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Carol Vaness Sings Verdi & Donizetti


Release Date: 01/03/2012 
Label:  Rca   Catalog #: 61828   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gaetano DonizettiGiuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carol VanessDennis O'NeillMarisca MulderMelinda Paulsen
Conductor:  Roberto Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio ChorusMunich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A wide-ranging program that shows off Carol Vaness's rich timbre and pure tone. A genuine nobility in the lower and middle voice distinguishes her singing, and the top notes have exciting fullness and resonance.

A welcome extension of this fine singer's repertoire on record, the programme exploits much that is best in her voice and also affords her a range of characterization which shows here to be an imaginative and steadily maturing artist. The finale of Anna Bolena in itself runs through a gamut of emotions, from the solicitous tenderness of its response to the grief of her attendants and the surge of outraged feeling as the off-stage band play jolly music for the marriage of Henry and Jane Seymour. Vaness traces the
Read more developments of mood and emotion with a sympathy that betrays no reliance on memories of Callas, which have led so many of the succeeding generation into histrionic excess and vocal grotesqueries. The change then to the lighter, more private voice of Violetta in the great solo from La traviata is accomplished naturally, as is the subsequent emergence of a haunted, powerful but deeply human Lady Macbeth. Less convincingly in character is Desdemona, the voice a little too dark, the expression (especially in dialogue with Emilia) not quite spontaneous enough — the long-forgotten song and the girl Barbara should ideally seem to come as recollection, and not as out of a musical score. The Trovatore Leonora, on the other hand, is totally real and apt, her love and sadness, tension and exultation finely caught.


The voice itself is still heard here for the most part as an instrument of rare beauty. The timbre is rich, the tone pure. These recordings were made in April 1993, and it is true that recent years have brought some deterioration, notable here every now and then as a loosening of the vibrations, and not always when under pressure at a forte. For instance, the quiet notes of Desdemona's "salce" and Leonora's "sospiri" have a little fraying of the texture. Yet a genuine nobility in the lower and middle voice distinguishes her singing, and the top notes (the high Cs in particular) have exciting fullness and resonance. Her florid work is skilfully done and never showy. The trills are a degree shallow, yet there is an excellent one on the E flat "pene" in "D'amor sull'ali rosee".

The supporting singers do well, with Melinda Paulsen making a distinct impression as Smeton in Anna Bolena. Textual fidelity (no unwritten high notes) seems to be a working principle here; nevertheless Roberto Abbado's conducting is sympathetic and flexible, and the orchestral work is fine. Recorded sound likewise, leaving as a single grumble the absence of texts in the booklet.

– Gramophone [1/1997]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Anna Bolena: Piangete voi?...Al dolce guidami castel natio by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Carol Vaness (Soprano)
Conductor:  Roberto Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1993 
Venue:  Studio 1, Bavarian Radio, Germany 
Length: 13 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2.
Anna Bolena: Cielo a'miei by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Carol Vaness (Soprano)
Conductor:  Roberto Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1993 
Venue:  Studio 1, Bavarian Radio, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3.
Anna Bolena: Suon festivo by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Carol Vaness (Soprano)
Conductor:  Roberto Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1993 
Venue:  Studio 1, Bavarian Radio, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4.
Anna Bolena: Coppia iniqua, l'estrema vendetta by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Carol Vaness (Soprano)
Conductor:  Roberto Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1993 
Venue:  Studio 1, Bavarian Radio, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5.
La traviata: Ah, fors' è lui...Sempre libera by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carol Vaness (Soprano), Dennis O'Neill (Tenor)
Conductor:  Roberto Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1993 
Venue:  Studio 1, Bavarian Radio, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
6.
Macbeth: Vegliammo invan due notti by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carol Vaness (Soprano), Marisca Mulder (Soprano)
Conductor:  Roberto Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1993 
Venue:  Studio 1, Bavarian Radio, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
7.
Macbeth: Una macchia è qui tuttora "Sleepwalking Scene" by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carol Vaness (Soprano)
Conductor:  Roberto Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847/1865; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1993 
Venue:  Studio 1, Bavarian Radio, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
8.
Otello: Piangea cantando "Willow Song" by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carol Vaness (Soprano), Melinda Paulsen (Alto)
Conductor:  Roberto Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1993 
Venue:  Studio 1, Bavarian Radio, Germany 
Length: 9 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
9.
Ave Maria by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carol Vaness (Soprano)
Conductor:  Roberto Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1993 
Venue:  Studio 1, Bavarian Radio, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
10.
Il trovatore: D'amor sull' ali rosee by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carol Vaness (Soprano)
Conductor:  Roberto Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1993 
Venue:  Studio 1, Bavarian Radio, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
11.
Il trovatore: Quel suon...Ah! che la morte "Miserere" by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carol Vaness (Soprano), Dennis O'Neill (Tenor)
Conductor:  Roberto Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1993 
Venue:  Studio 1, Bavarian Radio, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
12.
Il trovatore: Tu vedrai che amor by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carol Vaness (Soprano)
Conductor:  Roberto Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1993 
Venue:  Studio 1, Bavarian Radio, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

Customer Reviews

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 An American Classic March 5, 2013 By Stewart Rennison See All My Reviews "I recently saw Carol on Stage in the San Diego production of Daughter of the Regiment 02/01/2013 in the non singing role of Duchess of Krakenthrop. She teased the audience by launching into the opening bars of "Mon coeur S'Ouvre" from Samson and Delilah, (the next opera staged by San Diego Opera) in the final scene reminding me how much I had enjoyed her performances and voice in the past. Finding this recording was a great pleasure to hear her again in prime voice, it does not disappoint." Report Abuse
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