28 June 2012

Vivica Genaux: Bel Canto Arias

Easy CD-DA | FLAC tracks | Covers | 284 Mb
Date CD: September 16, 2003 | Virgin | 68:17


This charming disc showcases Vivica Genaux doing what she does best: tearing through highly florid music, often at breakneck speed, without seeming to break a sweat. Even Cecilia Bartoli -- arguably the reigning queen of fioritura -- has never handled the dizzying twists and turns of Rossini so gracefully. Of course, there is more to bel canto music than fireworks, and Genaux's singing occasionally lacks the focus and tonal variety to sustain interest during more lyrical passages; but it is hard to resist the urge to play certain tracks, like the opening "Nacqui all' affanno...Non più mesta" from La cenerentola, many times over just to enjoy the ride. Genaux's treatment of ornamentation, style, and the Italian language are world-class. John Nelson and the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris deliver a sharp, colorful performance that brings the different sounds and styles of Rossini and Donizetti, the two featured composers, into relief. The varied program includes one especially rare number: "Popolo, amici...Ah! Sì, da tanti affani" from Donizetti's early Alahor in Granata, which only received its first modern performance in 1998. Other highlights include "Il segreto per esser felici" from Lucrezia Borgia, which is just a great tune, and of course Rosina's "Una voce poco fa" from Il barbière di Siviglia; it would be hard to find a better performance of that favorite anywhere.


Gioachino Rossini
La Cenerentola: Nacqui all'affanno
L`Italiana in Algeri: Cruda sorte! Amor tiranno
L`Italiana in Algeri: Pensa alla patria
Gaetano Donizetti
Lucrezia Borgia: Nella fatal di Rimini
Lucrezia Borgia: Il Segreto per esser felici
Alahor in Granada: Popolo, amici, sanguinosi allori...Ah si, da tanti affani
Anna Bolena: E sgombro il loco...Un bacio ancora
Gioachino Rossini
La Donna del lago, '(The) Lady of the Lake': Mura felici
Semiramide: In si barbara sciagura...Ah Quel giorno ognor rammento
Il Barbiere di Siviglia: Una voce poco fa

Ensemble Orchestral de Paris
John Nelson

I'm beginning here to resurrect some of the works that "disappeared" from Avax or were "abandoned" from the original uploaders. There's not a real thought behind it, I'm just cleaning up my HDs and following the wind. What I downloaded long ago is flowing back. All credits go to the first uploader. Enjoy...

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