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Stella Di Napoli - Bel Canto Arias


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  • Audio CD (1 Sep 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B00FPTG0TG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,566 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Stella Di Napoli, Part I: "Ove T'Aggiri, O Barbaro" (Stella, Marta)
2. Adelson E Salvini, Act 1: "Dopo L'Oscuro Nembo" (Nelly)
3. Le Nozze Di Lammermoor, Act 2: "L'Amica Ancor Non Torna... Oh, Di Sorte Crudel" (Lucia)
4. Zelmira, Act 2: "Riedi Al Soglio" (Zelmira, Polidoro, Ilo)
5. La Vestale, Act 2: "Se Fino Al Cielo Ascendere" (Giunia)
6. Elisabetta Al Castello Di Kenilworth, Act 3: "Par Che Mi Dica Ancora" (Amelia)
7. I Capuleti E I Montecchi, Act 2: "Tu Sola, O Mia Giulietta... Deh! Tu, Bell'Anima" (Romeo)
8. Il Sonnambulo, Act 1: "Lasciami... Se Il Mar Sommesso Mormora" (Adele, Sofia)
9. Maria Stuarda, Act 3: "Io Vi Rivedo Alfin... Deh! Tu Di Un'Umile Preghiera" (Maria)
10. Saffo, Act 3: "Flutto Che Muggi... Teco Dall'Are Pronube... L'Ama Ognor Qual Io L'Amai" (Saffo, Faone, Climene, Alcandro)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By K. Compton on 9 Sep 2014
Format: Audio CD
I bought this primarily to listen to the title track, as there is so little of Pacini available. Plus her rendition of the Saffo.
What an immense surpise to listen to such a magnifcant voice. It reminds you of Marilyn Horne in her prime, but then again it is quite different. As the other reviewer has mentioned, the Bel Canto is truly what it should be, the legato, the colarutura, and phrasing is just excellent. This is a voice that is truly in its prime, and very beautiful.
When you listen to her in the Comte Ory (DVD), it is very remarkable, but now she has truly matured.
I have this CD playing constantly in the car at present, and it is just astounding at high volume.
The interpretation of the Bellini (Capuleti and Adelson) are so controlled and melodramatic, truly bringing out the style of Bellini.
Her interpretation of Maria Stuarda is magnificant, I have the DVD and it is as good as Janet Baker's, if not better. But is that due to technology improvements? - I can not tell. Certainly the drama is great.
However my favourite must be her rendition of Donizetti's Elisabetta al Castella di Kenilworth. It is so sweet, but then again so lyric, and then again so strong at times. Listen and you will see what I mean. I would enjoy a full recording of this to be sure.
This must be one of the best aria CD's released in a long time, you really must buy it - worth every penny.
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Joyce DiDonato has established herself as the queen of bel canto of our generation. This CD is a perfect demonstration of exactly what bel canto should sound like: impeccable legato, clear diction, beautiful phrasing and, in DiDonato’s own words, lots of “showing off what the voice can do”. I love the fact that she is able to give such character even to the less known arias, giving them equal respect and making them sound just as interesting as any other masterpiece. The whole album is a joy to listen to. Brava!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Darlington on 14 Sep 2014
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My comment? I’m speechless. I bought this 3 weeks ago, and I can’t stop listening to it. The Maria Stuarda (penultimate track) is earth-stopping. For the Adelson and Salvini – I though the Elina Garanca interpretation was un-surpassable, but now I’m not so sure…

If you are reading this and are hesitating about buying this album - JUST DO IT! Its totally sublime.
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On continuous loop since last week. I keep noticing new little felicities in the singing. The voice is pure and the articulation perfect (without any of Cecilia Bartoli's sometimes exaggerated diction), but there's lots of power - and humour - there too. Terrific.

As for the choice of music, most tracks I haven't come across before, and like other reviewers, I'd love to see full recordings (particularly of the Donizetti items).
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Refreshing to have a recital including some less well known music, the performances are imaginative and beautifully executed. My only reservation is that the voice itself, as is often the case with a big operatic voice, is always very forward and lacks a little sense of space on this recording.
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Brilliant recording.....................A voice to die for - but then we knew that already........Excellent booklet accompanying CD.....Especially interesting as there were none of the old chestnuts , but all material I hadn't heard before. Worth every penny.
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This is out of my usual sphere. But I am listening carefully, and it is growing on me. It is quite remarkable, and I am starting to appreciate it. It is worth the effort.
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Fascinating, unusual repertoire. Di Donato in top form. If the vocal quality appeals, you cannot go wrong purchasing this enjoyable recital.
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