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Angela Gheorghiu - Live From Covent Garden


Release Date: 05/07/2002 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 57264   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Frideric HandelWolfgang Amadeus MozartJules MassenetGustave Charpentier,   ... 
Performer:  Angela GheorghiuSarah Brooke
Conductor:  Ion Marin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 51 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Sopranos don’t come starrier than Angela Gheorghiu, and this live recital is a fabulous showcase for her considerable talents.

Sopranos don’t come starrier than Angela Gheorghiu, and this live recital is a fabulous showcase for her considerable talents. The programme combines very familiar showstoppers – ‘Un bel dì vedremo’, ‘Casta diva’, Liù’s suicide – interspersed with arias that allow her transfixing dramatic talents to shine: the tremulous little sobs that conjure her heartbreaking farewell to Des Grieux in Massenet’s Manon; the swooning girlish rapture of Charpentier’s ‘Depuis le jour’. That her old-fashioned, over-voluptuous and richly ornamented Handel (‘Lascia ch’io pianga’) and Mozart (‘Porgi
Read more amor’) don’t come off as well is perhaps a matter of taste. But the ‘encores’ more than make up: a sensational extract from Tiberiu Brediceanu’s 1936 folk opera La seceris, all gypsy violins and heartfelt emotion; and an impenetrably accented, but nonetheless winning ‘I could have danced all night’. But there is one serious caveat. The night this brief concert was recorded at Covent Garden, the audience was justifiably effusive. But clapping is tedious to listen to and an irritant if you cannot participate. Track 1, entitled ‘Applause’, consists of nothing but – 32 seconds of it. Thereafter each number ends with 20-30 seconds’ cheering. In total there is five minutes’ applause – almost 10 per cent of the playing time, leaving barely 45 minutes of music. EMI: we know she’s good; we don’t need to be so relentlessly reminded.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Rinaldo, HWV 7: Armida dispietata...Lascia ch'io pianga mia cruda sorte by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ion Marin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1711; London, England 
Date of Recording: 06/08/2001 
Venue:  Live  Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a track (32 seconds) of applause. 
2.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Porgi, amor, qualche ristoro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ion Marin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/08/2001 
Venue:  Live  Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3.
Manon: Adieu, notre petite table by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ion Marin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1884; France 
Date of Recording: 06/08/2001 
Venue:  Live  Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection begins with "Allons! Il le faut pour lui-même..." 
4.
Louise: Depuis le jour by Gustave Charpentier
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ion Marin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; France 
Date of Recording: 06/08/2001 
Venue:  Live  Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: French 
5.
Turandot: Tu, che di gel sei cinta by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ion Marin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/08/2001 
Venue:  Live  Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
6.
Norma: Casta diva by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Sarah Brooke (Flute), Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ion Marin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/08/2001 
Venue:  Live  Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London 
Length: 9 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
7.
Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ion Marin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/08/2001 
Venue:  Live  Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
8.
My Fair Lady: I could have danced all night by Frederick Loewe
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ion Marin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/08/2001 
Venue:  Live  Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: English 
9.
Madama Butterfly: Un bel dì vedremo by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ion Marin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/08/2001 
Venue:  Live  Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
10.
Adriana Lecouvreur: Io son l'umile ancella by Francesco Cilèa
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ion Marin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/08/2001 
Venue:  Live  Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Ecco, respiro appena..." 
11.
La seceris: Cate flori pe deal is sus by Tiberiu Brediceanu
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ion Marin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1936; Romania 
Date of Recording: 06/08/2001 
Venue:  Live  Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: Romanian 

Sound Samples

Applause
Rinaldo HWV7a (Rossi & Hill): Lascia ch'io pianga (Act II)
Le Nozze di Figaro, '(The) Marriage of Figaro', Act 2: Porgi amor (Act II)
Manon: Allons! Il le faut!...Adieu, notre petite table (Act II)
Louise: Depuis le jour (Act III)
Turandot: Tu che di gel sei cincta (Act III)
Madama Butterfly Lib. Giacosa and Illica, ACT 2: Un bel dì vedremo (Act II)
Adriana Lecouvreur: Ecco: respiro appena...Io son l'umile ancella (Act I)
Norma: Casta Diva....Ah! bello a me ritorna (Act I)
Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro
Le Seceris: Câte flori pe deal in sus
My Fair Lady: I Could Have Danced All Night (Act I)

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