Villazon Verdi

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Appearing on the verge of the bicentennial celebration of Giuseppe Verdi's birth, Rolando Villazón's 2012 collection of opera arias and vocal selections is a fitting tribute that also serves as a practical introduction to the composer's music for tenor. Villazón owes a great deal to Verdi, since his performances in "La Traviata," "Rigoletto," and "Don Carlo" helped launch his career, though his return to singing after recovering from throat surgery is itself a worthy cause for celebrating with this special appreciation of Verdi's music. Villazón's voice is clear and strong, with no signs of uncertainty or strain, and his expressions of ardor and intensity are balanced ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Appearing on the verge of the bicentennial celebration of Giuseppe Verdi's birth, Rolando Villazón's 2012 collection of opera arias and vocal selections is a fitting tribute that also serves as a practical introduction to the composer's music for tenor. Villazón owes a great deal to Verdi, since his performances in "La Traviata," "Rigoletto," and "Don Carlo" helped launch his career, though his return to singing after recovering from throat surgery is itself a worthy cause for celebrating with this special appreciation of Verdi's music. Villazón's voice is clear and strong, with no signs of uncertainty or strain, and his expressions of ardor and intensity are balanced by smooth phrasing and subtle charm. Backed by the Orchestra Teatro Regio Torino, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, Villazón presents a varied program that spans the years between 1838 and 1893, from "Ciel, che feci!...Ciel pietoso," from Verdi's first opera, "Oberto," to "Dal labbro il canto estasiato vola," excerpted from "Falstaff," the final masterpiece. Anyone who is looking for an appealing program of Verdi should try this album, because the music is immediately accessible and Villazón's delivery is warm and inviting. Deutsche Grammophon's spacious and vibrant reproduction is first-rate, so Villazón is always at the forefront, while the orchestra has presence without intruding on his singing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/19/2012
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028947794608
  • Catalog Number: 001728302
  • Sales rank: 226,362

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Oberto, conte di San Bonifacio, opera: Ciel, che feci!... Ciel pietoso - Giuseppe Verdi & Armando Barilli (4:09)
  2. 2 I due Foscari, opera: Qui ti rimani alquanto... Brezza del suol natio... - Giuseppe Verdi & Armando Barilli (7:39)
  3. 3 Brindisi I ("Mescetemi il vino!"), song for voice & piano - Giuseppe Verdi & Armando Barilli (2:05)
  4. 4 L'esule ("Vedi! la bianca luna"), song for voice & piano - Giuseppe Verdi & Armando Barilli (8:13)
  5. 5 I Lombardi alla prima Crociata, opera: La mia letizia infondere - Giuseppe Verdi & Armando Barilli (1:58)
  6. 6 In solitaria stanza, song for voice & piano - Giuseppe Verdi & Luciano Berio (3:51)
  7. 7 Il Corsaro, opera: Eccomi prigioniero! - Giuseppe Verdi & Armando Barilli (3:43)
  8. 8 Rigoletto, opera: Questa o quella - Giuseppe Verdi & Armando Barilli (1:55)
  9. 9 Rigoletto, opera: La donna è mobile - Giuseppe Verdi & Armando Barilli (2:07)
  10. 10 La Traviata, opera: Lunge da lei... De' miei bollenti spiriti - Giuseppe Verdi & Armando Barilli (3:36)
  11. 11 La Traviata, opera: O mio rimorso! - Giuseppe Verdi & Armando Barilli (1:55)
  12. 12 Un ballo in maschera, opera: Amici miei, soldati!... La rivedrà nell'estasi - Giuseppe Verdi & Armando Barilli (3:24)
  13. 13 Don Carlo, opera: Fontainebleau! foresta immensa e solitaria!... Io - Giuseppe Verdi & Armando Barilli (4:13)
  14. 14 Requiem Mass, for soloists, chorus & orchestra (Manzoni Requiem): Ingemisco tamquam reus - Giuseppe Verdi & Armando Barilli (3:38)
  15. 15 Falstaff, opera: Dal labbro il canto estasiato vola - Arrigo Boito & Giuseppe Verdi (4:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rolando Villazón Primary Artist
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