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From Mozart To Wagner

Gallo,Lucio / Munich Radio Orchestra
Release Date: 07/13/2010 
Label:  Cavi Music   Catalog #: 8553198   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gaetano DonizettiGiuseppe VerdiCharles GounodGiacomo Puccini,   ... 
Performer:  Lucio Gallo
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Lucio Gallo has been active as a professional singer for almost a quarter of a century, having released his first LP in 1988. Inevitably the passing years have taken some toll on his voice and here it often sounds rather worn. He has developed a wobble on sustained notes at forte. This is no doubt a drawback for a sound recording, when we are bereft the visual aspects. In the theatre he has excellent stage presence, which can be witnessed on the recent DVD of La fanciulla del West (see review). Read more For the evil character Jack Rance he was eminently suitable. And it is also the insight and characterisation of the various roles that makes this recital worth people’s attention, even though the sheer vocalism leaves something to be desired.
 
He opens with an exciting catalogue aria from Don Giovanni, making the most of the words and being quite apt at patter-singing. Generally he is better suited to Leporello than to the Don himself and he also lacks the bel canto flexibility for Malatesta’s aria from Don Pasquale. His Verdi is much better. True, he wobbles his way through much of Iago’s Credo but he makes a believable portrait of this Devil in disguise, and also Era la notte is masterly in many ways. His Rigoletto is a tortured man and his Eugene Onegin is more than passable. Gianni Schicchi is vivid and his Gerard in Andrea Chenier has deepened further in characterisation since he recorded it complete with Bocelli, but the singing has suffered.
 
Best of all is, quite surprisingly, the Holländer’s monologue. This is a deeply penetrating reading of a notoriously testing scene. The voice is frayed and grey-sounding but the interpretation has a Hotter-like monumentality and under-the-skin sensitivity.
 
Ulf Schirmer is an excellent accompanist and the Munich orchestra is first-class. The recording cannot be faulted and my only regret is that there are no translations of the sung texts. Most readers will probably know these arias anyway so this should not deter anyone from acquiring the disc. The crucial point is whether one can accept the limitations of the singing. This is not a disc for voice-fanciers but for those who value truthfulness and insight.
 
-- Göran Forsling, MusicWeb International  Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Don Pasquale: Bella siccome un angelo by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Lucio Gallo (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2009 
Venue:  Grosses Studio des Bayerischen Rundfunks 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
2.
Macbeth: Perfidi! All'anglo...Pietà, rispetto, amore by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Lucio Gallo (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847/1865; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2009 
Venue:  Grosses Studio des Bayerischen Rundfunks 
Length: 5 Minutes 29 Secs. 
3.
Otello: Credo in un Dio crudel by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Lucio Gallo (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2009 
Venue:  Grosses Studio des Bayerischen Rundfunks 
Length: 5 Minutes 9 Secs. 
4.
Otello: Era la notte by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Lucio Gallo (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2009 
Venue:  Grosses Studio des Bayerischen Rundfunks 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
5.
Rigoletto: Cortigiani, vil razza dannata by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Lucio Gallo (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2009 
Venue:  Grosses Studio des Bayerischen Rundfunks 
Length: 4 Minutes 38 Secs. 
6.
Faust: Avant de quitter ces lieux by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Lucio Gallo (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Date of Recording: 03/2009 
Venue:  Grosses Studio des Bayerischen Rundfunks 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
7.
Gianni Schicci: Ah, vittoria, vittoria by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Lucio Gallo (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2009 
Venue:  Grosses Studio des Bayerischen Rundfunks 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
8.
Andrea Chénier: Nemico della patria by Umberto Giordano
Performer:  Lucio Gallo (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2009 
Venue:  Grosses Studio des Bayerischen Rundfunks 
Length: 4 Minutes 59 Secs. 
9.
Der fliegende Holländer: Die Frist ist um [Monologue] by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Lucio Gallo (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/2009 
Venue:  Grosses Studio des Bayerischen Rundfunks 
Length: 11 Minutes 16 Secs. 
10.
Guillaume Tell: Resta immobile by Gioachino Rossini
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2009 
Venue:  Grosses Studio des Bayerischen Rundfunks 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
11.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Madamina, il catalogo è questo by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 03/2009 
Venue:  Grosses Studio des Bayerischen Rundfunks 
Length: 5 Minutes 50 Secs. 
12.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Deh vieni alla finestra [Serenade] by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 03/2009 
Venue:  Grosses Studio des Bayerischen Rundfunks 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
13.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Finch' han dal vino [Brindisi] by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 03/2009 
Venue:  Grosses Studio des Bayerischen Rundfunks 
Length: 1 Minutes 30 Secs. 
14.
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24: Vi mnye pisali by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Russia 
Date of Recording: 03/2009 
Venue:  Grosses Studio des Bayerischen Rundfunks 
Length: 5 Minutes 3 Secs. 

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