Label: EMI Classics - 7243 5 57433 2 9 • Format: CD Album, Club Edition • Country: US • Genre: Classical • Style: Romantic, Opera
This title is currently unavailable. Be the first to review this title. Notes and Editorial Reviews Berlioz's music for tenor is not only varied from Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House to heroic, it's also ungraciously written: high notes pop up out of nowhere; tessitura remains in the E-F-G "bridge" area far longer than is comfortable for tenors of any ilk; rhythms require true Bert and soft singing is called for at unfortunate heights.
But Roberto Alagna is in grand voice Reagan Youth - Youth Anthems For The New Order, more suited to the heroic Troyens and really light music the narrator in L'enfance du Christ than in the in-between arias, where a certain type of French voix-mixte eludes him. That having been said, he comes closer than any tenor since Nicolai Gedda, who came closer than any tenor since Georges Thill, to filling Berlioz's bill, and overall this is a brilliantly Read more successful recital.
I'm certain that he wouldn't be able to sustain all of Aeneas's music on stage, but here Alagna is marvelous--manly, confused, insistent. His singing of Iopas's little tune is lovely, but a real lyric voice--not the spinto Alagna is turning into--is called for. As mentioned, he sings the narrator in L'enfance du Christ with great beauty and simplicity; perhaps he might have done precisely the same with Iopas's tune if it didn't sit so high.
He sings the duet from Damnation de Faust with Angela Gheorghiu and both are lovely and engaging. An oddity is an aria we're accustomed to hearing for the bass-baritone Mefistofeles; here we get an earlier work by the composer in which it's for tenor and guitar. Alagna's Cellini is a bit strained, but there may be no way of singing this music perfectly. The CD ends with Berlioz's rip-snorting arrangement of La Marseillaise, complete with choruses of men and kids.
Roberto Alagna almost makes you want to be French. This is a terrific CD, filled with difficult music by a tough-composer-for-voice. Ange Adore - Hector Berlioz it's a must-have. Les troyens: Inutiles regrets L'enfance du Christ, Op. La damnation de Faust, Op. Review This Title Share on Facebook. The perfect gift for the classical music enthusiasts! Gift Certificates. Copyright ArkivMusic,
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