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Duets & Arias / Roberto Alagna, Angela Gheorghiu


Release Date: 04/23/1996 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 56117   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jules MassenetJacques OffenbachGaetano DonizettiGustave Charpentier,   ... 
Performer:  Roberto AlagnaAngela Gheorghiu
Conductor:  Richard Armstrong
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The concept of real-life lovers who are fast-rising opera singers making a recital of love stories in music is a dream come true. No doubt the whole idea will propel this disc into the best-seller lists. There are many exciting moments where the unique timbres of these singers make us fully aware of why such a fuss is being made of them. Alagna is a sensitive, intuitive musician who can shape lines and spin top notes with his wonderful, soaring tenor to thrilling effect. Gheorghiu has the most unusual cloudy texture to her voice which is bewitching. At times, both singers have a tendency to sacrifice pitch for a momentary intensity of emotion and sound. The recital is framed by the two most successful tracks, the ‘Cherry Duet’ from L’amico Read more Fritz and ‘O soave fanciulla’ from La bohème, both exquisitely sung. Least impressive are ‘Tonight’ from West Side Story – just not clear enough English – and the Act III duet from Don Pasquale, rhythmically mauled to distortion. Both the Gounod and the Charpentier produce some fairly frazzled French and the glorious Berlioz ‘Nuit d’ivresse’ does not quite ignite. Gheorghiu delivers a stunning ‘Al dolce guidami’ and both artists’ dedication to beautifully crafted phrases is an absolute joy to hear throughout.

-- Elise McDougall, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1. Manon: Ah! fuyez, douce image by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Armstrong
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1884; France 
Language: French 
2. La belle Hélène: Au mont Ida trois déesses by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Armstrong
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864; Paris, France 
Language: French 
3. Anna Bolena: Al dolce guidami castel natio by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Armstrong
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Italy 
Language: Italian 
4. Louise: Depuis le jour by Gustave Charpentier
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Armstrong
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; France 
Language: French 
5. L'Amico Fritz: Suzel, buon dì "Cherry Duet" by Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  Roberto Alagna (Tenor), Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Armstrong
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Italy 
Language: Italian 
6. Don Pasquale: Tornami a dir by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Roberto Alagna (Tenor), Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Armstrong
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Italy 
Language: Italian 
7. West Side Story: Tonight by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Roberto Alagna (Tenor), Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Armstrong
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USA 
Language: English 
8. Faust: O nuit d'amour by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Roberto Alagna (Tenor), Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Armstrong
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Language: French 
9. Les troyens: Nuit d'ivresse by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Roberto Alagna (Tenor), Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Armstrong
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856-1858; France 
Language: French 
10. La Bohème: O soave fanciulla by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Roberto Alagna (Tenor), Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Armstrong
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Language: Italian 
11. Manon: Act 3, Scene 2 "Parlour of the seminary at St. Sulpice" by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Roberto Alagna (Tenor), Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Armstrong
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1884; France 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

L'amico Fritz: Suzel, buon dì...
L'amico Fritz: Tutto tace, eppur tutto al cor mi parla (Cherry Duet, Act 2)
Manon: Je suis seul!....Ah, Fuyez, douce image
Manon: Toi! Vous!....Oui! je fus cruelle et coupable
Manon: N'est-ce plus ma main que cette main presse
Anna Bolena: Al dolce guidami castel natio
Don Pasquale: Tornami a dir che m'ami
La Belle Hélène: Au mont Ida trois deesses
West Side Story: Only you, you're the only thing I'll see forever....Tonight, tonight, it all began tonight
Faust: Il se fait tard! Adieu!....
Faust: O nuit d'amour, ciel radieux
Louise: Depuis le jour
Les Troyens: Nuits d'ivresse et d'extase
La Bohème, 'Bohemian Life': O soave fanciulla

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