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The Verdi Album / Yoncheva, Zanetti, Munich Radio Orchestra


Release Date: 02/02/2018 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 88985417982  
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Sonya Yoncheva
Conductor:  Massimo Zanetti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Sonya Yoncheva dedicates her new album to the music of Verdi and records some of the most important repertoire for the dramatic soprano. With Massimo Zanetti she has paired up with a conductor very versed in the music of Verdi. The album includes arias from beloved masterpieces such as Il trovatore, La forza del destino, Don Carlo and Otello but also earlier gems such as Stiffelio. Following a series of spectacular debuts at the world’s leading opera houses, soprano Sonya Yoncheva has been heralded as one of the most acclaimed and exciting performers of her generation. She has become a fixture on the most important stages of the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House, Bayerische Staatsoper, Berlin State Opera, Wiener Read more Staatsoper, and the Opéra de Paris. Her unforgettable portrayals of iconic roles have received tremendous acclaim from critics and audiences alike. Of her performances in La traviata at the Staatsoper Berlin, Die Welt proclaimed: "She is the finest Violetta since Maria Callas. The Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva is possibly the best Traviata in the world at present.” Sonya Yoncheva’s extensive repertoire includes jewels of the Baroque canon, as well as works by Mozart, Verdi, Tchaikovsky, and Puccini. Celebrated for her distinctly beautiful voice and exceptional dramatic presence, Sonya is equally at home on the concert and recital stage, having performed to critical acclaim in several cities including Paris, Dresden, Baden-Baden, and Prague.

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REVIEW:

She certainly has a go at just about everything, ranging from the delicacy of Desdemona’s ‘Ave Maria’, to the wilder grief of the Forza Leonora’s ‘Pace! Pace, mio Dio!’ Perhaps best are the musings of Amelia Boccanegra, which sit perfectly within the size and range of her voice. Massimo Zanetti’s conducting is spacious and supportive, and he makes much of the introductions to the Boccanegra and Don Carlo arias.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Il trovatore: Tacea la notte placida...Di tale amor by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Sonya Yoncheva (Soprano)
Conductor:  Massimo Zanetti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
2.
Luisa Miller: Tu puniscimi, o Signore by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Sonya Yoncheva (Soprano)
Conductor:  Massimo Zanetti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Italy 
3.
Attila: Liberamente or piangi...Oh! nel fuggente nuvolo by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Sonya Yoncheva (Soprano)
Conductor:  Massimo Zanetti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Italy 
4.
Stiffelio: Tosto ei disse! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Sonya Yoncheva (Soprano)
Conductor:  Massimo Zanetti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Italy 
5.
La forza del destino: Pace, pace, mio Dio by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Sonya Yoncheva (Soprano)
Conductor:  Massimo Zanetti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
6.
Otello: Piangea cantando "Willow Song" by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Sonya Yoncheva (Soprano)
Conductor:  Massimo Zanetti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
7.
Simon Boccanegra: Come in quest' ora bruna by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Sonya Yoncheva (Soprano)
Conductor:  Massimo Zanetti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; Italy 
8.
Don Carlos: Tu, che la vanitá conoscesti del mondo by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Sonya Yoncheva (Soprano)
Conductor:  Massimo Zanetti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
9.
Nabucco: Ben io t'invenni...Anch' io dischiuso un giorno by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Sonya Yoncheva (Soprano)
Conductor:  Massimo Zanetti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 

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