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ANGELA GHEORGHIU

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Angela Gheorghiu was born in Adjud, Romania, and graduated from the Bucharest Music Academy. She studied with the wonderful teacher Mia Barbu. Her magnificent voice and dazzling stage presence have established her as a unique international opera star. She made her international debut in 1992 at Covent Garden with La Bohème. She made her debut in the ... Read more in Amazon's Angela Gheorghiu Store

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  • Performer: Angela Gheorghiu, Tiziana Tramonti, Laura Polverelli
  • Orchestra: Milan Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
  • Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
  • Audio CD (4 Mar. 2013)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B00004DTQV
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Verdi: I vespri siciliani / Act 5 - "Mercè, dilette amiche"Angela Gheorghiu 4:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Verdi: Don Carlo / Act 5 - "Tu che le vanità"Angela Gheorghiu10:09£1.49  Buy MP3 
  3. Verdi: Rigoletto / Act 1 - "Gualtier Maldè! ... Caro nome"Angela Gheorghiu 6:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Verdi: Aida / Act 3 - "Qui Radames verrà!...O Patria mia"Angela Gheorghiu 6:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Verdi: Il Trovatore / Act 1 - "Che più t'arresti?...Tacea la notte placida"Angela Gheorghiu 8:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Verdi: Un ballo in maschera / Act 3 - "Morrò, ma prima in grazia"Angela Gheorghiu 4:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Verdi: Simon Boccanegra / Act 1 - "Come in quest'ora bruna"Angela Gheorghiu 6:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Verdi: La forza del destino / Act 4 - "Pace, pace, mio Dio"Angela Gheorghiu 5:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Verdi: Otello / Act 4 - "Era più calmo?..."Piangea cantando".."Ave Maria"Angela Gheorghiu15:13£1.89  Buy MP3 

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DEC 466952 2; DECCA - Inghilterra; Classica Lirica

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The voice of Angela Gheorghiu defies categorisation. To call her a lyric soprano would be to ignore the rich power of her lower register. To suggest that she is a spinto doesn't do justice to the near-incredible flexibility and agility that she brings to coloratura passages. But on this album of arias from the middle and late Verdi operas Gheorghiu demonstrates that not only does she have a voice of awe-inspiring beauty, with a range of colour and expression unequalled by almost any other singer, she has a dramatic instinct for the truth of a role which simply leaps off the recording. She expresses all the joy of Elena's bright hopes (I vespri Siciliani) with infectious breathlessness--but is equally capable of producing heart-breaking pathos for Desdemona's "Willow Song". Her interpretations of these arias bear comparison with those of any previous singers, Sutherland and Callas included. The orchestra is also excellent, and Chailly brings out the best from the players: the opening to Amelia's aria from Simon Boccanegra for example, conjures up a moonlit seascape with cinematic vividness. --Warwick Thompson

