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Verismo / Stoyanova, Baleef, Munich Radio Orchestra


Release Date: 02/17/2017 
Label:  Orfeo   Catalog #: 899171  
Composer:  Giacomo PucciniFrancesco CilèaPietro MascagniAlfredo Catalani,   ... 
Performer:  Krassimira Stoyanova
Conductor:  Pavel Baleff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The whims of opera fans are legendary, and if justice were to be served, soprano Krassimira Stoyanova would be as famous as Anna Netrebko (perhaps) and Angela Gheorghiu (definitely). Hers is a grand sound, with metal behind it, formidable pitch-accuracy, and fine insights into the characters she’s portraying. She eschews exaggeration–possibly to her detriment: she easily could milk many of the arias here (Adriana’s opening monolog, Manon Lescaut’s final-act spiel) for that extra, Olivero/Scotto emotion, but she sticks very closely to written note values and dynamics. Her use of portamento is echt Italian, and her voice is made for this big-boned music when need be, and she can sing sweetly as well: her Liu is lovely, as is the start of “Un Read more bel di”.

There’s great warmth in her singing of Adriana’s two arias; her “La mamma morta” is filled with tragedy, and she sings the heck out of Fidelia’s hand-wringing aria from Puccini’s Edgar. The lengthy scene from Mascagni’s Lodoletta is a welcome rarity, and she’s thoroughly involving. Wally’s aria may lack Callas’ unspeakable sadness, but it reaches great heights; ditto for her “Vissi d’arte”.

I get the feeling that if her conductor had been more of a dramatist than the accompanist Pavel Baleff is here, this fine CD would have worked its way into “magnificent”. I’d like to add that a bit more hysteria/overt emotionalism would not hurt–I saw her Aida live at the Met last season and admired it greatly, but even then I wished she had been a touch more earthy. As it is, this CD gives great pleasure and is well recorded. Stoyanova’s is a voice to hear.

– ClassicsToday (Robert Levine) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Manon Lescaut: In quelle trine morbide by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Krassimira Stoyanova (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pavel Baleff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
2.
Adriana Lecouvreur: Io son l'umile ancella by Francesco Cilèa
Performer:  Krassimira Stoyanova (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pavel Baleff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Italy 
3.
L'Amico Fritz: Son pochi fiori by Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  Krassimira Stoyanova (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pavel Baleff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Italy 
4.
Turandot: Straniero, ascolta! "Riddle Scene" by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Krassimira Stoyanova (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pavel Baleff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
5.
Adriana Lecouvreur: Poveri fiori by Francesco Cilèa
Performer:  Krassimira Stoyanova (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pavel Baleff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Italy 
6.
Madama Butterfly: Un bel dì vedremo by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Krassimira Stoyanova (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pavel Baleff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
7.
La Wally: Ebben?... Ne andrò lontana by Alfredo Catalani
Performer:  Krassimira Stoyanova (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pavel Baleff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
8.
Madama Butterfly: Che tua madre dovrà prenderti in braccio by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Krassimira Stoyanova (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pavel Baleff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
9.
Suor Angelica: Senza mamma, o bimbo, tu sei morto by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Krassimira Stoyanova (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pavel Baleff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Italy 
10.
Turandot: Tanto amore segreto by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Krassimira Stoyanova (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pavel Baleff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
11.
Andrea Chénier: La mamma morta by Umberto Giordano
Performer:  Krassimira Stoyanova (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pavel Baleff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
12.
Manon Lescaut: Sola, perduta, abbandonata by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Krassimira Stoyanova (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pavel Baleff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
13.
Edgar: Nel villaggio d'Edgar by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Krassimira Stoyanova (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pavel Baleff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Italy 
14.
Lodoletta: Ah! il suo nome! by Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  Krassimira Stoyanova (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pavel Baleff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1917; Italy 
15.
Tosca: Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Krassimira Stoyanova (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pavel Baleff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 

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