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For Eternity / Celine Byrne


Release Date: 10/26/2010 
Label:  Cd Baby   Catalog #: 5637684417  
Composer:  Alfredo CatalaniAntonín DvorákPablo Luna y CarnéGeorges Bizet,   ... 
Performer:  Celine Byrne
Conductor:  Marco Zambelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RTE National Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A fine voice employed with taste and musicality.

The Irish soprano Celine Byrne has, not least through her collaboration with José Carreras, appeared in many concerts around the world. She has built up an operatic repertoire of around a dozen roles, some of which are represented on the present disc. She has a beautiful lirico-spinto voice with enough power for the dramatic climaxes to ring out.. Her timbre is actually more mezzo than soprano but she has no difficulty with encompassing the highest notes. A lot of the songs and arias on this disc are impressively sung but I feel that she has not yet grown into some of the roles. She seems to feel at home in La Wally (tr. 1) and she sings the Song to the
Read more Moon from Rusalka beautifully. The aria from the zarzuela El Niño Judio is simply glorious but I would have liked her to scale down for the more lyrical moments.

In Micala’s aria from Carmen she manages this admirably with some really fine nuanced singing. The Butterfly aria opens rather blandly but later on she shows more true feeling. One of the best tracks is Torroba’s La Petenera which offers glorious singing and fiery temperament. Here she is impressive. Les Filles de Cadix is light and charming with a fine sense for the rhythms. I don’t think Tosca as a character has quite settled yet but vocally Byrne has the measure of Vissi d’arte. Stage experience would deepen the reading, but though she has sung Marguerite the Jewel aria just seems to be skimming the surface. There is no doubt, however, that she has the technical qualifications.

Mimi’s aria from the first act of La Bohème finds Byrne at her very best. This is a touching portrait of the seamstress, whose fragility is well depicted. The aria from Goyescas, not heard in recital very often, which is a pity, was an inspired choice and besides Ms Byrne’s confident and beautiful singing one can also admire the orchestra with lush strings and fine woodwind. Nedda’s aria from Pagliacci is another winner, beautiful and with brilliant top notes.

The bonus track, For Eternity, was written by Croatian Andrej Babic, who has composed many Eurovision songs since 2003 and is renowned for having written songs for four different countries, including Portugal. This one has a beautiful melody and Celine Byrne sings it well and with feeling. I can’t help feeling, though, that the finale, with chorus and orchestra is a bit over the top – but this is part of the genre.

As an interlude (tr. 8) we get a purely orchestral number, Puccini’s Crisantemi, which originally was written for string quartet. With double basses added for deeper sonorities it works well also for string orchestra.

The recording is fully worthy of the occasion and the orchestra play well. Celine Byrne has a fine voice and she employs it with taste and musicality. With some more stage experience she will find even more expressive means but already she has a great deal to offer also as an interpreter.

-- Göran Forsling, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
La Wally: Ebben?... Ne andrò lontana by Alfredo Catalani
Performer:  Celine Byrne (Soprano)
Conductor:  Marco Zambelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RTE National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
2.
Rusalka, Op. 114/B 203: O moon high up "Song to the moon" by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Celine Byrne (Soprano)
Conductor:  Marco Zambelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RTE National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Bohemia 
3.
El niño judío: Canción española by Pablo Luna y Carné
Performer:  Celine Byrne (Soprano)
Conductor:  Marco Zambelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RTE National Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; Spain 
4.
Carmen: Je dis que rien ne m'épouvante "Micaëla's Aria" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Celine Byrne (Soprano)
Conductor:  Marco Zambelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RTE National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
5.
Madama Butterfly: Un bel dì vedremo by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Celine Byrne (Soprano)
Conductor:  Marco Zambelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RTE National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
6.
La marchenera: La petenera by Federico Moreno-Torroba
Performer:  Celine Byrne (Soprano)
Conductor:  Marco Zambelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RTE National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Modern 
Written: 1928 
7.
Les Filles de Cadiz "Chanson Espagnole" by Léo Delibes
Performer:  Celine Byrne (Soprano)
Conductor:  Marco Zambelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RTE National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
8.
Crisantemi "Elegy" by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Celine Byrne (Soprano)
Conductor:  Marco Zambelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RTE National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1890; Italy 
9.
Tosca: Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Celine Byrne (Soprano)
Conductor:  Marco Zambelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RTE National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
10.
Faust: O Dieu! que de bijoux! by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Celine Byrne (Soprano)
Conductor:  Marco Zambelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RTE National Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1859 
11.
La Bohème: Si, mi chiamano Mimì by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Celine Byrne (Soprano)
Conductor:  Marco Zambelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RTE National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
12.
Goyescas, H 65 [opera]: La maja y el ruiseñor by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Celine Byrne (Soprano)
Conductor:  Marco Zambelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RTE National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1913-1915; Spain 
13.
I Pagliacci: Stridono lassù by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  Celine Byrne (Soprano)
Conductor:  Marco Zambelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RTE National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
14.
For Eternity by Andrej Babic
Performer:  Celine Byrne (Soprano)
Conductor:  Marco Zambelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RTE National Symphony Orchestra

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