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  • Audio CD (22 Sept. 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Erato
  • ASIN: B000005E5L
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,907 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Nessun Dorma
  2. Non piangere Liu!
  3. Avete torto! - Firanze e come un albero fiorito
  4. Hai Ben Ragione
  5. Io voglio la tua bocca - Folle di gelodia
  6. Parigi! È La Città Dei Desideri
  7. Dimmi che vuoi seguirmi
  8. Una parola sola - Or son sei mesi
  9. Risparmiate la scherno - Ch'ella mi creda
  10. Dipende dal grado di cottura - Amore o grillo
  11. Addio Fiorito Asil
  12. Recondita Armonia
  13. E Lucevan Le Stelle
  14. Che Gelida Manina - Luciano Pavarotti
  15. Tra Voi, Belle, Brune E Bionde
  16. Donna Non Vidi Mai
  17. Ah, Manon mi tradisce
  18. Ah! Non V'avvicinate! - No, Pazzo Son
  19. Mnon, senti, amor mio... Vedi, son io che piango
  20. Orgia, Chimera Dall'occhio Vitreo
  21. Ecco la case - Torna ai felici di

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Jose Cura - Puccini Arias - Cd


The Argentinian tenor José Cura took nine days in summer 1997 to record these 21 Puccini arias, which is about par considering there are rarely more than two in any opera. Counting Il Trittico (the trilogy of Il Tabarro, Gianni Schicchi and the all-female Suor Angelica) as one, all ten Puccini operas are represented. They follow in reverse order of composition starting with the unfinished Turandot of 1924 and finishing with the youthful Le Villi of 1884. The order enables the disc to begin with Cura's inspirational power-singing in "Nessun Dorma", where he manages to generate genuine lump-in-the-throat passion despite the unromantic recording venue of London's Air Studios. He is meltingly tender in caring-sharing Rodolfo's "Che gelida manina" in La Bohéme, heart-rendingly final in Pinkerton's insincere "Addio fiorito asil", and sobbingly distraught in Des Grieux's "Vedi son Io" where he whacks out a terrific speaker- rattling top C. Other tenors rely on the heroic quality of their voices to render them handsome, but not Cura as the centrefold in the entertaining booklet reveals. The Philharmonia, living up to its original function as a recording orchestra, is conducted unjealously by Cura's fellow Latin-American tenor Plácido Domingo. --Rick Jones

