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EMI Classics is proud to present Angela Gheorghiu: My Puccini, a stunning homage to the legend of Puccini featuring the finest arias from his best-loved operas, sung by the leading Puccini soprano of our time. This compila... more »
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EMI Classics is proud to present Angela Gheorghiu: My Puccini, a stunning homage to the legend of Puccini featuring the finest arias from his best-loved operas, sung by the leading Puccini soprano of our time. This compilation features tracks from Angela's extensive discography on EMI Classics, including several collaborations with her husband, tenor Roberto Alagna. Accompanying the CD is a special bonus DVD of previously unreleased material, including stunning footage of Angela singing Puccini, as well as an interview of her speaking about the composer.
A lovely singer at her touching best
Santa Fe Listener | Santa Fe, NM USA | 03/25/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For me, this second Puccini collection from Gheorgiu is preferable to her earlier (2004) program from Milan with Anton Coppola. For one thing, we get to hear both her and Alagna in best young voice from their appealing La Boheme and La Rondine complete sets -- the latter put them on the map as a glamorous young operatic couple. Second, the singer doesn't over extend her vocal abilities as she did in the first collection by attempting the murderous "In questa reggia" from Turandot, an aria totally impplausible for her lyric-spinto voice. Even Tosca is a stretch, but what reigning diva (as surely Gheorghiu is) hasn't wanted to prove that she can sing anything? Her creamy voice and soft-edged attack are perfeclty suited to almost everything she essays here, from Manon to Cio-Cio San. All that's lacking is the last ounce of dramatic involvement of the kind we hear from Tebaldi, Callas, and Price.
In the end, Puccini may well be Gheorghiu's best composer, as this touching album vividly demonstrates."
Tom Claffey | 03/11/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Absolutely beautiful! The Wall Street Journal article which led to my purchase of the CD was right on the mark."
The voice of an angel.
Marie | New Orleans | 12/28/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I am a recent convert to opera and have been discovering many new sopranos over the past two years. Angela Gheorghiu was the most recent discovery as she was a performer on another album of Puccini arias. As soon as the first phrase left her lips, I was in awe. She has magnificent power and control. I had to have more of her, hence this purchase. I encourage anybody who admires quality lyric sopranos to take the plunge with me."