Verdi Arias

Verdi Arias

by Jose Cura


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Verdi Arias

José Cura's first recording was a collection of Puccini arias, released back in 1997. Here the Argentinean tenor turns his attention to Verdi, a composer whose music demands even more subtlety and understanding, offering selections that span the composer's career -- from I Due Foscari and Macbeth to Aida and Otello. It is arguable that Cura's dark, rugged voice is naturally better suited to Verdi than to Puccini, although the confidence and ease of his singing is so dramatically improved from the debut album that any such comparisons are pretty much useless. Dramatic vigor is the main attraction of these interpretations. Cura's instrument has neither the clarion brilliance of a Pavarotti nor the lyrical sweetness of a Carreras, but he clearly knows how to bring Verdi's characters to life, creating a living, breathing sense of theater -- something that's missing from far too many aria albums. His abilities as a conductor are equally impressive: He summons powerful, chiseled playing from London's Philharmonia Orchestra, demonstrating that his grasp of the Verdian style encompasses not just the melodies, but the entire score.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/10/2000
Label: Warner Classics Uk
UPC: 0685738023226
catalogNumber: 380232

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jose Cura   Primary Artist,Conductor,Tenor (Vocal)
Philharmonia Orchestra   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Giuseppe Verdi   Composer
Norman Jean Roy   Cover Photo
Clive Barda   Inlay Design
Kenneth Chalmers   translation,Liner Note Translation
Wolfram Graul   Recording Producer
Giancarlo Landini   Liner Notes
Michel Roubinet   translation
Thierry Cohen   Graphic Design
Roger Viollet   Artwork
Michel Chasteau   translation,Liner Note Translation
Giovanni Boldini   Artwork
Johanna Mayr   translation
Christophe Capacci   Executive Producer
Walter Zidaric   Liner Note Translation
Gwyn Morris   translation
Kornelia Bittmann   translation,Liner Note Translation
Jean Chatauret   Engineer
Béatrice Vierne   translation

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