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Bel Canto Spectacular / Juan Diego Flórez


Release Date: 01/13/2009 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 001244502   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Gaetano DonizettiVincenzo BelliniGioachino RossiniGiuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Fernando PiquerasJuan Diego FlórezAnna NetrebkoMariusz Kwiecien,   ... 
Conductor:  Daniel Oren
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


This CD will make you wish you could sing. Happily not called "Florez and Friends", it's a collection of arias and duets by the three great bel canto composers, and it is, as advertised, "spectacular". The artists here are doing what they do better than anyone and making glorious music to boot, and they make it all seem effortless and fun. The only bit of disappointment is a silly one: Florez sings his much-encored-and-discussed, nine-high-Cs aria from Daughter of the Regiment, but this time in its Italian version. He does it so easily and with such aplomb that it almost goes by unnoticed, brilliant sheen to the upper register notwithstanding.

After that it's one
Read more bel canto delight after another. Anna Netrebko joins the tenor in the thrilling, third-act duet from Puritani, sung in its original key, with its lovely melodies, blend of voices, and dazzling high-Ds. She sounds wonderfully warm and persuasive, and the two singers blend more effectively than you might imagine--two young ponies in their prime, let out to frolic around the track. Florez solos again in Fernand's last-act aria, in French, from La Favorite, and sings with a rare plangency. The "Venti scudi" duet from L'elisir follows, and Florez and baritone Marius Kwiecien sing with fluency, wit, style, and "face"--a sheer comic delight with some optional high notes tossed in. "Una furtiva lagrima" shows up with an embellished vocal line and great sensitivity.

A duet from Linda di Chamounix with soprano Patrizia Ciofi is worthy of being played again the moment it ends; surely it contains one of Donizetti's most appealing tunes, and the pair sings it with love and sincerity. An aria from the same opera follows, finding Florez again in a tender mode; indeed, his voice is beginning to take on some nice shading in the mid and bottom ranges. (This was a favorite number of Alfredo Kraus.)

A fun duet from Il viaggio a Reims pairs the tenor with Daniela Barcellona. She is a marvelous singer but lacks the light touch to hold up her end entirely, but this is nit-picking. A lachrymose aria Donizetti added to Lucrezia Borgia for a Russian tenor ends the formal part of the recital, and once more Florez's wedding of feeling with text is admirable.

A bonus track features a duet from Rossini's Otello, with Florez in the high-lying role of Rodrigo and Placido Domingo as the Moor. It's a wonderful curiosity, and while Domingo could not have sung the whole role even in his prime, he does well by it here, even if most excursions above the staff and some of the fiorature have been eliminated. It seems like a gracious passing of the baton from one generation to another. The Orquesta de la Communitat Valenciana under Daniel Oren offers terrific accompaniments. This is a superb disc, a boon for lovers of great singing.

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

1. La fille du régiment: Ah, mes amis...Pour mon âme by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Fernando Piqueras (Baritone), Juan Diego Flórez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Daniel Oren
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Italy 
2. I puritani: Fini...Me lassa by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Anna Netrebko (Soprano), Juan Diego Flórez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Daniel Oren
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
3. La Favorita: Spirto gentil by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Juan Diego Flórez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Daniel Oren
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana
Written: 1843 
4. L'Elisir d'Amore: Venti scudi! by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Mariusz Kwiecien (Baritone), Juan Diego Flórez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Daniel Oren
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
5. L'Elisir d'Amore: Una furtiva lagrima by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Juan Diego Flórez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Daniel Oren
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
6. Linda di Chamounix: Da quel dì, che t'incontrai by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Patrizia Ciofi (Soprano), Juan Diego Flórez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Daniel Oren
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 
7. Linda di Chamounix: Se tanto in ira agli uomini by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Juan Diego Flórez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Daniel Oren
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 
8. Il viaggio a Reims: Di che son reo?... D'alma celeste by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Daniela Barcellona (Mezzo Soprano), Juan Diego Flórez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Daniel Oren
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Italy 
9. Lucrezia Borgia: Partir degg’io...T’amo qual s’ama un angelo by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Juan Diego Flórez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Daniel Oren
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Italy 
10. Otello: Ah, vieni, nel tuo sangui by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), Juan Diego Flórez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Daniel Oren
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 

Featured Sound Samples

Il viaggio a Reims (Rossini): "Di che son reo?... D'alma celeste"
L'elisir d'amore (Donizetti): "Venti scudi!"
La fille du régiment (Donizetti): "Amici miei, che allegro giorno!"

Sound Samples

La fille du régiment / Act 1: Cavatina: "Amici miei"
I Puritani / Act 3: Fini...me lassa!...Vieni, fra queste braccia!
La Favorita / Act 1: La maitresse du roi...Ange si pur
L'elisir d'amore / Act 2: "Venti scudi"
L'elisir d'amore / Act 2: "Una furtiva lagrima"
Linda di Chamounix / Act 1: Linda! Linda!...Da quel dì che t'incontrai
Linda di Chamounix / Act 1: Linda si ritiro
Il viaggio a Reims / Act 1: Di che son reo?...Alma celeste
Lucrezia Borgia / Act 2: Partir deggio...T'amo qual s'ama un angelo
Otello / Act 2: Ah vieni, nel tuo sangue

Customer Reviews

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 top-drawer, really top-drawer April 13, 2014 By J. EWING See All My Reviews "but the music from the first track is from La Figlia del Reggimento, not La Fille du Régiment. And track 3 is from La Favorite not La Favorita. Get it right arkiv" Report Abuse
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