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Tenor Arias

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All Music Guide - Allen Schrott
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Allen Schrott
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.
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.

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/11/2004
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947525028
  • Catalog Number: 000214002
  • Sales rank: 27,963

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 La Traviata, opera: Lunge da lei...De' miei bollenti spiriti... - Giuseppe Verdi & Riccardo Chailly (4:13)
  2. 2 La Traviata, opera: O mio rimorso! - Giuseppe Verdi & Riccardo Chailly (2:57)
  3. 3 Macbeth, opera: O figli, o figli miei!...Ah, la paterna mano - Giuseppe Verdi & Riccardo Chailly (3:48)
  4. 4 Rigoletto, opera: Questa o quella - Giuseppe Verdi & Riccardo Chailly (1:44)
  5. 5 Rigoletto, opera: Ella mi fu rapita!...Parmi veder le lagrime... - Giuseppe Verdi & Riccardo Chailly (4:58)
  6. 6 Rigoletto, opera: Duca, duca!... - Giuseppe Verdi & Riccardo Chailly (2:17)
  7. 7 Rigoletto, opera: Possente amor mi chiama - Giuseppe Verdi & Riccardo Chailly (3:08)
  8. 8 Rigoletto, opera: La donna è mobile - Giuseppe Verdi & Riccardo Chailly (2:13)
  9. 9 L'elisir d'amore, opera: Quanto è bella - Gaetano Donizetti & Riccardo Chailly (2:29)
  10. 10 Lucia di Lammermoor, opera: Tombe degli avi miei...Fra poco a me ricovero... - Gaetano Donizetti & Salvatore Cammarano (6:54)
  11. 11 Lucia di Lammermoor, opera: Oh meschina... - Gaetano Donizetti & Salvatore Cammarano (4:11)
  12. 12 Lucia di Lammermoor, opera: Tu che a Dio spiegasti l'ali - Gaetano Donizetti & Salvatore Cammarano (4:50)
  13. 13 Adriana Lecouvreur, opera: La dolcissima effigie - Francesco Cilèa & Riccardo Chailly (2:34)
  14. 14 L'Arlesiana, opera: Lamento di Federico ("È la solita storia") - Francesco Cilèa & Riccardo Chailly (4:25)
  15. 15 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Addio fiorito asil - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Giacosa (2:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joseph Calleja Primary Artist
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