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Verismo / José Cura, Philharmonia Orchestra


Release Date: 09/14/1999 
Label:  Erato   Catalog #: 427317   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alfredo CatalaniUmberto GiordanoFrancesco CilèaPietro Mascagni,   ... 
Performer:  José CuraAline BrewerAnne-Marie Owens
Conductor:  José Cura
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Cura set himself a hard act to follow in his outstanding debut disc of Puccini arias, but here he lives up to that reputation with an imaginative programme drawn from no fewer than six verismo composers.

Cura set himself a hard act to follow in his outstanding debut disc of Puccini arias, but here he lives up to that reputation with an imaginative programme drawn from no fewer than six verismo composers. Leoncavallo's Pagliacci is the logical place to start, even if the Prologue – effectively a verismo manifesto – is really a baritone piece; the Argentinian tenor's rich, dark tone is well suited to such music, and the only shortcoming here is his indulgent introspection when the character should be addressing his
Read more audience. It's all the more surprising giving the gutsy orchestral opening he draws in his dual role as conductor. Pag has to be matched with something from Cav, and Cura is ideal in this music, which can also take his old-fashioned glottal sobs. But just as Pagliacci is not the only Leoncavallo opera represented here, nor is Cavalleria rusticana the only Mascagni, and one of the highlights is the big scene from his Guglielmo Ratcliff. 'Nel verde maggio' from Catalani's Loreley is a welcome reminder that he was more than a one-opera or indeed one-aria composer, and a Giordano rarity, Marcella, is also included. The Franchetti may be of curiosity value only, but Federico's famous aria from Cilea's L'arlesiana reveals Cura at his gentle, lyrical best.

-- John Allison, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Loreley: Nel verde Maggio by Alfredo Catalani
Performer:  José Cura (Tenor)
Conductor:  José Cura
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Assembly Hall, Walthamstow, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2.
Andrea Chénier: Un dì all' azzuro spazio "Improvviso" by Umberto Giordano
Performer:  José Cura (Tenor)
Conductor:  José Cura
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Assembly Hall, Walthamstow, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3.
Fedora: Amor ti vieta by Umberto Giordano
Performer:  José Cura (Tenor)
Conductor:  José Cura
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Assembly Hall, Walthamstow, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4.
Marcella: Dolce notte misteriosa by Umberto Giordano
Performer:  José Cura (Tenor)
Conductor:  José Cura
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Assembly Hall, Walthamstow, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5.
Adriana Lecouvreur: La dolcissima effigie by Francesco Cilèa
Performer:  José Cura (Tenor)
Conductor:  José Cura
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Assembly Hall, Walthamstow, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
6.
L'Arlesiana: E la solita storia...Anch'io vorrei "Lamento" by Francesco Cilèa
Performer:  José Cura (Tenor)
Conductor:  José Cura
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897/1937; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Assembly Hall, Walthamstow, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
7.
Cavalleria Rusticana: O Lola, ch'ai di latti la cammisa by Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  Aline Brewer (Harp), José Cura (Tenor)
Conductor:  José Cura
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Assembly Hall, Walthamstow, England 
Length: 8 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
8.
Andrea Chénier: Come un bel dì di maggio by Umberto Giordano
Performer:  José Cura (Tenor)
Conductor:  José Cura
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Assembly Hall, Walthamstow, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
9.
Lodoletta: Se Franz dicesse by Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  José Cura (Tenor)
Conductor:  José Cura
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1917; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Assembly Hall, Walthamstow, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
10.
Adriana Lecouvreur: L'anima ho stanca by Francesco Cilèa
Performer:  José Cura (Tenor)
Conductor:  José Cura
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Assembly Hall, Walthamstow, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
11.
Guglielmo Ratcliff: Non altro che delirio by Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  José Cura (Tenor)
Conductor:  José Cura
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1885; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Assembly Hall, Walthamstow, England 
Length: 10 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
12.
Cavalleria Rusticana: Mamma, quel vino è generoso "Addio" by Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  Anne-Marie Owens (Mezzo Soprano), José Cura (Tenor)
Conductor:  José Cura
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Assembly Hall, Walthamstow, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
13.
Germania: Studenti! Udite! by Alberto Franchetti
Performer:  José Cura (Tenor)
Conductor:  José Cura
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Assembly Hall, Walthamstow, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
14.
I Pagliacci: Sì può? [Prologue] by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  José Cura (Tenor)
Conductor:  José Cura
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Assembly Hall, Walthamstow, England 
Length: 8 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
15.
La Bohème: Musette! O gioia della mia dimora... Testa adorato by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  José Cura (Tenor)
Conductor:  José Cura
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Assembly Hall, Walthamstow, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
16.
I Pagliacci: Recitar!...Vesti la giubba by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  José Cura (Tenor)
Conductor:  José Cura
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Assembly Hall, Walthamstow, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
17.
I Pagliacci: Intermezzo by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  José Cura (Tenor)
Conductor:  José Cura
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Assembly Hall, Walthamstow, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 

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