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Bel Canto Spectacular [CD+DVD, Limited Edition]

Juan Diego Florez Audio CD
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Juan Diego Flórez was born in 1973 and studied music both in his native Lima and at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. In 1996 he made his official operatic debut in Matilde di Shabran at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, where his expressive voice and astonishing agility made him an overnight sensation and led to his debut at La Scala the same year, aged only 23. Since then, ... Read more in Amazon's Juan Diego Florez Store

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  • Audio CD (7 July 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD+DVD, Limited Edition
  • Label: Universal Classics
  • ASIN: B0014QNG9G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 177,724 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Cavatina: "Amici miei" - Juan Diego Flórez, Fernando Piqueras, Cor de la Generalitat Valenciana, Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, Daniel Oren, Friedemann Engelbrecht, René Möller, Philip Siney, Gaetano Donizetti
2. Fini...me lassa!...Vieni, fra queste braccia! - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Juan Diego Flórez, Anna Netrebko, René Möller, Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, Philip Siney, Daniel Oren, Vincenzo Bellini
3. La maitresse du roi...Ange si pur - Juan Diego Flórez, Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, Daniel Oren, Friedemann Engelbrecht, René Möller, Philip Siney
4. "Venti scudi" - Juan Diego Flórez, Mariusz Kwiecen, Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, Daniel Oren, Friedemann Engelbrecht, René Möller, Philip Siney, Gaetano Donizetti
5. "Una furtiva lagrima" - Juan Diego Flórez, Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, Daniel Oren, Friedemann Engelbrecht, René Möller, Philip Siney, Gaetano Donizetti
6. Linda! Linda!...Da quel dì che t'incontrai - Juan Diego Flórez, Patrizia Ciofi, Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, Daniel Oren, Friedemann Engelbrecht, René Möller, Philip Siney, Gaetano Donizetti
7. Linda si ritiro - Juan Diego Flórez, Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, Daniel Oren, Friedemann Engelbrecht, René Möller, Philip Siney
8. Di che son reo?...Alma celeste - Juan Diego Flórez, Daniela Barcellona, Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, Daniel Oren, Friedemann Engelbrecht, René Möller, Philip Siney, Gioacchino Rossini
9. Partir deggio...T'amo qual s'ama un angelo - Juan Diego Flórez, Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, Daniel Oren, Friedemann Engelbrecht, René Möller, Philip Siney
10. Ah vieni, nel tuo sangue - Juan Diego Flórez, Plácido Domingo, Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, Daniel Oren, Friedemann Engelbrecht, René Möller, Philip Siney, Gioacchino Rossini
Disc: 2
1. Bel Canto - Juan Diego Flórez
2. Album Repertoire - Juan Diego Flórez
3. Star Guests - Juan Diego Flórez
4. Is it difficult to sing Bel Canto? - Juan Diego Flórez
5. "Ah! mes amis, quel jour de fête!" - Juan Diego Flórez, Orchestra del Teatro Carlo Felice, Riccardo Frizza, Gaetano Donizetti
6. "Povero Ernesto!" - Juan Diego Flórez, Orchestra of the Opernhaus Zürich, Nello Santi, Gaetano Donizetti
7. Juan Diego Flórez Photo Gallery - Not Applicable
8. Juan Diego Flórez Discography - Not Applicable

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Florez 8 July 2008
By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
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 singers as I am by Florez himself; Netrebko sounds very like Freni at the beginning of her "Puritani" duet but the voice lacks the older artist's delicacy and nuance - fine singer though she is. The Polish baritone Kwiecien and Patrizia Ciofi are both fine, if nothing special; Ciofi's attractively smoky, slightly breathy voice combines well with Florez in the romantic duet from "Linda di Chamonix", and Kwiecien sings ably but ordinarily, with a rather lumpen sound and a wide vibrato. I positively disliked Daniella Barcellona's rather clumsy, laboured singing as the Marchesa Melibea in the duet from "Il Viaggio a Reims" - her voice really does not match his. Placido Domingo, in the "bonus aria" from Rossini's "Otello" proves that, despite a little straining, his voice is a miracle of preservation. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 22 Feb 2014
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As usual an excellent exemplar of tenor technique in the realms he likes best. good on your man!! Have yet to see live.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great tenor! 8 May 2010
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What there is more to say except what I already wrote in a title?
I found out that I like his singing more than Villazon's.
I was particularly happy to hear in the track #2 Florez's singing together with Anna Netrebko of whom I am a very big fan.
I listen to this CD right now while writing this review.
I am not much of a reviewer though, except when there is something to complain about. And here's nothing I could complain of.
Great voice, really!
Maybe I shouldn't publish this because I really didn't wrote here anything useful?
Oh, I almost forgot to mention that I purchased this deluxe edition CD+DVD set here at Amazon.co.uk for a significantly better price than it was selling at Amazon.de at the time of purchase.
So I'm a very happy person now, because I saved don't remember how much, but I deemed that significant at that time. It was said that the money saved is the money earned. Never thought it was possible to earn money by spending them, but it seems to be the logical conclusion from my previous phrase.
Anyway, this is now one of my favorite CDs. And the price I paid has nothing to do with that.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Florez 8 July 2008
By Ralph Moore - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
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 singers as I am by Florez himself; Netrebko sounds very like Freni at the beginning of her "Puritani" duet but the voice lacks the older artist's delicacy and nuance - fine singer though she is. The Polish baritone Kwiecien and Patrizia Ciofi are both fine, if nothing special; Ciofi's attractively smoky, slightly breathy voice combines well with Florez in the romantic duet from "Linda di Chamonix", and Kwiecien sings ably but ordinarily, with a rather lumpen sound and a wide vibrato. I positively disliked Daniella Barcellona's rather clumsy, laboured singing as the Marchesa Melibea in the duet from "Il Viaggio a Reims" - her voice really does not match his. Placido Domingo, in the "bonus aria" from Rossini's "Otello" proves that, despite a little straining, his voice is a miracle of preservation. Perhaps inviting distinguished guest artists is a confirmation of Florez' standing in the operatic world today and perhaps Decca wished to avoid the charge of monotony which a whole disc of one beautiful, but intense tenor voice can provoke, but the fact remains that the raison d'etre of this recital is Florez himself, and the solo items are the best things on this CD.

