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The Italian Tenor [CD]

Vittorio Grigolo Audio CD
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Italy announces a formidable return to the opera stage with the young Italian tenor, Vittorio Grigolo. His triumphant debut this June at London’s Royal Opera House Covent Garden, performing in a new production of Manon by Massenet alongside Anna Netrebko, caused a sensation amongst audience and music critics alike: “But the evening really belongs to her (Anna Netrebko’s) Des ... Read more in Amazon's Vittorio Grigolo Store

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  • Audio CD (4 Oct 2010)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • ASIN: B003TOS8EY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,257 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Quando le sere al placido (from Luisa Miller) 5:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Una furtiva lagrima (from L'Elisir d'Amore) 4:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Ella mi fu rapita...Parmi veder le lagrime (from Rigoletto) 4:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen11. Ma se m'e forza perderti (from Un ballo in maschera) 4:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Donna non vidi mai (from Manon Lescaut) 2:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Tosca, Act III: E lucevan le stele 3:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Ah si' ben mio coll'essere (from Il Trovatore) 3:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Di quella pira (from Il Trovatore) 4:05£0.99  Buy MP3 


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Vittorio Grigolo says that his first operatic recital disc, The Italian Tenor, has been a project of great importance for him. He chose to wait until he felt the conditions were perfect and he had something unique to communicate in this repertoire. He has chosen a programme of arias representing “the culture I come from. It's like giving my card to someone who doesn't know me – the voice of the Italian tenor, with a communication that comes in a natural way, like opening a window on a sunny day!"

