The Romantic Hero

The Romantic Hero

by Vittorio Grigolo

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Overview

The Romantic Hero

Italian tenor Vittorio Grigòlo has risen in terms of both popularity and critical esteem since making his crossover debut in 2006, and The Romantic Hero may be his best album yet. These Romantic heroes, the title neglects to inform you, all speak French, but this is not a problem for Grigòlo, who grew up attending French schools and speaks the language fully idiomatically. These heroic arias seem to fit his vocal personality, and he may be on top of a trend toward the world of French Romantic opera, which is rather neglected but offers vocal fireworks to match the established Italian repertory. Here Grigòlo touches on the Big Four of the era: Bizet, Gounod, Massenet, and Halévy, avoiding the few standards of the repertory but throwing in a piece by the unfailingly crowd-pleasing Offenbach on the side. The program is nicely put together and builds toward the undoubted climax, the Act IV explosion Va! Je t'ai pardonné ... Nuit d'hyménée from Gounod's "Romeo et Juliette" (track 10). Grigòlo is joined here by Russian soprano Sonya Yoncheva, and the pair, with Grigòlo unmistakably the dominant partner, maintain an astonishing level of sheer high-pitch force for over ten and a half minutes. The almost uncredited Orchestra Sinfonia Nazionale della RAI under Evelino Pidò provides able support, and all in all the collection is likely not only to further Grigòlo's career but to make new friends for French grand opera.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/19/2014
Label: Masterworks
UPC: 0888837565820
catalogNumber: 375658

Tracks

  1. Werther, lyric drama in 4 acts: Act 3. Toute mon âme... Pourquoi me réveiller

    1. Act 3. Toute mon âme... Pourquoi me réveiller  (02:53)
  2. Roméo et Juliette, opera: Act 2. L'amour! L'amour! ...Ah! lève-toi, soleil!

    1. Act 2. L'amour! L'amour! ...Ah! lève-toi, soleil!  (04:17)
  3. Carmen, opera: Act 2. La fleur que tu m'avais jetée

    1. Act 2. La fleur que tu m'avais jetée  (03:53)
  4. Faust, opera: Act 3. Scene 4. Quel trouble inconnu... Salut, dem

    1. Act 3. Scene 4. Quel trouble inconnu... Salut, demeure chaste et pure  (05:49)
  5. Manon, opera in 5 acts: Act 2. Instant charmant... En fermant les yeux

    1. Act 2. Instant charmant... En fermant les yeux  (03:43)
  6. Manon, opera in 5 acts: Act 3. Scene 2. Je suis seul! ...Ah! fuyez, douce

    1. Act 3. Scene 2. Je suis seul! ...Ah! fuyez, douce image  (05:02)
  7. L' Africaine, grand opera in 5 acts: Act 4. Pays merveilleux... Ô paradis

    1. Act 4. Pays merveilleux... Ô paradis  (03:09)
  8. La Juive, opera: Act 4. Rachel, quand du Seigneur

    1. Act 4. Rachel, quand du Seigneur  (05:36)
  9. Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Epilogue. Et moi? Moi, la fidèle amie... Ô Dieu! d

    1. Epilogue. Et moi? Moi, la fidèle amie... Ô Dieu! de quelle ivresse  (02:21)
  10. Roméo et Juliette, opera: Act 4. Va! Je t'ai pardonné... Nuit d'hyménée

    1. Act 4. Va! Je t'ai pardonné... Nuit d'hyménée  (10:38)
  11. Le Cid, opera: Act 2. Scene 3. Ah! tout est bien fini... Ô souver

    1. Act 2. Scene 3. Ah! tout est bien fini... Ô souverain, ô juge, ô père  (04:47)
  12. Roméo et Juliette, opera: Act 5. C'est là! Salut tombeau sombre et silencieu

    1. Act 5. C'est là! Salut tombeau sombre et silencieux  (05:16)

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