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Great Baritone Arias / Peter Mattei

Mattei / Mozart / Rpo / Renes
Release Date: 04/26/2011 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1749  
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartPeter Ilyich TchaikovskyRichard WagnerCharles Gounod,   ... 
Performer:  Peter Mattei
Conductor:  Lawrence Renes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A Glorious Disc!

"Swedish baritone Peter Mattei, who dazzles audiences with his silken voice and towering, offbeat presence, here offers a genuinely impressive aria recital. One of the greatest Don Giovannis around, Mattei broke hearts in a completely different mode in last season’s From the House of the Dead at the Metropolitan Opera. This spring, Mattei scored another Met triumph as Yeletsky in Queen of Spades, and on this disc he knocks the prince’s irresistibly desperate you’re-just-not-that-into-me lament out of the park." -- David Shengold, Time Out New York

FULL REVIEW:

Hey you, collections of tenor and soprano recordings on the CD shelves! Move to one side and make room for
Read more an outstanding baritone disc! Peter Mattei is now in his prime, and his voice miraculously preserves the freshness and vibrancy of youth. His fast notes are excellently articulated, his slow ones are just beautiful. His voice is instantly recognizable. It is not as muffled as Hvorostovky, not as watery as Hampson and not as dark as Gobbi. It is straight, clear and never shows its limits - as if there are no limits, and the singer just decides to draw the cut exactly where he chooses.

It’s harder to get under the spell of opera these days. The plots may be silly and overblown, but such is the magic of opera that we forget about the logic - we are fed by the emotion in the music, in the voice. 200 years ago this could have been easier - people did not expect logic in the art, did not expect opera to be something else. Now we are educated, we read, we watch tons of movies - and it takes more to break through the stockades of our brains to our hearts. And the main weapon here is, surely, the voice. It must come into resonance with our emotional core. Then we’ll stop looking for logic and will believe the action like a fairy tale, like children that believe the art because it is beautiful. That’s why we can listen to opera in other languages without understanding a word and will still cry and laugh with it.

That’s what I feel in Mattei’s final monolog of di Posa from Don Carlo. I don’t quite care for the future of Spain and Flanders at that moment; di Posa’s actions do not seem to me the smartest things to do, and his death is dubious. There is too much Deus jumping out of every macchina. But Verdi and Mattei bring me into emotional resonance. I don’t think anymore: I feel. And this feeling is beyond words.

I feel it with Mattei’s Wolfram, his Valentin and his Yeletsky. They are noble and tender, and power blends with beauty in the singing as they watch their sopranos being stolen by flashy tenors. Wagner’s opera chunks rarely mix well with other composers, but the two Wolfram songs from Tannhäuser (the contest song and the Evening Star) are heartfelt and lyrical, and fit in the picture frame like two pieces of mosaic.

Mattei’s Count from Figaro is not a villain: he has human feelings, and his actions are motivated. As a matter of fact, Mattei is a natural Mozartean. He shows deep psychology in Se vuol ballare, going under the surface. He conveys soft humor in the Cosi fan tutte aria, and in Leporello’s number he lights the music with a smile.

Mattei’s Onegin is ardent and very sincere. You’ll be touched by the eerie, dreamy meditation of Billy Budd, the humble acceptance of his fate. Largo al factotum is spirited and sonorous. Finch’han dal vino may be too fast, almost reaching frenzy. Deh vieni is a gallant romance: a soft, elegant ending to the program.

I wish there were more arias included - especially more Verdi. Even so, this collection is a delight. The acoustics are perfect, catching the voice and the orchestra in full 3D. The orchestra under Lawrence Renes is a worthy partner, elegant and colorful, well balanced and sympathetic. The booklet contains a short essay about the tough life of the baritone in the opera world and about the arias from the program. It also tells us about the singer, the orchestra and the conductor - all this in English, Swedish, German and French. Texts of all arias are given in the original language with the English translation. A glorious disc!

-- Oleg Ledeniov, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Finch' han dal vino [Brindisi] by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Peter Mattei (Baritone)
Conductor:  Lawrence Renes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
2.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Meta di voi qua vadano by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Peter Mattei (Baritone)
Conductor:  Lawrence Renes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
3.
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24: Can this really be Tatiana? by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Peter Mattei (Baritone)
Conductor:  Lawrence Renes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Russia 
4.
Tannhäuser: Blick' ich umher in diesem edlen Kreise by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Peter Mattei (Baritone)
Conductor:  Lawrence Renes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
5.
Faust: Avant de quitter ces lieux by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Peter Mattei (Baritone)
Conductor:  Lawrence Renes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
6.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Se vuol ballare, Signor contino by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Peter Mattei (Baritone)
Conductor:  Lawrence Renes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
7.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Hai già vinta la causa!...Vedrò, metr'io sospiro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Peter Mattei (Baritone)
Conductor:  Lawrence Renes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Rivolgete a lui lo sguardo, K 584 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Peter Mattei (Baritone)
Conductor:  Lawrence Renes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Tannhäuser: Wie Todesahnung by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Peter Mattei (Baritone)
Conductor:  Lawrence Renes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1845 
10.
Queen of Spades, Op. 68: I love you beyond all measure [Yeletsky's Aria] by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Peter Mattei (Baritone)
Conductor:  Lawrence Renes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Russia 
11.
Il barbiere di Siviglia: Largo al factotum by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Peter Mattei (Baritone)
Conductor:  Lawrence Renes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
12.
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24: You wrote to me... "Onegin's Aria" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Peter Mattei (Baritone)
Conductor:  Lawrence Renes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Russia 
13.
Don Carlos: Son io, mio Carlo by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Peter Mattei (Baritone)
Conductor:  Lawrence Renes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
14.
Billy Budd, Op. 50: Look! Through the port comes the moonshine astray by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Peter Mattei (Baritone)
Conductor:  Lawrence Renes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951/1960; England 
15.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Deh vieni alla finestra [Serenade] by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Peter Mattei (Baritone)
Conductor:  Lawrence Renes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 

Sound Samples

Don Giovanni, K. 527: Act I: Finch'han dal vino, "Champagne Aria"
Don Giovanni, K. 527: Act II: Aria: Meta di voi qua vadano
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24: Act II: Uzhel ya zasluzhil ot vas nasmyeshku etu?
Tannhauser: Act II: Blick ich umher in diesem edlen Kreise
Faust: Act I: Cavatina: Avant de quitter ces lieux
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act I: Se vuol ballare
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act III: Recitative and Aria: Hai gia vinta la causa! Cosa sento!
Tannhauser: Act III: Wie Todesahnung Dammerung deckt die Lande - O du mein holder Abendstern
The Queen of Spades, Op. 68: Act II: Ya vas liubliu (I Love You)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville): Act I: Cavatina: Largo al factotum della citta
Rivolgete a lui lo sguardo, K. 584
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24: Act I: Aria: Vi mnye pisali. Net otpiraites - Kogda bi zhizn domashnim krugon
Don Carlo: Act III: Son io, mio Carlo - Per me giunto e il di supremo - O Carlo, ascolta
Billy Budd, Op. 50: Act II: Billy in the Darbies: Look! Through the port comes the moonshine astray
Don Giovanni, K. 527: Act II: Canzonetta: Deh, vieni alla finestra

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