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VIVA VITTORIO 6 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A tenor for the ages? It's too soon to tell. But this must be one of the most extraordinary operatic debut albums in a very long time (he had recorded previously just a nice but sugary easy listening record with kind of pop tunes). The test for any tenor of course is the opera house, but if Grigolo sounds half as well live as he does here, we have reasons for celebration. He was quite good in the live telecast of Rigoletto from Mantua, where he sung the Duke opposite the jester of Plácido Domingo, but he is superb here in his scene from the third act of that opera, managing to sound tender and forceful, with the contrasting impulses of love and lust wisely balanced. He has chosen for this disc mainly very well known arias from the Italian repertoire, but makes them sound fresh and almost new. This is particularly true of the aria from Luisa Miller (sung most of the time with a beguiling mezzavoce in an unusual interpretation that just sounds right), but equally personal and impressive are his renderings of warhorses such as Che gelida manina (radiant with the excitement of first sight love), Una furtiva lagrima (sung beautifully straightforward as a sight of the soul) or the emotional but restrained (no hint of the usual self pity) farewell to life of Cavaradossi. The arias and cabalettas from Il Corsaro and Trovatore are both tender and heroic respectively. The less known arias from Gianni Schicchi and Le Villi in his ringing tone are quite a revelation. A full lyric tenor, in all the tracks the fiato, the shading and the phrasing show a good technique, while the voice is young and beautiful. But it is the unique artistry behind it what sets Grigolo apart. A singer to watch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A charismatic young tenor 18 Nov 2010
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I saw Vittorio's debut in "La Boheme" at the Met in New York and was impressed with the power of his voice, which filled the house with no strain or loss of sweetness of tone....
While a CD won't convey his charismatic stage presence, we can enjoy here a lovely performance of his big aria from "La Boheme" as well as exciting tracks from "Il Corsaro" (in which his performance of Corrado garnered rave reviews at the Zurich Opera.) The two tracks from "Rigoletto" are beautifully rendered...Let's hope that we will soon be able to purchase the DVD of the his live performance in "Rigoletto a Mantova." There is also the amusing "Firenze è come un albero fiorito," Rinuccio's challenging aria from "Gianni Schicchi, which he had performed at La Scala. Among other tracks, the less well known arias from "Le Villi" and "La Favorita" stand out. The youthful lyricism, the expressive vocal shadings and the excellent diction are all here. Enjoy!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The new Grig on the block ... 21 Feb 2011
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It's always been a daft idea that there are only Three Tenors worth listening to, and it's never been truer than now. There are world class tenors in 'special' categories such as Ian Bostridge, Mark Padmore and Juan Diego Florez. And in the Italianate lyric tenor category alone you could mention several current contenders: Roberto Alagna, Marcelo Alvarez, Piotr Beczala and of course Jonas Kaufmann - even though not all of them are strictly lyric tenors and none of them is strictly Italian. Definitely a lyric tenor and definitely Italian, though, Vittorio Grigolo could well be the Pavarotti of the next generation. His voice has tremendous cut and character on stage, and his good looks and slightly histrionic delivery work perfectly in the material he's chosen on this album. All the same I was a bit disappointed that he didn't push the boat out a bit, and plumped instead for arias that are almost all a tad obvious; but maybe a bit more adventurousness will come in future collections. For now though, one thing's for sure - Grigolo is the new kid on the block.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting with great potential 19 Oct 2011
By Jon1
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I purchased this album having listened to some samples of Vittorio Grigolo's work. I'm glad i did, and there are times when i close my eyes and remember the voice of a very young Luciano Pavarotti. Vittorio's voice is crisp and modern and he sings with a great deal of passion, and i am left with the impression that he will achieve a great future. I enjoyed his selection of opera's and in particular - Puccini.
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3.0 out of 5 stars the jury is still out . . . 30 Aug 2013
By Stanley Crowe TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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. . . but I will admit that my doubts (after hearing Grigolo's second recital) about his ability to project adequately in a good-sized house have been put to rest. He will sing Rodolfo at the Met next season, and here his "Che gelida manina" rings out well enough. The middle of the voice is pleasant to listen to, and if he loses some color as he goes up, well, better singers than he is have that problem too. I'm still not won over, though. The bottom of the voice is never really projected in this recital (Calleja's, by contrast, is solid), and I don't like the constant dipping and swelling into and out of that whispery mezza voce. I know that it's hard to tell on a recording sometimes, but I still have my doubts about how well-supported his soft singing really is. I don't have these doubts about Calleja and Vargas, for example. It might finally be a matter of schooling and style -- he doesn't project a well-sustained line, and Calleja does, even when his phrasing isn't all that imaginative. I did a direct comparison between Calleja (at 25) and Grigolo (at 33) in the sequence from "Rigoletto" that starts with "Ella mi fu rapita" through "Parmi veder" to "Possente Amor" -- a sequence, by the way that is heard to as near perfection as you're going to get on Vargas's Verdi disc on RCA. Neither Calleja nor Grigolo is really near that class, but Calleja projects and maintains the line with firmness, clarity, and good tone, while Grigolo tends to sound fussy and mannered with his little decrescendo effects. Neither one should have gone for the high hard one at the end of "Possente Amor"! But Calleja was eight years younger, and sounds like the more mature and musical singer. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Young, handsome and a real tenor
What more can one ask? Well, in the Opera house I found him to be passionate and committed but with a voice that wasn't really in the top category, that is to say the category of... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Charles Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Birthday present
Great success. Have made recipient avid fan now. have asked to borrow it but feel it could be a long time coming.
Published 9 months ago by Margaret Siggs
5.0 out of 5 stars THE NEW VOICE
If you love Donizetti you will love this.
Everything about it is wonderful including this great new tenor.
Well, he's not really new but new to me.
Published 16 months ago by Mrs. D Hammond
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful find
I am a fan of Andrea Bocelli and Vittorio Grigolo is up there on a par. His interpretations of familiar songs almost moved me to tears.
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Vittorio Grigolo
A terrific CD if you are a fan of Vittorio Grigolo, and Opera, I play mine quite a lot in the car, while I'm driving.
Published 18 months ago by S. F. Skelton
5.0 out of 5 stars Italian Tenor
Our introduction to Grigolo and it proved an exceptional experience--An individual sound that is strong and confident and technically virtually perfect!
Published on 16 Feb 2011 by P. S. Donlan
5.0 out of 5 stars Grigolo the greatest.
For anyone who loves Opera this album is a must. Vittorio has matured into one of the worlds top Tenors since first appearing on the seen a few years ago.
Published on 7 Jan 2011 by bbazza552
4.0 out of 5 stars A long watching
Full of anticipation - and not a little jealousy - I wondered who was this Grigolo to sing opposite Anna's Manon at Covent Garden last June. Well! Read more
Published on 9 Oct 2010 by Bechet
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