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Extraits d'opéra - Released October 20, 2017 | Warner Classics

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At 52, soprano Angela Gheorghiu has lost none of her bite, none of her character, and certainly none of her voice, as evidenced by this album of melodies from the Italian verist's repertoire. Some are the great hits: "Vissi d'arte" from Tosca, outstanding moments from Cavalleria rustincana, from Ponchielli's La Joconde, but also overlooked pearls like La Bohème… only not Pucchini's, but Leoncavallo's, which is no less fascinating and much closer to Murger's book; or indeed Giordano's Siberia, now fallen out of fashion, and many others. After a global career punctuated by great heights, superb successes, U-turns, upsets and about-faces, has the soprano arrived at a level of peace that allows her to plunge back into this repertoire with a new eye? It's for the listener to judge: but they will surely not be disappointed. She calls upon the tenor Joseph Calleja and bassist Richard Novak for two great duets.
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Classique - Released September 3, 2007 | Warner Classics

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Classique - Released October 20, 2017 | Warner Classics

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This studio album from soprano Angela Gheorghiu sometimes has almost the flavor of experiment as she tries to find new roles in the verismo repertory to replace the Puccini heroines with which she made her reputation. The results are a mixed bag, but for those specifically interested in verismo the album is probably a must-have: It's rare to hear a singer of Gheorghiu's caliber in novel works: a piece like Stefano Donaudy's O del mio amato ben, one of the 36 Arie di Stile Antico, both showcases the alluring cream of Gheorghiu's voice and enlarges the concert repertory. In general, the lighter the piece, the better it works here. "Vissi d'arte," from Puccini's Tosca, is right in Gheorghiu's wheelhouse, and in the colorful "Ed ora conoscetela," from the Leoncavallo La bohème, she sounds terrific. The title track by Angelo Mascheroni is another standout. The project of moving the singer into heftier repertory seems only imperfectly realized, however; in a piece like "Suicidio," from Ponchielli's La Gioconda, Gheorghiu seems underpowered. The Prague Philharmonic under Emmanuel Villaume seems to try to stay out of Gheorghiu's way, which is not always to the good. For several groups, including Gheorghiu fans, this will be a most welcome release.
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Classique - Released November 15, 2019 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classique - Released January 1, 1995 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classique - Released March 15, 2013 | Warner Classics

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Classique - Released January 1, 1999 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classique - Released January 1, 1996 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classique - Released October 10, 2011 | Warner Classics

It's understandable as a marketing strategy why a record company would title a recording by a contemporary artist as an homage to a legendary singer of the past; the name recognition alone is bound to attract attention. It's doing no favors to the contemporary singer, though, when the comparison is being drawn to a figure as iconic as Maria Callas. Since bursting onto the international scene in the mid-'90s, Angela Gheorghiu has developed an impressive career in a variety of roles, many of which do duplicate Callas'. Hers is a lighter instrument, both in vocal weight and dramatic power. The album is best appreciated as a recital of arias that Gheorghiu loves, many of which come from her core repertoire, without thinking about how the performances stack up next to Callas'. She is most impressive in the late 19th century and verismo Italian roles. Violetta seems like a role custom-made for Gheorghiu's strengths; she is fully convincing in the two scenes included here, is totally at ease vocally, and brings a focused dramatic intensity to the music. In the arias with the lower lying tessitura, like Delilah's "Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix," and even to some extent the Habanera, she doesn't come across with the full power or the sumptuous legato that are ideal. The gossamer fioritura of "Col sorriso d'innocenza," from Bellini's Il pirata seems to lie a little outside her comfort zone. In the remaining repertoire, however, she is in full control and delivers potent, moving performances. Marco Armiliato leads the Royal Philharmonic in assured, surging accompaniments. EMI's sound is clean, clear, and detailed, but occasionally Gheorghiu's voice could afford to be foregrounded a little more than it is.
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Classique - Released January 1, 2001 | UMSM

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Classique - Released January 1, 1998 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classique - Released January 1, 2003 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

The quality of an anthology always depends on the source recordings a label has to choose from. In the case of Angela Gheorghiu, both Decca and EMI have plenty of good material -- so much so that both released compilations in 2004, each of which is an excellent capsulation of Gheorghiu's art and career, and neither of which duplicates the other's musical selections. Decca was Gheorghiu's label during the first years of her international career, and so The Essential Angela Gheorghiu is limited to recordings made before 2000. But, even though these selections are a few years old, they represent many of the core roles of her repertory. Most notable is her Violetta (Verdi's La traviata) with Georg Solti from 1995. It was the role that launched Gheorghiu into the big time, and having her "Ah, fors' è lui...sempre libera" from that time of her career is a great opportunity to hear the qualities that first made her famous. Equally important are the arias from La bohème, which is a centerpiece of her performing schedule. There is pathos to Gheorghiu's singing that suits her perfectly to both of those tragic roles -- Violetta and Mimì; yet, her "Jewel Song" from Gounod's Faust, full of girlish wonder and sparkling vocalism, is equally convincing. She is an extremely versatile singer, always musical, and never out of her comfort zone vocally. If there is any complaint, it's that these slightly older recordings don't have the same musical maturity in spots as her later work for EMI. Fans who already own Gheorghiu's complete opera recordings will find duplication of material here. But if you're looking for a collection of great soprano arias, or a document of her singing in general, you can't go wrong.
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Classique - Released January 1, 2000 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classique - Released November 8, 2019 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classique - Released January 1, 2011 | Deutsche Grammophon Classics

Pop - Released November 18, 2013 | MediaPro Music

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Classique - Released September 22, 2017 | Warner Classics

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Classique - Released January 1, 1997 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Pop - Released October 24, 2013 | MediaPro Music

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Classique - Released January 1, 1999 | Decca Music Group Ltd.