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Placido Domingo - Gala Opera Concert / Giulini, LA Philharmonic


Release Date: 12/01/2009 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 400030   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gaetano DonizettiGiuseppe VerdiJacques HalévyGiacomo Meyerbeer,   ... 
Performer:  Placido Domingo
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic OrchestraRoger Wagner Chorale
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Domingo is in most free and lustrous form pouring out golden tone unstintingly in long-breathed phrases throughout.

This is a no-expense-spared offering with Giulini, no less, to support the great tenor (but the advantage is somewhat lost by having the orchestra backwardly placed in relation to the singer) and a chorus in attendance just to offer a few bars in the somewhat cut cabalettas to the Ernani and Trovatore items. Giulini is finely responsive to the differing moods of the arias, most so in those from Carmen and Aida. But for all his distinction the record is going to sell on Domingo's performances. Happily he is in most free and lustrous form pouring out golden tone unstintingly in long-breathed phrases
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In the Donizetti items the line is beautifully held, rather too formally so in "Una furtiva lagrima", as was the case in his complete set of the opera on CBS (79210, 11/77). It is good to have him in Edgardo's lament from Lucia, a work he has yet to record in toto. The same can be said for his account of the bandit Ernani's aria di entrata, which rival's Bergonzi's and Martinelli's versions in being a model of Verdian style. I think he improves on his various previous accounts of "Ah, si, ben mio" and "Celeste Aida"; there is more meaning and point in the verbal articulation. "Di quella pira", sung in the original key, puts to flight those who say Domingo is shy of top C's. The unwritten notes are here forcefully and keenly delivered (only one verse of the piece, by the way).

Of the French items, the arias from La juive, L'africaine (sung in French, commendably, not in the Italian of his 1971 rendering—RCA SER5613, 12/71) and Les pkheurs de perles are also more involving than they used to be. He sings "Je crois entendre" in G minor (a tone down from the original), then floats a dreamy B flat at the end. The Carmen Flower Song is virtually indistinguishable from his versions on complete sets.

I rather wish that for such a recital he might have taken the opportunity to sing everything as written, eschewing unwritten high notes and cadenzas, but that is a very small quibble in a recital that has so much tonal bloom and true artistry to commend it. Few even of the notable tenors of the past could have matched him in both respects.

-- Gramophone [10/1981]
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Works on This Recording

1.
L'Elisir d'Amore: Una furtiva lagrima by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
Language: Italian 
2.
Lucia di Lammermoor: Fra poco a me ricovero by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Language: Italian 
3.
Ernani: Mercè, diletti amici...Come rugiada al cospite by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Italy 
Language: Italian 
4.
Il trovatore: Ah si, ben mio...Di quella pira by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Language: Italian 
5.
La juive: Rachel, quand du Seigneur by Jacques Halévy
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Language: French 
6.
L'Africaine: O paradis sorti de l'onde by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Germany 
Language: French 
7.
Les pêcheurs de perles: Je crois entendre encore by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; France 
Language: French 
8.
Carmen: La fleur que tu m'avais jetée "Flower song" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Roger Wagner Chorale,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Language: German 
9.
Aida: Celeste Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Language: Italian 

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