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Rolando Villazón - Italian Opera Arias / Viotti, Munich RSO


Release Date: 02/10/2004 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 45626   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Francesco CilèaGaetano DonizettiGiuseppe VerdiGiacomo Puccini,   ... 
Performer:  Rolando Villazón
Conductor:  Marcello Viotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Unless something strange happens, I'd be willing to bet that relative newcomer Rolando Villazon will have a phenomenal career. The somewhat dark-hued-but-lyric voice has an innate intensity and beauty that is just the icing on an otherwise splendid cake. He delineates character and sings with a type of "morbidezza" not heard since Carlo Bergonzi, and his training must be impeccable: he delivers a perfect "messa di voce" at the close of "De' miei bollenti spiriti", he has a genuine pianissimo (rather than a vague falsetto-like croon), and he handles the bel canto-like cadenzas at the close of both Rigoletto arias with ease, accuracy, and grace. The high-Cs that cap both
Read more "O mio rimorso" (only one verse is given) and "Che gelida manina" are beauties. A quick vibrato creeps in around the E-F-G range and might be a problem, but as of now it's just something to notice.


His taste is flawless--he refuses to sob or moan--but his attention to dynamics and detail say far more than any gulp or whine would: the beautiful L'Arlesiana aria, sung as written without the interpolated high-B, is a heartbreaker, and his legato in "Angelo casto e bel" could melt a stone. Cavaradossi seems a bit heavy for him, but every other selection here is powered ideally. This is the man who might walk away with the prize. Buy this--it's a remarkable debut recital, and we may just have found the tenor who has everything. He and the orchestra are in very good hands under Marcello Viotti. [2/28/2004]
--Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
L'Arlesiana: E la solita storia...Anch'io vorrei "Lamento" by Francesco Cilèa
Performer:  Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
Conductor:  Marcello Viotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897/1937; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Studio no 1, Bavarian Radio, Munich 
Length: 4 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2.
Il Duca d'Alba: Angelo casto e bel by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
Conductor:  Marcello Viotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Studio no 1, Bavarian Radio, Munich 
Length: 6 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Inosservato..." 
3.
L'Elisir d'Amore: Quanto è bella! Quanto è cara! by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
Conductor:  Marcello Viotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Studio no 1, Bavarian Radio, Munich 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4.
L'Elisir d'Amore: Una furtiva lagrima by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
Conductor:  Marcello Viotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Studio no 1, Bavarian Radio, Munich 
Length: 4 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5.
Lucia di Lammermoor: Fra poco a me ricovero by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
Conductor:  Marcello Viotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Studio no 1, Bavarian Radio, Munich 
Length: 7 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Tombe degli avi miei..." 
6.
Don Carlos: Io l'ho perduta by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
Conductor:  Marcello Viotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Studio no 1, Bavarian Radio, Munich 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
7.
I lombardi: La mia letizia infondere by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
Conductor:  Marcello Viotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Studio no 1, Bavarian Radio, Munich 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
8.
Macbeth: Ah, la paterna mano by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
Conductor:  Marcello Viotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847/1865; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Studio no 1, Bavarian Radio, Munich 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
9.
Rigoletto: Parmi veder le lagrime...Possente amor mi chiama by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
Conductor:  Marcello Viotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1851 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Studio no 1, Bavarian Radio, Munich 
Length: 4 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
10.
Rigoletto: La donna è mobile by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
Conductor:  Marcello Viotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Studio no 1, Bavarian Radio, Munich 
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
11.
La traviata: De' miei bollenti spiriti by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
Conductor:  Marcello Viotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Studio no 1, Bavarian Radio, Munich 
Length: 5 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Lunge da lei..." 
12.
La Bohème: Che gelida manina by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
Conductor:  Marcello Viotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Studio no 1, Bavarian Radio, Munich 
Length: 4 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
13.
Tosca: E lucevan le stelle by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
Conductor:  Marcello Viotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Studio no 1, Bavarian Radio, Munich 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
14.
L'Amico Fritz: Ed anche Beppe amò...O amore, o bella luce by Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
Conductor:  Marcello Viotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Studio no 1, Bavarian Radio, Munich 
Length: 3 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
15.
Nerone: Quando al soave anelito by Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
Conductor:  Marcello Viotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1935; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Studio no 1, Bavarian Radio, Munich 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Vergini, Muse..." 

Sound Samples

L' Arlesiana: Lamento: E la solita storia (Federico)
Il Duca d'Alba, Act 4: Recitativo e romanza: Inosservato...Angelo casto e bel (Marcello)
L'Elisir d'amore: Aria: Quanto è bella (Nemorino)
L'Elisir d'amore: Aria: Una furtiva lagrima (Nemorino)
Lucia di Lammermoor: Recitativo ed aria: Tombe degli avi miei...Fra poco (Edgardo)
I Lombardi: Cavatina: La mia letizia (Oronte)
Don Carlo: Aria: Io l'ho perduta ..Io la vidi (Carlo)
Macbeth: Aria: O figli ... Ah! La paterna mano (Macduff)
Rigoletto: Scena ed aria: Ella mi fu rapita...Parmi veder le lagrime (Il Duca)
Rigoletto: Canzone: La donna è mobile ( Il Duca)
La Traviata: Scena, aria e cabaletta: Lunge da lei...De' miei bollenti...O mio rimorso (Alfredo)
La Bohème: Aria: Che gelida manina (Rodolfo)
Tosca: Aria: E lucevan le stelle (Mario Cavaradossi)
L'amico Fritz, Act Three: Aria: Anche tu Beppe giungi ... O amore (Fritz)
Nerone: Aria: Vergini Muse ... Quando al soave anelito (Nerone)

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