Search - Jules Massenet, Yves Abel, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna :: Massenet: Werther

Massenet: Werther
Jules Massenet, Yves Abel, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna
Massenet: Werther
Genre: Classical
 
  •  Track Listings (18) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (15) - Disc #2

This newest foray into the world of complete operas (rather than arias) by tenor superstar Andrea Bocelli will delight his loyal fans. The voice remains quite beautiful, and he inhabits the role of the self-pitying, sensit...  more »

      
?

Larger Image
Listen to Samples

CD Details

All Artists: Jules Massenet, Yves Abel, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Andrea Bocelli, Julia Gertseva, Natale De Carolis, Magali Leger, Giorgio Giuseppini, Pierre Lefebvre
Title: Massenet: Werther
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Decca
Release Date: 3/8/2005
Genre: Classical
Style: Opera & Classical Vocal
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPC: 028947565574

Synopsis

Amazon.com
This newest foray into the world of complete operas (rather than arias) by tenor superstar Andrea Bocelli will delight his loyal fans. The voice remains quite beautiful, and he inhabits the role of the self-pitying, sensitive poet Werther with passion and excellent attention to the text, singing with a fine plangency. But those who have heard Carreras, Kraus, Alagna or Georges Thill and understand just how heroically much of the role should be sung will find Bocelli's thin tone and notable strain above the staff a definite drawback. Despite some harsh tones, Russian mezzo Julia Gertseva as Charlotte has the makings of an important singer, but Frederica von Stade, Angela Gheorghiu, Victoria de los Angeles, and others sing rings around her. Natale de Carolis's Albert is authoritative, and the rest of the cast is quite good. Yves Abel's leasdership is sympathetic and warm and the recording, unlike Bocelli's previous operatic ones, does not seem to boost the tenor's sound. Buy the Carreras/von Stade recording--it's magnificent. All-encompassing Bocelli fans can stop here and be pleased. --Robert Levine If You Enjoy This, Here Are Some More Suggestions To Try
La Boheme
La Traviata
Tosca
Gounod and Massenet Arias
Bach Cantatas
Handel Arias
 

CD Reviews

Werther Is A Bocelli Masterpiece
Barbara J. Baker | Kenosha, WI United States | 03/19/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Although not a purist, listening to good opera is a great pleasure. Perhaps the technical aspects are beyond my knowledge, but when Bocelli sings, I do know that his voice and interpretation of Werther go straight to the heart. As Werther one can feel the emotional impact that Bocelli gives to the role. He becomes Werther. Coupled with a great cast and Massenet's beautiful score, this version of Werther is highly recommended. It is easy to see why Bocelli's opera and classical CDs have toped the classical charts. Now the greatest treat would be to see Andrea Bocelli perform this on the live stage."
Bocelli Does it Again!
Judy Shimp | Dallas, TX USA | 03/18/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I never write reviews on opera CD's. I never think I'm qualified. And I'm probably not! However, I have to voice my opinion on this CD because Bocelli has managed to top himself.
When I listened to "Il Trovatore" by Bocelli earlier this year I was sure he couldn't get any better. Boy, was I mistaken. This is a wonderful Werther that makes you feel as though you have been transported to Werther's world...you are part of what is happening. And Yves Abel's direction is just perfection! Bocelli fan or not, this is one CD you'll love to have in your collection."
Simply exquisite
Fruit Loop | Down South | 03/17/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Andrea Bocelli's full-length performance is both a treat to his fans and a delight to the ear. Andrea takes this opera favorite and makes it his own with his rich, spellbinding voice. This is definitely one not to miss. Wish there were more than five stars!"