts: Me voilà seule dans la nuit  - Georges Bizet  - Michel Carré  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Eugène Cormon  - Daniele Gatti  -  Orchestre National de France  - Stewart Spencer  - John Philip Couch  - Tessa Fanelsa  - Nino Machaidze
  4. Hamlet, opera in 5 acts: Mais quelle est cette belle - À vos jeux  - Ambroise Thomas  - Jules Barbier  - Michel Carré  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Daniele Gatti  -  Orchestre National de France  - Stewart Spencer  - John Philip Couch  - Tessa Fanelsa  - Nino Machaidze  - Les Paysans
  5. La Traviata, opera: Teneste la promessa - Addio, del passato  - Giuseppe Verdi  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Daniele Gatti  -  Orchestre National de France  -  Francesco Maria Piave  - Stewart Spencer  - John Philip Couch  - Tessa Fanelsa  - Nino Machaidze
  6. La Traviata, opera: È strano - Ah, fors'è lui - Sempre libera  - Giuseppe Verdi  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Daniele Gatti  -  Orchestre National de France  -  Francesco Maria Piave  - Stewart Spencer  - John Philip Couch  - Tessa Fanelsa  - Nino Machaidze  - Atalla Ayan
  7. Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro  - Giacomo Puccini  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Giovacchino Forzano  - Daniele Gatti  -  Orchestre National de France  - Stewart Spencer  - John Philip Couch  - Tessa Fanelsa  - Nino Machaidze
  8. La bohème, opera: Quando men vo  - Giacomo Puccini  - Giuseppe Giacosa  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Daniele Gatti  - Luigi Illica  -  Orchestre National de France  - Stewart Spencer  - John Philip Couch  - Tessa Fanelsa  - Nino Machaidze

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