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  • Audio CD (2 Jan 2013)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B001E45T0M
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Listen  1. I vespri Siciliani: Mercè, dilette amicheLiping Zhang/Giordano Bellincampi/City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra 3:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Casta Diva (Norma)Liping Zhang/Giordano Bellincampi/City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra 6:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Il Trovatore: Timor di me? ... D'amor sull'ali roseeLiping Zhang/Giordano Bellincampi/City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra 5:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Tosca: Vissi d'arteLiping Zhang/Giordano Bellincampi/City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra 3:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Il Corsaro: Egli non riede ancora...non so le tetre immaginiLiping Zhang/Giordano Bellincampi/City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra 5:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Madama Butterfly: Un bel di, vedremoLiping Zhang/Giordano Bellincampi/City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra 4:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Lucia di Lammermoor: The Mad SceneLiping Zhang/Radomír Pivoda/Giordano Bellincampi/City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra14:28Album Only
Listen  8. La Rondine: Chi il bel sogno di DorettaLiping Zhang/Giordano Bellincampi/City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra 2:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. La Traviata: E strano! è strano!...Sempre liberaLiping Zhang/Giordano Bellincampi/City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra 6:47£0.99  Buy MP3 

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harry F. Korbl on 11 Mar 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The preview samples Amazon offers are too short to make a proper judgment whether to buy this CD; track 2 (Casta Diva) finishes without the soprano uttering a single note. Based on various reviews on the Internet of her operatic performances I decided to take the plunge and buy this CD.

Liping Zhang has a top note that I found painful to listen to at normal levels, I had to reduce the volume level dramatically to reduce the effect of these notes. Given the good reviews Liping has received for her Opera House performances I was surprised that she should fail so miserably on recorded media.

Having listened to the CD a number of times at varying levels; I came to the conclusion that I wasted by money. I cannot recommend this CD or any of the tracks on it; which is a pity because her singing when she is not reaching for the top notes is quite good.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The exquisite alongside the troublesome 19 July 2009
By Finnamon - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I was curious about this recording because I had heard certain people professionally affiliated with this soprano singing her praises and I wanted to judge for myself.

Zhang has a marvelous voice. There is a smoky quality in certain parts of her range and on certain vowels that is quite fetching. She is heard to absolute best advantage in the Butterfly aria. Everything works and there is even a touch of individuality in the phrasing, and some genuine emotion (which I don't hear anywhere else in this recital).

The Casta diva also has more than its share of pearly tones, spun together in an appealing (if not profound) way.

But things quickly go awry: in fact, I don't think I've ever heard a major recording in which the accomplished and the incompetent exist in such close proximity. One can hear this in practically every aria. Certainly this true of the Verdi selections. Since it's the most glaring, let's look at the Traviata: so many phrases spun out on the breath, the top exquisite, the breath control superb. Then follow phrases (usually coloratura) where everything goes all to hell. Certainly true of the Sempre libera: parts are adept and then suddenly she sounds like a student struggling through her senior recital (I'm not kidding about this: it's exactly what it sounds like to me!) The Lucia is another example in which this is painfully in evidence.

What's odd is that sometimes the high notes sound stunning, and then (more frequently) they sound pushed, shoved from beneath, slightly flat, simply substandard. The Lucia E-flats are attained by sheer willpower (this is less a criticism and more of an observation; many singers much greater than Zhang have exactly the same approach!) The Traviata E-flat is somewhat better, but still approached in more or less the same way.

I wish this singer well, but more than anything, I hope that she gets these basic technical problems resolved.

This makes an interesting listen if you can hear it for free. But I would not spend anything on it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Very ambitious album. 5 Dec 2008
By Abert - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Recently Ms. Zhang Liping has been appointed the dean of the vocal section of the Central Music Conservatory in Beijing. This is a place of top honours for music academics.
This debut album for EMI encompasses songs from bel canto to verismo in Italian.
I must confess that apart from Mirella Freni, I have not heard many sopranos singing in such a wide variety of musical styles. Even Freni herself only take up the heavier Puccinian roles at the later part of her career.
Here we are, with Ms. Zhang ringing out her Lucia by Donizetti, and her Cio Cio San and Tosca, all in the same disc.
The result is that there is a predominant feeling that at this stage at least, she should concentrate on the lighter bel canto or lyrical roles. While she may not own the dazzling coloratura technique of Dilber Yunus, her timbre is even more ill-suited to Tosca or Butterfly, being spinto roles. Her Violetta in 'Sempre Libera' really showed the limits of her prowess. La Rondine is about the best track in the album.
There are few Chinese sopranos who would concentrate on baroque or classical repertoire. It is exactly this type of repertoire that Ms. Zhang's capabilities should be most adept to.
I look forward to hearing her Mozart and Handel operatic stuff in her next album.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I don't get it 7 Jan 2009
By Christain Gochenour - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I was very excited to get this cd,mostly for the selection of arias.
The singer offers nothing unique in voice or interpitaion.High options at the end of arias are taken with varying degrees of success with the Traviata Eflat being her best . I would not have bought this had been able to preview it first.
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Goosebumps! 16 Feb 2009
By PL MAGUIRE - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This album gave me goosebumps, especially "Visi d'arte" and "un bel di". Superb support from the Prague Philharmonic :)
I venture to differ with the unconvinced reviewers above and say that Miss Zhang is the first soprano since Callas who really feels to me like she is singing with true guts and abandon!
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