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Rolando Villazón - Opera Recital / Plasson, Munich Radio So


Release Date: 02/21/2006 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 44733   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giacomo PucciniJacques OffenbachGiuseppe VerdiFriedrich von Flotow,   ... 
Performer:  Rolando VillazónFlorian LaconiTheresa Blank
Conductor:  Michel Plasson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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Here, in his third solo-recital CD, Rolando Villazon continues to impress; in fact, he gets better and better. Most tenors paint in broad strokes--the listener recalls the visceral reaction to a solid, high B-flat, or the ability of a big voice to effect a smooth diminuendo. But Villazon, with plenty of those tricks up his sleeve as well, is a rarity--a subtle, intelligent tenor. Even when approaching a chestnut like "Amor ti vieta" Villazon manages something special: he gives the aria's final note a slight crescendo and diminuendo within the space of a second or two, and it adds a surge of passion that all the yelping in the world
Read more can't compare with. Similarly, there is a berserk smile in his voice at the start of Hoffmann's "Kleinzach" ballad that becomes all the more memorable when he enters the darker, central passage of the narrative. "Recondita armonia" begins almost as a reverie; Turiddu's Farewell has an honest aura of desperation.

There is spontaneity in his singing, and he brings vivid personality to each character he portrays. The Ernani aria is little-known; it was added at Rossini's request for a revival in Parma in 1844 for tenor Nicola Ivanoff. The cabaletta is particularly strenuous--an ideal showcase for a spinto tenor, rather than the lyric Villazon clearly is--but with his darkish tone and strong rhythmic sense it is impossible to fault his performance. The final B-flat in the "Flower Song" is not sung piano, but neither is it belted, and Villazon manages the messa di voce on "Je t'aime" with a gentle grace.

His German is very clear but obviously newly learned and Mediterranean-tinged; however, his singing of the two Flotow arias could not be sweeter or more right-on. Lensky's aria, in passable Russian, brings to mind Fritz Wunderlich's rendition more than Gedda's or Shicoff's; he certainly could be in worse company. And the aria from Bizet's The Pearl Fishers is simply ravishing: he takes the opening phrases in one long, dolcissimo breath, sings with a dreamy legato, and switches up to the high-Bs in an impeccable falsetto/voix mixte, as soft as a dove. Michel Plasson's accompanients are more than sympathetic--they're a good partnership with a great tenor. Talking too much about this recital is like giving away secrets; go out and buy it. [2/20/2006]
--Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Tosca: Recondita armonia by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
Conductor:  Michel Plasson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Bavaria Studio, Munich, Germany (06/13/2005 - 06/17/2005); Bavarian Radio Studio 1, Munich, Germany (09/25/2005) 
2.
Les contes d'Hoffmann: Il était une fois "Kleinzach Legend" by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Rolando Villazón (Tenor), Florian Laconi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Michel Plasson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Paris, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Bavaria Studio, Munich, Germany (06/13/2005 - 06/17/2005); Bavarian Radio Studio 1, Munich, Germany (09/25/2005) 
3.
Les contes d'Hoffmann: Allons! Courage et confiance by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
Conductor:  Michel Plasson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Bavaria Studio, Munich, Germany (06/13/2005 - 06/17/2005); Bavarian Radio Studio 1, Munich, Germany (09/25/2005) 
4.
Un ballo in maschera: Ma se m' è forza perderti by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
Conductor:  Michel Plasson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Bavaria Studio, Munich, Germany (06/13/2005 - 06/17/2005); Bavarian Radio Studio 1, Munich, Germany (09/25/2005) 
5.
Martha: Ach, so fromm by Friedrich von Flotow
Performer:  Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
Conductor:  Michel Plasson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Bavaria Studio, Munich, Germany (06/13/2005 - 06/17/2005); Bavarian Radio Studio 1, Munich, Germany (09/25/2005) 
6.
Alessandro Stradella: Jungfrau Maria! by Friedrich von Flotow
Performer:  Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
Conductor:  Michel Plasson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Bavaria Studio, Munich, Germany (06/13/2005 - 06/17/2005); Bavarian Radio Studio 1, Munich, Germany (09/25/2005) 
7.
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24: Lensky's aria by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
Conductor:  Michel Plasson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1879 
Length: 6 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Bavaria Studio, Munich, Germany (06/13/2005 - 06/17/2005); Bavarian Radio Studio 1, Munich, Germany (09/25/2005) 
8.
Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59: Di rigori armato il seno by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
Conductor:  Michel Plasson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909-1910; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Bavaria Studio, Munich, Germany (06/13/2005 - 06/17/2005); Bavarian Radio Studio 1, Munich, Germany (09/25/2005) 
9.
Don Pasquale: Com' è gentil by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
Conductor:  Michel Plasson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Bavaria Studio, Munich, Germany (06/13/2005 - 06/17/2005); Bavarian Radio Studio 1, Munich, Germany (09/25/2005) 
10.
La Favorita: Spirto gentil by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
Conductor:  Michel Plasson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1843 
Length: 4 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Bavaria Studio, Munich, Germany (06/13/2005 - 06/17/2005); Bavarian Radio Studio 1, Munich, Germany (09/25/2005) 
11.
Carmen: La fleur que tu m'avais jetée "Flower song" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
Conductor:  Michel Plasson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Bavaria Studio, Munich, Germany (06/13/2005 - 06/17/2005); Bavarian Radio Studio 1, Munich, Germany (09/25/2005)
Composition written: France (1873 - 1874). 
12.
Les pêcheurs de perles: A cette voix by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
Conductor:  Michel Plasson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Length: 4 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Bavaria Studio, Munich, Germany (06/13/2005 - 06/17/2005); Bavarian Radio Studio 1, Munich, Germany (09/25/2005) 
13.
Cavalleria Rusticana: Mamma, quel vino è generoso "Addio" by Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  Rolando Villazón (Tenor), Theresa Blank (Alto)
Conductor:  Michel Plasson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Bavaria Studio, Munich, Germany (06/13/2005 - 06/17/2005); Bavarian Radio Studio 1, Munich, Germany (09/25/2005) 
14.
Fedora: Amor ti vieta by Umberto Giordano
Performer:  Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
Conductor:  Michel Plasson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Bavaria Studio, Munich, Germany (06/13/2005 - 06/17/2005); Bavarian Radio Studio 1, Munich, Germany (09/25/2005) 
15.
Ernani: Odi il voto by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
Conductor:  Michel Plasson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Bavaria Studio, Munich, Germany (06/13/2005 - 06/17/2005); Bavarian Radio Studio 1, Munich, Germany (09/25/2005) 

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