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Michael Spyres|Baritenor

Baritenor

Michael Spyres

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Usually classified into five practical categories: soprano, alto, tenor, baritone and bass, the characterisation of the various vocal registers is in fact more subtle and complicated than that. The baritone voice, for example, serves, depending on the repertoire, as an intermediary between the bass and the tenor, but there is also the baritenor (baryton-martin in French) as illustrated by this very pleasant recording of the American singer Michael Spyres, a veritable vocal phenomenon.

Very comfortable singing bel canto, notably in Rossini's operas, he has a particularly wide range, enabling him to take on a wide variety of roles as a baritone, tenor and often both at the same time. Michael Spyres takes on the eighteen tracks of this recital with disconcerting ease, traversing the tessituras with an assumed and delightful casualness, leaping octaves in head-spinning fashion. Who would not be amused by his Largo al factotum from Rossini's Barber of Seville through which he joyfully capers, or by his irresistible high notes in the Postillon de Lonjumeau (Adolphe Adam).

If Michael Spyres is having fun showing off his exceptional voice, he always does so to good effect, respecting the work and its style. The opening track sets the tone with a dazzling version of Fuor del mar, one of the most virtuoso and ornate arias written by Mozart for Idomeneo. The rest is just as good: impeccable French in Méhul, Spontini, Donizetti, Ambroise Thomas, Ravel, Wagner (Lohengrin sung in French!) or Offenbach, equally perfect Italian with Mozart, Rossini and Verdi or silky German with Korngold, ending in Latin with Orff. Of course it is a collection of musical non-sequiturs, but that is in the nature of a recital. Michael Spyres keeps us on the edge of our seats from start to finish. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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1
Idomeneo, K. 366, Act II: "Fuor del mar" (Idomeneo)
00:05:59

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Orchestre Philharmonique De Strasbourg, Orchestra - Giambattista Varesco, Poet - Marko Letonja, Conductor - Michael Spyres, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

2
Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492, Act III: "Hai gia vinto la causa?" (Il Conte d'Almaviva)
00:04:59

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Orchestre Philharmonique De Strasbourg, Orchestra - Lorenzo Da Ponte, Poet - Marko Letonja, Conductor - Michael Spyres, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

3
Don Giovanni, K. 527, Act II: "Deh, vieni al la finestra" (Don Giovanni)
00:01:59

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Orchestre Philharmonique De Strasbourg, Orchestra - Lorenzo Da Ponte, Poet - Marko Letonja, Conductor - Michael Spyres, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

4
Ariodant, Act III: "Oh, Dieux! Ecoutez ma prière" (Edgard)
00:04:20

Orchestre Philharmonique De Strasbourg, Orchestra - Etienne Nicolas Méhul, Composer - Marko Letonja, Conductor - Michael Spyres, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - François-Benoît Hoffmann, Poet

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

5
La Vestale, Act III: "Qu’ai-je vu! Quels apprêts" (Licinius)
00:03:14

Orchestre Philharmonique De Strasbourg, Orchestra - Etienne De Jouy, Poet - Gaspare Spontini, Composer - Marko Letonja, Conductor - Michael Spyres, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

6
Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Act I: "Largo al factotum" (Figaro)
00:05:12

Orchestre Philharmonique De Strasbourg, Orchestra - Cesare Sterbini, Poet - Gioacchino Rossini, Composer - Marko Letonja, Conductor - Michael Spyres, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

7
Otello, Act I: "Ah si, per voi già sento" - "Premio maggior di questo" - "Amor, dirada il nembo" (Otello, Iago, Chorus)
00:06:57

Orchestre Philharmonique De Strasbourg, Orchestra - Gioacchino Rossini, Composer - Marko Letonja, Conductor - Michael Spyres, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Francesco Maria Berio di Salsa, Poet - Choeur de l'Opéra national du Rhin, Chorus, FeaturedArtist - Sangbae Choï, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

8
Le Postillon de Lonjumeau, Act I: "Mes amis, écoutez l'histoire" (Chapelou, Chorus)
00:04:58

Orchestre Philharmonique De Strasbourg, Orchestra - Adolphe Adam, Composer - Adolphe De Leuven, Poet - Leon-Levy Brunswick, Poet - Marko Letonja, Conductor - Michael Spyres, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Choeur de l'Opéra national du Rhin, Chorus, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

9
La fille du régiment, Act I: "Ah! Mes amis, quel jour de fête!" - "Pour mon âme" (Tonio, Chorus)
00:04:22

Orchestre Philharmonique De Strasbourg, Orchestra - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - Marko Letonja, Conductor - Michael Spyres, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Jean-François Bayard, Poet - Henri Saint-Georges, Poet - Choeur de l'Opéra national du Rhin, Chorus, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

