Opera: New Generation

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
This two-disc set is a sampler of operatic singers from the corporately related Virgin Classics and EMI labels, and like most such samplers it delivers a good deal less than it promises. The marketing is scattershot, for one thing: the two-disc set purports to offer both the "new generation" of singers and "greatest arias" -- whether of these particular artists or of opera in general is not made clear, but neither contention would be defensible. The booklet notes consist of a history of opera in five paragraphs, which isn't a whole lot of use to anybody. The selections date as far back as 1991, and the artists involved are as venerable as Felicity Lott, who made her debut...
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All Music Guide - James Manheim
This two-disc set is a sampler of operatic singers from the corporately related Virgin Classics and EMI labels, and like most such samplers it delivers a good deal less than it promises. The marketing is scattershot, for one thing: the two-disc set purports to offer both the "new generation" of singers and "greatest arias" -- whether of these particular artists or of opera in general is not made clear, but neither contention would be defensible. The booklet notes consist of a history of opera in five paragraphs, which isn't a whole lot of use to anybody. The selections date as far back as 1991, and the artists involved are as venerable as Felicity Lott, who made her debut in 1976, and, for Zoroaster's sake, José Van Dam, who was born in 1940. All this said, the newbie buyer looking for a selection of opera arias for the car stereo could do much worse than this set. The group of singers represented is diverse, and it would give a U.S. listener, especially, an idea of some exciting new trends in European singing. There are some genuinely newsworthy new artists, such as Latvian soprano Elina Garanca; the drastically different qualities of her low, middle, and top registers make much more of "Come scoglio," from Mozart's "Così fan tutte," than is usually the case. There are French singers, who get a good deal less ink in anglophone countries than they deserve; Sandrine Piau and Véronique Gens both have soaring instruments familiar to those who have followed recent operatic and sacred releases of the eighteenth century, and some proportion of those who buy this album will be hooked. Countertenors are rarely heard on collections of this kind, but here is the energetic Philippe Jaroussky in an aria from Vivaldi's "Giustino." There are superb interpreters who fly under the general radar; hear Susan Graham's passionate reading of "When I am laid in earth," from Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas," in which she seems to hang on every word. And all these singers are balanced out with a selection of hunks and crowd-pleasers on disc 2, which is devoted to Italian and French repertoire from the nineteenth century; disc 1 starts with Mozart but works its way back to the early Baroque. The Donizetti selections by Rolando Villazón and Roberto Alagna are not the best-known of these young singers, but they're enough to enter the artists in the next-Three-Tenors sweepstakes. Early music fans will be heartened by this collection, and nearly everyone will find something to enjoy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/28/2007
  • Label: Virgin Classics
  • UPC: 094638575528
  • Catalog Number: 85755

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Der Hölle Rache - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Natalie Dessay (3:03)
  2. 2 Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Serenade. Deh vieni alla finestra - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Peter Mattei (2:06)
  3. 3 Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Champagne aria. Finch 'han dal vino - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Peter Mattei (1:13)
  4. 4 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Porgi amor - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Ivor Bolton (3:18)
  5. 5 Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Temerari... come scoglio - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Salzburg Camerata (5:50)
  6. 6 Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Ach, ich fühl's - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & London Classical Players (2:57)
  7. 7 Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Ahimè! Dove trascorsi - Harry Bicket & Christoph Willibald Gluck (1:15)
  8. 8 Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Che farò Euridice? - Harry Bicket & Christoph Willibald Gluck (3:53)
  9. 9 La favola d'Orfeo, opera, SV 318: Possento Spirito - Claudio Monteverdi & Ian Bostridge (4:57)
  10. 10 Dido and Aeneas, opera, Z. 626: Thy hand, Belinda... - Henry Purcell & Susan Graham (0:57)
  11. 11 Dido and Aeneas, opera, Z. 626: When I am laid in earth - Henry Purcell & Susan Graham (3:54)
  12. 12 Aci, Galatea e Polifemo (Sorge il di), dramatic cantata, HWV 72: Aria. Fra l'ombre e gl'orrori - George Frideric Handel & Emmanuelle Haïm (6:08)
  13. 13 Rodrigo, opera, HWV 5: Empio fato, e fiera sorte - Alan Curtis & George Frideric Handel (3:19)
  14. 14 Serse (Xerxes), opera, HWV 40: Frondi tenere... - William Christie & George Frideric Handel (0:42)
  15. 15 Serse (Xerxes), opera, HWV 40: Ombra mai fù - William Christie & George Frideric Handel (3:23)
  16. 16 Semele, oratorio, HWV 58: Awake, Saturnia - Ensemble Orchestral de Paris & George Frideric Handel (4:57)
  17. 17 Bajazet (Il Tamerlano), pasticcio opera ("tragedia per musica") in 3 acts, RV703: Dov'è mia figlia - Fabio Biondi & Antonio Vivaldi (2:10)
  18. 18 Bajazet (Il Tamerlano), pasticcio opera ("tragedia per musica") in 3 acts, RV703: Anche il mar par che sommerga - Fabio Biondi & Antonio Vivaldi (3:45)
  19. 19 Giustino, opera in 3 acts, RV717: Vedrò con mio diletto - Antonio Vivaldi & Matheus Ensemble (5:12)
  20. 20 Castor et Pollux, tragédie en musique: Tristes apprêts - Véronique Gens & Jean-Philippe Rameau (4:12)
  21. 21 Platée ou Junon jalouse, opera: Formons les plus brillants concerts... Aux langueu - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Patricia Petibon (5:31)
  22. 22 L'elisir d'amore, opera: Una furtiva lagrima - Gaetano Donizetti & Munich Radio Orchestra (4:31)
  23. 23 La cenerentola (Cinderella), opera: Nacqui all'affanno - Gioachino Rossini & Ensemble Orchestral de Paris (7:11)
  24. 24 Guillaume Tell (William Tell), opera: S'allontanano alfin - Gioachino Rossini & Gabriele Ferro (3:37)
  25. 25 Guillaume Tell (William Tell), opera: Selva opaca, deserta - Gioachino Rossini & Gabriele Ferro (5:39)
  26. 26 Lucia di Lammermoor, opera: Tombe de mes aïeux - Gaetano Donizetti & Roberto Alagna (7:46)
  27. 27 Benvenuto Cellini, opera, H. 76a, Op. 23: Mais, qu'ai-je donc? - Hector Berlioz & John Nelson (5:17)
  28. 28 Roméo et Juliette, opera: Je veux vivre dans le rêve - Natalie Dessay & Charles Gounod (3:35)
  29. 29 Don Carlo, opera: Elle ne m'aime pas - Giuseppe Verdi & José van Dam (9:55)
  30. 30 Tosca, opera: E lucevan le stele - Giacomo Puccini & Munich Radio Orchestra (2:49)
  31. 31 La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein, operetta in 3 acts: Vous aimez le danger... Ah! Que j'aime les militai - Jacques Offenbach & Les Musiciens du Louvre (4:03)
  32. 32 La belle Hélène, operetta in 3 acts: Le jugement de Pâris: Au Mont Ida - Jacques Offenbach & Yann Beuron (3:35)
  33. 33 Der Opernball, operetta: Im chambre séparée - Richard Heuberger & Armin Jordan (3:20)
  34. 34 Ariadne auf Naxos, opera, Op. 60-I (TrV 228) (original version): Seien wir wieder gut! - Richard Strauss & Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus and Orchest (3:13)
  35. 35 Ariadne auf Naxos, opera, Op. 60-I (TrV 228) (original version): Großmächtige Prinzessin - Richard Strauss & Sumi Jo (13:18)
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