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Plácido Domingo|Giuseppe Verdi : Airs d'opéras

Giuseppe Verdi : Airs d'opéras

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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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1
Macbeth, Act IV, Scene and Aria: "Perfidi! All'anglo contro me v'unite! ... Pietà, rispetto, amore" (Macbeth)
00:05:20

Plácido Domingo, Baritone - Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Francesco Maria Piave, Librettist - Pablo Heras-Casado, Conductor - Orquestra de la Comunítat Valencíana, Performer - Christopher Alder, Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer

(P) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment

2
Rigoletto, Act I, Scene 3, Scena: "Pari siamo! Io la lingua" (Rigoletto)
00:03:52

Plácido Domingo, Baritone - Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Francesco Maria Piave, Librettist - Pablo Heras-Casado, Conductor - Orquestra de la Comunítat Valencíana, Performer - Christopher Alder, Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer

(P) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment

3
Rigoletto, Act II, Scene 2, Aria: "Sì, la mia figlia! ... Cortigiani, vil razza dannata" (Rigoletto)
00:05:00

Plácido Domingo, Baritone - Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Francesco Maria Piave, Librettist - Pablo Heras-Casado, Conductor - Orquestra de la Comunítat Valencíana, Performer - Christopher Alder, Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer

(P) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment

4
Un ballo in maschera, Act III, Scene 1, Aria: "Alzati! Là tuo figlio ... Eri tu che macciavi quell'anima" (Renato)
00:06:22

Plácido Domingo, Baritone - Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Antonio Somma, Librettist - Pablo Heras-Casado, Conductor - Orquestra de la Comunítat Valencíana, Performer - Christopher Alder, Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer

(P) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment

5
La traviata, Act II, Scene 1, Aria: "Di Provenza il mar, il suol" (Germont)
00:04:30

Plácido Domingo, Baritone - Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Francesco Maria Piave, Librettist - Pablo Heras-Casado, Conductor - Orquestra de la Comunítat Valencíana, Performer - Christopher Alder, Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer

(P) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment

6
Simon Boccanegra, Act I, Scene 2: "Abbasso le spade! ... Plebe! Patrizi! Popolo dalla feroce storia!" (Amelia, Gabriele, Boccanegra, Fiesco, coro, Paolo, Pietro)
00:05:17

Plácido Domingo, Baritone - Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Angel Joy Blue, Soprano - Francesco Maria Piave, Librettist - Aquiles Machado, Tenor - Arrigo Boito, Librettist - Gianluca Buratto, Bass Vocal - Fernando Piqueras, Baritone - Bonifaci Carrillo, Bass Vocal - Pablo Heras-Casado, Conductor - Orquestra de la Comunítat Valencíana, Performer - Cor de la Generalitat Valencia, Performer - Francesco Perales, Chorus Master - Christopher Alder, Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer

(P) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment

7
Simon Boccanegra, Act I, Scene 2: "Ecco la spada" (Gabriele, Boccanegra, Paolo, coro, Amelia, Pietro, Fiesco)
00:04:32

Plácido Domingo, Baritone - Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Aquiles Machado, Tenor - Francesco Maria Piave, Librettist - Arrigo Boito, Librettist - Fernando Piqueras, Baritone - Angel Joy Blue, Soprano - Bonifaci Carrillo, Bass Vocal - Gianluca Buratto, Bass Vocal - Pablo Heras-Casado, Conductor - Orquestra de la Comunítat Valencíana, Performer - Cor de la Generalitat Valencia, Performer - Francesco Perales, Chorus Master - Christopher Alder, Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer

(P) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment

8
Ernani, Act III, Scene and Cavatina: "È questo il loco?" (Carlo V)
00:03:30

Plácido Domingo, Baritone - Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Francesco Maria Piave, Librettist - Pablo Heras-Casado, Conductor - Orquestra de la Comunítat Valencíana, Performer - Christopher Alder, Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer

(P) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment

9
Ernani, Act III, Scene and Cavatina: "Oh, de' verd'anni miei" (Carlo V)
00:03:26

Plácido Domingo, Baritone - Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Francesco Maria Piave, Librettist - Pablo Heras-Casado, Conductor - Orquestra de la Comunítat Valencíana, Performer - Christopher Alder, Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer

