Verdi; Puccini, Tchaikovsky, Giordano / Mirella Freni

Release Date: 8/31/2010
Label: Orfeo
Catalog Number: ORF-C806102
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2

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$24.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews
Mirella Freni, who recently celebrated her 75th birthday, is one of the exceptional singers who have emerged from Italy, the home of opera. And unlike those other 'exceptional' talents who crop up every few years (and who often disappear just as quickly), Mirella Freni’s standing is heightened by the exceptional length of her career, which was so rich in peaks and free of troughs. That success finds confirmation in this selection of archive recordings chosen from more than the three decades Mirella Freni sang at the Vienna State Opera. She began with a sensational debut as Mimì in Puccini’s La Bohème. Within the space of six months, her Mimì had won the public’s heart at both La Scala, Milan and in Vienna, both under Herbert von Karajan. Her Rodolfo at the time was Gianni Raimondi, though the Viennese archives also document her longstanding partnerships with Luciano Pavarotti (Carlos Kleiber) and Plácido Domingo. It was with Domingo (under the baton of James Levine) that Mirella Freni repeated her Salzburg Festival success, in Vienna, as Desdemona. As with her Mimì, her Elisabetta in Don Carlo under Claudio Abbado in 1989 was astonishing, for her voice had lost none of its freshness in the ten years since singing the role under Karajan. In that same decade, she was also able to portray, convincingly, the youthful roles of Amelia in Simon Boccanegra and Manon Lescaut. Once again at Pavarotti’s side, this time for a Verdi concert in 1990, her public was inspired by excerpts from Aïda – unusual reprertoire for her. She also proved with two Tchaikovsky roles that she was a diva in more than her mother tongue alone. Neither her Tatyana in Eugene Onegin nor her Lisa in Pique Dame (both with Seiji Ozawa at the helm) can be left out of this 'Vienna' portrait of her, as with her last role at the Vienna State Opera: her assumption of the title role in Giordano’s Fedora brought back this operatic rarity to a renewed appreciation. (2 CDs)
Works on This Recording
1. Fedora: Loris, Ipanoff, oggi lo Zar by Umberto Giordano
Performer: Mirella Freni (Soprano)
Conductor: Fabio Luisi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1898 ; Italy
2. Fedora: Mia madre, la mia vecchia madre by Umberto Giordano
Performer: Luis Lima (Tenor), Mirella Freni (Soprano)
Conductor: Fabio Luisi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1898 ; Italy
3. Fedora: Vedi, io piango by Umberto Giordano
Performer: Mirella Freni (Soprano)
Conductor: Fabio Luisi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1898 ; Italy
4. La Bohème: Si, mi chiamano Mimì by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Gianni Raimondi (Tenor), Mirella Freni (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1896 ; Italy
5. La Bohème: Marcello, finalmente by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Mirella Freni (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1896 ; Italy
6. La Bohème: Donde lieta uscì by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Placido Domingo (Tenor), Mirella Freni (Soprano), Alberto Rinaldi (Baritone)
Conductor: Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1896 ; Italy
7. La Bohème: Sono andati? Fingevo di dormire by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Orazio Mori (Bass), Mirella Freni (Soprano), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Wolfgang Brendel (Baritone), Margherita Guglielmi (Soprano)
Conductor: Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1896 ; Italy
8. Manon Lescaut: Sola, perduta, abbandonata by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Mirella Freni (Soprano)
Conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1893 ; Italy
9. Manon Lescaut: Fra le tue braccia, amore by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Mirella Freni (Soprano), Peter Dvorsky (Tenor)
Conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1893 ; Italy
10. Eugene Onegin, Op. 24: Tatiana's letter scene by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer: Wolfgang Brendel (Baritone), Mirella Freni (Soprano)
Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1877-1878 ; Russia
11. Queen of Spades, Op. 68: Midnight is nearing (Lisa's Aria) by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer: Mirella Freni (Soprano)
Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1890 ; Russia
12. Eugene Onegin, Op. 24: Excerpt(s) by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer: Mirella Freni (Soprano)
Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1877-1878 ; Russia
13. Queen of Spades, Op. 68: Excerpt(s) by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer: Mirella Freni (Soprano), Vladimir Atlantov (Tenor)
Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1890 ; Russia
14. Don Carlos: Io vengo a domandar grazia alla mia Regina by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Luis Lima (Tenor), Mirella Freni (Soprano)
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
15. Don Carlos: Tu, che la vanitá conoscesti del mondo by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Mirella Freni (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1867/1884 ; Italy
16. Otello: Dio ti giocondi, o sposo by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Mirella Freni (Soprano), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor: James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1887 ; Italy
17. Simon Boccanegra: Come in quest' ora bruna by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Mirella Freni (Soprano)
Conductor: Hans Graf
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1857 ; Italy
18. Aida: Ritorna vincitor! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Mirella Freni (Soprano)
Conductor: Roberto Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871 ; Italy
19. Aida: La fatal pietra...O terra, addio by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Mirella Freni (Soprano)
Conductor: Roberto Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871 ; Italy
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