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Allegro Io Son / Brownlee, Orbelian


Release Date: 09/09/2016 
Label:  Delos   Catalog #: 3515  
Composer:  Gaetano DonizettiVincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Lawrence Brownlee
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Tenor Lawrence Brownlee is largely considered by critics and audiences alike to be the world’s leading bel canto tenor. His previous release on Delos was an enchanting array of Rossini arias which garnered him a Grammy nomination. Brownlee has a rich and varied repertoire, which is evident on this release. He has mixed standards such as Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, and L’elisir d’amore and Bellinis’ I Puritani with lesser-performed pieces like Donizetti’s Rita and La Favorite. For this release, as in his previous, Brownlee is joined by Lithuania’s Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra and the Kaunas State Choir. The brilliant interpretations and sensitive reading from conductor Constantine Orbelian lend themselves beautifully to Brownlee’s impeccable Read more voice.

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REVIEW:

The tenor’s renown owes much to his breathtaking flair for executing Rossinian fiorature, but the expansive melodic lines of Vincenzo Bellini and the dramatic bel canto of Gaetano Donizetti are equally apt outlets for Brownlee’s prodigious gifts. Avoiding the forcing that compromises many singers’ endeavors in this repertory, Brownlee’s singing on Allegro io son possesses an evenness spanning the full range that, though perhaps easier to control in the recording studio than in the theatre, cannot be faked. As with the sincerity of his expression, the authenticity of his vocalism is remarkable, especially as it is employed in the performances on this disc.

­– Voix des Arts Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Rita: Allegro io so by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Lawrence Brownlee (Tenor)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Italy 
2.
La Favorita: Ange si pur by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Lawrence Brownlee (Tenor)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
3.
Don Pasquale: Com' è gentil by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Lawrence Brownlee (Tenor)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Italy 
4.
Dom Sébastien: Seul sur la terre by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Lawrence Brownlee (Tenor)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra
5.
L'Elisir d'Amore: Quanto è bella! Quanto è cara! by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Lawrence Brownlee (Tenor)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
6.
L'Elisir d'Amore: Una furtiva lagrima by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Lawrence Brownlee (Tenor)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
7.
La fille du régiment: Pour me rapprocher de Marie by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Lawrence Brownlee (Tenor)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Italy 
8.
La fille du régiment: Ah, mes amis...Pour mon âme by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Lawrence Brownlee (Tenor)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Italy 
9.
I puritani: A te, o cara, amor talora by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Lawrence Brownlee (Tenor)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
10.
I puritani: Son salvo...A una fonte by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Lawrence Brownlee (Tenor)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 High register comfort April 28, 2017 By carl i. (Annapolis, MD) See All My Reviews "No straining in the upper register - particularly in I PuritNi - a delightful recording" Report Abuse
 nice November 18, 2016 By H. Bell (Lafayette, IN) See All My Reviews "It was very nice." Report Abuse
 Allegro lo son/Brownlee October 25, 2016 By Joseph Spera (Philadelphia, PA) See All My Reviews "Magnificent voice...nothing else need be said. Greatestvoice since Mario Lanza......." Report Abuse
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