Great Tenor Arias

Great Tenor Arias

by Juan Diego Flórez, Juan Diego FlórezJuan Diego Flórez


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Juan Diego Flórez is currently unrivalled in the early-Romantic lyric tenor repertoire -- his first two solo CDs, one devoted to Rossini arias and the other to music by Donizetti and Bellini, proved that beyond doubt. On his third disc, Great Tenor Arias, Flórez extends his embrace forward in time to Verdi and Puccini and back to Gluck and Cimarosa, while remaining grounded in the bel canto of Rossini and Donizetti. It's a natural enough progression for the Peruvian tenore di grazia -- a vocal type that readily takes in Verdi's Duke (from Rigoletto) and Puccini's Rinuccio (from Gianni Schicchi), as well as being ideally suited to 18th-century roles like Gluck's Orphée. Flórez is fully up to these new demands, offering a sparkling "La donna è mobile" and a suave "J'ai perdu mon Euridice," as well as a jaunty Gianni Schicchi excerpt, and he remains just as compelling on his home turf. In Rossini's "La speranza più soave" from Semiramide, for instance, the lovely, flowing legato of the cavatina gives way to impressive displays of agility in the cabaletta -- all in a day's work for Flórez. He has some surprises in store, too, with the charming example from Cimarosa's Il matrimonio segreto, a sensuous aria from Halévy's La Juive, and a lyrical extract from Verdi's early failure, Un giorno di regno. At its best, the tenor's bright, tightly focused voice gleams like polished steel, and while the disc may not display quite same the superabundance of stunningly effortless top notes that marked his earlier releases, Flórez's latest shows an artist in full command, reaching out for new challenges, and triumphing anew.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/14/2004
Label: Decca
UPC: 0028947555025
catalogNumber: 000313602
Rank: 125466

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Juan Diego Flórez   Primary Artist,Tenor (Vocal)
Juan Diego Flórez   Primary Artist
Carlo Rizzi   Conductor
Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Chorus of Milan   Choir, Chorus
Romano Gandolfi   Choir Master
Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra of Milan   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Andrew Cornall   Producer,Executive Producer
Paul Chessell   Art Direction
Bassi   Librettist
Francesco Maria Piave   Librettist
Gaetano Rossi   Librettist
Johannes Ifkovits   Cover Photo
John B. Steane   Liner Notes
Felice Romani   Librettist
Donald Moline   Librettist
Giovanni Bertati   Librettist
Angelo Anelli   Librettist
Raniero de Calzabigi   Librettist
Susannah Howe   Text Translation
Pierre-Louis Moline   Librettist
Jules Vernoy de Saint-Georges   Librettist
Eugène Scribe   Librettist
Giovacchino Forzano   Librettist
Jean-François Bayard   Librettist

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