Bad Boys

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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
Mustering up his most menacing grimace for the front cover image -- and looking a little like the way Victor McLaglan looked in John Ford's The Informer -- bass-baritone Bryn Terfel delivers his latest DG offering, Bad Boys, a collection of arias drawn from the repertoire of the bad guys in opera: Mephistopheles, Scarpia, Iago, Sportin' Life, and others. Terfel is very much in his element and on his game here, and the recording is gloriously full and well detailed, featuring the Swedish Radio Symphony under Paul Daniel with the expert Swedish Radio Choir tipping in at key points. The orchestrations are all original, so those who complained about the contemporary-styled...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
Mustering up his most menacing grimace for the front cover image -- and looking a little like the way Victor McLaglan looked in John Ford's The Informer -- bass-baritone Bryn Terfel delivers his latest DG offering, Bad Boys, a collection of arias drawn from the repertoire of the bad guys in opera: Mephistopheles, Scarpia, Iago, Sportin' Life, and others. Terfel is very much in his element and on his game here, and the recording is gloriously full and well detailed, featuring the Swedish Radio Symphony under Paul Daniel with the expert Swedish Radio Choir tipping in at key points. The orchestrations are all original, so those who complained about the contemporary-styled orchestrations on some of Terfel's more crossover-flavored projects should have no reason to carp with Bad Boys, save the one created for "Stars: There, out in the darkness" from "Les Misérables." Indeed, the weakest selections seem to be the more contemporary ones -- "Moritat" and "It ain't necessarily so" -- but these make up only a small part of a menu consisting of 15 items here. Terfel has been struggling for some time leading up to this to deliver an album that will please his fan base, split between camps that either favors opera or those who just his like voice generally and don't necessarily care for opera. Bad Boys is a good concept and this disc should appeal to most everyone in Terfel's retinue; it gives every appearance of having been compiled with care with an eye toward good taste, even if the subjects of these various roles were inherently "bad."
The Independent - Andy Gill
This anthology of great bad-guy roles, from Iago and Mephistopheles to Sweeney Todd and Mack The Knife, is custom-built to showcase his dark, brooding qualities.
The Guardian - Rian Evans
These cameo glimpses of roles for which he is acclaimed are tightly focused, every word perfectly articulated: Iago from Verdi's Otello, is cruelly calculating, Méphistophélès from Gounod's Faust is Satan personified, while, in the Te Deum from Puccini's Tosca, Terfel's Baron Scarpia, the corrupt chief of police, sounds gorgeous but is horribly menacing.

These cameo glimpses of roles for which he is acclaimed are tightly focused, every word perfectly articulated: Iago from Verdi's Otello, is cruelly calculating, Méphistophélès from Gounod's Faust is Satan personified, while, in the Te Deum from Puccini's Tosca, Terfel's Baron Scarpia, the corrupt chief of police, sounds gorgeous but is horribly menacing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/13/2010
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028947780915
  • Catalog Number: 001410702
  • Sales rank: 84,016

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mefistofele, opera in prologue, 4 acts & epilogue: Sono lo spirito che nega - Arrigo Boito & Arrigo Boito (3:39)
  2. 2 Tosca, opera: Tre sbitti, una carrozza - Giuseppe Giamberti & Giacomo Puccini (4:23)
  3. 3 L'elisir d'amore, opera: Udite, udite, o rustici - Gaetano Donizetti & Paul Daniel (7:15)
  4. 4 Otello, opera: Vanne... Credo in un Dio crudel - Giuseppe Verdi & Arrigo Boito (4:42)
  5. 5 Der Freischütz, opera, J. 277 (Op. 77): Schweig, damit dich niemand warnt! - Carl Maria von Weber & Paul Daniel (3:12)
  6. 6 Porgy and Bess, opera: It ain't necessarily so - George Gershwin & Paul Daniel (3:50)
  7. 7 Die Dreigroschenoper (The Threepenny Opera), opera: Die Moritat von Mackie Messer - Kurt Weill & Bertolt Brecht (2:56)
  8. 8 Ruddigore (The Witch's Curse), operetta: When the night wind howls - Arthur Sullivan & Paul Daniel (2:33)
  9. 9 Sweeney Todd, musical play: Epiphany - Stephen Sondheim & Stephen Sondheim (3:17)
  10. 10 Les Miserables, musical: Stars: There, out in the darkness - David Hamilton & Claude-Michel Schönberg (3:10)
  11. 11 La Gioconda, opera in 4 acts: O monumento! - Amilcare Ponchielli & Arrigo Boito (4:16)
  12. 12 Il barbière di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), opera: La calunnia è un venticello - Gioachino Rossini & Paul Daniel (3:28)
  13. 13 Fidelio, opera, Op. 72: Ha! Welch ein Augenblick - Ludwig van Beethoven & Paul Daniel (3:07)
  14. 14 Faust, opera: Le veau d'or est toujours debout - Charles Gounod & Jules Barbier (2:05)
  15. 15 Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Don Giovanni, a cenar teco m'invitasi - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Paul Daniel (6:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bryn Terfel Primary Artist
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bad Boys Are Heavy

    Bryn Terfel is one of my favorites with his marvelous voice and delightful persona to match, but "Bad Boys" was much heavier than I expected. Other than two selections from "Les Miz" and "Porgy and Bess" all the rest are serious opera and therefore heavy stuff. I couldn't appreciate the latter because I didn't know the bad boys and their stories. Listening to Bryn is always wonderful, but not knowing who and what he was singing about lessened the total impact. Opera buffs will love this, but the best I could do was like it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Terrific performace!

    Loved it from start to finish. An eclectic choice of arias, from opera to Broadway, each one a delight to listen to.

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