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Santo - Sacred Songs / Juan Diego Florez


Release Date: 10/25/2010 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 001487502  
Composer:  Johann Joseph FuxCésar FranckAdolphe AdamVincenzo Bellini,   ... 
Performer:  Juan Diego Flórez
Conductor:  Michele Mariotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale ChorusBologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Good for Juan Diego Florez for this release! It includes such favorites as "O Holy Night", sung in French and then English, and capped with a glorious high B, "Adeste fidelis", which starts out in Latin, passes through German and winds up in English, and "Panis angelicus". A surprising "Ev'ry valley" from Messiah gets a spiffy reading, with long breaths, clean runs, and good attempts at trills, and it is sung in very fine English, I might add. Two excerpts from Rossini's rarely heard Messa di Gloria are chock-full of the composer's usual roulades and high notes, but the number from the more familiar Petite messe solonnelle is not as challenging. Florez sings
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Schubert's Ave Maria gives us the tenor's middle-range, warmer and more elegant than a few years ago, and a beautiful legato as well. A fine aria from Haydn's Die Schöpfung shows up unexpectedly, in fine German, and it is balanced by the Kyrie from Ramirez's Missa Criolla. An aria from a Bellini mass and a cantata by Joseph Fux are welcome rarities and show the tenor at his most virtuosic. The CD ends with Florez's own composition, a number called "Santo" that has a nice Latin American flavor. The engineering is superb and the accompaniments are excellent. This whole CD is a delight.

--Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Plaudite: Plaudite, sonat tuba by Johann Joseph Fux
Performer:  Juan Diego Flórez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Michele Mariotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Chorus,  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Austria 
2. Panis angelicus by César Franck
Performer:  Juan Diego Flórez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Michele Mariotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Chorus,  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; France 
3. Minuit, Chrétiens "O holy night" by Adolphe Adam
Performer:  Juan Diego Flórez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Michele Mariotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Chorus,  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
4. Mass in A minor: Qui Sedes by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Juan Diego Flórez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Michele Mariotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Chorus,  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1825 
5. Messiah, HWV 56: Comfort ye my people...Ev'ry valley by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Juan Diego Flórez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Michele Mariotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Chorus,  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
6. Petite Messe solennelle: Domine Deus by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Juan Diego Flórez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Michele Mariotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Chorus,  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; Italy 
7. Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Juan Diego Flórez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Michele Mariotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Chorus,  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
8. Messa di gloria: Qui tollis by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Juan Diego Flórez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Michele Mariotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Chorus,  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1820; Italy 
9. The Creation, H 21 no 2: In native worth by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Juan Diego Flórez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Michele Mariotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Chorus,  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796-1798; Vienna, Austria 
10. Misa Criolla: Kyrie by Ariel Ramirez
Performer:  Juan Diego Flórez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Michele Mariotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Chorus,  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; Argentina 
11. Messa di gloria: Gratias agimus tibi by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Juan Diego Flórez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Michele Mariotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Chorus,  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1820; Italy 
12. Adeste fideles "O come, all ye faithful" by John Francis Wade
Performer:  Juan Diego Flórez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Michele Mariotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Chorus,  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1782; England 
13. Santo by Juan Diego Flórez
Performer:  Juan Diego Flórez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Michele Mariotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Chorus,  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra

Featured Sound Samples

Messiah (Handel): Part I: "Ev'ry valley shall be exalted"
Ave Maria (Schubert)
Adeste fideles "O come, all ye faithful" (Wade)

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 SANTO-Juan Diego Florex April 11, 2013 By Suzanne L. (Gaithersburg, MD) See All My Reviews "Enjoying-not just at holiday time. Great tenor belle canto music...knows his own vocal range & sticks with it." Report Abuse
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