Opera Arias

Opera Arias

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by James Levine
     
 

If any were needed, this album is a reminder of the extent of Bryn Terfel's achievement: the robust, disciplined voice, the versatility, the musical intelligence, the passion, and the interpretive depth he brings to whatever he sets his mind to. Mozart was the composer in whose work Terfel first came to prominence, particularly in the comicSee more details below

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If any were needed, this album is a reminder of the extent of Bryn Terfel's achievement: the robust, disciplined voice, the versatility, the musical intelligence, the passion, and the interpretive depth he brings to whatever he sets his mind to. Mozart was the composer in whose work Terfel first came to prominence, particularly in the comic roles. "Non più andrai" is a marvel of sly wit, and Terfel's investment in the role is absolute; this is the kind of performance that made him an international sensation. He brings the same insouciance and sure grasp of the comic potential of every phrase to Leporello's Catalogue Aria. As accomplished as Terfel is in Mozart, he seems equally at ease in Wagner and in core 19th century repertoire. "Song to the Evening Star" from "Tannhäuser" is luminous, with luster both in Terfel's voice and in the orchestra. Some of the repertoire recorded here was new to the singer when he made this recording: Italian, French, and Russian roles he had not yet sung on-stage. Malatesta's "Bella siccome un angelo" is Terfel's first Donizetti, but he fully inhabits it, and the aria from "Prince Igor," his first work in Russian, is fully persuasive. The same commitment, musicality, and understanding are evident in his arias from "Les contes d'Hoffmann," "Faust," "La cenerentola," "Macbeth," and "Falstaff." James Levine, a master of making singers and orchestras sound their very best, leads the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in this repertoire in which it is unmatched, and the performances dazzle with apparent effortlessness and a secure grasp of such diverse idioms. Deutsche Grammophon's sound is clean and well balanced.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/09/1996
Label:
Deutsche Grammophon
UPC:
0028944586626
catalogNumber:
445866
Rank:
116068

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Tracks

  1. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Non Più Andrai, Farfallone Amoroso  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Peggy Cochrane  - John Fisher  - Jane Iles  - James Levine  -  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra  - Gwyn Morris  - Fred Munzmaier  - Lionel Salter  - Christian Steiner  - Bryn Terfel  - Roger Wright  - Robert A. Jordan
  2. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 2: Deh, vieni alla finestra  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Peggy Cochrane  - John Fisher  - Jane Iles  - James Levine  -  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra  - Gwyn Morris  - Fred Munzmaier  - Lionel Salter  - Christian Steiner  - Bryn Terfel  - Roger Wright  - Robert A. Jordan
  3. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Madamina, Il Catalogo E Questo  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Peggy Cochrane  - John Fisher  - Jane Iles  - James Levine  -  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra  - Gwyn Morris  - Fred Munzmaier  - Lionel Salter  - Christian Steiner  - Bryn Terfel  - Roger Wright  - Robert A. Jordan
  4. Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Rivolgete A Lui Lo Sguardo  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Peggy Cochrane  - John Fisher  - Jane Iles  - James Levine  -  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra  - Gwyn Morris  - Fred Munzmaier  - Lionel Salter  - Christian Steiner  - Bryn Terfel  - Roger Wright  - Robert A. Jordan
  5. Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Act 1: Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Peggy Cochrane  - John Fisher  - Jane Iles  - James Levine  -  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra  - Gwyn Morris  - Fred Munzmaier  - Lionel Salter  - Christian Steiner  - Bryn Terfel  - Roger Wright  - Robert A. Jordan
  6. Tannhäuser, opera, WWV 70: Wie Todesahnung Dämmrung Deckt Die Lande...O Du  - Richard Wagner  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Peggy Cochrane  - John Fisher  - Jane Iles  - James Levine  -  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra  - Gwyn Morris  - Fred Munzmaier  - Lionel Salter  - Christian Steiner  - Bryn Terfel  - Roger Wright  - Robert A. Jordan
  7. Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman), opera, WWV 63: Die Frist Ist Um  - Richard Wagner  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Peggy Cochrane  - John Fisher  - Jane Iles  - James Levine  -  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra  - Gwyn Morris  - Fred Munzmaier  - Lionel Salter  - Christian Steiner  - Bryn Terfel  - Roger Wright  - Robert A. Jordan
  8. Les Contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Allez!...Pour Te Livrer Combat...Scintille, Diaman  - Jacques Offenbach  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Peggy Cochrane  - John Fisher  - Jane Iles  - James Levine  -  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra  - Gwyn Morris  - Fred Munzmaier  - Lionel Salter  - Christian Steiner  - Bryn Terfel  - Roger Wright  - Robert A. Jordan
  9. Faust, opera: Vous Qui Faites L'endormie  - Charles Gounod  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Peggy Cochrane  - John Fisher  - Jane Iles  - James Levine  -  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra  - Gwyn Morris  - Fred Munzmaier  - Lionel Salter  - Christian Steiner  - Bryn Terfel  - Roger Wright  - Robert A. Jordan
  10. Prince Igor, opera (completed by Rimsky-Korsakov & Glazunov): Act 2: Ni Sna Ni Otdycha Izmucennoj Duse  - Alexander Borodin  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Peggy Cochrane  - John Fisher  - Jane Iles  - James Levine  -  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra  - Gwyn Morris  - Fred Munzmaier  - Lionel Salter  - Christian Steiner  - Bryn Terfel  - Roger Wright  - Robert A. Jordan
  11. Don Pasquale, opera: Act 1: Bella Siccome Un Angelo  - Gaetano Donizetti  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Peggy Cochrane  - John Fisher  - Jane Iles  - James Levine  -  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra  - Gwyn Morris  - Fred Munzmaier  - Lionel Salter  - Christian Steiner  - Bryn Terfel  - Roger Wright  - Robert A. Jordan
  12. La cenerentola (Cinderella), opera: Miei Rampolli Femminini  - Gioachino Rossini  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Peggy Cochrane  - John Fisher  - Jane Iles  - James Levine  -  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra  - Gwyn Morris  - Fred Munzmaier  - Lionel Salter  - Christian Steiner  - Bryn Terfel  - Roger Wright  - Robert A. Jordan
  13. Macbeth, opera: Perfidi! All'anglo Contra Me V'unite!  - Giuseppe Verdi  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Peggy Cochrane  - John Fisher  - Jane Iles  - James Levine  -  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra  - Gwyn Morris  - Fred Munzmaier  - Lionel Salter  - Christian Steiner  - Bryn Terfel  - Roger Wright  - Robert A. Jordan
  14. Falstaff, opera: Ehi! Paggio!...L'Onore!  - Giuseppe Verdi  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Peggy Cochrane  - John Fisher  - Jane Iles  - James Levine  -  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra  - Gwyn Morris  - Fred Munzmaier  - Lionel Salter  - Christian Steiner  - Bryn Terfel  - Roger Wright  - Robert A. Jordan

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