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Anna Netrebko - Opera Arias / Noseda, Vienna Po


Release Date: 09/09/2003 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 000099002   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartHector BerliozVincenzo BelliniJules Massenet,   ... 
Performer:  Anna Netrebko
Conductor:  Gianandrea Noseda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic OrchestraVienna State Opera Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Life isn’t fair. Opera singers are not supposed to look like Anna Netrebko. One can only imagine the envious glances thrown her way by corpulent colleagues. Billed on the cover as ANNA Netrebko, the Anna in 20-point type, the producers are quite aware of Netrebko’s assets. No doubt DG is hoping she will be the operatic equivalent of that other Russian ANNA, as in Kournikova. The happy news is yes, Anna Netrebko is every bit as attractive, perhaps even more so than Anna Kournikova, and though no tennis expert, I’m confident that Anna Netrebko sings better than her compatriot plays her sport. No, life is not fair; an opera singer should never look this exquisite and sing beautifully as well!

In her recital debut, our operatic
Read more Anna sings an impressive and difficult collection of arias from Mozart, Bellini, Donizetti, Gounod, Dvo?ák, Berlioz, Puccini, and Massenet and for the most part, comes off like a champion. Singing with controlled passion and verve, she does especially well in the Mozart and Dvo?ák. What an Ilia she would make on stage! As for her Donna Anna, it would be impossible to believe even a Lothario like Don Giovanni would forsake her. Anna Netrebko’s vocalism in the beautiful aria from Rusalka would melt hearts of stone. The slight edge in her creamy voice is just perfect for this music—less so, perhaps for the bright tones of Manon and Lucia. Though Netrebko is an accomplished coloratura, she is a little clumsy in the Lucia and Sonnambula arias. But as a born communicator, even her less-successful efforts still give pleasure. I have seen Anna Netrebko three times in the theater and can confirm that, if anything, she sounds better than on this disc, with a surprisingly large voice for such a slender figure. It is possible that better engineering might have removed the edge to her tone, which I did not hear in three theaters: The Academy of Music in Philadelphia, Royal Festival Hall in London, and the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. Anna Netrebko is indeed a singer worth traveling for.

-- James Camner, FANFARE
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Works on This Recording

1.
Idomeneo, K 366: Padre, germani, addio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Anna Netrebko (Soprano)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Noseda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Munich, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/2003 
Venue:  Great Hall, Music Hall, Vienna 
Length: 7 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Crudele?...Non mi dir, bell' idol mio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Anna Netrebko (Soprano)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Noseda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 03/2003 
Venue:  Great Hall, Music Hall, Vienna 
Length: 6 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3.
Benvenuto Cellini: Entre l'amour et le devoir by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Anna Netrebko (Soprano)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Noseda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834-1837; France 
Date of Recording: 03/2003 
Venue:  Great Hall, Music Hall, Vienna 
Length: 7 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: French 
4.
La sonnambula: Come per me sereno...Sovra il sen by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Anna Netrebko (Soprano)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Noseda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2003 
Venue:  Great Hall, Music Hall, Vienna 
Length: 7 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: French 
5.
Manon: Obéissons quand leur voix appelle "Gavotte" by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Anna Netrebko (Soprano)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Noseda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1884; France 
Date of Recording: 03/2003 
Venue:  Great Hall, Music Hall, Vienna 
Length: 6 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection begins with "Suis-je gentille ainsi?...Je marche sur tous les chemins..." 
6.
Lucia di Lammermoor: Regnava nel silenzio by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Anna Netrebko (Soprano)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Noseda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2003 
Venue:  Great Hall, Music Hall, Vienna 
Length: 12 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
7.
Faust: Ah! je ris de me voir si belle "Jewel Song" by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Anna Netrebko (Soprano)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Noseda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Date of Recording: 03/2003 
Venue:  Great Hall, Music Hall, Vienna 
Length: 6 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: French 
8.
Rusalka, Op. 114/B 203: O moon high up "Song to the moon" by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Anna Netrebko (Soprano)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Noseda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 03/2003 
Venue:  Great Hall, Music Hall, Vienna 
Length: 5 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: Czech 
9.
La Bohčme: Quando m'en vo' soletta "Musetta's Waltz" by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Anna Netrebko (Soprano)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Noseda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2003 
Venue:  Great Hall, Music Hall, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

Idomeneo, re di Creta, K.366 / Act 1: "Quando avran fine omai" - "Padre, germani, addio!"
Don Giovanni, ossia Il dissoluto punito, K.527 / Act 2: "Crudele!-Ah no, mio bene!" - "Non mi dir, bell'idol" (Donna Anna)
Benvenuto Cellini / Act 1: "Les belles fleures" - "Entre l'amour et le devoir" - Quand j'aurai votre âge
Manon / Act 3: "Suis-je gentille ainsi?" / "Obéissons, quand leur voix appelle"
Lucia di Lammermoor / Act 1: Ancor non giunse!...Regnava nel silenzio
La Sonnambula / Act 1: Care compaggne, et voi, teneri amici ... Come per me sereno
Faust / Act 3: Chanson du roi de Thule - Air des Bijoux
Rusalka, Op.114 / Act 1: Mesicku na nebi hlubokém
La Bohčme - Concert Version / Act 1: "Quando me'n vň" (Musette's Waltz)

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