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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
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: 4/26/2011
  • Label: Bis
  • EAN: 7318599917498
  • Catalog Number: 1749
  • Sales rank: 101,508

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 1. Finch'han dal vino - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Peter Mattei (1:21)
  2. 2 Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 2. Metà di voi qua vadano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Peter Mattei (2:52)
  3. 3 Eugene Onegin, opera, Op. 24: Act 3. Uzhel ta samaya Tatyana - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky (2:19)
  4. 4 Tannhäuser, opera, WWV 70: Act 2. Blick'ich umher in diesem edlen Kreise - Richard Wagner & Richard Wagner (5:20)
  5. 5 Faust, opera: Act 2. Avant de quitter ces lieux - Charles Gounod & Peter Mattei (3:18)
  6. 6 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Act 1. Se vuol ballare - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Peter Mattei (2:36)
  7. 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 (4:42)
  8. 8 Tannhäuser, opera, WWV 70: Act 3. Wie Todesahnung... O, du mein holder Abends - Richard Wagner & Richard Wagner (5:13)
  9. 9 Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades), opera, Op. 68: Act 2. Ya vas lyublyu - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Peter Mattei (4:01)
  10. 10 Il barbière di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), opera: Act 1. Largo al factotum - Gioachino Rossini & Peter Mattei (5:00)
  11. 11 Rivolgete a lui lo sguardo, aria for bass & orchestra, K. 584 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Peter Mattei (5:09)
  12. 12 Eugene Onegin, opera, Op. 24: Act 1. Vi mnye pisali... Kogda bi zhizn domashnim - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky (5:05)
  13. 13 Don Carlo, opera: Act 3 (4). Part 2. Son io, mio Carlo... Per me giu - Giuseppe Verdi & Peter Mattei (8:12)
  14. 14 Billy Budd, opera, Op. 50: Act 2. Look! Thorugh the port comes the moonshine - Benjamin Britten & Eric Crozier (6:04)
  15. 15 Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 2. Deh, vieni alla finestra - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Peter Mattei (2:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Peter Mattei Primary Artist
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