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Subject: A bunch of new recordings for last minute Christmas gifts (Garanca, Di Donato and Netrebko)
From: Sergio da Silva <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Fri, 23 Dec 2016 10:51:42 -0500
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I haven't been able to post in a long time, I've very busy at work but now I've been able to take a break and listen to some new recordings.

The first one is by Elina Garanca and it's a very interesting one; she sings mostly mezzo-soprano repertoire but also one soprano aria. She’s always been a puzzle  to me because I think she could be a soprano if she wanted to but she has decided to stick to the mezzo-soprano range. Unfortunately her selection for this recording are mostly dramatic mezzo-soprano arias which her voice, by nature, cannot handle very well. One example is Delilah's which requires a bigger voice and greater lower range.However she was very good in Adriana's aria “Io son l’umille nacelle”.
She also explores less known repertoire and she does very well, just listen to the Henry VIII Saint-Saens' aria.
The disc is well recorded and well conducted by Roberto Abbado.

Revive by Elina Garanca and Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana and Roberto Abbado

Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana - "Voi lo sapete, o mamma”
	Surprisingly good but lacks Italianate fire.
Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur / Act 2 - "Acerba voluttà, dolce tortura ... O vagabonda stella d’Oriente”
	Needs a bigger voice but in this video she is excellent - watch ECHO Klassik 2015: Auftritt Elina Garanca <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQR6LbbioYQ>
Berlioz: Les Troyens, H 133 / Act 5 - "Ah! Ah! Je vais mourir ... Adieu, fière cité”
	Excellent.
Verdi: Don Carlo / Act 2 - "Nel giardin del bello”
	First should be in French, second she ignores the trills.
Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila, Op.47, R. 288 / Act 2 - "Samson, recherchant ma présence ... Amour, viens aider ma faiblesse”
	Needs a bigger voice and range.
Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov / Act 3 - "Skučno, Marine ... Kak tomitel'no i vyalo”
	Very well done.
Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur / Act 1 - "Ecco: respiro appena ... Io son l'umile ancella”
	This is indeed a surprise, she sings beautifully and shows a good understanding of the role and style.
Massenet: Hérodiade / Act 1 - "Venge-moi d'une suprême offense! ... Ne me refuse pas”
	Excellent interpretation.
Thomas: Mignon / Act 1 - "Connais-tu le pays”
	A gem, delightful, I love this aria.
Verdi: La forza del destino / Act 3 - "Rataplan, rataplan, rataplan"
	Needs a bigger voice and range, also ignores the many trills in the score.
Ponchielli: La Gioconda, Op.9 / Act 2 - "Ho il cuor gonfio di lagrime ... Stella del marinar!"
	Needs a bigger voice and range.
Massenet: Werther / Act 3 - "Va! Laisse couler mes larmes"
	Needs a bigger voice and range.
Leoncavallo: La bohème / Act 3 - "È destin, debbo andarmene ... Marcello mio”
	Well done, gets points for including less known pieces.
Saint-Saëns: Henry VIII / Act 2 - "Reine! Je Serai Reine!”
	Excellent, needs to be heard,

 The next one is by Joyce Donato - In War & Peace: Harmony through music - and it's mostly Handel and other Baroque composers. This is repertoire few can challenge DiDonato, enough said she has all the coloratura - including trills - to make these arias well-deserved justice. The recording quality is excellent, the Italian Baroque ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro playing is superb. This is recommended without reservations.

Then there is a new recording of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut featuring Anna Netrebko and her new husband. The disc is well conducted by Marco Armiliato and was recorded live in Munich; the sound is pretty good especially if you download the high resolution audio. Anna starts alarmingly bad in the first act where her voice is too big (and dark in color) to sound like an innocent 15 year old girl. Nevertheless she improves in Act 2 and in the scene with Geronte and the courtiers she uses her spectacular high notes to great effect (L’ora o Tirsi). Yusif Eyvazov as Des Grieux does not feature so well, his voice is reedy and ugly however he has all the notes for the role but he's decidedly not at her level. The supporting cast is effective. There are many better recordings of this work, recommended for Anna Netrebko’s fans only.

Go shopping now and Merry Christmas!!!
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