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 July 2000
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Angela Gheorghiu has emerged as one of the leading sopranos today. She is going from strength to strength ever since her sensational 1994 Covent Garden Violetta and this disc amply demonstrates it.
The recital is not merely a display of vocal glamour and versatility, but an in-depth exploration of the different psychological facets found in Verdi's operatic heroines. Angela's special gift, one that is given only to a few singers in history, is thinking herself from nowhere into the specific emotions of a particular character. Once she takes the plunge, she goes to the heart of the matter. This gift is abetted by her wide tonal palette and her acuity with words.
Thus we have the 9 heroines assembled here as different and distint personalities: Elena's joy and elation, Elisabetta's dignified sorrow, Gilda's love-sickness, Aida's longings for her homeland, the Trovatore Leonora's ardent vows of love, the Ballo Amelia desperately pleading to see her child for the last time, the Boccanegra Amelia's sea-borne longings, the Forza Leonora's fatalism and Desdemona's sad forebodings. Outstanding amongst all the portrayals is Elisabetta's Act V scena from Don Carlos and I have no hesitation in declaring Angela's interpretation as THE best ever caught on records. Not only does she encompasses all Verdi's taxing vocal demands with natural grace and ease, she manages, more than any other soprano, except perhaps Maria Callas, to plough into the depth of the sad, young queen's soul, making her torments and plights utterly believable. This marvellous and magical performance serves as a template for the rest of the recital.
Criticisms? Angela's voice admittedly sounds a bit too mature for Gilda and the Boccanegra Amelia.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christopher C. Wilson on 28 May 2000
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This splendid new recital disc, along with Gheorghiu's recent complete recordings of "La Boheme" and "Werther", prove that she possesses one of the most ravishingly beautiful, expressive, and versatile soprano voices in existence today. Though some may insist that she is a lyric soprano, who should not be treading into the demanding roles of Verdi's middle and later periods, Gheorghiu easily proves that she is perfectly capable of rising to the challenge, and presents arias that are technically secure and full of interpretive insight. In the selections from "I Vespri Siciliani", "Rigoletto," and "Il Trovatore," her trills, adept coloratura, and secure top evoke associations with Sutherland. In fact, hearing her live and on recordings, I've often thought of her as a worthy successor to Sutherland, my all-time favorite singer. Her high C in "O Patria Mia," a problem spot for many sopranos, is full and lovely, without any hint of strain. In "Pace, pace," she proves that there are significant reserves of power behind her lovely voice. Each character is individualized, illuminated by careful attention to text.
It is no longer necessary to lament the absence of Verdian sopranos. With Angela Gheorghiu, Sondra Radvanovsky, Veronica Villarroel, Deborah Voigt, Maria Guleghina performing today, there are plenty of voices capable of singing Verdi's demandig female roles. Gheorghiu is an intelligent artist -- she won't sing Aida right away in the opera house, and risk damaging her voice; but she is perfectly capable of taking on Gilda, Desdemona, or the Trovatore Leonora right now. Let's hope that impresarios like Joe Volpe, at the Met, take notice, and offer her some meaty roles beyond just Liu and Mimi. I highly recommend this disc -- along with Fleming and Bartoli, Gheorghiu is undoubtedly one of the great artists of our time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roger Smith on 8 April 2013
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A fantastic selection of arias, several of which I was not familiar with.
Angela Gheorghiu more than justifies her position at the top of the operatic tree with the most fantastic tone and phrasing I have heard in a long time.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Hound dog on 18 Jun. 2001
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I am so glad that I did not listen to the first reveiw of this album. Had I done so I would have missed such talent. Her colourfull voice would have inspired Verdi to write in earnest, The vibrancy and intensity pours through the speakers to hold you spell bound, an audible feast of perfection. Angela's ability to communicate through her voice is just amazing and I shall become an avid collector of her works. She should be seen more often on telestrial media to enable a fuller following. Track one is inspirational.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 May 2000
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Angela Gheorghiu is certainly one of the hottest names in opera today. Together with her tenor husband, Roberto Alagna, they create headlines wherever they go. The question is: does Gheorghiu live up to this hype? The answer must be an unqualified yes, and this disc certainly proves it. Gheorghiu tackles some of the most difficult, both vocally and dramatically, arias Verdi ever wrote for the soprano voice on this disc. And this is great stuff! Listen to the bolero from I vespri and you will hear wonderfully crisp coluratura, listen to Elisabetta's aria from Don Carlo and you will hear an example of text and music in perfect unison. Aida's aria comes with a high c sung dolce as Verdi wrote it. Morover, in the Aida item, hear how she colours her voice as a means of increasing textual meaning, listen to the perfect rubato touches in the second verse. Everything seams just right. This is singing that goes straight to the heart.
The voice itself is incredibly beautiful. Someone has likened it to a cello handled by a master of that instrument. Almost everything is sung to perfection, which make you forget how difficult this music is to perform. The pianissimi are there, all delivered with a full body of sound. The top notes have that exhilarating ping which all opera cognoscenti love. Sample Leonora's Pace aria and you will understand what I mean. If you are not convinced yet, try Desdemona's willow song: tender and sung with melting tone but still coloured by that essential foreboding and apprehension that marks out a good fourth act Desdemona. This disc is a must have.
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