Love Duets

Love Duets

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by Stephen Costello
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/10/2014
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
0825646334858
catalogNumber:
633485
Rank:
104948

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Tracks

  1. Manon, opera in 5 acts: Toi! Vous!... N'est-ce plus ma main

    • Jules Massenet
    • BBC Symphony Orchestra
    • Philippe Gille
    • Henri Meilhac
    • Patrick Summers
    • Ailyn Pérez
    1. Toi! Vous!... N'est-ce plus ma main  (08:07)
  2. L'amico Fritz, opera (commedia lyrica) in 3 acts: Suzel, buon dì! (Cherry Duet)

    • Pietro Mascagni
    • BBC Symphony Orchestra
    • P. Suardon
    • Patrick Summers
    • Ailyn Pérez
    1. Suzel, buon dì! (Cherry Duet)  (08:47)
  3. Rigoletto, opera: Signor né principe -- È il sol... dell'anima. Addi

    • Giuseppe Verdi
    • BBC Symphony Orchestra
    • Francesco Maria Piave
    • Patrick Summers
    • Ailyn Pérez
    1. Signor né principe -- È il sol... dell'anima. Addio! speranza  (07:17)
  4. L'elisir d'amore, opera: Caro elisir!... Esulti pur la barbara

    • Gaetano Donizetti
    • BBC Symphony Orchestra
    • Felice Romani
    • Patrick Summers
    • Ailyn Pérez
    1. Caro elisir!... Esulti pur la barbara  (08:51)
  5. Faust, opera: Il se fait tard!

    • Charles Gounod
    • BBC Symphony Orchestra
    • Michel Carré
    • Patrick Summers
    • Barbier
    • Ailyn Pérez
    1. Il se fait tard!  (09:58)
  6. La Traviata, opera: Un dì felice

    • Giuseppe Verdi
    • BBC Symphony Orchestra
    • Francesco Maria Piave
    • Patrick Summers
    • Ailyn Pérez
    1. Un dì felice  (03:22)
  7. La bohème, opera: O soave fanciulla

    • Giacomo Puccini
    • BBC Symphony Orchestra
    • Luigi Illica
    • Patrick Summers
    • G. Giacoso
    • Ailyn Pérez
    1. O soave fanciulla  (04:13)
  8. One Hand, One Heart, song (from "West Side Story")  - Leonard Bernstein  - Stephen Sondheim  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - Patrick Summers  - Ailyn Pérez  (04:21)
  9. If I Loved You, song (from "Carousel")  - Richard Rodgers  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - Oscar Hammerstein  - Patrick Summers  - Ailyn Pérez  (03:05)
  10. And This Is My Beloved, song (for the musical "Kismet")  - George Forrest  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - Patrick Summers  - Robert Wright  - Ailyn Pérez  (03:57)

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Love Duets 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Breathtaking voices! Ailyn has a pure sound in her voice and Stephen sings with a beautiful sounding tenor voice. Loved the entire CD. So much feeling in their voices. I especially enjoyed hearing them sing in English which helps me compare their voices to other singers. They are both top notch!