Artist Portrait: José Cura

Artist Portrait: José Cura

by Jose Cura
     
 
José Cura is one of a number of tenors who have been making waves since the late '90s. He cuts an unusually athletic figure on-stage, he brings a strong, masculine sound to everything he sings, and -- and this is where he really stands out -- he is known for simultaneously singing and conducting some of his own concerts and recordings. Artist Portrait is a

Overview

José Cura is one of a number of tenors who have been making waves since the late '90s. He cuts an unusually athletic figure on-stage, he brings a strong, masculine sound to everything he sings, and -- and this is where he really stands out -- he is known for simultaneously singing and conducting some of his own concerts and recordings. Artist Portrait is a sampler drawn from a number of his recordings; it offers the opportunity to hear the entire spectrum of his career to this point. Cura has a dark, distinctive timbre with shades of baritone and a prominent nasality. In the right repertory, especially the highly emotional verismo operas, that tone quality, and his musical approach, are highly effective. But as he covers a variety of composers and styles on this recording, they begin to sound like limitations. There aren't many colors in his palette. Heard back-to-back, his "Vesti la giubba" ("Pagliacci") and "Celeste Aida" ("Aida") illustrate this point. The emotionally hyperbolic Leoncavallo hits the nail on the head, while the Verdi requires a legato and expansive phrasing (and an easier top register) that seem slightly out of reach. The same is true of "Amor ti vieta" from Giordano's "Fedora"; the long lines sound static and directionless. But there are just as many tracks that capture Cura at his best. His "Ah! Sì ben mio...Di quella pira" ("Il Trovatore"), and "Nessun dorma" ("Turandot"), for instance, are very effective. His Guastavino and Ginastera songs are also excellent, benefiting from his fluid Spanish and his willingness to sing in a semi-popular style. Matched with the right music, Cura is an exciting artist who should enjoy continued success.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/16/2004
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
0809274533920
catalogNumber:
45339

Tracks

  1. Turandot, opera: Non piangere, Liù!  - Giacomo Puccini  - Michel Chasteau  - Thierry Cohen  - Plácido Domingo  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Stephen Westrop  - Jose Cura
  2. Aida, opera: Se quel guerrier io fossi!...Celeste Aida  - Giuseppe Verdi  - Michel Chasteau  - Thierry Cohen  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Stephen Westrop  - Jose Cura  - Jose Cura
  3. Otello, opera: Niun mi tema  - Giuseppe Verdi  - Michel Chasteau  - Thierry Cohen  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Stephen Westrop  - Jose Cura  - Jose Cura
  4. Samson et Dalila, opera in 3 acts, Op. 47: Vois ma misère  - Camille Saint-Saëns  - Colin Davis  - Michel Chasteau  - Thierry Cohen  -  London Symphony Chorus  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Stephen Westrop  - Jose Cura
  5. Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Mamma, quel vino  - Pietro Mascagni  - Michel Chasteau  - Thierry Cohen  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Stephen Westrop  - Jose Cura  - Jose Cura
  6. Pagliacci, opera: Recitar!...Vesti la giubba  - Ruggero Leoncavallo  - Michel Chasteau  - Thierry Cohen  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Stephen Westrop  - Jose Cura  - Jose Cura
  7. Andrea Chénier, opera: Come un bel dì di maggio  - Umberto Giordano  - Michel Chasteau  - Thierry Cohen  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Stephen Westrop  - Jose Cura  - Jose Cura
  8. Fedora, opera: Amor ti vieta  - Umberto Giordano  - Michel Chasteau  - Thierry Cohen  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Stephen Westrop  - Jose Cura  - Jose Cura
  9. Il Trovatore, opera: Ah! Sì ben mio...Di quella pira  - Giuseppe Verdi  - Michel Chasteau  - Thierry Cohen  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Stephen Westrop  - Jose Cura  - Jose Cura
  10. Don Carlo, opera: Io l'ho perduta  - Giuseppe Verdi  - Michel Chasteau  - Thierry Cohen  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Stephen Westrop  - Jose Cura  - Jose Cura
  11. Adriana Lecouvreur, opera: L'anima ho stanca  - Francesco Cilèa  - Michel Chasteau  - Thierry Cohen  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Stephen Westrop  - Jose Cura  - Jose Cura
  12. La bohème, opera: Che gelida manina  - Giacomo Puccini  - Michel Chasteau  - Thierry Cohen  - Plácido Domingo  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Stephen Westrop  - Jose Cura
  13. Tosca, opera: E lucevan le stelle  - Giacomo Puccini  - Michel Chasteau  - Thierry Cohen  - Plácido Domingo  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Stephen Westrop  - Jose Cura
  14. Adriana Lecouvreur, opera: La dolcissima effigie  - Francesco Cilèa  - Michel Chasteau  - Thierry Cohen  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Stephen Westrop  - Jose Cura  - Jose Cura
  15. La Rondine (The Swallow), opera: Dimmi che vuoi seguirmi  - Giacomo Puccini  - Michel Chasteau  - Thierry Cohen  - Plácido Domingo  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Stephen Westrop  - Jose Cura
  16. Samson et Dalila, opera in 3 acts, Op. 47: Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix  - Camille Saint-Saëns  - Colin Davis  - Olga Borodina  - Michel Chasteau  - Thierry Cohen  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Stephen Westrop  - Jose Cura
  17. La Rosa y el sauce for voice & piano  - Carlos Guastavino  - Michel Chasteau  - Thierry Cohen  - Stephen Westrop  - Jose Cura  - Eduardo Delgado
  18. Canción del árbol del olvido, song, Op. 2  - Alberto Ginastera  - Ernesto Bitetti  - Michel Chasteau  - Thierry Cohen  - Stephen Westrop  - Jose Cura
  19. Turandot, opera: Nessun dorma  - Giacomo Puccini  - Michel Chasteau  - Thierry Cohen  - Plácido Domingo  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Stephen Westrop  - Jose Cura

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Performance Credits

Jose Cura   Primary Artist

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