Verdi, Donizetti

Verdi, Donizetti

by Michael Fabiano

SACD(Super Audio CD - SACD Hybrid)

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Overview

Tenor Michael Fabiano has been getting all kinds of good press, not only in the U.S., but also in Britain and on the European continent. This album of Donizetti and Verdi arias marks his debut for the Pentatone label in the Netherlands, and it would have been easy for him to execute a satisfying recording of popular arias. Instead, he offers an album with a specific goal, he "reveals the strong ties between late Donizetti and early Verdi... shedding light on a paradigmatic shift in Italian opera." This point is not original to Fabiano, but to hear it brought alive by a real singer is well worth your while. It was Donizetti who began to break up the duality of recitative and tune that persisted through most of the bel canto era, with the recitatives inflected into a series of dramatic moments, and the arias breaking off for outbursts of emotion. Sample the selections from Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor" with its deep and exciting interpenetration of recitative and aria. The whole idea is suited to Fabiano's voice, which combines a lot of power with a fair dramatic sense. On the Verdian side he delivers convincing performances of operas that are often classed as inferior, even "Oberto" (1839), the very first one. Fabiano's voice is a bit lacking in tonal shading, but there is every indication here that he will develop in this regard as he approaches new repertory intelligently. With lively accompaniment from the London Philharmonic under Enrique Mazzola, this is a debut worthy of your attention.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/17/2019
Label: Pentatone
UPC: 0827949075063
catalogNumber: 5186750
Rank: 37378

Tracks

  1. Luisa Miller, opera: Oh! fede negar potessi... Quando le sere al placid

    1. Oh! fede negar potessi... Quando le sere al placido  (05:23)
  2. Rigoletto, opera: La donna è mobile

    1. La donna è mobile  (02:07)
  3. Poliuto, opera: Veleno è l'aura ch'io respiro ...Fu macchiato l'on

    1. Veleno è l'aura ch'io respiro ...Fu macchiato l'onor mio... Sfolgorò divino raggio  (05:57)
  4. Un ballo in maschera, opera: Forse la soglia attinse.. Ma se m'è forzà perderti

    1. Forse la soglia attinse.. Ma se m'è forzà perderti  (06:28)
  5. Lucia di Lammermoor, opera: Tomba degli avi miei... Fra poco o me ricovero

    1. Tomba degli avi miei... Fra poco o me ricovero  (07:11)
  6. La forza del destino, opera: Qual sangue sparsi... S'affronti la morte

    1. Qual sangue sparsi... S'affronti la morte  (04:19)
  7. Maria di Rohan, opera: Alma soave e cara

    1. Alma soave e cara  (01:50)
  8. Ernani, opera: Odi il voto... Sprezzo la vita

    1. Odi il voto... Sprezzo la vita  (06:57)
  9. I due Foscari, opera: Notte, perpetua notte ...Non maledirmi

    1. Notte, perpetua notte ...Non maledirmi  (05:17)
  10. Oberto, conte di San Bonifacio, opera: Ciel, che feci!... Ciel pietoso

    1. Ciel, che feci!... Ciel pietoso  (03:32)
  11. Il Corsaro, opera: Ah sì, ben dite... Tutto parea sorridere.. Pronti

    1. Ah sì, ben dite... Tutto parea sorridere.. Pronti siate a seguitarmi  (07:22)

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