Great Operatic Arias

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
For his installment in Chandos' Opera in English series of solo recitals, Gerald Finley has chosen a thoroughly eclectic program that is a testimony to his versatility and artistry. He is at his strongest in the arias that give him the opportunity to spin long lyrical lines he has remarkable breath control with ringing, warmly resonant tone. He is also most persuasive in music that is romantically passionate or passionately benevolent. Iago's Credo is perhaps the weakest track because the episodic nature of the music isn't especially suited to Finley's strengths, and he isn't able to conjure up the requisite malice. The same is true to a lesser extent in the Te Deum from...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
For his installment in Chandos' Opera in English series of solo recitals, Gerald Finley has chosen a thoroughly eclectic program that is a testimony to his versatility and artistry. He is at his strongest in the arias that give him the opportunity to spin long lyrical lines he has remarkable breath control with ringing, warmly resonant tone. He is also most persuasive in music that is romantically passionate or passionately benevolent. Iago's Credo is perhaps the weakest track because the episodic nature of the music isn't especially suited to Finley's strengths, and he isn't able to conjure up the requisite malice. The same is true to a lesser extent in the Te Deum from "Tosca," even though this music itself falls more naturally for his voice. The singer is not usually associated with Wagner, but the two arias from "Tannhauser" and the one from "Meistersinger" are gloriously resonant and finely characterized, leaving the listener wishing he would turn to Wagner more often. He can also play a convincing and charming cad, as evidenced by his marvelous versions of "La ci darem la mano" There will my arms enfold you and the Toreador Song. Three works from the contemporary repertoire -- the familiar "Some Enchanted Evening," with two rarities; "Batter my heart, three person'd God" from John Adams' "Doctor Atomic"; and "O bring to me a pint of wine" from "The Silver Tassie" by Mark-Anthony Turnage -- are among the most striking. Finley created the roles in the premieres of the Adams and the Turnage operas, and he sings them unforgettably, with ferocious intensity. If there is any criticism of his performances except in the Adams and Turnage, it is that his rhythmic precision sometimes limits the expressiveness of his interpretations; there are times when he could afford to apply a more flexible rubato to his lines. Edward Gardner leads the London Philharmonic Orchestra in committed and thoughtfully differentiated performances, joined on several tracks by the Geoffrey Mitchell Choir. The sound of Chandos' CD is clean, warm, and nicely ambient.
Gramophone - Mike Ashman
All essentials for a recital are present here: the featured artist in good voice, imagination capable of bringing 13 different characters to life unseen.... apt recording decisions and on-the-pace accompaniment.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/23/2010
  • Label: Chandos
  • UPC: 095115316726
  • Catalog Number: 3167
  • Sales rank: 314,434

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Iolanta, opera, Op. 69: My only beloved Mathilde I claim - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Brian Couzens (2:20)
  2. 2 Euryanthe, opera, J. 291, (Op. 81): What refuge here? - Carl Maria von Weber & Brian Couzens (8:45)
  3. 3 Doctor Atomic, opera: Batter my heart - John Adams & Brian Couzens (7:48)
  4. 4 Otello, opera: Take it: take the path to your ruin' - Yes, I beli - Giuseppe Verdi & Brian Couzens (5:13)
  5. 5–6 Tannhäuser, opera, WWV 70 - Richard Wagner & Brian Couzens (10:59)
  6. 6 Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Come on, we're wasting time - There will my arms e - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Brian Couzens (3:53)
  7. 7 The Silver Tassie, opera: Oh bring to me a pint of wine - Mark-Anthony Turnage & Brian Couzens (3:41)
  8. 8 Carmen, opera: You're most kind, and in return I toast you - Tore - Georges Bizet & Emma Brain-Gabbott (5:09)
  9. 9 Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, opera, WWV 96: Do not disdain our Masters thus' - Richard Wagner & Brian Couzens (6:55)
  10. 10 Linda di Chamounix, opera: In this valley we shared our childhood - Gaetano Donizetti & Brian Couzens (5:13)
  11. 11 Tosca, opera: Three agents, quick as you can now - Giacomo Puccini & Brian Couzens (4:55)
  12. 12 South Pacific, musical: Some enchanted evening - Richard Rodgers & Brian Couzens (3:42)
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Edward Gardner Primary Artist
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