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Ewa Podles - Rossini Arias for Mezzo-Soprano [CD]

Ewa Podles , Pier Giorgio Morandi , Gioachino Rossini , Hungarian State Opera Orchestra & Chorus Audio CD
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  • Performer: Ewa Podles
  • Orchestra: Hungarian State Opera Orchestra & Chorus
  • Conductor: Pier Giorgio Morandi
  • Composer: Gioachino Rossini
  • Audio CD (2 Sep 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00000149V
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,995 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. L'Italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers): L'Italiana in Algeri: Cruda sorte! Amor tiranno! (Isabella)Pier Giorgio Morandi 4:280.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. L'Italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers): L'Italiana in Algeri: Amici, in ogni evento m'affido a voi... Pensa alla patria (Isabella)Pier Giorgio Morandi 9:26Album Only
Listen  3. Semiramide: Semiramide: Eccomi alfine in Babilonia... Ah! quel giorno ognor rammento (Arsace)Pier Giorgio Morandi10:57Album Only
Listen  4. Tancredi: Tancredi: Oh patria... Di tanti palpiti (Tancredi)Ewa Podles 8:46Album Only
Listen  5. Maometto secondo: Maometto: Non temer: d' un basso affetto (Calbo)Ewa Podles 7:490.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. La donna del lago (The Lady of the Lake), Act I: Mura felici ? Elena! oh tu, che chiamo! -x: La donna del lago: Mura felici... Elena! oh tu, che chiamo! (Malcolm)Ewa Podles10:04Album Only
Listen  7. Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville): Il barbiere di Siviglia: Una voce poco fa (Rosina)Pier Giorgio Morandi 6:100.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. La Cenerentola (Cinderella): La Cenerentola: Naqui all' affanno, al pianto (Cenerentola)Pier Giorgio Morandi 7:430.69  Buy MP3 

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Podles Perfection! 20 Feb 2002
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A smashing, stunning collection of flawlessly performed Rossini arias by the woman who is, quite possibly, the foremost contralto in the world of opera today. Her runs, trills, and velocity are all exceptional. The qualitiy of the voice dark, rich, and powerful. Well worth buying for a fine introduction to Rossini as well as a fine introduction to Ewa Podles, an excellent singer who deserves to be better known.
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5.0 out of 5 stars sublime 1 Sep 2013
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I've only just discovered Eqa Podles: she has a sublime voice. These familiar arias sound fresh and thrilling. Great artistry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A live performance from an engaging singer 3 Dec 2001
By Matthew Spady - Published on
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There are precious few opportunities to hear this fantastic singer either live or on recording, which is a pity given her unique sound and impeccably-schooled voice.
One of the hallmarks of a great singer is a unique vocal quality. Such is true of Madame Podles. With the top voice of a dramatic soprano, a middle that sometimes resembles a counter-tenor sound, and a bottom voice that is almost baritonal, her sound may recall another singer's voice here and there, but ultimately, it is one-of-a-kind.
Ms. Podles has the perfect vocal qualities necessary to sing Rossini -- an incredible range, enormous flexibility, and subtle vocal coloration. On top of that, she has a unique vocal color and phrases beautifully.
The only possible quibble I can find with this recording is that a couple of the characterizations are a bit on the heavy side -- particularly Rosina. Although the notes are in place (and very impressive) and the coloratura impeccable, this Rosina sounds a bit older, perhaps more serious, than Rossini seems to require. In a later reading of the same aria, in a live 1998 concert in Poland (Rossini Gala recorded on DUX), her Rosina bubbles with youthful energy.
