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Una Furtiva Lagrima
     

Una Furtiva Lagrima

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by Juan Diego Flórez
 

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Juan Diego Flórez has made quite a splash in the opera world, releasing a much-acclaimed disc of Rossini arias, for instance. On his second recording, the young Peruvian tenor sticks firmly to the bel canto repertory, offering a varied program of arias by Bellini and Donizetti. All

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Juan Diego Flórez has made quite a splash in the opera world, releasing a much-acclaimed disc of Rossini arias, for instance. On his second recording, the young Peruvian tenor sticks firmly to the bel canto repertory, offering a varied program of arias by Bellini and Donizetti. All the qualities one admired on the Rossini album are here, too -- the sweet and easy tone, ringing high notes, natural musicianship, and emotional involvement with the characters. Indeed, Flórez seems to have honed his technique further, for his legato singing is even smoother than before, as one can hear in his exquisite rendition of the well-known title track ("Una furtiva lagrima" from Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore). Then, in another infamous Donizetti aria ("Pour mon âme" from La Fille du régiment), he thrillingly leaps through a dangerous series of high C hurdles -- and how well this demonstration of bravado fits in with Tonio's character. As with the Rossini disc, this recital blends familiar and unfamiliar music, offering rarities from Donizetti's Rita (a marvelously jaunty number) and Elisabetta and Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi, alongside arias from Don Pasquale and I Puritani. Anyone who doubted that Flórez has the goods for a sustained career should be convinced by these stunning performances. The tenor may not ever be able to take on some of Pavarotti's signature roles -- Rodolfo in La Bohème, for example -- but so what? Flórez is clearly on his way to becoming the great tenore di grazia of our time.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
This is the second solo outing for Peruvian-born bel canto tenor Juan Diego Flórez, who, at the age of 30, is garnering high acclaim for his clear, loud voice and secure confidence, on-stage charisma, and outstanding sense of vocal expressiveness. Una furtima lagrima, indeed, is an earnest, earthy, easily accessible disc of arias, choral ensembles, and scenes drawn from works of Bellini and Donizetti. On this beautifully recorded Decca disc Flórez is helped out by the Orchestra Sinfonica e Coro di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, conductor Riccardo Frizza, and vocal artists covering other roles in these operatic "bleeding chunks" including Nikola Mijailovic, Nicola Uliveri, and Ermonela Jaho. Rather than giving the impression of a presentation of fragmentary excerpts, this disc succeeds in being a celebration of the works of its composers with Flórez as the center of attention. Listening to this, one is tempted to draw a comparison of Flórez to mezzo soprano Cecilia Bartoli in that he prefers the lighter Classical and pre-Romantic repertoire over the heavier and more vocally taxing fare found in more mainstream composers such as Verdi and Puccini. This factor has pushed Bartoli further back into the Baroque and toward obscure works that have benefited her particular brand of artistry, much to the acclaim of Bartoli's legions of fans and critics alike. One wonders what will be the future course that Flórez will take, but for now this disc is an entirely satisfying blend of not-necessarily-all-that-familiar Bellini and Donizetti with a "hit" or two. Bravo Flórez! Bravo Decca! This is an unqualified triumph.
New York Times - Anne Midgette
Mr. Flórez does one thing very well: singing with a bright, brilliant sound.... There is no one around today who does this repertory better and no one I would rather hear in it.... The man can sing.
Gramophone
[Florez] is definitely one of the brightest stars of the lyric firmament and a joy to watch and hear.
Time Out New York - Marion Lignana Rosenberg
Juan Diego Flórez's voice is espresso for the ears: rich, bracing and alive with energy. He's a superb musician, with an immaculate technique, spot-on intonation and enough confidence in himself and his material to sing in a blessedly unfussy manner.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/10/2003
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028947062820
catalogNumber:
000044336

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Tracks

  1. Rita, ou Le mari battu, opera: Allegro io son  - Gaetano Donizetti  - Andrew Cornall  - Gustave Vaez  -  Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra of Milan  - Riccardo Frizza  - Juan Diego Flórez
  2. L'elisir d'amore, opera: Una furtiva lagrima  - Gaetano Donizetti  - Andrew Cornall  - Felice Romani  -  Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra of Milan  - Riccardo Frizza  - Juan Diego Flórez
  3. I Capuleti e i Montecchi, opera: O, di Capellio generosi amici...È serbata o questo  - Vicenzo Bellini  - Andrew Cornall  - Romano Gandolfi  - Felice Romani  -  Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra of Milan  -  Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Chorus of Milan  - Riccardo Frizza  - Juan Diego Flórez
  4. Don Pasquale, opera: Povero Ernesto!... Cercherò lontana terra  - Gaetano Donizetti  - Gaetano Donizetti  - Andrew Cornall  - Giovanni Ruffini  -  Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra of Milan  - Riccardo Frizza  - Gianluigi Petrarulo  - Juan Diego Flórez
  5. Don Pasquale, opera: Com'è gentil  - Gaetano Donizetti  - Gaetano Donizetti  - Andrew Cornall  - Giovanni Ruffini  -  Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra of Milan  - Riccardo Frizza  - Andrea Menafra  - Giulio Patara  - Rossella Perrone  - Juan Diego Flórez
  6. La Sonnambula, opera: Vedi, o madre...Tutto è sciolto...Pasci il guardo.  - Vicenzo Bellini  - Andrew Cornall  - Romano Gandolfi  - Felice Romani  -  Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra of Milan  -  Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Chorus of Milan  - Riccardo Frizza  - Ermonela Jaho  - Juan Diego Flórez
  7. Elisabetta al castello di Kenilworth, opera: Ah non sogno!...Disperato amante afflitto  - Gaetano Donizetti  - Leon Brunswick  - Andrew Cornall  - Adolphe Ribbing de Leuven  -  Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra of Milan  - Riccardo Frizza  - Domenico Gilardoni  - Juan Diego Flórez
  8. I Puritani, opera: A te, o cara  - Vicenzo Bellini  - Andrew Cornall  - Romano Gandolfi  - Carlo Pepoli (Count)  - Nikola Mijalovic  - Nicola Ulivieri  -  Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra of Milan  -  Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Chorus of Milan  - Riccardo Frizza  - Ermonela Jaho  - Juan Diego Flórez
  9. La fille du régiment, opera: Ah! mes amis, quel jour de fête!...Pour mon âme qu  - Gaetano Donizetti  - Andrew Cornall  - Romano Gandolfi  - Nikola Mijalovic  -  Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra of Milan  - Saint-Georges e Bayard  -  Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Chorus of Milan  - Riccardo Frizza  - Juan Diego Flórez

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Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore; Don Pasquale Hybrid SACD 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Here's the new Alfredo Krauss but with more feeling and warmth!! Magnifico, Senor Florez!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago