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Joseph Calleja - The Maltese Tenor

25 July 2011 | Format: MP3

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  • Label: Decca Music Group Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 2011 Decca Music Group Limited
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  • Total Length: 1:05:40
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  • ASIN: B004YWPTO2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,730 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Michael Baker on 29 July 2011
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This is a great CD that clearly demonstrates Joseph Calleja's increasing versatility as a singer. The shimmering vibrato, reminiscent of the great Giacomo Lauri-Volpi, is still there, but it is less pronounced than in Calleja's earlier two CDs. Joseph Calleja's fine lyric tenor voice can also be compared favourably with such giants as John McCormack, Tito Schipa and Jussi Bjoerling. Calleja sings the Puccini items very well. The arias from Tosca, for example, show that we do not always need the heavier voices we often get in these roles. Also, those who have seen Klaus Florian Vogt in Lohengrin will know that a lighter voice often adds something especially beautiful to music that isn't usually performed this way; so it is with many of the arias in this recital.
Perhaps my favourite track on the CD is "Salut, demuere" from Gounod's Faust. Joseph Calleja's performance of this aria epitomises why you should treat yourself, get this CD, and enjoy some beautiful and stylish singing.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Accidental Tourist on 6 Sep 2011
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I first got to know Calleja six years ago, when I got hold by accident a CD of his. Immediately I asked myself the question: why isn't this guy recording more?? The Golden Voice

To cite Riccardo Chailly: Tenor Arias
"For some time I have not heard such a talent at this young age, with a sound harking back to quality I thought we had long lost"
Indeed, I was awestruck by every single note he sang - every one above the G just above the five lines of the score...

After all these years of waiting, here comes a new album. I have resisted the temptation to write a review till I got the chance to compare Calleja with the OLD recordings of Pavarotti and Domingo - you can see that for me, Calleja is already entering the major league in terms of competition. Conclusion:
* he voice is a tad darker than before - as though we switched a silver flute to a gold one - but the high notes remain shiny and sparkling as before;
* as the singer remarked himself, he now has better control of his voice for nuances. I see that he has nothing to be ashamed of when compared to Pavarotti and Domingo at the same stage of their careers;
* Recondita armonia (Puccini) is so outstanding that, by itself, it is worth buying the disk
* Che gelida manina is a bit too rehearsed (studio recording) to my taste. I prefer the Calleja version on... Youtube... a pirate version recorded in a concert...

All said, buy this CD (or at least click on one of the links on this page to sample the tracks). You will see right away that we are talking about a voice that is simply beyond comparison. Here I copy the conservatoire classes of Arthur Grumiaux: music, it is about "sonority (how you sound with your instrument), sonority, and phrasing".
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Christopher Harris VINE VOICE on 28 July 2011
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This is a great CD showcasing one of the best new talents in operatic singing. I'm no expert but Calleja's voice seems wonderful to me. If you like opera you will know most if not all of the arias so it's really all about the voice. If you like opera buy this CD!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stanley Crowe on 14 Aug 2013
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There's a lot to like in this recital, and one would be delighted to hear such secure singing in the opera house, even with the reservation that the expressive powers need some development (and his French could do with a little work too). Positives first: the voice seems to have plenty of body -- to be a more robust instrument than, say, Alagna's or Villazon's. It also is all of a piece -- from low to high, it is recognizably the same voice, and the usual "breaks" between the registers aren't there: his attack throughout is very secure, and that bespeaks an excellent basic technique. And finally, it's pleasant voice, not highly individual, and yet it falls easily on the ear. One feels that Calleja could go along way with this basic equipment. My reservations up to this point have to do with expression. Granted that it's hard to characterize in a recital of this kind, this could be better. It all comes at you in a pleasant mezzo-forte. There are some dynamic variations, but they seem a bit arbitrary -- let me go soft here, just to show you I can do it. Well, he can do it, but he needs to work these "effects" into organically conceived dramatic phrasings, and he's not there yet. Related to that, he needs to give emotional contour to an aria -- here "Ah! Fuyez!" from "Manon" has no light and shade at all. The young Bjoerling could shape it much better. Likewise the "memory" section of "Kleinzach." Only perhaps in the "Boheme" excerpts, does he sound totally at home expressively. The "Pearl Fishers" duet that (we're told) won a 30-minute standing ovation, is very plain fare here, and the soprano sings with a feeling that Calleja doesn't find. And in "Guinto sul passo" anyone with a memory of Pavarotti will soon see what's lacking here: a sweetness and delicacy and sense of resignation.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. sammut on 5 Jan 2012
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Disc received in excellent condition, and received in very good time.
Calleja`s voice is excellent, comparable to the best Italian tenors. At his age he is idealy suited to sing in Verdi`s Operas, but he must notover do it, I remember what happened to Roberto Alagna and Giuseppe di Stefano,their voices became strained by singing the "spinto" arias demanded by Verdi. However he is still young and Puccini`s music is his ideal. But I am sure that at 40 years he will become a great tenor and will be excellent also in Verdi`s operas.
Bravo Joseph Calleja.
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