Great Baritone Arias

Great Baritone Arias

by Peter Mattei
     
 

Swedish baritone Peter Mattei has been active on the international opera scene since the mid-'90s, but he hasn't made it into the ranks of superstar baritones who proliferated during about the same period. If this album of a wide variety of arias has the effect of bringing him to the attention of a broader spectrum of the opera-loving public, it will have served a… See more details below

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Swedish baritone Peter Mattei has been active on the international opera scene since the mid-'90s, but he hasn't made it into the ranks of superstar baritones who proliferated during about the same period. If this album of a wide variety of arias has the effect of bringing him to the attention of a broader spectrum of the opera-loving public, it will have served a valuable service. The album incontrovertibly demonstrates that Mattei is an artist of the first rank not only because the quality of his vocal equipment but because of the depth and breadth of his musicianship revealed in repertoire ranging from Mozart to Britten. Arias from "Don Giovanni" and "Le nozze di Figaro" figure prominently on the album and from the first notes of "Finch'han dal vino," Mattei establishes himself as a natural Mozart singer: confident, lyrical, agile, and fluent in the subtleties of characterization. Then the two arias from "Tannhäuser" (not only the requisite "O, du mein holder Abendstern," but "Blick'ich umher in diesem edlen Kreise") show off a loamy, dark, and deeply resonant voice that makes him seem like an ideal Wagnerian baritone. In the arias from "Eugene Onegin," "The Queen of Spades," and "Faust," Mattei's romantic sensibility comes to the fore, his tone luxuriantly creamy and his bearing fervently passionate. The extended scene from "Don Carlo" that culminates in the aria, "O Carlo, ascolta," is charged with dramatic urgency. Throughout, Mattei's tone sounds effortlessly produced and his beautifully controlled vibrato is calibrated to the expressive demands of the music. The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, under the leadership of Lawrence Renes, provides a stylistically sensitive accompaniment. The sound of BIS' hybrid SACD is clean, balanced, and immediate, providing an ideal acoustic for showcasing Mattei's impressive performances.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/26/2011
Label:
Bis
UPC:
7318599917498
catalogNumber:
1749
Rank:
176258

Tracks

  1. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 1. Finch'han dal vino  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Peter Mattei  - Lawrence Renes  -  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra  - Robert Suff  - Lorenzo da Ponte
  2. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 2. Metà di voi qua vadano  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Peter Mattei  - Lawrence Renes  -  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra  - Robert Suff  - Lorenzo da Ponte
  3. Eugene Onegin, opera, Op. 24: Act 3. Uzhel ta samaya Tatyana  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Peter Mattei  - Lawrence Renes  -  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra  - Konstantin Shilovsky  - Robert Suff
  4. Tannhäuser, opera, WWV 70: Act 2. Blick'ich umher in diesem edlen Kreise  - Richard Wagner  - Richard Wagner  - Peter Mattei  - Lawrence Renes  -  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra  - Robert Suff
  5. Faust, opera: Act 2. Avant de quitter ces lieux  - Charles Gounod  - Peter Mattei  - Lawrence Renes  -  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra  - Robert Suff
  6. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Act 1. Se vuol ballare  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Peter Mattei  - Lawrence Renes  -  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra  - Robert Suff  - Lorenzo da Ponte
  7. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Act 3. Hai già vinta la causa... Vedrò mentr'io so  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Peter Mattei  - Lawrence Renes  -  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra  - Robert Suff  - Lorenzo da Ponte
  8. Tannhäuser, opera, WWV 70: Act 3. Wie Todesahnung... O, du mein holder Abends  - Richard Wagner  - Richard Wagner  - Peter Mattei  - Lawrence Renes  -  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra  - Robert Suff
  9. Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades), opera, Op. 68: Act 2. Ya vas lyublyu  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Peter Mattei  - Lawrence Renes  -  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra  - Robert Suff  - Modeste Tchaikovsky
  10. Il barbière di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), opera: Act 1. Largo al factotum  - Gioachino Rossini  - Peter Mattei  - Lawrence Renes  -  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra  - Cesare Sterbini  - Robert Suff
  11. Rivolgete a lui lo sguardo, aria for bass & orchestra, K. 584  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Peter Mattei  - Lawrence Renes  -  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra  - Robert Suff  - Lorenzo da Ponte
  12. Eugene Onegin, opera, Op. 24: Act 1. Vi mnye pisali... Kogda bi zhizn domashnim  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Peter Mattei  - Lawrence Renes  -  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra  - Konstantin Shilovsky  - Robert Suff
  13. Don Carlo, opera: Act 3 (4). Part 2. Son io, mio Carlo... Per me giu  - Giuseppe Verdi  - Peter Mattei  - Joseph Méry  - Lawrence Renes  -  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra  - Robert Suff  - Camille du Locle
  14. Billy Budd, opera, Op. 50: Act 2. Look! Thorugh the port comes the moonshine  - Benjamin Britten  - Eric Crozier  - E.M. Forster  - Peter Mattei  - Lawrence Renes  -  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra  - Robert Suff
  15. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 2. Deh, vieni alla finestra  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Peter Mattei  - Lawrence Renes  -  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra  - Robert Suff  - Lorenzo da Ponte

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