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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 (15 Nov 2010)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B003ZGK3U8
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,258 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Plaudite, Sonat Tuba - Alleluia 4:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. César Franck: Panis Angelicus 3:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Adolphe Charles Adam: Cantique De Noël (O Holy Night) 4:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Mass In A Minor (Messa Di Gloria) - Qui Sedes 7:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Messiah / Part 1 - Comfort Ye, My People...Ev'ry Valley Shall Be Exalted 6:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Petite Messe Solennelle / Gloria - Domine Deus 5:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Franz Schubert: Ave Maria 5:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Messa Di Gloria - Qui Tollis Peccata Mundi 7:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Die Schöpfung Hob. XXI:2 / Zweiter Teil - Mit Würd' Und Hoheit Angetan 4:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Misa Criolla - Kyrie (Vidala-Babuala) 4:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Messa Di Gloria - Gratias Agimus Tibi 8:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Sir David Willcocks: Adeste Fidelis 2:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Juan Diego Flórez: Santo 3:37£0.79  Buy MP3 

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Today’s leading bel canto tenor, and one of the world's biggest opera stars, celebrates this Christmas season with a very personal choice of sacred arias and songs, including favourites such as "Panis Angelicus", "Ave Maria" and "O Holy Night".

As well as the the glorious coloratura for which he is celebrated, the album also reveals the more intimate side of Juan Diego Flórez, in new interpretations of much-loved tenor classics for the festive season. These popular hits take their place alongside less familiar treasures including the "Qui sedes" from Bellini’s Mass in A minor and the virtuosic "Alleluia" from Fux’s Plaudite, sonat tuba – which call for the thrilling virtuosity that have made Juan Diego Flórez a star in the world's greatest opera houses. A highlight of the programme is the title track "Santo" – composed by Juan Diego Flórez himself – and infused with the musical colours and rhythms of his Latin American roots. "My father was a folk-singer and I grew up with Peruvian music. My hobby is to compose and orchestrate, and the melody came to me very easily. The hard part is then to find the right instrumental colours and write for all the instruments and the chorus. But it's fun."

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. E. OUTLAW on 4 Jan 2011
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Juan Diego Flórez has produced a delightful album of sacred music which demonstrates a widening of his already extensive repertoire.

The album includes old favourites like Franck's Panis Angelicus, the Schubert Ave Maria and Adam's Cantique de Noel (O holy night). All these are performed with sensitivity and due reverence, but perhaps more interesting are the Rossini items. The Domine Deus from the Petite Messe Solonelle is well known but the two arias from the Messa di Gloria are less familiar. All three are treated with the Peruvian's usual panache, with some fearsome leaps negotiated with appropriate agility and accuracy. One small cavil: I should like to hear the occasional quiet high note from this amazing voice.

The collection also includes an aria from Haydn's Die Schöpfung (The Creation). Mit Würd' und Hoheit (In native worth) is given with greater delicacy than is usual from this singer and although German is not a comfortable language for him the aria comes across very well. We are also given an exciting version of Adeste fideles in three different languages and the tenor himself sings David Willcock's descant in the last verse. There is also a fine rendition of the Kyrie from Ramirez' Misa criolla. The final item on this generous album is composed by Flórez himself and is not the sentimental ballad that one might have expected. Flórez is a capable composer, the melody is memorable and the rhythms syncopated and catchy - a worthy inclusion.

I have saved until last, however, the item which is for me both the most surprising and the most encouraging. He sings Comfort ye my people and Ev'ry Valley shall be exalted from Handel's Messiah.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By matilda special, Belgium on 9 Mar 2011
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Juan Diego Florez is a pleasure to listen to and to behold. His voice is very pleasing, more velvety than Pavarotti's. His delivery is more modern than, say, that of Carreras, who tends to overdo it. Florez' voice is warm and disciplined at the same time. He sings all of the sacred classics beautifully. I still think that Carreras has sung the definitive version of the Kyrie of Ramirez, but I prefer Florez' delivery of any other song any day. Then there is his own piece Santo, which is a choral song that Florez composed himself, with Peruvian sounds and rhythms. It is a perfect little gem and I hope that we'll hear more from Florez in that way. Highly recommended.
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Santo This is another stunning CD from the Peruvian tenor with the most precise delivery of any modern tenor. Now in his late thirties, Florez's voice retains its effortless youthfulness and this miscellany of sacred arias is a refreshing extension of his range. The tempo adopted by the Italian conductor is not always to my taste and I was not bowled over by the singer's own composition "Santo", but it is an interesting innovation. In the same vein, his excursion into Handel's Messiah with his rendition of "Comfort ye my people" captures the essence of the best English performances of the work.
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