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Italian Opera Arias / Natalie Dessay


Release Date: 02/05/2008 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 14365   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giuseppe VerdiVincenzo BelliniGaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Roberto AlagnaNatalie DessayFranck FerrariMatthew Rose,   ... 
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto CologneChamber Choir of Europe
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This selection includes a bonus DVD.

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The bonus DVD is a knockout -- worth the price of this set all by itself. This set offers great pleasure.

It's rare that sopranos with very slim voices carry real emotional weight, but Natalie Dessay is one that does. Here she sings pretty standard coloratura/bel canto repertoire, with the only vaguely non-repertoire piece being Maria Stuarda's opening aria and cabaletta. You may doubt that the remainder of that opera would suit her; it requires big exclamatory passages and very strong mid and low notes. But she sings the scene recorded here--which is more inward and tender--with great beauty and poise.

Also, her Violetta would
Read more likely be less effective in the opera's latter acts, but "Ah! fors' e lui" is delivered deliberately, dreamily, and with proper emphasis and lovely tone; and "Sempre libera", in addition to the fireworks we expect and get, is a true dramatic turn. Giulietta's big scene is simply ravishing, the long Bellinian lines spun elegantly and with the right girlish sound. Gilda, about the same age as Giulietta, we presume, has the same tone but Dessay makes her less certain of love by being very faithful to Verdi's markings--her little breaths are very effective.

The long Puritani scene is splendid and she makes it her own; unlike some of the canaries of yore (Hempel? Tetrazzini?) she phrases and decorates to suit the drama rather than to show off her skills. And in the early part of the scene she adds weight--and therefore sadness--to her tone. I found her complete recording of Sonnambula wanting in feeling and originality (with the same conductor); perhaps Elvira suits her better. Lucia's Mad Scene is similarly terrific--she is very much in the character and sings with great "face".

There's a bonus DVD that is a knockout: Dessay live on the Met's stage, opening night of the 2007-2008 season, performing the Mad Scene. It's riveting--and worth the price of this set all by itself. In brief, Dessay is a high coloratura who manages never to be boring and never to sound as if she's learned a role by rote. This CD and DVD offer great pleasure.

