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Passione Di Napoli / Dmitri Hvorostovsky


Release Date: 10/09/2001 
Label:  Delos   Catalog #: 3290   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Eduardo Di CapuaErnesto TagliaferriSalvatore CardilloCesare Andrea Bixio,   ... 
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Once you get used to the idea that your favorite tenor (in my case Björling) isn't singing "Torna a Surriento"--or any other of these 17 popular Neapolitan songs, you easily can settle into an enjoyable hour with one of the world's great baritones, a certain Siberian opera star who knows as much or more about Italian songs than even some native singers we've all heard. Dmitri Hvorostovsky's rich, smooth voice, whose qualities have been aptly described as "warm", "liquid", and possessing a "burnished beauty", adapts well to these characteristically full-throated revels in romanticism. Although he tends to cover upper-register soft notes a little too much for my taste, there's absolutely no Read more quarreling with Hvorostovsky's expressive instincts--or with the smooth legatos and tasteful interpretive nuances.


You catch the singer's love of these songs through his ability to project a certain "attitude"--one that he expresses passionately in defense of his performance of music so seemingly far removed from his experience and background: "I have an Italian wife, I've sung in Italian all my life, and I've worked hard on the Neapolitan dialect. Besides, this repertoire has been in my blood for 25 years, from my early days as a student." Indeed, although there's a certain darkness to the timbre that we usually don't hear in this music, the passion certainly is there, and while the spirit may not be as carefree as that of a more Italianate singer, it carries the same innate, life-loving zest. Hvorostovsky the opera virtuoso is most surely at home in the more operatic-styled songs, such as "Torna a Surriento" and "Dicitencello vuie", but his "O sole mio" and "Santa Lucia" are every bit as compelling. Constantine Orbelian and the Philharmonia of Russia prove ideal collaborators, and the sound is just fine.
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. 'O sole mio by Eduardo Di Capua
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/2001 
Venue:  Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory, Russia 
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arranger: Giancarlo Chiaramello. 
2. Passione by Ernesto Tagliaferri
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/2001 
Venue:  Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory, Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arranger: Luca Logi. 
3. Core 'ngrato by Salvatore Cardillo
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/2001 
Venue:  Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory, Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arranger: Giancarlo Chiaramello. 
4. Parlami d'amore, Mariù by Cesare Andrea Bixio
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/2001 
Venue:  Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory, Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arranger: Luca Logi. 
5. Maria, Marì by Eduardo Di Capua
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/2001 
Venue:  Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory, Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arranger: Giancarlo Chiaramello. 
6. Non ti scordar di me by Ernesto De Curtis
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/2001 
Venue:  Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory, Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arranger: Giancarlo Chiaramello. 
7. Torna a Surriento by Ernesto De Curtis
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/2001 
Venue:  Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory, Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arranger: Giancarlo Chiaramello. 
8. Canzoni napoletane (3): no 3, Marechiare by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/2001 
Venue:  Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory, Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arranger: Giancarlo Chiaramello. 
9. Voce'e notte by Ernesto De Curtis
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1904; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/2001 
Venue:  Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory, Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arranger: Giancarlo Chiaramello. 
10. Dicitencello vuie by Rodolfo Falvo
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/2001 
Venue:  Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory, Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arranger: Luca Logi. 
11. Comme facette mammeta by Salvatore Gambardella
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/2001 
Venue:  Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory, Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arranger: Alexey Medvedev. 
12. Musica proibita, Op. 5 by Stanislas Gastaldon
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/2001 
Venue:  Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory, Russia 
Length: 4 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arranger: Luca Logi. 
13. Canta pe' me by Ernesto De Curtis
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/2001 
Venue:  Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory, Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arranger: Walter Mnatsakanov. 
14. O surdato 'nnammurato by Enrico Cannio
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 06/2001 
Venue:  Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory, Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arranger: Giancarlo Chiaramello. 
15. Canzoni napoletane (3): no 1, 'A vucchella by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/2001 
Venue:  Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory, Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arranger: Giancarlo Chiaramello. 
16. Fenesta che lucive by Teodoro Cottrau
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 06/2001 
Venue:  Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory, Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arranger: Alexander Gritsevich. 
17. Santa Lucia by Teodoro Cottrau
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/2001 
Venue:  Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory, Russia 
Length: 4 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

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