WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Italian Album / Timothy Richards, Wilhelm Keitel, Minsk Orchestra

Richards / Minsk Orchestra / Keitel
Release Date: 03/08/2011 
Label:  Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog #: 9091664  
Composer:  Giuseppe VerdiGiacomo Puccini
Performer:  Timothy Richards
Conductor:  Wilhelm Keitel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minsk Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 0 Hours 51 Mins. 

In Stock: Usually ships in 24 hours.  
On sale! $21.98
SuperAudio CD:  $19.99
In Stock



Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

A worthy documentation of a singer in mid-career.

Timothy Richards, born in Wales and now a member of the ensemble at Komische Oper in Berlin, has appeared throughout Europe. For his first solo album he has chosen arias from the Italian operas he has sung during the first ten years of his career. His voice is slightly throaty and he has a tendency to squeeze the tone but he often phrases sensitively and has a healthy ring at the top. His timbre is not unlike Pavarotti’s and he sings with good legato.

The programme is mostly predictable; the only surprise is the aria from Il tabarro, which is
Read more rarely sung out of context. His readings of these war-horses are not particularly revelatory, they are good, middle-of-the-road stuff that are pleasant to listen to but hardly go to the top of my shortlist of available recordings. That said Richards has still a great deal to offer in the shape of stylish singing. Generally he seems to be more at ease with the Puccini items, but there are many good things in the Verdi numbers as well. Quite the best of them is Macduff’s recitative and aria from Macbeth: even voice quality, not particularly nuanced but healthy, well-focused, full-throated singing. He makes the most of the Tabarro aria, Che gelida manina is impassioned and Nessun dorma powerful. Best of all are Cavaradossi’s two arias from Tosca. The glow in E lucevan le stelle is infectious. Wilhelm Keitel and his Minsk Orchestra, which he founded in 1994, accompany well but somewhat anonymously. In the three purely orchestral numbers we can however hear a fine body of strings – the cello department sound especially fine in the Traviata prelude – and the brass rings out ominously in the Macbeth prelude. The Forza overture on the other hand is rather hard-driven and stiff.

The recording is excellent and I believe most readers can live without the sung texts. At least seasoned collectors must have tons of inlays and booklets with texts and translations of all these standard arias – bar Tabarro.

Not everything is on the highest possible level but by and large this is a worthy documentation of a singer in mid-career.

-- Göran Forsling, MusicWeb International

Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
La traviata: Lunge da lei...De' miei bollenti spiriti by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Timothy Richards (Tenor)
Conductor:  Wilhelm Keitel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minsk Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
2.
Rigoletto: Ella mi fu rapita!...Parmi veder le lagrime by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Timothy Richards (Tenor)
Conductor:  Wilhelm Keitel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minsk Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
3.
Un ballo in maschera: Ma se m' è forza perderti by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Timothy Richards (Tenor)
Conductor:  Wilhelm Keitel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minsk Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
4.
Macbeth: Ah, la paterna mano by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Timothy Richards (Tenor)
Conductor:  Wilhelm Keitel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minsk Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847/1865; Italy 
5.
Il Tabarro: Hai ben ragione by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Timothy Richards (Tenor)
Conductor:  Wilhelm Keitel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minsk Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Italy 
6.
La Bohème: Che gelida manina by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Timothy Richards (Tenor)
Conductor:  Wilhelm Keitel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minsk Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
7.
Turandot: Nessun dorma! by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Timothy Richards (Tenor)
Conductor:  Wilhelm Keitel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minsk Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
8.
Tosca: Recondita armonia by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Timothy Richards (Tenor)
Conductor:  Wilhelm Keitel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minsk Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
9.
Tosca: E lucevan le stelle by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Timothy Richards (Tenor)
Conductor:  Wilhelm Keitel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minsk Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
10.
La traviata: Act 1 Prelude by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Wilhelm Keitel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minsk Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
11.
Macbeth: Act 1 Prelude by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Wilhelm Keitel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minsk Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847/1865; Italy 
12.
La forza del destino: Overture by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Wilhelm Keitel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minsk Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook




YOU MUST BE A SUBSCRIBER TO LISTEN TO ARKIVMUSIC STREAMING.
TRY IT NOW FOR FREE!
Sign up now for two weeks of free access to the world's best classical music collection. Keep listening for only $19.95/month - thousands of classical albums for the price of one! Learn more about ArkivMusic Streaming
Aleady a subscriber? Sign In