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This first effort by Jose Cura is exceptional. For those who love Puccini, he sings it as it should be sung. Plenty of 'macho' when it should be, yet tender and gentle in the more sentimental arias. You can tell this is one of Cura's early recordings, as he has not yet developed the full range of emotions as are shown later in his 'Verdi Arias'. None the less it is excellent. Unusually it deals with the Puccini operas in reverse order. This means you get Nessun Dorma first!! but have to wait for what I consider the best part - Manon Lescaut.
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A most pleasing collection, exceptionally well sung and with his own personal touches. Individually, the renditions (while bettered by many of the recordings of great tenors) have a lovely impact on the listener. This is one of the best collections of the very modern tenors I have heard. The excellent sound quality is also evident on all tracks. A 'must buy'.
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By MK on 18 Dec. 2012
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I don't believe there's a finer recording of these works, and I don't believe Jose Cura will top some of these performances. Powerful stuff.
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By Sheshe on 25 Mar. 2011
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Bought this CD as a present for my sister, she loves this guy's voice and seems really pleased with it, so job well done.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x98589d98) out of 5 stars 34 reviews
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HASH(0x98c623cc) out of 5 stars An impressive and promising debut recital 18 May 2001
By David A. Kemp - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very impressive and promising debut recital of Puccini operatic arias by the young (born 1962) Argentinean tenor. Cura has a virile, dark, baritonal spinto voice with good heft and some real metal/squillo in it, and at their best (e.g., Nessun dorma) his high notes are vibrant and compelling. While it's difficult to judge the size of a voice solely from recordings, he may be a true tenore di forza, that rarest breed of tenors, and if so that is good news, because there hasn't been a decent one since Del Monaco and Corelli. Like Del Monaco and Corelli, his voice is better described as exciting than as beautiful.
Indeed, Cura's voice reminds some listeners of Del Monaco's, although he sounds to me like he might prove to be a more interesting and imaginative singer than Del Monaco (to me Del Monaco usually sang like a bull in a china shop, and I never found his occasional big moments enough to offset the frequently crude, insensitive phrasing and inability to sing at any dynamic level but loud or louder). Cura's singing here is gutsy and full-blooded, but he is also capable of sensitive phrasing and soft singing. His breath control is admirable and he is able to sustain some long phrases. His recording of Nessun dorma is stunning, one of the best I've heard, and the best performance on this CD. Unfortunately his high notes are not always this good; sometimes they are not cleanly attacked or well placed, and sound somewhat strained. The CD is well recorded (in 1997) and contains 21 Puccini arias, an unusually generous (71 minutes) and comprehensive collection that includes, besides all the standard ones you'd expect (and no less than five from Manon Lescaut), Gianni Schicchi, Il Tabarro (2), Edgar, and an extended scena from Le Villi.
On the strength of this CD I bought Cura's next two operatic recitals, Verismo Arias (1999) and Verdi Arias (2000), and I regret to report that I am less impressed with either of them than with this Puccini recital. But this disc can be confidently recommended.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98e7a450) out of 5 stars jose cura - the new supertenor 1 Dec. 1998
By ernest schwarcz (sysint@istar.ca) - Published on Amazon.com
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rarely within the past 20 years has a tenor made an impact on the entire opera scene like the young argentinian jose cura.
for now (regrettably) there's only a puccini collection available with cura, but what a CD! it's one of the most comprehensive collections of puccini tenor arias in years, and includes (apart from the famous pieces from tosca, la boheme, manon lescaut, and yes, even nessun dorma :) ...) lesser known but gorgeous gems from gianni scicchi, il tabarro and others. incidentally, placido domingo is the conductor.
jose cura's voice ... ah, the voice. remember mario del monaco? cura reminds one of the young del monaco. it's a big voice, with immense power yet exceptional control. it's not as flexible and ringing as pavarotti's, not as sweet as domingo's, not romantic like carreras'. but it has qualities none of those guys have: the depth (yes, depth...for a tenor anyway), the passion, the delivery, the control. it's a huge voice,too.
there are elements of del monaco but also of franco corelli's delivery technique, bergonzi's control, tuckers's attack. staccati are remarkable for a dramatic / heroic tenor, legati flow with ease, power and musicality. no problems with the high c, either. rodolfo, kalaf, cavaradossi, des grieux: the top notes are safe and immensely powerful, almost triumphantly so.
this voice will be heard a lot in the future. as radames, vasco da gama, don jose, manrico, kalaf, samson, cura will be matchless for a long time.
maybe i'm a bit biased (not being a great fan of any of the three tenors in their present state of aging), but jose cura would have been a truly sensational newcomer even 10 or 20 years ago. by today's standards, he's outstanding and, at 36, destined to be the world's greatest tenor within a year or two (in my opinion, he already is - alagna, heppner, domingo notwithstanding).
watch out for new opera recordings with jose cura; they will be phenomenal.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x985984f8) out of 5 stars Consistently heroic 22 Jun. 1999
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Tenor Jose Cura is not a newcomer to the world of opera, just to opera on record, so his treatment of these arias attests to large experience and great care for Puccini's music. So does Placido Domingo's thoughtful supportive conducting. These qualities separate this remarkable album from those of amateurs like Bocelli. Cura's voice is reminiscent of Del Monaco's, a ringing lirico-spinto with slightly "metallic" upper notes and strong expansive lower register. This makes it ideal for most of the dramatic/heroic tenor repertoire, although it would be difficult to imagine such voice in Donizetti roles. However, I would love to hear Cura's rendition of Verdi, I've always been fascinated with "darker coloring" of Verdi's characters, for example Domingo's Otello or Carreras' Stiffelio. Such voices bring out hidden connotations in familiar pieces. Cura's attention for detail in every one of virtually all of Puccini's arias is endearing; it's as if he invites the listener to enjoy Puccini as much as he does. His phrasing is clear and polished, breath control is excellent and not forced, as though to say "there's more where that came from." Among the midst of various "new " tenors, this one is to watch for. A word of caution, let's hope he sticks to classical repertoire for now since this is what he does best. Anhelo was okay, but I wait for "Verismo Arias"!
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9874ee28) out of 5 stars Bravo Cura! 8 July 1999
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At last we have a tenor who can make the very hairs rise on the back of your neck.My God what a voice! Of course we are all aware of the Puccini favourites such as Nessun Dorma and Stelle ,but this wonderful disc has introduced me to the composers other operas such as Manon Lescaut and Gianni Schicci which have become favourites of mine. I had the pleasure of seeing Cura in concert and meeting him afterwards,and he sounds as amazing live as he does from the recording studio. My favourite Puccini aria is Che Gelida Mannina and this was the first track I played.I was awestruck.Not since Domingo had I heard such a beautiful interpretation of this aria.Curas robust ,baritonal tenor soars magnificently to a ringing high C. His mezzo-voce opening to Stelle is heart breaking and is not only one of the most beautiful I have ever heard but THE most beautiful. People have accused him of not having the ringing top of Pavarotti in Nessun Dorma.Rubbish.Pavarotti is Pavarotti and Cura is Cura.Two completely different artists and equally as credible. A word about Domingos conducting.Wonderful.The tempos are always perfect , and who else knows this repetoire better than Maestro Domingo? I am a tenor in training myself and I hold these two great artists as my role models.If we continue to produce artists such as Cura ,opera has a bright future.Bravo. P.S. A note to Signor Cura .Please record Carmen soon!!!!!!!!!!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98729150) out of 5 stars who switched my glass? 11 Jan. 2002
By K. Peterson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Handsome young tenor, Puccini, Domingo conducting-I figured I was safe. When the first notes came out of his mouth I was startled! I actually jumped! Instead of the sweet, sparkley sounds of all my other favorite tenors here was this dark, muscular, mysterious voice. It was like hoisting your glass expecting spumante and someone put kahlua. It took me a while to get used to him and I am not enthralled with the way he "steps" up to the notes but this is a voice that can slay dragons, rescue damsels and banish bad guys. Even better is his Argintine folk songs album. His voice sounds warmer and more comfortable and the arrangements give a broader taste of his musicianship. Plus he used some of Pablo Neruda's work...but that's another day!
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