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Amor, Vida De Mi Vida / Placido Domingo, Ana María Martínez

Domingo,Placido / Martinez / Mozarteum Orch / Cobo
Release Date: 03/31/2009 
Label:  Euroarts   Catalog #: 2072478  
Composer:  Federico ChuecaFederico Moreno-TorrobaPablo Luna y CarnéManuel de Falla,   ... 
Performer:  Ana Maria MartinezPlacido Domingo
Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 41 Mins. 

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AMOR, VIDA DE MI VIDA—THE ZARZUELA CONCERT Plácido Domingo (ten); Jesús López-Cobos, cond; Ana María Martínez (sop); Mozarteum O, Salzburg UNITEL 2072478 (DVD: 103:07 Text and Translation) Live: Salzburg 8/9–10/2007


CHUECA El bateo: Prelude. TORROBA La maravilla : Amor, vida de mia Read more vida. La chulapona: Tienes razón, amingo. La marchenera: Tres horas antes del día. Luisa Fernanda: Cállate, corazón; Luché la fe por el triunfo; En mi tierra extremeña. CARNÉ El niño judio: De España vengo. FALLA El amor brujo: Ritual Fire Dance. The Three-Cornered Hat: Jota. SERRANO Los claveles: Romanza. La canción de olvido: Junto al Puente de la peña. OTERO La del Soto del Parral: Quiero desterrar de tu pecho el temor. BELLIDO La boda de Luis Alonso: Interlude. PENELLA Don Gil de Alcalá: Habanera Duet. El gato montés: Soleá . . . Me llamabas, Rafaeliyo? SOROZÁBAL La tabernera del Puerto: En un país de fibula. CHAPÍ Las hijas del Zebedeo: Al pensar en el dueño de mis amores. LECUONA Maria la O: Mulata infeliz, tu vida acabó. LEHÁR The Merry Widow: Lippen schweigen


What a sheer delight this is, from beginning to end. Originally this was scheduled as a concert for two tenors to sing Zarzuela arias—Domingo and Rolando Villazón. In the end, the younger tenor had to cancel because of his vocal crisis, and the old man of 68 (if you accept his official birth year of 1941) went on in glorious voice. Ana Maria Martínez, who often sings concerts with Domingo, was more than an adequate fill-in. She has a natural feel for this music, as does Domingo (and conductor López-Cobos as well), and a very attractive lyric soprano voice.


The arias and duets are melodious, lively, and infectious. They were chosen to provide sufficient variety of mood, and the Salzburg audience is clearly ecstatic all evening long. (This was videotaped over two concerts, so some editing is involved, but one is not aware of it.)


Domingo remains one of the miracles of our age. At the opening of the first aria the voice shows signs of wear—the tone lacks its usual liquid beauty and there is more than a hint of wobble. You think to yourself, “Finally, after a half-century of singing, the end is clearly here.” Within fewer than five minutes, that thought is gone as the old vocal gold returns. For the rest of the concert, he is in terrific voice. There are no high Cs or Bs required by this music, to be sure, but you would be hard pressed to name a single tenor you would rather hear sing it. His continued clear love for singing, after so many years, is almost as miraculous as the condition of his voice. He, Martínez, and López-Cobos are all clearly having the time of their lives, although López-Cobos seems surprisingly restrained in the orchestral excerpts, when a bit more abandon would have been welcome. Domingo’s soft singing in the aria from Otero’s La del Soto del Parral is magical, and his high A? at the end of it is rock solid and ringing. Throughout the concert, Domingo seems totally at ease, exhibiting flexibility of color, dynamics, and phrasing. Martínez doesn’t seem quite as free as Domingo, perhaps because she was replacing Villazón, but she sings beautifully and with idiomatic expression, and as the evening goes on, she becomes more and more expressive. Her encore from Lecuona’s Maria la O is exquisite—beautifully shaded and sung with gleaming high notes.


Karina Fibich’s video direction is straightforward. In the orchestral numbers, the camera, happily, lingers on some shots rather than jerking about every measure, and for the vocal numbers there is the right balance between holding still and providing some visual variety. The sound quality is very good—perfectly balanced so that one always hears the singers, but the orchestra is not relegated to the background. There are subtitles in a number of languages, but it would have been nice if Unitel had provided some dramatic context for these scenes. We don’t learn anything about the characters or the situations in which they find themselves. Nonetheless, this is a wonderful DVD, and is enthusiastically recommended to fans of the zarzuela or Domingo. (Even the Lehár encore doesn’t seem out of place in the evening.)


FANFARE: Henry Fogel
Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: PCM Stereo 2.0 / Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS 5.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish
Booklet notes: English, German, French
Running time: 101 mins
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Works on This Recording

1. El bateo: Prelude by Federico Chueca
Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1901; Spain 
2. La maravilla: Amor, vida de mi vida by Federico Moreno-Torroba
Performer:  Ana Maria Martinez (Soprano), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; Spain 
3. El niño judío: De España vengo by Pablo Luna y Carné
Performer:  Ana Maria Martinez (Soprano), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; Spain 
4. La Chulapona: Tienes razón, amigo by Federico Moreno-Torroba
Performer:  Ana Maria Martinez (Soprano), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
5. La marchenera: Tres horas antes del dia by Federico Moreno-Torroba
Performer:  Ana Maria Martinez (Soprano), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; Spain 
6. El amor brujo: Danza rituel del fuego "Ritual Fire Dance" by Manuel de Falla
Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1915; Spain 
7. Luisa Fernanda: Cállate, corazón! Duèrmete y calla! by Federico Moreno-Torroba
Performer:  Ana Maria Martinez (Soprano), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; Spain 
8. Los claveles: Que te importa que no venga? by Simeon José Serrano
Performer:  Ana Maria Martinez (Soprano), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
9. La del soto del parral: Quiero desterrar de tu pecho by Reveriano Soutullo
Performer:  Ana Maria Martinez (Soprano), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; Spain 
10. La boda de Luis Alonso: Intermezzo by Jerónimo Giménez
Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Spain 
11. Don Gil de Alcalá: Todas las mañanitas by Manuel Penella
Performer:  Ana Maria Martinez (Soprano), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
12. La tabernera del puerto: En un país de fábula by Pablo Sorozabal
Performer:  Ana Maria Martinez (Soprano), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; Spain 
13. Luisa Fernanda: Luché la fe por el triunfo by Federico Moreno-Torroba
Performer:  Ana Maria Martinez (Soprano), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; Spain 
14. El sombrero de tres picos: Final Dance "Jota" by Manuel de Falla
Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; Spain 
15. La canción del olvidó: Junto al puento de la pena by Simeon José Serrano
Performer:  Ana Maria Martinez (Soprano), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; Spain 
16. Las hijas del Zebedeo: Al pensar en el dueño by Ruperto Chapí (y Lorente)
Performer:  Ana Maria Martinez (Soprano), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Spain 
17. Luisa Fernanda: En mi tierra extremeña by Federico Moreno-Torroba
Performer:  Ana Maria Martinez (Soprano), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; Spain 

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