Joyce & Tony - Live at Wigmore Hall / DiDonato, Pappano

Release Date: 9/11/2015
Label: Erato
Catalog Number: 551696
Number of Discs: 2

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Joyce DiDonato and Antonio Pappano – at the piano rather than the podium – opened the 2014-15 season at London’s Wigmore Hall with a dazzling program of song devoted to the duo's American and Italian connections. The first item was Haydn’s dramatic cantata Arianna a Naxos (which, back in 2003, also launched DiDonato’s debut recital at Wigmore Hall). Then come two songs by a composer who has played a defining role in Joyce DiDonato’s operatic career – Rossini, and four luscious late-Romantic numbers written in 1908 by the little-known Neapolitan composer Francesco Santoliquido. In the second half of the program, the pair shift gears effortlessly for a sparkling set from the Great American Songbook and beyond. Recorded live on this 2-CD set, the two artists were hailed by The Times as “mezzo diva supreme” and “golden maestro and piano accompanist to the stars”.


DiDonato demonstrates the full range of her expressive and technical gifts in a wide-ranging program...Pappano, better known for his work on the podium, is an exemplary collaborative pianist here, supporting Ms. DiDonato’s voluptuous singing with characterful, virtuosic playing.

– New York TImes


Last year’s recital by the dream duo of Joyce DiDonato and Antonio Pappano works wonderfully as a double CD - arguably more effective than the concert itself. Haydn’s dramatic scena, Arianna a Naxos, comes into its own, the seriousness, virtuosity and beauty of the performance easier to enjoy in private contemplation...DiDonato’s immaculate voice relishes every vowel sound, Pappano responds with pianistic wit and idiomatic invention. All a delight.

-The Guardian

This double-album explores both American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato’s European artistic homeland and her native land, through separate discs of cantatas and Great American Songbook classics, sensitively accompanied by Antonio Pappano’s thoughtful piano arrangements...DiDonato capturing the huge emotional swings of Haydn’s Arianna a Naxos in an incandescent performance.

-The Independent
Works on This Recording
1. Arianna a Naxos, H 26b no 2 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer: Antonio [Conductor] Pappano (Piano), Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1790 ; Eszterhazá, Hungary
2. Les soirées musicales: no 8, La danza by Gioachino Rossini
Period: Romantic
Written: circa 1830-1835 ; Italy
3. I canti della sera, for voice & piano by Francesco Santoliquido
4. Non ti scordar di me by Ernesto De Curtis
Period: Romantic
5. Beautiful dreamer by Stephen Foster
Period: Romantic
Written: 1864 ; USA
6. The Siren's Song, song (from "Leave It to Jane") by Jerome Kern
Period: Modern
7. Four Irish Songs: Lovely Jimmie by Havelock Nelson
8. Beltà crudele ("Amori scendete propizi al mio core"), for voice & piano by Gioachino Rossini
Period: Romantic
Written: 1821 ;
9. Go Little Boat, song (from "Miss 1917") by Jerome Kern
Period: Modern
Written: 1917 ;
10. Wizard of Oz: Over the Rainbow by Harold Arlen
Period: 20th Century
11. Lazy Afternoon by Jerome Moross
Period: 20th Century
12. Cabaret Songs (12), Vol 1 and 2: no 6, Amor by William Bolcom
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1977-1985 ; USA
13. Food for Thought, song for voice & piano (from Magdalena), A. 472 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Period: Modern
Written: 1947 ;
14. Show Boat: Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man by Jerome Kern
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1927 ; USA
15. Babes in arms: My funny valentine by Richard Rodgers
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1937 ; USA
16. Very Warm for May: All the Things You Are by Jerome Kern
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1939 ; USA
17. I Love a Piano by Irving Berlin
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1915 ; USA
18. Life upon the Wicked Stage, song (from "Show Boat") by Jerome Kern
Period: Modern
19. Love in the Dictionary, for voice & piano by Celius Dougherty
Period: Modern
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