Love Duets

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
The U.S. duo of soprano Ailyn Pérez and tenor Stephen Costello has garnered considerable publicity in its home country, and now with this new collaboration with the venerable BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, they seem poised to gain a round of admirers across the Atlantic as well. Opera cognoscenti may conclude that their success is due in large part to having the field to themselves right now: opera companies and symphonic programmers, like those in the folk field who roll over and put their hands in the air for the Swell Season and the Civil Wars, can't resist the spectacle of a husband-and-wife team who seem to be experiencing the emotions they sing about. Pérez's voice for...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
The U.S. duo of soprano Ailyn Pérez and tenor Stephen Costello has garnered considerable publicity in its home country, and now with this new collaboration with the venerable BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, they seem poised to gain a round of admirers across the Atlantic as well. Opera cognoscenti may conclude that their success is due in large part to having the field to themselves right now: opera companies and symphonic programmers, like those in the folk field who roll over and put their hands in the air for the Swell Season and the Civil Wars, can't resist the spectacle of a husband-and-wife team who seem to be experiencing the emotions they sing about. Pérez's voice for many will have a rather plummy quality, while Costello's tenor at times plows ahead with little regard to pitch. But the duo is canny in picking their music, and it's easy to see the appeal in spite of such objections. The album is dedicated to the memory of Richard Tucker, and the duo exploits the musical mix characteristic of that great American crowd-pleaser, combining verismo and semipopular material with musicals standing in for Tucker's beloved operetta. The whole thing seems to work, in spite of individual moments that don't stand up to scrutiny, and the BBC Philharmonic under Patrick Summers takes this kind of basic emotional appeal on its own terms. It's worth watching Pérez and Costello to see where they go next.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/10/2014
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • UPC: 825646334858
  • Catalog Number: 633485
  • Sales rank: 731

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Manon, opera in 5 acts: Toi! Vous!... N'est-ce plus ma main - Jules Massenet & BBC Symphony Orchestra (8:07)
  2. 2 L'amico Fritz, opera (commedia lyrica) in 3 acts: Suzel, buon dì! (Cherry Duet) - Pietro Mascagni & BBC Symphony Orchestra (8:47)
  3. 3 Rigoletto, opera: Signor né principe -- È il sol... dell'anima. Addi - Giuseppe Verdi & BBC Symphony Orchestra (7:17)
  4. 4 L'elisir d'amore, opera: Caro elisir!... Esulti pur la barbara - Gaetano Donizetti & BBC Symphony Orchestra (8:51)
  5. 5 Faust, opera: Il se fait tard! - Charles Gounod & BBC Symphony Orchestra (9:58)
  6. 6 La Traviata, opera: Un dì felice - Giuseppe Verdi & BBC Symphony Orchestra (3:22)
  7. 7 La bohème, opera: O soave fanciulla - Giacomo Puccini & BBC Symphony Orchestra (4:13)
  8. 8 One Hand, One Heart, song (from "West Side Story") - Leonard Bernstein & Stephen Sondheim (4:21)
  9. 9 If I Loved You, song (from "Carousel") - Richard Rodgers & BBC Symphony Orchestra (3:05)
  10. 10 And This Is My Beloved, song (for the musical "Kismet") - George Forrest / Robert Wright & George Forrest (3:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stephen Costello Primary Artist
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