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A Fool For Love / Michael Spyres

Donizetti / Stravinsky / Rossini / Spyres
Release Date: 09/27/2011 
Label:  Delos   Catalog #: 3414   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gaetano DonizettiIgor StravinskyGioachino RossiniWolfgang Amadeus Mozart,   ... 
Performer:  Michael Spyres
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



MICHAEL SPYRES: A Fool for Love Michael Spryes (ten); Constantine Orbelian, cond; Moscow CO DELOS DE3414 (63:04 Text and Translation)


Selections by DONIZETTI, STRAVINSKY, ROSSINI, MOZART, BIZET, MASSENET, R. STRAUSS, PUCCIN, VERDI, TCHAIKOVSKY, CILEA, LEHÁR


Michael Spyres, a young American lyric tenor, in his first recorded recital demonstrates his versatility and his ability to characterize different Read more musical heroes with different vocal coloration. His nine high Cs in the Fille du Régiment aria are well sung. In the Rake’s Progress aria his English diction is excellent. He pleasingly handles the coloratura with all of the small notes in place in what was the often-cut “Cessa di più ristere” aria from Il Barbiere di Siviglia. He sings “Una furtiva lagrima” with a delicate lyric line, and he shows classical artistry in his rendition of “Il mio tesoro.” His rendition of “Je crois entendre encore” is sung beautifully with a lyrical head voice, and it alone is worth the price of the disc. The rest of the arias demonstrate his versatility, and each is expressive and faithful to the intentions of the composers.


The conductor, Constantine Orbelian, who was born in San Francisco, is an experienced musician and supports the singer excellently. It is interesting that he conducts a Russian orchestra. In the early 20th century two Russian tenors behind the Iron Curtain, Sergey Lemeshev and Ivan Kozlovsky, sang in the old traditional bel canto style, while in the Western world tenors no longer sang high notes in the head voice, but blasted them in the chest voice. Spyres sings beautifully in the bel canto style.


The booklet contains an essay story of A Fool For Love as well as notes about the singer and conductor. The arias are listed in their native language and English translation. I strongly recommend this recital!


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Works on This Recording

1. La fille du régiment: Ah, mes amis...Pour mon âme by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Michael Spyres (Tenor)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Italy 
2. Rake's Progress: Here I stand, my constitution sound by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Michael Spyres (Tenor)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948-1951; USA 
3. Il barbiere di Siviglia: Cessa di piů resistere by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Michael Spyres (Tenor)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
4. L'Elisir d'Amore: Una furtiva lagrima by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Michael Spyres (Tenor)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
5. Don Giovanni, K 527: Il mio tesoro intanto by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Michael Spyres (Tenor)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
6. Les pęcheurs de perles: Je crois entendre encore by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Michael Spyres (Tenor)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; France 
7. Werther: Pourquoi me réveiller? by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Michael Spyres (Tenor)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; France 
8. Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59: Di rigori armato il seno by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Michael Spyres (Tenor)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909-1910; Germany 
9. La Bohčme: Che gelida manina by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Michael Spyres (Tenor)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
10. Rigoletto: La donna č mobile by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Michael Spyres (Tenor)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
11. Lucia di Lammermoor: Lucia tra poco a te verrŕ by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Michael Spyres (Tenor)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
12. Eugene Onegin, Op. 24: Lensky's aria by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Michael Spyres (Tenor)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Written: 1879 
13. L'Arlesiana: E la solita storia...Anch'io vorrei "Lamento" by Francesco Cilča
Performer:  Michael Spyres (Tenor)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897/1937; Italy 
14. Das Land des Lächelns: Dein ist mein ganzes Herz by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Michael Spyres (Tenor)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1929; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

La fille du regiment: Act II: Cavatine: Ah! mes amis, quel jour defete ... Pour mon ame
The Rake's Progress: Act I: Recitative: Here I stand ...
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville): Act II: Aria: Cessa di piu resistere
L'elisir d'amore (The Elixir of Love): Act III: Una furtiva lagrima
Don Giovanni, K. 527: Act II: Aria: Il mio tesoro intanto
Les pecheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers): Act I: Je crois entendre encore, cache sous les palmiers
Werther: Act III: Pourquoi me reveiller
Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59, TrV 227: Act I: Di rigori armato il seno
La boheme: Act I: Che gelida manina
Rigoletto: Act III: La donna e mobile
Lucia di Lammermoor: Act II: Lucia fra poco a te verra
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24: Act II: Kuda, kuda, kuda vi udalilis
L'arlesiana: Act II: E la solita storia
Das Land des Lachelns (The Land of Smiles): Act II: Dein ist mein ganzes Herz!

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