CD+DVD pressing. For the past decade the Peruvian tenor has earned ecstatic critical and public response internationally for a technical prowess and an authoritative style that must surely equal what the public would have heard from the greatest tenors more than 150 years ago. Fl¢rez's exhilarating vocalism, matched by a magnetic stage presence, has prompted major opera companies to revive many rare works especially for him. A celebration of THE Belcanto tenor of our times The King of high Ds demonstrates yet again that he is THE Belcanto singer of his generation JDF recently broke the 70-year old taboo at the Scala of repeating an aria as an encore (Feb Fille) This "Fl¢rez and Friends" programme of bel canto excerpts gives further proof of Fl¢rez's supremacy in this repertoire. For Fl¢rez, the disc is "really a treat because you have some of the finest artists of today - and I'm not talking about me! The opportunity to hear them all in one CD is wonderful. I'm proud that I'm singing here with great singers, great colleagues - great friends." Guests artists - Anna Netrebko (soprano) Patrizia Ciofi (soprano) Daniela Barcellona (mezzo-soprano) Mariusz Kwiecien (baritone) Cor de la Generalitat Valenciana Francesc Perales (Chorus Master) Fernando Piqueras (baritone) Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana Daniel Oren (conductor)
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the lost world of bel canto for men is back - in one voice. i love everything about this man but i would offer that in one of the duets [di che son reo from il viaggio], mr. florez' voice seems to lack heft in relation to mme. barcellona. be that as it may, his call of "linda, linda.." in the duet from linda di chamounix is magical and the impressions left after hearing this disc are ones of awe, mastery, and artistry. selections are also well balanced in that one is not overwhelmed by too much floridity or one vocal type. choral parts are, as on all of mr. florez' albums, included - as are the responses from other characters in the scene. i know this is a bit cheezy and discrediting, but i travelled specifically to see mr. florez sing tonio in la fille from a met box, and what a handsome and sexy man he is [those hairy legs in lederhosen] - the art work and the bonus disk acknowledge this beauty as surely as the peruvian sun rises and shines.
For opera lovers worldwide, Juan Diego Florez is the premiere Rossini/bel canto specialist. I have all his recordings (including the Wigmore Hall, London concert), seen him live on the stage of the Metropolitan, and in the HD simulcasts from the Met. He might not be the best acting opera singer but you can't doubt his talent. He tosses off roulades and flouishes with aplomb and secure intonation. He has on occasion taken on roles not quite suited to his voice and, by his own admission, will not sing those roles again (Duke in Rigoletto) until his voice changes. And ladies - he is adorable to look at!!!
If anything, this recital shows Florez to be in even better voice than in his last album "Voce d'Italia: Arias for Rubini" (see my review). Despite the beauty of Florez' singing there, a few top notes showed signs of strain; here, the voice is more easily produced, sweeter and more characterful than ever before. For me, the plum item is his newly minted account off that old warhorse "Una furtive lagrima"; he sings with power and delicacy, managing some heart-stopping diminuendi and maintaining seamless legato. The Italian version of Florez' calling card aria with the nine high C's is as thrilling as ever and the more interesting for being less frequently heard. The choice of repertoire is judicious: a preponderance of Donizetti but a very varied selection of his arias, then two excerpts from Rossini and one by Bellini ; five are solo arias and the other five are each with a different "guest artist". I cannot, in all honesty, say that I am as impressed by any of those five other...
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