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Dmitri Hvorostovsky: Verdi Opera Scenes / Orbelian, Hvorostovsky, Radvanovsky


Release Date: 02/22/2011 
Label:  Delos   Catalog #: 3403   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giuseppe VerdiAntonín DvorákWolfgang Amadeus MozartGiacomo Puccini
Performer:  Sondra RadvanovskyDmitri Hvorostovsky
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia of Russia
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Gala Live Concert from the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory

Two of opera’s biggest stars, on the crest of solo album triumphs, team up for this long-awaited duet album of Verdi Scenes.

It is high drama and great Verdi, with Dmitri Hvorostovsky, widely recognized as "the Verdi baritone of our time" (Los Angeles Times), and Sondra Radvanovsky, the fastest-rising "true Verdi soprano” (Opera News) in international opera today. The electricity is palpable in the emotional duet scenes from Il Trovatore, Un Ballo in Maschera, and Simon Boccanegra. Dmitri sings a favorite among his signature arias, “O Carlo, ascolta,” from Don Carlo; and Sondra gives us a memorable glimpse of her Tosca in “Vissi
Read more d’arte.” We are treated to delightful Mozart and tender Dvorak. Dmitri’s favorite conductor, Constantine Orbelian, leads the Philharmonia of Russia in masterful fashion.

"Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s long career and vocal gifts have placed him in that small group of must-hear Verdi baritones. Pairing him with the beautifully matched voice of Sondra Radvanovsky makes for a wonderfully compelling recording of Verdi opera excerpts.

Hvorostovsky brings tremendous vocal security and experienced dramatic delivery to his various roles. Radvanovsky matches him measure for measure and the results are stunning. The recording’s producers have wisely selected Un Ballo’s Act 3 Scene 1 duet by Amelia and Renato to open the CD. Beautifully executed, this track firmly holds the listener’s attention for the balance of the disc... Radvanovsky finally closes the live performance with a powerfully and flawlessly executed “Vissi d’arte” (Tosca). The audience in the Moscow Conservatory’s Great Hall reportedly applauded for twenty minutes after this concert – and they had every reason to do so."

- Alex Baran, The WholeNote.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Un ballo in maschera: Morrò, ma prima in grazia by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Sondra Radvanovsky (Soprano), Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia of Russia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
2. Don Carlos: O Carlo, ascolta by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone), Sondra Radvanovsky (Soprano)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia of Russia
Period: Romantic 
3. Simon Boccanegra: Paolo? Signor by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone), Sondra Radvanovsky (Soprano)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia of Russia
4. Il trovatore: Udiste? come albeggi, la scure al figlio by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone), Sondra Radvanovsky (Soprano)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia of Russia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
5. Rusalka, Op. 114/B 203: O moon high up "Song to the moon" by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Sondra Radvanovsky (Soprano)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia of Russia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Bohemia 
6. Don Giovanni, K 527: Deh vieni alla finestra [Serenade] by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia of Russia
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
7. Tosca: Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Sondra Radvanovsky (Soprano)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia of Russia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 

Sound Samples

Un ballo in maschera: Act III: Morro, ma prima in grazia
Don Carlo: Act III: O Carlo, ascolta
Simon Boccanegra: Act I: Paolo ... Signor
Il trovatore: Act IV: Udiste? Come albeggi
Rusalka, Op. 114, B. 203: Act I: Mesicku na nebi hlubokem
Don Giovanni, K. 527: Act II: Deh! vieni alla finestra
Tosca: Act II: Vissi d'arte

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