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Plácido Domingo - Verdi ~ The Tenor Arias
There is only one word for this four-CD set: glorious. Released to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Verdi's death, it presents arias from every one of his 28 operas, a comprehensive overview of his work. It is also a ... more »
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There is only one word for this four-CD set: glorious. Released to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Verdi's death, it presents arias from every one of his 28 operas, a comprehensive overview of his work. It is also a tribute to Placido Domingo, one of his foremost present-day interpreters. An extraordinarily versatile artist, Domingo is heard in selections from his signature roles, like Otello, Radames, and Don Carlo, taken from recordings made between the 1960s and the '90s. He's also heard in new recordings of arias from the earliest, unfamiliar operas he has not performed on stage, and alternate arias Verdi wrote for different versions of his operas. Thus, he sings I Lombardi in Italian, Jérusalem in French, and Don Carlo and I Vespri Siciliani in Italian and French. There are also extended scenes with illustrious colleagues, including Leontyne Price, Katia Ricciarelli, Nicolai Ghiaurov, and Sergei Leiferkus, whose Iago is an exquisitely insidious villain. He is accompanied by the greatest orchestras and conductors. For the new recordings, his partners are Myung-Whun Chung and Valery Gergiev, whose Mariinsky Theater musicians contribute some beautiful string solos. The matchless beauty of Domingo's voice seems untouched by the years, and he can change and vary it to suit the musical and dramatic requirements. His top notes never lose their clarion ring, yet the final B-flat of "Celeste Aida" tapers off, as Verdi demands. Even more remarkable, he can create real characters. Even without the texts, the mood, emotion, and meaning always come through. In this incomparable treasure trove, all opera lovers will find their own favorites, and many new gems besides, all performed to utter perfection. --Edith Eisler
Important release but a sad edition problem
operamaryc | 11/03/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This cd box is an important and deserved homage, both to the singer and his admirers, besides the new impeccable material that shows the tenor in a fresh and admirable voice and style... I took out one star of the five because I found that the edition of the material has a grave error that is not at the level of the importance of the work: Just at the first number, in the Alfredo's cabaleta, the final note (not even written) sounds terrible edited and totally false; one would think that this is not even Domingo's voice... I know that this fake display comes from the original Traviata (with a great Cotrubas as Violeta); but there was not any need of pointig at this Domingo's disadvantage again when they were willing to record some new material... I would wish they had recorded once again the scene or corrected the end of the past version, just in order to give this exceptional singer the clean presentation he deserves. After all, this release is, more than anything, a tribute to one of the most important and beloved singers of the past and present century."
Amazing "young" Domingo of 60 on Verdi!
operamaryc | 10/14/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What a wonderful challenge for Placido Domingo in the maturity of his age and career to do all those "early" Verdi's arias, with such power, passion,energy, and also this style of "Bel Canto" which is his way to sing so beautifully some melodic lines..I was almost exhausted by myself when I had finished to listen to all the four discs ( here, in Belgium, I was able to purchase the 4CDs Box on Thursday September 27, so you understand why I'm able to review it very deeply because of the long hours to listen to them again and again...since more than two weeks... when it is available for you, only since October 9th !)
He shows a fresh sound like few young tenors could have for so many different pieces, and I was so excited to hear so much "new" Verdi for my ears, with such glorious heroic tone and presence of emotion.
I was specially surprised for the last CD which is completely for new material during 70 minutes, and suddently, the last aria is the "Ingemisco" of the Requiem...from 1970 (with Bernstein) and he sounds just like it was recorded on the same session with the "new" material...so, we can really say that it is a very successful Placido Domingo's achievement, and he could be proud of himself to have now this unbelievable set for all his lovers, all the Verdi's lovers...and, let's say, all the music's lovers."
The Greatest Verdi Tenor of our time
Matthew Coffey | Front Royal, VA USA | 01/26/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There are two words to describe this performance: The Greatest. Placido Domingo, at age 60, sounds glorious in the newly recorded material. His ringing b naturals and gutsy high c's are just what the listener is looking for. The french aria from Les Vespri Siciliana is outstanding, contrasting his fortes and pianos, with a most wonderful top b flat to end with. Placido Domingo has recently transposed many live performances, but in this set, he proves that he still can sing like a real Tenor. Any Opera fan should buy this set so that they can listen to the greatest Opera tenor in the world. Ramon Vargas is also very good, but he does not have the power that Domingo demonstrates. One should buy both these cd's. VIVA DOMINGO!!!"