In general, that recording shows her in more brilliant voice, though both discs are impressive. Although several arias are common to the two, each has arias that the other lacks. Both are welcome additions to any vocal library, though if only one is possible, I'd recommend the 1998 recording over this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing! 8 July 1999
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What a voice! Ewa Podles appears to be the most under-appreciated and under-recorded artist of today. Her true contralto voice is immense: powerful, versatile and expressive; the only similarity that comes to mind is Tamara Sinyavskaya. Yet Podles is also equally comfortable in very low and very high registers (where most mezzos, by the way, often get squeaky and shallow). Instead of re-releasing old Horne recordings, I wish the big labels would turn their "divine attention" to this magnificent interpreter. Bartoli got enough laurels for ten, Podles did not get any. Is it fair? Just listen to this album and judge for yourself. The critics would have you believe that there is no life after Horne. The truth is that Borodina or Podles sound better on the days when they have colds. The "golden age" of opera is now, enjoy it. On this album, the sound is good (for Naxos) and the price is a steal. Naxos even included texts and translations, but, alas, did not include a picture of Ewa. A showstopping aria -- "Cruda Sorte!" will leave you breathless. Happy listening!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant virtuoso singing 15 Jun 2000
By M. Tietjen - Published on
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When looking for an aria recital disc of Rossini mezzo/contralto recordings, I always figured that my choices were limited to Marilyn Horne and Cecilia Bartoli. However, the brilliant contralto Ewa Podles could drive them all out of work. Never letting her coloratura lag behind the orchestra, or rush ahead, Podles's big, operatic voice puts the competition to shame. I must agree with the other reviewers in naming "Non temer" as the brightest jewel on this album. I have heard others sing this aria, including Horne and Jennifer Larmore, and, although both the other versions have merit (Larmore in particular has some of the best mezzo-soprano high notes I've ever heard although her coloratura is usually just a hair behind), Podles exhilerating performance tops the list.
I also agree with another reviewer who mentioned Russian mezzo-soprano Olga Borodina as another great non-soprano. I wish she would record a Rossini album, after hearing her "Nacqui all' affano."
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Virtuoso Voice! 23 Dec 1999
By M. Ramos - Published on
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How many times I have seen this CD on the record stores without been interested in buying it! But when I heard the wonderful Ewa Podles in the complete TANCREDI with Naxos, I knew that this recital will not be dissapointing. Podles is a real contralto, with a dark huge voice, with solid low tones, and a stunning range and flexibility that takes her up to a high C. These qualities make her an ideal singer for the music of Rossini. This recital takes the listener to a fascinating display of vocal fireworks, singing that has also character and personality. Probably her voice sounds too mature for characters like Rosina or Cenerentola, but the exactness of her scales and roulades makes the listener compensate for the lack of freshness. But the voice fits perfectly for Isabella and the pants roles. Among the best numbers is the aria from Semiramide, Di tanti palpiti from Tancredi (that sounds even better than her interpretation of the whole opera, her final cadenza more spectacular, with her final middle F ringing with force until the last bar of the orchestral postlude). But the crowning glory of the recording is Non temer: d'un basso affetto. This is an incredible tour de force going from low, chesty G's and A's up to brilliant high B's, with accurate vocal jumps from the lowest to the highest registers. The orchestra and chorus are adequate, but they are not a distraction to Podles' singing. And if we add the factor of the incredible low price, there is no reason for lovers of great singing to have this CD. I hope to hear much more recordings of Ms Podles very soon!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No counter-tenors allowed!! 13 Oct 2004
By Leila - Published on
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This is an amazing, surprising and refreshing way of looking/hearing Rossini. After years of hearing most mezzo-sopran and alt roles conquered just by force of numbers by counter-tenors and Cecilia Bartoli (don't get me wrong,she's really good, but have you ever asked yourself why she doesn't perform usually on big stages but on small ones or on studios? Her voice, though wonderful for coloratura, is small for a big audience), I have come to adore, simply adore, this polish singer. Her way of singing, her voice's colour, her strength and her ability to sing the most damned roles written for a low voice....including coloratura (just hear her in "Dovver, iustizia, amor..." from Handel's Ariodante) make her a wholesome alto. Which makes me hope for a better day for alto and mezzo-sopran voices. I must confess I don't like counter-tenors a bit, they sound too un-natural.
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