(P) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment

10
Il trovatore, Part II, Scene 2, Scena ed Aria: "Tutto è deserto" (Conte di Luna, Ferrando)
00:01:30

Plácido Domingo, Baritone - Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Gianluca Buratto, Bass Vocal - Salvatore Cammarano, Librettist - Leone Emanuele Bardare, Librettist - Pablo Heras-Casado, Conductor - Orquestra de la Comunítat Valencíana, Performer - Christopher Alder, Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer

(P) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment

11
Il trovatore, Part II, Scene 2, Scena ed Aria: "Il balen del suo sorriso" (Conte di Luna)
00:03:10

Plácido Domingo, Baritone - Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Pablo Heras-Casado, Conductor - Salvatore Cammarano, Librettist - Leone Emanuele Bardare, Librettist - Orquestra de la Comunítat Valencíana, Performer - Christopher Alder, Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer

(P) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment

12
Il trovatore, Part II, Scene 2, Scena ed Aria: "Qual suono! Oh ciel! ... Per me, ora fatale" (Conte di Luna, Ferrando, coro)
00:02:55

Plácido Domingo, Baritone - Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Gianluca Buratto, Bass Vocal - Salvatore Cammarano, Librettist - Leone Emanuele Bardare, Librettist - Pablo Heras-Casado, Conductor - Orquestra de la Comunítat Valencíana, Performer - Cor de la Generalitat Valencia, Performer - Francesco Perales, Chorus Master - Christopher Alder, Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer

(P) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment

13
Don Carlo, Act IV, Scene 2: "Son io, mio Carlo" (Rodrigo, Don Carlo)
00:03:36

Plácido Domingo, Baritone - Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Achille de Lauzières, Librettist - Aquiles Machado, Tenor - Angelo Zanardini, Librettist - Pablo Heras-Casado, Conductor - Orquestra de la Comunítat Valencíana, Performer - Christopher Alder, Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer

(P) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment

14
Don Carlo, Act IV, Scene 2: "Per me giunto è il dì supremo" (Rodrigo)
00:02:42

Plácido Domingo, Baritone - Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Achille de Lauzières, Librettist - Pablo Heras-Casado, Conductor - Angelo Zanardini, Librettist - Orquestra de la Comunítat Valencíana, Performer - Christopher Alder, Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer

(P) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment

15
Don Carlo, Act IV, Scene 2: "Che parli tu di morte?" (Don Carlo, Rodrigo)
00:05:55

Plácido Domingo, Baritone - Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Achille de Lauzières, Librettist - Aquiles Machado, Tenor - Angelo Zanardini, Librettist - Pablo Heras-Casado, Conductor - Orquestra de la Comunítat Valencíana, Performer - Christopher Alder, Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer

(P) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment

16
La forza del destino, Act III, Scene 2, Scena ed Aria: "Morir! Tremenda cosa" (Carlo)
00:02:24

Plácido Domingo, Baritone - Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Francesco Maria Piave, Librettist - Pablo Heras-Casado, Conductor - Antonio Ghislanzoni, Librettist - Orquestra de la Comunítat Valencíana, Performer - Christopher Alder, Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer

(P) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment

17
La forza del destino, Act III, Scene 2, Scena ed Aria: "Urna fatale del mio destino" (Carlo)
00:03:00

Plácido Domingo, Baritone - Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Francesco Maria Piave, Librettist - Pablo Heras-Casado, Conductor - Antonio Ghislanzoni, Librettist - Orquestra de la Comunítat Valencíana, Performer - Christopher Alder, Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer

(P) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment

18
La forza del destino, Act III, Scene 2, Scena ed Aria: "E s'altra prova rinvenir potessi? ... Egli è salvo! Gioia immensa" (Carlo, chirurgo)
00:02:58

Plácido Domingo, Baritone - Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Francesco Maria Piave, Librettist - Gianluca Buratto, Bass Vocal - Antonio Ghislanzoni, Librettist - Pablo Heras-Casado, Conductor - Orquestra de la Comunítat Valencíana, Performer - Christopher Alder, Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer

(P) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment

Album Description

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.
© TiVo

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