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Amore E Tormento / Massimo Giordano

Giordano,Massimo
Release Date: 06/25/2013 
Label:  Rca   Catalog #: 538007812   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Amilcare PonchielliGiuseppe VerdiFrancesco CilèaGiacomo Puccini,   ... 
Performer:  Massimo Giordano
Conductor:  Carlo Goldstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Massimo Giordano studied the flute first, but shortly before his graduation discovered his great talent for singing. Since then, he gained significant popularity amongst opera lovers in the whole world. Starting in Italy, where he debuted in Spolento with Massenet’s “Werther”, he conquered the big international stages such as La Scala in Milan, New York Metropolitan Opera, as well as the Vienna Staatsoper and the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. International opera stars such as Anna Netrebko, Angela Gheorgiu and Natalie Dessay are his partners on stage and he works with world renown conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Fabio Luisi, James Levine, and Marco Armiliato. Now, after more than ten years of outstanding international success, Read more Massimo presents his first solo album. For the album “AMORE E TORMENTO” (Love and Trouble), Massimo Giordano has complied a wonderful Italian bel canto program and impresses with Arias of outstanding composers like Verdi, Puccini and Giordano from operas like “Don Carlo”, “Manon Lescaut”, or “Andrea Chénier”. With Massimo Giordano’s exceptional voice, goose bumps are guaranteed. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. La Gioconda: Cielo e mar by Amilcare Ponchielli
Performer:  Massimo Giordano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Goldstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Written: 1876 
2. Don Carlos: Io l'ho perduta by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Massimo Giordano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Goldstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
3. Simon Boccanegra: Sento avvampar nell' anima by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Massimo Giordano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Goldstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; Italy 
4. L'Arlesiana: E la solita storia...Anch'io vorrei "Lamento" by Francesco Cilèa
Performer:  Massimo Giordano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Goldstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897/1937; Italy 
5. Adriana Lecouvreur: La dolcissima effigie by Francesco Cilèa
Performer:  Massimo Giordano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Goldstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Italy 
6. Turandot: Non piangere, Liù by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Massimo Giordano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Goldstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
7. Tosca: Recondita armonia by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Massimo Giordano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Goldstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
8. Tosca: E lucevan le stelle by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Massimo Giordano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Goldstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
9. Manon Lescaut: Donna non vidi mai by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Massimo Giordano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Goldstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
10. Madama Butterfly: Addio, fiorito asil by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Massimo Giordano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Goldstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
11. Le Villi: Torna ai felici dì by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Massimo Giordano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Goldstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Italy 
12. Andrea Chénier: Come un bel dì di maggio by Umberto Giordano
Performer:  Massimo Giordano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Goldstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
13. Fedora: Amor ti vieta by Umberto Giordano
Performer:  Massimo Giordano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Goldstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Italy 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 An Solid Debut November 23, 2013 By Due Fuss See All My Reviews "Great first disc by this singer of whom I had never heard. Classic arias skillfully and passionately sung, with able leadership of the Ensemble del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino by Carlo Goldstein. Elegant packing, though lacking texts, which is a recent and bad trend in CD releases. Overall a great debut by this voice. Looking forward to more." Report Abuse
 Dandy debut disc August 28, 2013 By Jim  D. See All My Reviews "Tenor Massimo Giordano has been singing professionally for more than a dozen years, but is only now offering his first solo album. That's a reflection on the recording industry nowadays, and not on his talent. His voice is very nice indeed, with a quick vibrato and a portamento so smooth you almost wonder how he gets from one note to the next. The singer uses the difference between recording and live performance to good advantage--"E lucevan le stelle" begins at a conversational level, and there's a lot of soft singing, carefully supported by conductor Carlo Goldstein. The only mannerism that struck me is a tendency to "hook" into some high notes, but it's not so consistent as to be annoying. The disc is packaged in an elaborate "hardcover" foldout, but with almost no information about the tenor himself. Also, I guess they figured texts were not needed, since the repertoire is so standard, but the pages of costume sketches from the Ricordi archive don't contribute much of anything in return. The disc timing is well under an hour, which is a shame, as I'd happily have listened longer." Report Abuse
 Fine collection of tenor arias August 26, 2013 By Warren Harris See All My Reviews "Essentially what we have here is Massimo Giordano performing 14 tenor arias from different operatic works. Mr. Giordano is an amazing talent, and on this collection his Puccini (particularly the pieces from Manon Lescaut, Tosca and Madama Butterfly) is beyond reproach. There are times, however, when his Verdi seems just a touch forced, which is a shame because with his vocal talent he has no need to force anything on a recording. That being said, the disc as a whole is well recorded, and the Ensemble Del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino that accompanies Mr. Giordano sounds fantastic. The liner notes are rather sparse, and rather a bit of a let-down. Granted some of these pieces need little if any introduction to the casual opera listener, but for those relatively new to the art form, additional information about the composers and the settings for the arias would have been nice. This is a pleasing disc, but it could have been so much more." Report Abuse
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