- Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
- Audio CD (4 Jan 2005)
- SPARS Code: DDD
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Delos
- ASIN: B00005YN9V
- Other Editions: MP3 Download
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,670 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
|1. Vanne... Credo In Un Dio Crudel|
|2. Pari Siamo|
|3. Cortigiani, Vil Razza Dannata|
|4. Ei Fugge!... Lina, Pensai Che Un Angelo...Oh Gioia Inesprimibile|
|5. Son Pur Queste Mie Membra?... Dio Di Giuda!|
|6. Alla Vita Che T'Arride|
|7. Alzati!... Eri Tu|
|8. Gran' Dio!... Oh De' Verd'Anni Miei|
|9. Vecchio! Spiccai... La Sua Lampada Vitale... Tremate, O Miseri!|
|10. Sogno Di Francesco: Tradimento!... Pareami, Che Sorto Da Lauto Convito|
|11. Tutto E Deserto... Il Balen Del Suo Sorriso... Per Me Ora Fatale|
Among my favorite arias is "Alzati ! ...Eri tu", from Un Ballo in Maschera, and Hvorostovsky's interpretation is sublime; other choice selections are "Cortigiani, vil razza dannata" (Rigoletto), and the villainous Iago's "Vanne...credo in un Dio crudel" (Otello). Some of these arias are better known than others, but all are terrific.
Mario Bernardi provides energetic backing with the Philharmonia of Russia, tenor Vsevold Grivnov sings a few lines in "Sogno di Francesco" (I Masnadieri) and bass Alexander Vinogradov is Ferrando in "Tutto e deserto..." (Il Trovatore).
Often thought of as primarily a singer of Russian music, Siberian-born Hvorostovsky is also completely at home with the Italian repertoire, as this fabulous CD proves. Sound is good and total playing time is 68'58.
When he made sensational international debut at the end of 89', he was bonafide Primo Uomo right from the start. He was every opera house's dream but Verdi roles were too heavy for his voice then. He recorded some Verdi arias earlier in his career like Macbeth, Luisa Miller, Don Carlo, Trovatore and Traviata. I was totally mesmerized by him then, and now over 10 years later, his voice has matured and ready for various Verdi's.
With his romantic looks and sounds, it's hard to picture him as Rigoletto or other father figures and villains, but it doesn't matter. I'm overwhelmed by his characterizations, expressive tones and beautiful phrases in Rigoletto, Ballo, Ernani,Trovatore and the rest. It's so exiting to have top notch Verdi Cavaliere again.
Strangely he didn't include Forza's "Urna fatale" in this CD.
I would love to hear his Forza someday. I've attended some of his Verdi opera performances, he was absolutely wonderful in all of them. I loved his Rigoletto in Houston. No one should miss this gifted, brilliant baritone in his prime. I deeply thank Dmitri for giving us tremendous pleasure and his fine work.
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