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Classical - Released August 16, 2013 | Sony Classical

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 4 étoiles Classica - Hi-Res Audio
Before automatically dismissing the idea of the 72-year-old tenor Plácido Domingo reincarnated as a baritone, consider that he started out as one on the zarzuela stage many moons ago. In this selection of Verdi baritone arias, he sounds like the same Domingo so many millions of people have known and loved, just taken down a few scale degrees. That's both a good thing and a bad thing. You don't necessarily want a baritone to sound like a tenor, and in a few of these arias, which move the action along more than a tenor aria would, you feel that he's not really digging into the lyrics. But let's face it: who else among Domingo's tenor contemporaries could have pulled this off? The voice is not just recognizably Domingo but pleasingly Domingo, with the characteristic mixture of power and relaxed flexibility that has endeared him to listeners who have never heard any other opera singer, or any other opera singers than the Three Tenors. Domingo sounds terrific. He gets dry, competent support from the Orquesta de la Comunitat Valenciana and its associated chorus under Pablo Heras-Casado; the orchestra keeps the focus on Domingo's voice, right where it belongs. If this album were by anyone else, it would hardly work; from Domingo it is something to prize.
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Classical - Released January 1, 2010 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Distinctions 4F de Télérama - Choc de Classica
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Classical - Released January 17, 2011 | RCA Red Seal

Distinctions Choc de Classica
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Classical - Released April 11, 2014 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released March 21, 2014 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released January 1, 1998 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released November 29, 2010 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released June 4, 2007 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released January 1, 2007 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released March 18, 2013 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released April 27, 2012 | RCA Red Seal

This is a combined re-released of two disks; the entirety of a disk of duets between Domingo and Milnes, and selections from a disk of Domingo-Ricciarelli duets. Both Milnes and Ricciarelli were in their formidable vocal primes during the early 1970s, and so this captures not only Domingo, but much of the best qualities of the other singers. There is some remarkable vocal singing and acting here, though the drama is by far stronger between Domingo and Milnes than between Domingo and Ricciarelli. The Vespri and Forza selections are especially thrilling; both singers care about the text and drama and accommodate the meaning of each word and line as well as the nuances of the musical lines. Other selections are still strong, if not on the same level. While the Pearlfishers duet (from Les Pêcheurs de Perles) doesn't overtly violate French style, it doesn't certainly doesn't accommodate it, although the blending between two already complementary voices is exceptional. Domingo and Ricciarelli do not have the same dramatic chemistry, though both do bring some dramatic involvement. Those who prefer massive, more typically verismo voices for Zandonai may very well find Ricciarelli's instrument under-powered, although this more delicate reading is nonetheless effective in its own way, and Gavazzeni's conducting is beautifully multi-hued and excellent at conveying the emotions underlying this scene through the orchestral tension that is present even when the vocal lines are even artificially serene. The sound on the original Domingo-Milnes LP was rather poor, and with the transfer, hasn't improved greatly; the orchestra often sounds boxy, and there is an almost crackling distortion at the higher volumes. The sections recorded with Ricciarelli are considerably better. The packaging includes original-language texts and English translations.
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Classical - Released April 27, 2012 | RCA Red Seal

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Classical - Released January 1, 2006 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

It's understandable that Plácido Domingo has waited until the end of his career to release an album of Neapolitan songs; he required, the liner notes say, "intensive language coaching" to master the Neapolitan dialect in which most of these songs were written. All the better, then, that he hasn't tried to deliver a volume of Naples' greatest hits but has taken more specific aim: he is interested, he says, in the "incredibly touching sense of melancholy" that can be heard in Neapolitan songs, and in (now quoting liner note writer Jörg Königsdorf), "the concentrated emotional intensity that makes up this music's lifeblood, as much as in a Verdi aria." Thus Domingo selects pieces that lie on the tragic side and have a bit of operatic sweep, singing them new orchestral arrangements (done by various arrangers). He avoids the common romantic numbers of the Neapolitan song repertory; the only real chestnut here is Core 'ngrato, at the end. Instead he selects meatier pieces from various eras of Neapolitan song; some of the songs are quite recent, and one, Quarant' anni, was composed by one Plácido Domingo Jr. These decisions make sense. Domingo's voice still has plenty of expression in its top ranges, but to ask it to do hot-blooded romance in these songs would not show it at its best. The rather soft melancholy of many of these songs fits the current color of the singer's voice. And it's nice to hear the music in orchestral arrangements; as the notes point out, the interaction between opera and popular song in Italy is longstanding, and dressing up songs like these from time to time is an essential part of the process. If Domingo does not have quite the kick that Mario Lanza (whose example he cites, perhaps surprisingly) had in this repertory, and even if he risks disappointing both those who want the sentimental bonbons and operatic purists, he has nevertheless delivered an unusual disc that anyone who likes Neapolitan songs should hear.
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Classical - Released January 1, 1985 | Decca

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Classical - Released January 1, 2013 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)