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Jennifer Larmore Sings Great Operatic Arias
     

Jennifer Larmore Sings Great Operatic Arias

by Jennifer Larmore
 
The foundation created by British philanthropist Sir Peter Moores has contributed to a wide variety of projects, from scholarships for minority youth to the establishment of art galleries. Music lovers are particularly in his debt for his efforts to bring opera to a wider public, which include commissioning new works, staging obscure operas, subsidizing the recording

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The foundation created by British philanthropist Sir Peter Moores has contributed to a wide variety of projects, from scholarships for minority youth to the establishment of art galleries. Music lovers are particularly in his debt for his efforts to bring opera to a wider public, which include commissioning new works, staging obscure operas, subsidizing the recording of operatic rarities, and the production and recording of the standard repertoire in English translation. This last effort is particularly significant because it lays to rest the widely accepted truism that English is an inadequate language for bel canto singing. The recordings of dozens of complete operas translated from a half a dozen languages, as well as many recitals of arias in English, make it clear that in good translation, English is perfectly well suited to bel canto, and the advantages of hearing an opera in one's native language often more than compensates for what is lost. Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Larmore makes a strong case for opera in English in this recital, and her performance of the arias and ensembles is fully persuasive. Her tone is remarkably even throughout her wide range, and she is as effective in soprano roles such as Donna Elvira and contralto roles such as Tancredi as in the traditional mezzo repertoire. Her warm characterizations are especially effective in the more poignant selections, such as Leonora's aria from "La Favorita," "See, O Norma," (Mira, O Norma), and Eboli's "O hated gift," ("O don fatale"). She is less than fully convincing only in Juliet's "Waltz Song," where her intonation is uncharacteristically shaky in the heavily ornamented opening phrases. David Parry, leading the Philharmonia Orchestra, offers her secure and energetic accompaniment. Chandos' sound is mostly good -- clean and deep -- but in a few passages the orchestra overpowers the voice.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/22/2007
Label:
Chandos
UPC:
0095115314227
catalogNumber:
3142

Tracks

  1. Adriana Lecouvreur, opera: Princess of Bouillon's aria  - Francesco Cilèa  - Arturo Colautti  - Jonathan Cooper  - Jennifer Larmore  - David Parry  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Christopher Cowell  - Charles Kilpatrick  - Charles Kilpatrick
  2. La favorita, opera: Lenora's aria  - Gaetano Donizetti  - Jonathan Cooper  - Jennifer Larmore  - David Parry  - David Parry  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Alphonse Royer  - Gustave Vaez  - Charles Kilpatrick  - Charles Kilpatrick
  3. Il Trovatore, opera: Azucena's canzone  - Giuseppe Verdi  - Salvatore Cammarano  - Jonathan Cooper  - Tom Hammond  - Jennifer Larmore  - David Parry  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Charles Kilpatrick  - Charles Kilpatrick
  4. La Gioconda, opera in 4 acts: Gioconda and Laura's duet  - Amilcare Ponchielli  - Arrigo Boito  - Jonathan Cooper  - Jennifer Larmore  - David Parry  - Susan Patterson  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Christopher Cowell  - Charles Kilpatrick  - Charles Kilpatrick
  5. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Donna Elvira's recitative and aria  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Jonathan Cooper  - Amanda Holden  - Jennifer Larmore  - David Parry  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Lorenzo da Ponte  - Charles Kilpatrick  - Charles Kilpatrick  - Lorenzo da Ponte [libretti]
  6. Rienzi, der Letzte der Tribunen, opera, WWV 49: Adriano's scena  - Richard Wagner  - Richard Wagner  - Jonathan Cooper  - Jennifer Larmore  - David Parry  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Francis Rizzo  - Victor Morris  - Charles Kilpatrick  - Charles Kilpatrick  - Robert Darling
  7. La favorita, opera: Leonora and Fernando's duet  - Gaetano Donizetti  - Jonathan Cooper  - Jennifer Larmore  - David Parry  - David Parry  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Alphonse Royer  - Gustave Vaez  - Charles Kilpatrick  - Charles Kilpatrick  - Colin Lee  - Fflur Wyn
  8. Semele, oratorio, HWV 58: Juno's aria  - George Frideric Handel  - William Congreve  - Jonathan Cooper  - Jennifer Larmore  - David Parry  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Charles Kilpatrick  - Charles Kilpatrick
  9. Tancredi, opera: Tancredi's Aria  - Gioachino Rossini  - Jonathan Cooper  - Jennifer Larmore  - David Parry  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Andrew Porter  - Gaetano Rossi  - Charles Kilpatrick  - Charles Kilpatrick
  10. Norma, opera: Norma and Adalgisa's Duet  - Vicenzo Bellini  - Jonathan Cooper  - Jennifer Larmore  - David Parry  - Susan Patterson  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Andrew Porter  - Felice Romani  - Charles Kilpatrick  - Charles Kilpatrick
  11. Don Carlo, opera: Princess Eboli's aria  - Giuseppe Verdi  - Jonathan Cooper  - Jennifer Larmore  - Joseph Méry  - David Parry  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Andrew Porter  - Camille du Locle  - Charles Kilpatrick  - Charles Kilpatrick
  12. Roméo et Juliette, opera: Juliet's Waltz Song  - Charles Gounod  - Jules Barbier  - Michel Carré  - Jonathan Cooper  - Jennifer Larmore  - David Parry  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Charles Kilpatrick  - Charles Kilpatrick  - Kenneth Richardson

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