If you buy the set with the bonus DVD, you have a not very interesting talk by Florez about bel canto in general, his fellow singers, and the specific repertoire he has chosen to sing on this disc, then two excerpts from RAI and Zurich productions - the former being, of course, THAT aria - this time in French, the second being, rather disappointingly, only the recitative before the big romantic aria "Cerchero lontana terra", not the aria itself. However, rather confusingly, the cover states that we are to have the aria, too -but it doesn't feature on my copy! (I would be interested to know if other purchasers' DVD's have the same flaw - or maybe it's just my copy. I don't think so, as the aria is not mentioned on the menu.) The trailers for the DVD's are quite good for giving a flavour of their quality, giving quite extended snippets, but it's the recital I wanted, not the extra fripperies.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ne'er so good to be alone? 23 Oct 2008
By Abert - Published on Amazon.com
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Juan Diego Florez has carved out an illustrious vocal career through distinctive artistry and a rare and wonderful high tenor voice.
All too often, however, he finds himself a 'lone voice in the wilderness' for lack of competent support from fellow performers.
His previous solo albums have full solo vocal tracks plus some scenes with choruses.
This new album showcases some duets with different partners: tenor, soprano, mezzo-soprano and baritone.
Even so, still, as the previous reviewer so aptly commented, Florez is pretty much the only person in the show.
In the past, famous singers all have their reputations garnered by partnering other equally competent singers: Callas/di Stefano; Corelli/Nilsson; Tebaldi/del Monaco; Domingo/Caballe; Carreras/Freni; Sutherland/Pavarotti...and nowadays, Villazon/Netrebko.
Who, then, would rightfully partner Florez in his bel canto repertoire? Markedly, Natalie Dessay and Diana Damrau.
At least, Florez's agent and Decca should seriously think twice in future albums to see to it that the partners are vocally on par with Signore Florez in the bel canto repertoire, as none of those in this album seems to be adept at, Domingo included.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Juan Diego Flórez and Friends 1 Aug 2012
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Everybody's favorite tenor of bel canto music, Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez, here shares the stage with some other fine singers in arias and duets from Rossini, Bellini, and Donizetti. It they all don't work as well as other then remember this is, the star tenor's words in an interview on the DVD, a celebration of bel canto music. Joining him are such luminaries as Anna Netrebko, Mariusz Kwiencen, Patrizia Ciofi, Placido Domingo, and Daniella Barcellona. Daniel Oren conducts the Orquestra de Valencia.

Not all of the works on this recording come off without flaws, but the reigning king of this outing is Flórez - the rest is almost a moment of applause for a comrade of such gifts. Most of he works on this recording have been recorded before - it s just the matching of those with the new additions of duets that makes it worth buying.

Juan Diego Flórez is in splendid vocal estate here and while there are many available instances of his rendering of `Una furtiva lagrima', this track alone is worth the investment. He is elegant and glorious and sets an entirely new standard for his old warhorse of an aria. Note that the recording dates of 2009 and in the interim both Kwiencen and Netrebko have risen even higher in the racks of opera stars. It is a fine cluster of works performed with grace and assurance. Grady Harp, August 12
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an inexcusably subjective appreciation 3 Mar 2009
By w - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Juan Diego Florez 10 April 2009
By E. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
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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!!!
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