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Bel Sogno /Gallardo-domâs, Barbacini, Munich Radio Orchestra


Release Date: 01/29/2002 
Label:  Teldec   Catalog #: 386440   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Francesco CilèaGaetano DonizettiAlfredo CatalaniVincenzo Bellini,   ... 
Performer:  Cristina Gallardo-DomâsJonas Kaufmann
Conductor:  Maurizio Barbacini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A star is revealed: Gallardo-­Domâs’ singing will delight the ear‚ the head and the heart.

This is the kind of issue that makes reviewing worthwhile. Gallardo­-Domâs‚ in a wide ranging recital‚ proves that she need not fear comparison with any of her distinguished contemporaries in the field and little from the best of her predecessors. By dint of her unimpeachable musicality‚ the sheer beauty of her truly Italianate tone and her exemplary way with words‚ she makes every track on this generously filled recital an in­dividual experience to treasure – and of how few singers can that be said? Before us come in turn her gallery of Bellinian‚ Donizettian‚ Verdian and Puccinian heroines‚ each one
Read more painted in character. If I go from back to front‚ as it were‚ it is because her Puccini readings seem the very best of all. As Butterfly she is suitably intense and lonely‚ her Mimì is at once fragile and determined – phrase after phrase of both her solos seems to achieve some kind of ideal. Manon’s ‘In quelle trine morbide’ has all the attention to detail Mattila so notably lacked on her recent recital (Erato‚ 7/01)‚ so equalling that unforgettable performance by the young Tebaldi (just reissued on Decca‚ 12/01)‚ and ‘O mio babbino caro’ is just the charming‚ unaffected solo it ought to be. Add to that the singer’s savouring of the text through her colouring of words and she is quite the equal of any of her predecessors. Her accounts of the other two verismo solos (‘Ebben’ as nostalgic and wistful as it should be‚ rising to a properly desperate climax) are just as remarkable‚ but why should they not have been placed at the end where they logically belong rather than sandwiched between the bel canto items? In Verdi‚ the singer has been rightly admired as Violetta‚ one of her calling ­cards‚ in many noted houses‚ and shows why by her identification with the woman’s plight. There is an intensity of utterance combined with a care over phrasing and dynamic that is once more very special. Listen to the letter reading in the Act 3 solo‚ then the way ‘Addio del passato’ is sung with gentle‚ inward feeling. Here and in the Act 1 scena the breath control and intelligent use of portamento are exemplary‚ as they are in the other Verdi pieces‚ both sung with an innate beauty of tone‚ feeling for situation and fine craftsmanship. Giulietta comes before us as the ingenuous heroine of Bellini’s imagining‚ her opening scene limpidly‚ plangently sung just as it should be. As Anna Bolena she catches the imprisoned queen’s plight with just as much pathos as does Gheorghiu on her recent ‘Casta diva’ programme (EMI‚ 8/01). Gheorghiu may have the more sumptuous‚ warmer voice‚ but Gallardo-­Domâs‚ by virtue of her delicately refined singing‚ is possibly superior. We are lucky to be able to enjoy both interpretations. As with her recent Aida for Harnoncourt (Teldec‚ 11/01)‚ there are moments‚ especially in ‘Sempre libera’ where high notes harden uncomfortably. With good orchestral support and a faithful‚ well­balanced recording‚ this CD is surely one that is going to please even the most fastidious admirer of the soprano voice. By the way‚ the note­writer seems to have been badly inform­ed as to what is actually being performed on the recital.

-- Gramophone 1/2002
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Works on This Recording

1. Adriana Lecouvreur: Io son l'umile ancella by Francesco Cilèa
Performer:  Cristina Gallardo-Domâs (Soprano)
Conductor:  Maurizio Barbacini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Ecco..." 
2. Anna Bolena: Piangete voi?...Al dolce guidami castel natio by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Cristina Gallardo-Domâs (Soprano)
Conductor:  Maurizio Barbacini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Italy 
Length: 9 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3. La Wally: Ebben?... Ne andrò lontana by Alfredo Catalani
Performer:  Cristina Gallardo-Domâs (Soprano)
Conductor:  Maurizio Barbacini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4. I Capuleti e i Montecchi: Oh, quante volte by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Cristina Gallardo-Domâs (Soprano)
Conductor:  Maurizio Barbacini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Italy 
Length: 10 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Eccomi in lieta vesta..." 
5. La traviata: Ah, fors' è lui...Sempre libera by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor), Cristina Gallardo-Domâs (Soprano)
Conductor:  Maurizio Barbacini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Length: 9 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "E strano..." 
6. La traviata: Addio del passato by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Cristina Gallardo-Domâs (Soprano)
Conductor:  Maurizio Barbacini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Teneste la promessa..." 
7. Simon Boccanegra: Come in quest' ora bruna by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Cristina Gallardo-Domâs (Soprano)
Conductor:  Maurizio Barbacini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
8. Ave Maria by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Cristina Gallardo-Domâs (Soprano)
Conductor:  Maurizio Barbacini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
9. Madama Butterfly: Un bel dì vedremo by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Cristina Gallardo-Domâs (Soprano)
Conductor:  Maurizio Barbacini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
10. La Bohème: Si, mi chiamano Mimì by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Cristina Gallardo-Domâs (Soprano)
Conductor:  Maurizio Barbacini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
11. La Bohème: Donde lieta uscì by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Cristina Gallardo-Domâs (Soprano)
Conductor:  Maurizio Barbacini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
12. Manon Lescaut: In quelle trine morbide by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Cristina Gallardo-Domâs (Soprano)
Conductor:  Maurizio Barbacini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
13. Suor Angelica: Senza mamma, o bimbo, tu sei morto by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Cristina Gallardo-Domâs (Soprano)
Conductor:  Maurizio Barbacini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
14. Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Cristina Gallardo-Domâs (Soprano)
Conductor:  Maurizio Barbacini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

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