Verdi

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
Before automatically dismissing the idea of the 72-year-old tenor Plácido Domingo reincarnated as a baritone, consider that he started out as one on the zarzuela stage many moons ago. In this selection of Verdi baritone arias, he sounds like the same Domingo so many millions of people have known and loved, just taken down a few scale degrees. That's both a good thing and a bad thing. You don't necessarily want a baritone to sound like a tenor, and in a few of these arias, which move the action along more than a tenor aria would, you feel that he's not really digging into the lyrics. But let's face it: who else among Domingo's tenor contemporaries could have pulled this ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
Before automatically dismissing the idea of the 72-year-old tenor Plácido Domingo reincarnated as a baritone, consider that he started out as one on the zarzuela stage many moons ago. In this selection of Verdi baritone arias, he sounds like the same Domingo so many millions of people have known and loved, just taken down a few scale degrees. That's both a good thing and a bad thing. You don't necessarily want a baritone to sound like a tenor, and in a few of these arias, which move the action along more than a tenor aria would, you feel that he's not really digging into the lyrics. But let's face it: who else among Domingo's tenor contemporaries could have pulled this off? The voice is not just recognizably Domingo but pleasingly Domingo, with the characteristic mixture of power and relaxed flexibility that has endeared him to listeners who have never heard any other opera singer, or any other opera singers than the Three Tenors. Domingo sounds terrific. He gets dry, competent support from the Orquesta de la Comunitat Valenciana and its associated chorus under Pablo Heras-Casado; the orchestra keeps the focus on Domingo's voice, right where it belongs. If this album were by anyone else, it would hardly work; from Domingo it is something to prize.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/27/2013
  • Label: Masterworks
  • UPC: 888837331227
  • Catalog Number: 373312
  • Sales rank: 26,407

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Macbeth, opera: Act 4. Scena ed aria. Perfidi! All'anglo contro me - Giuseppe Verdi & Kenneth Chalmers (5:21)
  2. 2 Rigoletto, opera: Act 1. Scena. Pari siamo! Io la lingua - Giuseppe Verdi & Kenneth Chalmers (3:52)
  3. 3 Rigoletto, opera: Act 2. Scena ed aria. Sì, la mia figlia!... Cortig - Giuseppe Verdi & Kenneth Chalmers (5:00)
  4. 4 Un ballo in maschera, opera: Act 3. Scena ed aria. Alzati! Là tuo figlio... Eri - Giuseppe Verdi & Kenneth Chalmers (6:22)
  5. 5 La Traviata, opera: Act 2. Aria. Di Provenza il mar, il suol - Giuseppe Verdi & Kenneth Chalmers (4:30)
  6. 6 Simon Boccanegra, opera: Act 1. Scena 2. Abbasso le spade!... Plebe! Patriz - Arrigo Boito & Giuseppe Verdi (5:17)
  7. 7 Simon Boccanegra, opera: Act 1. Scena 2. Ecco la spada - Arrigo Boito & Giuseppe Verdi (4:32)
  8. 8 Ernani, opera: Part 3. Preludio. Scena e cavatina. È questo il lo - Giuseppe Verdi & Kenneth Chalmers (3:30)
  9. 9 Ernani, opera: Part 3. Preludio. Scena e cavatina. Oh, de'verd'an - Giuseppe Verdi & Kenneth Chalmers (3:25)
  10. 10 Il Trovatore, opera: Part 2. Scena ed aria. Tutto è deserto - Giuseppe Verdi & Leone Emanuele Bardare (1:30)
  11. 11 Il Trovatore, opera: Part 2. Scena ed aria. Il balen del suo sorriso - Giuseppe Verdi & Leone Emanuele Bardare (3:10)
  12. 12 Il Trovatore, opera: Part 2. Scena ed aria. Qual suono! Oh ciel!... Per - Giuseppe Verdi & Leone Emanuele Bardare (2:55)
  13. 13 Don Carlo, opera: Act 4. Morte di Rodrigo. Son io, mio Carlo - Giuseppe Verdi & Kenneth Chalmers (3:36)
  14. 14 Don Carlo, opera: Act 4. Morte di Rodrigo. Per me giunto è il dì sup - Giuseppe Verdi & Kenneth Chalmers (2:42)
  15. 15 Don Carlo, opera: Act 4. Morte di Rodrigo. Che parli tu di morte? - Giuseppe Verdi & Kenneth Chalmers (5:55)
  16. 16 La forza del destino, opera: Act 3. Scena ed aria. Morir! Tremenda cosa - Giuseppe Verdi & Kenneth Chalmers (2:24)
  17. 17 La forza del destino, opera: Act 3. Scena ed aria. Urna fatale del mio destino - Giuseppe Verdi & Kenneth Chalmers (3:00)
  18. 18 La forza del destino, opera: Act 3. Scena ed aria. E s'altra prova rinvenir pot - Giuseppe Verdi & Kenneth Chalmers (2:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Plácido Domingo Primary Artist
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