Rossini: Colbran, the Muse

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GIOACHINO ROSSINI
Rossini: Colbran, the Muse
Joyce DiDonato (mezzo) / Orchestra dell' Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Roma, Edoardo Muller

[ Erato / Virgin Classical / CD ]

Release Date: Monday 14 December 2009

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"DiDonato is proving herself one of the most delightful artists of our time. She sings with a rare purity of tone, ease on the high Bs, an impressive degree of technical skill and lively powers of characterisation. She is invigoratingly precise in her placement, fluent in scale work and well furnished with staccati and trills. ...the difficult repertoire is sung with charm and mastery, and from all we read, their original exponent, to whom the recital is dedicated, is worthily honoured. Choral and orchestral work are equally stylish, and the short tenor solos by Lawrence Brownlee are a treat." Gramophone Awards 2010 WINNER - Recital

"This is an artist who moves between registers with grace and skill, whose legato is seamless and whose tone is pearly. Indeed so creamy in 'D'amor al dolce impero', also from Armida, that you feel you could eat it on a spoon. Then there's that hushed quality to DiDonato's singing; a thrilling sensation that she's holding back, say at the beginning of 'Tanti affeti' from La donna del lago. Conductor Edoardo Müller is the perfect partner showing DiDonato off to her best advantage." BBC Music Five Stars

"This disc features some of the most authoritative bel canto singing that I have heard since Cecilia Bartoli emerged 20 years ago. Joyce DiDonato combines superb coloratura technique and clarity of tone with musical intelligence." Daily telegraph Five Stars

Tracks:

Armida: D'amor al dolce impero
La donna del lago: Oh mattutini albori
La donna del lago: Tanti affetti in tal momento
La donna del lago: Fra il padre, e fra l'amante
Maometto II : (3b) Preghiera: "Giusto Cielo, in tal periglio" (Anna)
Elisabetta, Regina d'Inghilterra : "Quant'è grato all'alma mia"
Semiramide : "Serenai vaghirai...Bel raggio lusinghier"
Otello: Ah! Dagli affanni oppressa
Otello: Nessun maggior dolore
Otello: O come infino al core
Otello: Assisa a' piè d'un salice ... Che dissi! ...Deh!
Otello: Deh calma, o ciel, nel sonno
Otello: Se al mio crudel tormento
Otello: Dove son io!
Otello: È ver....gode quest'anima