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

1.
La traviata: Ah, fors' è lui by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Venue:  Studio Stollberger, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "E strano!..." 
2.
La traviata: Sempre libera by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Natalie Dessay (Soprano), Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Venue:  Studio Stollberger, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Follie!".
Studio Stollberger, Cologne, Germany (07/28/2007 - 08/05/2007) 
3.
I puritani: O rendetemi la speme... by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Franck Ferrari (Baritone), Matthew Rose (Bass), Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
Venue:  Studio Stollberger, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Studio Stollberger, Cologne, Germany (07/28/2007 - 08/05/2007) 
4.
I puritani: Qui la voce sua soave by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Natalie Dessay (Soprano), Franck Ferrari (Baritone), Matthew Rose (Bass)
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Venue:  Studio Stollberger, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 9 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Studio Stollberger, Cologne, Germany (07/28/2007 - 08/05/2007) 
5.
I puritani: Vien, diletto, è in ciel la luna by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Natalie Dessay (Soprano), Franck Ferrari (Baritone), Matthew Rose (Bass)
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Venue:  Studio Stollberger, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Studio Stollberger, Cologne, Germany (07/28/2007 - 08/05/2007) 
6.
Maria Stuarda: O nube, che lieve by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Karine Deshayes (Soprano), Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne,  Chamber Choir of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Venue:  Studio Stollberger, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Studio Stollberger, Cologne, Germany (07/28/2007 - 08/05/2007) 
7.
Maria Stuarda: Nella pace del mesto riposo by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Karine Deshayes (Soprano), Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne,  Chamber Choir of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Venue:  Studio Stollberger, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Studio Stollberger, Cologne, Germany (07/28/2007 - 08/05/2007) 
8.
Maria Stuarda: Allenta il piè, Regina by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Karine Deshayes (Soprano), Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne,  Chamber Choir of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Venue:  Studio Stollberger, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Studio Stollberger, Cologne, Germany (07/28/2007 - 08/05/2007) 
9.
Rigoletto: Caro nome by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Franck Ferrari (Baritone), Roberto Alagna (Tenor), Matthew Rose (Bass),
Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Venue:  Studio Stollberger, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Gualtier Maldé..." 
10.
I Capuleti e i Montecchi: Oh, quante volte by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Italy 
Venue:  Studio Stollberger, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins "Eccomi in lieta vesta..." 
11.
Lucia di Lammermoor: Il dolce suono "Mad Scene" by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Franck Ferrari (Baritone), Matthew Rose (Bass), Natalie Dessay (Soprano),
Wolfgang Klose (Bass), Sascha Reckert (Glass Armonica)
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne,  Chamber Choir of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Venue:  Studio Stollberger, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is preceded by "Eccola."
Studio Stollberger, Cologne, Germany (07/28/2007 - 08/05/2007) 
12.
Lucia di Lammermoor: Ardon gl'incensi "Mad Scene" by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Sascha Reckert (Glass Armonica), Sascha Reckert (Glass Harmonica), Natalie Dessay (Soprano),
Franck Ferrari (Baritone), Matthew Rose (Bass), Wolfgang Klose (Bass)
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne,  Chamber Choir of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Venue:  Studio Stollberger, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Studio Stollberger, Cologne, Germany (07/28/2007 - 08/05/2007) 
13.
Lucia di Lammermoor: S'avanza Enrico by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Sascha Reckert (Glass Armonica), Wolfgang Klose (Bass), Natalie Dessay (Soprano),
Matthew Rose (Bass), Franck Ferrari (Baritone)
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne,  Chamber Choir of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Venue:  Studio Stollberger, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Studio Stollberger, Cologne, Germany (07/28/2007 - 08/05/2007) 
14.
Lucia di Lammermoor: Spargi d'amaro pianto "Mad Scene" by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Natalie Dessay (Soprano), Sascha Reckert (Glass Armonica), Wolfgang Klose (Bass),
Franck Ferrari (Baritone), Matthew Rose (Bass)
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne,  Chamber Choir of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Venue:  Studio Stollberger, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Studio Stollberger, Cologne, Germany (07/28/2007 - 08/05/2007) 
15.
I Capuleti e i Montecchi: Eccomi in lieta vesta by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Italy 
Venue:  Studio Stollberger, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Eccomi in lieta vesta..."
Studio Stollberger, Cologne, Germany (07/28/2007 - 08/05/2007) 
16.
I Capuleti e i Montecchi: Oh, quante volte by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Italy 
Venue:  Studio Stollberger, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Eccomi in lieta vesta..."
Studio Stollberger, Cologne, Germany (07/28/2007 - 08/05/2007) 

Sound Samples

La Traviata: È strano! È strano!...Ah, fors` è lui
La Traviata: Follie! Follie!...Sempre libera
I Puritani: O rendetemi la speme ... (Atto II)
I Puritani: Qui la voce ... (Atto II)
I Puritani: Vien, diletto, è in ciel la luna ... (Atto II)
Maria Stuarda: Allenta il piè, Regina
Maria Stuarda: Oh nube che lieve
Maria Stuarda: Nella pace del mesto riposo
Rigoletto: Gualtier Maldé...Caro nome
I Capuleti e i Montecchi: Eccomi in lieta vesta
I Capuleti e i Montecchi: Oh! quante volte
Lucia di Lammermoor: Eccola...Il dolce suono
Lucia di Lammermoor: Ardon gli incensi
Lucia di Lammermoor: S'avanza Enrico
Lucia di Lammermoor: Spargi d'amaro pianto

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Dessay bonus September 17, 2012 By Tim T. (Shenton Park, WA) See All My Reviews "Natalie Dessay – Italian Opera Arias What more to say – why not buy, rather than “why buy?”. I heard her first as The Daughter of the Regiment, blending singing with acting in a way I hadn’t seen before. Then, the Doll Song, and later, as Lucia di Lammermoor – and that brings us to this disk. It has the lot – La traviata, I Puritani, Lucia, Rigoletto and others that, previously unheard, were lovely to hear for the first time. The bonus DVD – 21 minutes from the blood-soaked Lucia “Mad scene” with Roberto Alagna (2007) – was excellent and added to the value of this purchase. No regrets." Report Abuse
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