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Neil Shicoff Live


Release Date: 07/29/2003 
Label:  Orfeo   Catalog #: 561031   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giuseppe VerdiPeter Ilyich TchaikovskyJules MassenetCharles Gounod,   ... 
Performer:  Neil ShicoffVladimir Chernov
Conductor:  Frédéric ChaslinMarcello ViottiFabio Luisi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The magazine Opera News once named Shicoff the Al Pacino of the opera. Nonetheless the present recording is the first recital of Neil Shicoff and covers his central roles as Massenet's Werther, Gounod's Roméo as well as arias by Puccini, Bizet, Tchaikovsky and Jacques Halevy. Neil Shicoff's interpretations are always marked by flaming intensity, in particular when referring to the three pieces of Verdi and never merely "beautifully" sung. Entire characters are found within the space of a few bars and his operatic figures are always radically subjective individuals whom he makes unconditionally his own.

Sooner or later, conversations about intelligent performance inevitably turn to Neil Shicoff. Since his debut
Read more in Verdi's Ernani in 1975 under James Levine, when he took the place of Richard Tucker in Cincinnati, Shicoff always gives his all on stage. In Washington he sang Narraboth in Salome and suddenly also the Metropolitan Opera New York got interested in him and engaged him as Rinuccio in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi. Soon he took on Verdi's Duca di Mantova and Rudolfo, Lenski and Werther, the role with which he made his international breakthrough and which remains central to his repertoire. In 1980 Shicoff settled in Europe where public and critics alike met him with open arms. He is guest at almost all of the leading opera houses - The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London, The Vienna State Opera, La Scala Milan.
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Works on This Recording

1. Un ballo in maschera: Forse la soglia attinse by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Neil Shicoff (Tenor)
Conductor:  Frédéric Chaslin,  Marcello Viotti,  Fabio Luisi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
Language: Italian 
2. Un ballo in maschera: Ma se m' è forza perderti by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Neil Shicoff (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
Language: Italian 
3. Luisa Miller: Quando le sere al placido by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Neil Shicoff (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Italy 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is preceded by the recitative "O fede negar." 
4. La forza del destino: Solenne in quest' ora by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Vladimir Chernov (Baritone), Neil Shicoff (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Language: Italian 
5. Don Carlos: E lui, desso, l'Infante by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Vladimir Chernov (Baritone), Neil Shicoff (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
Language: Italian 
6. Don Carlos: Dio, che nell' alma infondere by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Vladimir Chernov (Baritone), Neil Shicoff (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
Language: Italian 
7. Eugene Onegin, Op. 24: Lensky's aria by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Neil Shicoff (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1879 
Language: Russian 
8. Werther: Pourquoi me réveiller? by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Neil Shicoff (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; France 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection is preceded by "Toute mon âme." 
9. Roméo et Juliette: Ah! lève-toi, soleil by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Neil Shicoff (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; France 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection is preceded by "L'amour..." 
10. Les pêcheurs de perles: Au fond du temple saint by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Vladimir Chernov (Baritone), Neil Shicoff (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; France 
Language: French 
11. La juive: Rachel, quand du Seigneur by Jacques Halévy
Performer:  Neil Shicoff (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection is preceded by the recitative "Va prononcer..." 
12. Il Tabarro: Hai ben ragione by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Neil Shicoff (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Italy 
Language: Italian 
13. Turandot: Nessun dorma! by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Neil Shicoff (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
Language: Italian 

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