Tenor Arias

Tenor Arias

by Joseph Calleja
     
 
On this introductory recording, the young maltese tenor Joseph Calleja displays the elegant, self-possessed singing that has made him a hot prospect on European stages. With the likes of conductor Riccardo Chailly weighing in behind him, Calleja is clearly on the fast track to success. That kind of backing doesn't come easily for a young singer. But Calleja clearly

Overview

On this introductory recording, the young maltese tenor Joseph Calleja displays the elegant, self-possessed singing that has made him a hot prospect on European stages. With the likes of conductor Riccardo Chailly weighing in behind him, Calleja is clearly on the fast track to success. That kind of backing doesn't come easily for a young singer. But Calleja clearly has some growing to do, and this recording is best viewed as a glimpse of an emerging talent. The main strength of Calleja's voice is its youthful quality. It's a lively sound that never lapses into the labored muscling that you often hear from operatic tenors in pursuit of loudness above all else. That will never be in the cards for Calleja, who has one of the lightest tenor voices to come along in a long time. As a result, he explores a much softer range of dynamics than listeners might be accustomed to in this music, often with charming results. He never seems to go for more than is available to him, which is a refreshing quality. But he also often lapses into nasality on certain vowels, disrupting the easy flow of his sound. His musical inexperience shows in the shaping of many phrases, some of which seem clipped, rushed, or inadequately motivated. The most appealing tracks are his "Questa o quella" from Verdi's "Rigoletto," which is by far the most stylish offering on the album, and, somewhat surprisingly, his "Tombe degli avi miei...Fra poco a me ricovero" from Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor." The "only try this on recordings" awards go to "Addio fiorito asil" from Puccini's "Madama Butterfly" and "Lamento di Federico" from Cilea's "L'arlesiana," both of which are too heavy for Calleja. Chailly and the Giuseppe Verdi Orchestra Milan are outstanding throughout -- no singer could ask for better.

Editorial Reviews

Gramophone
A consistently impressive debut that adds richness and lustre to the tenor gene pool.
Time Out New York - David Shengold
Calleja's debut recording makes a fine impression, demonstrating an individual timbre with a quick vibrato that many pre-Caruso Mediterranean tenors had.... Calleja is extremely promising, and this disc provides considerable pleasure.
The New Yorker - Russell Platt
Calleja's Tenor Arias...displays a straightforward lyric tenor in the Pavarotti mold, but the gentle sweetness of his tone harks back to a more distant figure, Beniamino Gigli.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/11/2004
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028947525028
catalogNumber:
000214002
Rank:
150725

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  1. La Traviata, opera: Lunge da lei...De' miei bollenti spiriti...  - Giuseppe Verdi  - Riccardo Chailly  - Andrew Cornall  -  Francesco Maria Piave  -  Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra of Milan  - Paul Chessell  - Joseph Calleja  - Lydia Easley
  2. La Traviata, opera: O mio rimorso!  - Giuseppe Verdi  - Riccardo Chailly  - Andrew Cornall  -  Francesco Maria Piave  -  Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra of Milan  - Paul Chessell  - Joseph Calleja
  3. Macbeth, opera: O figli, o figli miei!...Ah, la paterna mano  - Giuseppe Verdi  - Riccardo Chailly  - Andrew Cornall  - Andrea Maffei  -  Francesco Maria Piave  -  Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra of Milan  - Paul Chessell  - Joseph Calleja
  4. Rigoletto, opera: Questa o quella  - Giuseppe Verdi  - Riccardo Chailly  - Andrew Cornall  -  Francesco Maria Piave  -  Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra of Milan  - Paul Chessell  - Joseph Calleja
  5. Rigoletto, opera: Ella mi fu rapita!...Parmi veder le lagrime...  - Giuseppe Verdi  - Riccardo Chailly  - Andrew Cornall  -  Francesco Maria Piave  -  Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra of Milan  - Paul Chessell  - Joseph Calleja
  6. Rigoletto, opera: Duca, duca!...  - Giuseppe Verdi  - Riccardo Chailly  - Andrew Cornall  - Romano Gandolfi  -  Francesco Maria Piave  -  Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra of Milan  - Paul Chessell  - Joseph Calleja  -  Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Chorus of Milan
  7. Rigoletto, opera: Possente amor mi chiama  - Giuseppe Verdi  - Riccardo Chailly  - Andrew Cornall  - Romano Gandolfi  -  Francesco Maria Piave  -  Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra of Milan  - Paul Chessell  - Joseph Calleja  -  Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Chorus of Milan
  8. Rigoletto, opera: La donna è mobile  - Giuseppe Verdi  - Riccardo Chailly  - Andrew Cornall  -  Francesco Maria Piave  -  Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra of Milan  - Paul Chessell  - Joseph Calleja
  9. L'elisir d'amore, opera: Quanto è bella  - Gaetano Donizetti  - Riccardo Chailly  - Andrew Cornall  - Felice Romani  -  Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra of Milan  - Paul Chessell  - Joseph Calleja
  10. Lucia di Lammermoor, opera: Tombe degli avi miei...Fra poco a me ricovero...  - Gaetano Donizetti  - Salvatore Cammarano  - Riccardo Chailly  - Andrew Cornall  -  Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra of Milan  - Paul Chessell  - Joseph Calleja
  11. Lucia di Lammermoor, opera: Oh meschina...  - Gaetano Donizetti  - Salvatore Cammarano  - Riccardo Chailly  - Andrew Cornall  - Romano Gandolfi  -  Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra of Milan  - Paul Chessell  - Joseph Calleja  -  Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Chorus of Milan  - Giovanni Battista Parodi
  12. Lucia di Lammermoor, opera: Tu che a Dio spiegasti l'ali  - Gaetano Donizetti  - Salvatore Cammarano  - Riccardo Chailly  - Andrew Cornall  - Romano Gandolfi  -  Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra of Milan  - Paul Chessell  - Joseph Calleja  -  Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Chorus of Milan
  13. Adriana Lecouvreur, opera: La dolcissima effigie  - Francesco Cilèa  - Riccardo Chailly  - Arturo Colautti  - Andrew Cornall  -  Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra of Milan  - Paul Chessell  - Joseph Calleja
  14. L'Arlesiana, opera: Lamento di Federico ("È la solita storia")  - Francesco Cilèa  - Riccardo Chailly  - Andrew Cornall  - Leopoldo Marenco  -  Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra of Milan  - Paul Chessell  - Joseph Calleja
  15. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Addio fiorito asil  - Giacomo Puccini  - Giuseppe Giacosa  - Riccardo Chailly  - Andrew Cornall  - Luigi Illica  -  Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra of Milan  - Paul Chessell  - Joseph Calleja

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