Sofia Gubaidulina, composer

Sofia Gubaidulina, composer
Sofia Gubaidulina

Monday, August 22, 2016

Juan Diego Flórez: Italia – Gaetano Donizetti, Gioachino Rossini, Ruggero Leoncavallo, and others – Filarmonica Gioachino Rossini, Carlo Tenan (Audio video)

Ο Χουάν Ντιέγο Φλόρες, ένας από τους σπουδαιότερους τενόρους της εποχής μας, μοναδικός ερμηνευτής ρόλων σε όπερες μπελ κάντο, ιδίως του Ροσσίνι, ερμηνεύει γνωστά τραγούδια Ιταλών συνθετών, όπως το "Arrivederci Roma" του Ρενάτο Ράσελ, το "Amor Marinaro" του Γκαετάνο Ντονιτσέττι, το "Bolero" του Τζοακίνο Ροσσίνι, το "Marechiare" του Φραντσέσκο Πάολο Τόστι, το "Mattinata" του Ρουτζέρο Λεονκαβάλο, το "Chitarra Romana" του Έλντο Ντι Λάζαρο, και το "O sole mio" των Εντουάρντο ντι Κάπουα και Emanuele Alfredo Mazzucchi.

Τον διάσημο Περουβιανό τενόρο συνοδεύουν διακεκριμένοι μουσικοί, όπως ο Ισραηλινός μαντολινίστας Avi Avital, η Λετονή ακορντεονίστα Ksenija Sidorova, οι κιθαρίστες Guido Sodo (Νάπολη), Craig Ogden (Περθ, Αυστραλία) και Walter Zanetti (Μπολόνια), ο Ιταλός κοντραμπασίστας Massimo Jean Gambini, ο Ιταλός ντράμερ και δεξιοτέχνης στα κρουστά (εδώ παίζει congas), Ivan Gambini, η Κουβανή βιολονίστρια Ana Julia Badia Feria και ο Ιταλός κλαρινετίστας Davide Felici. Τη Φιλαρμονική «Τζοακίνο Ροσσίνι» διευθύνει ένας από τους πλέον ταλαντούχους Ιταλούς αρχιμουσικούς της νεότερης γενιάς, ο Carlo Tenan.

Η ηχογράφηση έγινε στο Teatro della Fortuna, στην πόλη Fano της Ιταλίας, το διάστημα 1-10 Σεπτεμβρίου 2014, και στα Angel Studios στο Λονδίνο στις 13 Απριλίου 2015.

Juan Diego Flórez, Decca's "dashing tenor, the king of the bel canto repertory" (New York Times), now joins the illustrious list of tenors to record an album of ever-popular Neapolitan and Italian songs, including some in arrangements made for his idol and mentor Luciano Pavarotti.

All the classic favourites are here – from O Sole Mio to Arriverderci Roma, Mattinata and Non ti scordar di me – and to breathe fresh life into this well-known music many of the songs have been newly arranged to evoke the feel of an authentic Neapolitan café band. For these Juan Diego is joined by the star mandolin player Avi Avital and acclaimed accordionist Ksenija Sidorova. Best-selling guitarist Craig Ogden also joins Juan Diego for two songs.

To complete the full Italian flavour these recordings were made in the Italian seaside resort of Fano, just south of Pesaro where Juan Diego makes his summer home – as Pavarotti did before him. For the orchestral tracks the Pesaro-based Filarmonica Giacchino Rossini is conducted by the gifted young Italian Carlo Tenan.

This album perfectly complements Juan Diego's first disc of popular songs "Sentimento Latino". The Peruvian and Latin American songs on that album have a strong connection with the older repertory of Neapolitan song. Both showcase Florez's uniquely distinctive sound: "His elegant, focused tone rang out clean and clear, with his famous high register – the money-notes for a tenor of his distinction – not just firm but flamboyant" (The Guardian).

"I grew up with the sound of Caruso and Pavarotti's joyful singing in my ears. I've been fortunate enough to spend a lot of time in Italy during my career, appearing most years in Pesaro's Rossini Festival. So naturally I was eager to record my own versions of these Italian and Neapolitan favorites. Who doesn't love these songs? They're great fun and transport you to the heart of Italy you can actually hear the sunshine! I was pleased to have some special friends join me on this album. They have all helped give it a unique sound which I hope you'll enjoy!" — Juan Diego Flórez


Juan Diego Flórez | Italia

Ernesto de Curtis (1875-1937)

1. Torna a Surriento

Renato Rascel (1912-1991)

2. Arrivederci Roma

Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848)

3. Amor Marinaro (Me voglio fa' na' casa)

Cesare Bixio (1896-1978)

4. La canzone dell'amore

Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)

5. Bolero (Mi lagnerò tacendo)

Francesco Paolo Tosti (1846-1916)

6. Marechiare

Ruggero Leoncavallo (1857-1919)

7. Mattinata

Eldo di Lazzaro (1902-1968)

8. Chitarra Romana


9. La nova gelosia

Gioachino Rossini

10. La Danza

Stefano Donaudy (1879-1925)

11. Vaghissima sembianza

Stanislao Gastaldon (1861-1939)

12. Musica proibita

Domenico Modugno (1928-1994)

