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Joseph Calleja - Tenor Arias - Verdi, Etc / Chailly, Et Al


Release Date: 05/11/2004 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 475250   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giuseppe VerdiGaetano DonizettiFrancesco CilèaGiacomo Puccini
Performer:  Joseph CallejaLydia Catherine EasleyGiovanni Battista Parodi
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra MilanVerdi Chorus Milan
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 53 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This CD, coming so quickly on the heels of the one by Rolando Villazon, bodes well for tenorizing in the next couple of decades. Tenor Joseph Calleja is only 26 years old, but this debut recital already presents a polished artist. Calleja's repertoire overlaps somewhat with Villazon's, but the latter's voice is darker and heftier and he probably will wind up in the Cavaradossi/Don Carlo camp, while Calleja remains in Donizetti and lighter Verdi--not to mention some French roles. His tone is bright and shiny, and he has a quick vibrato that adds intensity and a touch of plangency.


You only have to listen to the first note of Maurizio's "La dolcissima effige"--a lovely piano F-on-the-staff--to realize
Read more that this man is an artist. Similarly, the close of the Duke's "Parmi veder le lagrime" ends with a trill, followed by a lovely diminuendo, and the second verse of "Possente amor" is classily embellished (although its ultimate note, a high-D, is not a prize-winner). Alfredo's Act 2 recitative, aria, and cabaletta are simply brilliantly sung, with an impetuosity and urgency that gives the music "face", and the sadness in Macduff's aria rings absolutely true, even out of context. Edgardo's last-act scene from Lucia rarely works on CD, but here Calleja takes us through all of the character's feelings, from anger to despair. In short, this light-ish voiced Maltese tenor is a class act, and unless he opts for, say, Radames or Chenier in the next 15 years, he should be a star. The presentation is one of Decca's best, with Riccardo Chailly offering strong support; a chorus and other soloists are provided when needed. The sound is superb. [5/20/2004]
--Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
La traviata: De' miei bollenti spiriti by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Joseph Calleja (Tenor), Lydia Catherine Easley (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/2003 
Venue:  Auditorium, Milan, Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Lunge da lei..." 
2.
Macbeth: Ah, la paterna mano by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Joseph Calleja (Tenor)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847/1865; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/2003 
Venue:  Auditorium, Milan, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "O figli, o figli miei..." 
3.
Rigoletto: Questa o quella by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Joseph Calleja (Tenor)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/2003 
Venue:  Auditorium, Milan, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4.
Rigoletto: Parmi veder le lagrime...Possente amor mi chiama by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Joseph Calleja (Tenor)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Written: 1851 
Date of Recording: 06/2003 
Venue:  Auditorium, Milan, Italy 
Length: 10 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Ella mi fu rapital!" 
5.
Rigoletto: La donna è mobile by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Joseph Calleja (Tenor)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/2003 
Venue:  Auditorium, Milan, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
6.
Lucia di Lammermoor: Fra poco a me ricovero by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Giovanni Battista Parodi (Baritone), Joseph Calleja (Tenor)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan,  Verdi Chorus Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/11/2003 
Venue:  Auditorium, Milan, Italy 
Length: 15 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Tombe degli avi miei..." 
7.
Adriana Lecouvreur: La dolcissima effigie by Francesco Cilèa
Performer:  Joseph Calleja (Tenor)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/2003 
Venue:  Auditorium, Milan, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Tombe degli avi miei..." 
8.
L'Arlesiana: E la solita storia...Anch'io vorrei "Lamento" by Francesco Cilèa
Performer:  Joseph Calleja (Tenor)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897/1937; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/2003 
Venue:  Auditorium, Milan, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
9.
Madama Butterfly: Addio, fiorito asil by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Joseph Calleja (Tenor)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/2003 
Venue:  Auditorium, Milan, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
10.
L'Elisir d'Amore: Quanto è bella! Quanto è cara! by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Joseph Calleja (Tenor)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/25/2003 
Venue:  Auditorium, Milan, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
11.
Lucia di Lammermoor: Fra poco a me ricovero by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Joseph Calleja (Tenor)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/2003 
Venue:  Auditorium, Milan, Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Tombe degli avi miei..." 

Sound Samples

La traviata / Act 2: "Lunge da lei" - "De' miei bollenti spiriti"
La traviata / Act 2: "O mio rimorso!"
Macbeth / Act 4: "O figli miei...Ah, la paterna mano"
Rigoletto - Revised Martin Chusid / Act 2: Questa o quella
Rigoletto - Revised Martin Chusid / Act 2: Ella mi fu rapita!...Parmi veder le lagrime!
Rigoletto - Revised Martin Chusid / Act 2: Duca, Duca
Rigoletto - Revised Martin Chusid / Act 2: Possente amor mi chiama
Rigoletto / Act 3: La donna è mobile
L'elisir d'amore / Act 1: "Quanto è bella, quanto è cara!"
Lucia di Lammermoor / Act 3: "Tombe degl'avi miei" - "Fra poco a me ricovero"
Lucia di Lammermoor / Act 3: "Oh meschina!"
Lucia di Lammermoor / Act 3: "Tu che a Dio spiegasti l'ali"
Adriana Lecouvreur / Act 1: La dolcissima effigie sorridente
L'arlesiana / Act 2: E la solita storia (Lamento di Federico)
Madama Butterfly / Act 2: Addio fiorito asil

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