10
Il trovatore, Act II: "Tutto è deserto" - "Il balen del suo sorriso" (Il Conte di Luna)
00:04:38

Leone Emanuele Bardare, Poet - Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Salvatore Cammarano, Poet - Orchestre Philharmonique De Strasbourg, Orchestra - Marko Letonja, Conductor - Michael Spyres, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

11
Hamlet, Act II: "C'est en croyant revoir" - "Oh, vin! Dissipe la tristesse" (Hamlet, Marcellus, Horatio, Chorus)
00:05:54

Orchestre Philharmonique De Strasbourg, Orchestra - Michel Carre, Poet - Jules Barbier, Poet - Ambroise Thomas, Composer - Marko Letonja, Conductor - Michael Spyres, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Nicolas Kuhn, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Choeur de l'Opéra national du Rhin, Chorus, FeaturedArtist - Fabien Gaschy, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

12
Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Act I: "Va! pour Kleinzach" (Hoffmann, Nathanaël, Chorus)
00:05:23

Jacques Offenbach, Composer - Orchestre Philharmonique De Strasbourg, Orchestra - Jules Barbier, Poet - Marko Letonja, Conductor - Michael Spyres, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Choeur de l'Opéra national du Rhin, Chorus, FeaturedArtist - Mario Montalbano, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

13
Lohengrin, Act III: "Aux bords lointains" (Lohengrin)
00:06:13

Richard Wagner, Composer, Poet - Orchestre Philharmonique De Strasbourg, Orchestra - Marko Letonja, Conductor - Michael Spyres, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

14
Pagliacci, Prologue: "Si può? Signore! Signori!" (Tonio)
00:05:43

Ruggero Leoncavallo, Composer, Poet - Orchestre Philharmonique De Strasbourg, Orchestra - Marko Letonja, Conductor - Michael Spyres, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

15
Die lustige Witwe, Act I: "O Vaterland du machst bei Tag" - "Da geh ich zu Maxim" (Danilo)
00:02:45

Franz Lehár, Composer - Orchestre Philharmonique De Strasbourg, Orchestra - Leo Stein, Poet - Viktor Léon, Poet - Marko Letonja, Conductor - Michael Spyres, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

16
L'heure espagnole, M. 52: "Voilà, ce que j'appelle une femme charmante" (Ramiro)
00:02:27

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Orchestre Philharmonique De Strasbourg, Orchestra - Marko Letonja, Conductor - Michael Spyres, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Maurice Étienne Legrand, Poet

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

17
Carmina Burana, Pt. 4 “Cour d'amours”: Dies nox et omnia
00:02:29

Orchestre Philharmonique De Strasbourg, Orchestra - Carl Orff, Composer - Anonymus, Poet - Marko Letonja, Conductor - Michael Spyres, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

18
Die tote Stadt, Op. 12, Act I: Lied. "Glück, das mir verblieb" (Marietta)
00:06:48

Orchestre Philharmonique De Strasbourg, Orchestra - Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Composer, Poet - Julius Korngold, Poet - Marko Letonja, Conductor - Michael Spyres, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

Album Description

Usually classified into five practical categories: soprano, alto, tenor, baritone and bass, the characterisation of the various vocal registers is in fact more subtle and complicated than that. The baritone voice, for example, serves, depending on the repertoire, as an intermediary between the bass and the tenor, but there is also the baritenor (baryton-martin in French) as illustrated by this very pleasant recording of the American singer Michael Spyres, a veritable vocal phenomenon.

Very comfortable singing bel canto, notably in Rossini's operas, he has a particularly wide range, enabling him to take on a wide variety of roles as a baritone, tenor and often both at the same time. Michael Spyres takes on the eighteen tracks of this recital with disconcerting ease, traversing the tessituras with an assumed and delightful casualness, leaping octaves in head-spinning fashion. Who would not be amused by his Largo al factotum from Rossini's Barber of Seville through which he joyfully capers, or by his irresistible high notes in the Postillon de Lonjumeau (Adolphe Adam).

If Michael Spyres is having fun showing off his exceptional voice, he always does so to good effect, respecting the work and its style. The opening track sets the tone with a dazzling version of Fuor del mar, one of the most virtuoso and ornate arias written by Mozart for Idomeneo. The rest is just as good: impeccable French in Méhul, Spontini, Donizetti, Ambroise Thomas, Ravel, Wagner (Lohengrin sung in French!) or Offenbach, equally perfect Italian with Mozart, Rossini and Verdi or silky German with Korngold, ending in Latin with Orff. Of course it is a collection of musical non-sequiturs, but that is in the nature of a recital. Michael Spyres keeps us on the edge of our seats from start to finish. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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