13. Nel blu, di pinto di blu (Volare)

Francesco Paolo Tosti

14. L'alba separa dalla luce l'ombra

Ernesto de Curtis

15. Non ti scordar di me

Cesare Bixio

16. Parlami d'amore, Mariù

Eduardo di Capua (1865-1917) and Emanuele Alfredo Mazzucchi (1878-1972)

17. O sole mio

Juan Diego Flórez, tenor

Avi Avital, mandolin (Tracks 2, 3, 6, 8, 10, 12, 15 and 17)

Ksenija Sidorova, accordion (Tracks 2, 3, 6, 8, 12 and 15)
Guido Sodo, guitar (Tracks 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 12, 15 and 17)
Craig Ogden, guitar (Tracks 4 and 16)
Walter Zanetti, guitar (Tracks 2, 3, 5, 6 and 8)
Massimo Jean Gambini, double bass (Tracks 2, 3, 6 and 8)
Ivan Gambini, congas (Track 2)
Ana Julia Badia Feria, violin (Tracks 5 and 12)
Davide Felici, clarinet (Track 11)

Filarmonica Gioachino Rossini

Μουσική διεύθυνση (Conductor): Carlo Tenan (Tracks 1, 5, 7 and 10-15)

Arranged by Giancarlo Chiaramello (Tracks 1 and 13), Guido Sodo (Tracks 2, 4, 16 and 17), Luis Prado (Tracks 3, 5, 6, 8, 12 and 14), Arthur Luck (Track 7), Paolo Marzocchi (Track 10), Steven Mercurio (Track 11), Marzullo (Track 15).

Lyrics by Giambattista de Curtis (Track 1), Pietro Garinei and Alessandro Giovannini (Track 2), traditional Neapolitan (Track 3), Bixio Cherubini (Track 4), Pietro Metastasio (Track 5), Salvatore di Giacomo (Track 6), Ruggero Leoncavallo (Track 7), C. Bruno (Track 8), Carlo Pepoli (Track 10), Alberto Donaudy (Track 11), Flick-Flock (Track 12), Franco Migliacci (Track 13), Gabriele D'Annunzio (Track 14), Domenico Furnò (Track 15), Ennio Neri (Track 16), Giovanni Capurro (Track 17).

Recorded at Teatro della Fortuna, Fano, Italy, 1-10 September 2014 (Tracks 1-3, 5–15 and 17), Angel Studios, London, 13 April 2015 (Tracks 4 and 16).

Decca 2015

(HD 1080p – Audio video)

Sometimes promoted as the successor to Luciano Pavarotti, Peru's Juan Diego Flórez is actually a very different kind of tenor, and one of a sort that has not been seen much in recent years: his voice is light, extremely athletic, and suited above all to the bel canto tenor roles of the early nineteenth century. Among the accomplishments of his young career was the restoration to its proper place of a difficult passage, long considered unsingable, in the role of Almaviva in Rossini's Il barbière di Siviglia. His primary vocal model is not Pavarotti but Spanish tenor Alfredo Kraus – a performer less well known to the general public but equally well admired among opera cognoscenti.

Born in 1973 in Lima to a folk guitarist father, Flórez sang when he was young in a rock band that specialized in Beatles and Led Zeppelin covers. What set him on the road to an operatic career was a free voice course he took in conjunction with membership in his high school choir. He enrolled at the Lima Conservatory when he was 17, moving on from there to Philadelphia's Curtis Institute on a full scholarship. One mentor was Peruvian tenor Ernesto Palacio, who became Flórez's manager.

At the 1996 Pesaro Festival in Italy, Flórez was booked to sing a minor role in Rossini's Ricciardo e Zoraide but took over the lead role in a newly unearthed Rossini opera called Matilde di Shabran after the scheduled tenor had to cancel. Rhapsodic praise from hard-to-please Italian opera fans led to a debut at La Scala in Gluck's Armide and then to the rest of the world's major opera houses over the next several years. His Metropolitan Opera debut in New York came in 2002 as Almaviva in Il barbière – a role that has emerged as one of his specialties.

Possessed of good looks and trademark curly hair that have elicited nearly universal comment among music writers, Flórez faced pressure to assume the mantle of opera megastardom. He has won praise from close observers of the operatic scene, however, for taking account of the unusual nature of his voice and sticking to the repertory to which he is best suited, avoiding for the most part the heavier roles of Verdi and reintroducing audiences to something of the full fire that might have been heard on an Italian stage of the early nineteenth century. "I think I know my limitations", Flórez told The Economist in 2002. "I have been offered Mozart's Mitridate. I looked at the part, but it's all just a little low, and he's just a bit too angry all the time. It's not for me". An accomplished singing actor with a gift for comedy, Flórez has excelled in roles such as Tonio in Donizetti's La fille du régiment and the title role in Rossini 's Le Comte Ory.

Una furtiva lagrima: Donizetti and Bellini Arias Flórez has released three solo albums on the Decca label: one of Rossini arias, one (Una furtiva lagrima) including arias by Bellini and Donizetti, and 2004's Great Tenor Arias, which in the words of London's Observer newspaper "confirms his growing reputation as one of the most exciting vocal talents around". He has expressed an interest in exploring the repertory of Peruvian song and started a foundation to promote music education in Peru. Flórez signed with Sony in 2016, with his first release on the label scheduled for the following year.

Source: James Manheim, 2016 (

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