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Dmitri Hvorostovsky sings Neapolitan Songs CD

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Digital Booklet: Hvorostovsky, Dmitri: Baritone Arias - Curtis, E. / Tagliaferri, E. / Capua, E. / Cardillo, S. / Bixio, C. / Tosti, F. / Gambardella, S.
Digital Booklet: Hvorostovsky, Dmitri: Baritone Arias - Curtis, E. / Tagliaferri, E. / Capua, E. / Cardillo, S. / Bixio, C. / Tosti, F. / Gambardella, S.
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Chansons napolitaines / Philharmonia de Russie, dir. Constantine Orbelian - Dmitri Hvorostovsky, baryton

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The big problem with Neapolitan song recitals (Torna a Surrento, etc.) is usually the documentation. Maybe it's the record companies being snooty about populist composers, or maybe the difficulties of Neapolitan dialect (i.e. O sole mio is Il sole mio in standard Italian) but the classic recitals by Di Stefano and Caruso are invariably provided note, text and translation-less. Exceptions to this are Disc 10 of Decca's Pavarotti Edition, the Daniela del Monaco recital on Opus 111, and this baritonal offering from Hvorostovsky.
To be honest for Italian flavour one would probably go for a native speaker, but Hvorostovsky does sound very convincing here - as much as in his Arie Antiche recital with Marriner - and he certainly won't disappoint his fans. If you really want to hear Hvorostovsky in idiomatic and populist mode though, try his smoky Russian saloon recital 'I met you my love' (also with Orbelian, also on Delos, also with texts and translations).
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One usually hears these songs sung by tenors, and it's a wonderful change to hear them in Hvorostovsky's dark honey velvet baritone, bringing a new dimension to this well loved and often played music. His Italian is flawless and there's an emotion to his interpretation that's genuine and moving.
The booklet insert (which includes all the lyrics and side by side English translations), says: "With a voice of burnished beauty, warm and liquid in tone, and a superb capacity for eloquent phrasing, and stunning, long-spun phrases, Hvorostovsky is a natural for this repertoire". Well said...I think this phenomenal singer is perhaps the finest voice in opera today, and this CD adds another facet to his extraordinary talent.
The Philharmonia of Russia led by Constantine Orbelian has just the right light touch and I find the balance between the orchestra and singer well placed. This is a marvelous addition to my Dmitri collection, and one I'm sure I'll be listening to often.
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5.0 out of 5 stars bravo bravissimo ! 9 Nov. 2001
By Alejandra Vernon - Published on Amazon.com
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One usually hears these songs sung by tenors, and it's a wonderful change to hear them in Hvorostovsky's dark honey velvet baritone, bringing a new dimension to this well loved and often played music. His Italian is flawless and there's an emotion to his interpretation that's genuine and moving.
The booklet insert (which includes all the lyrics and side by side English translations), says: "With a voice of burnished beauty, warm and liquid in tone, and a superb capacity for eloquent phrasing, and stunning, long-spun phrases, Hvorostovsky is a natural for this repertoire". Well said...I think this phenomenal singer is perhaps the finest voice in opera today, and this CD adds another facet to his extraordinary talent.
The Philharmonia of Russia led by Constantine Orbelian has just the right light touch and I find the balance between the orchestra and singer well placed. This is a marvelous addition to my Dmitri collection, and one I'm sure I'll be listening to often.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'a voce d'oro... 11 Feb. 2002
By Lana - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent! You may hear voices for and against this recording. Both sides defend their positions so violently that you may guess, even before hearing, - this is quiet an event!
These songs are popular. You may have heard them one too many times... but this recording is nothing like what you have ever had before. You may like it or your may hate it... but this will never leave you indifferent. This is what we call a revolutionary singing! But check out A Marechiare or Canta pe' me - and you may well get addicted to this. I personally can't hear tenors any more doing same things. They all sound to me like lacking power.
You may even get surprized: Dicitencello vuie is very passionate and somewhat sad, but it is powerful, too, in Hvorostovsky's best way. But Fenesta ca lucive is very soft and even somewhat pitiful. Not very much like Hvorostovsky, huh? Surprizingly, it has some Lemeshev's tones... Unusual for this singer, but how beautiful!
I find the comments about Hvorostovsky's light accent totally absurd. Not to mention that Italian is not his native language, Hvorostovsky's hard "RRRRR" sound indeed makes him sound more audible. It also gives him some unusial foreign charm, which gives the performance an unforgettable exotic tone. This is a winner.
The CD is excellent. Period.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different, and yet, Delicious Art 27 Sept. 2005
By Z. Yang - Published on Amazon.com
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It gives you entirely different feelings when these Neapolitan songs, conventionally sung by Italian tenors, are sung by Dmitri Hvorostovsky. What makes the difference, apart from the burnished, warm-toned, and simply gorgeous baritone, is the powerful and deeply heartfelt rendering that evokes fresh emotions as well as enriches exuberant lyricism. Although Mr. Hvorostovsky sees this repertoire as a crossover for him, he possesses everything in his department to make memorable interpretations of the songs. The rich voice has an impeccably wide vocal range (up to A-flat as demonstrated in this album) with the consistent superb quality, all well focused, across the entire register. The exceptionally beautiful legatos of his, together with the ability of eloquent phrasing and shaping, make the songs all the more heart-throbbing. The poignant moments in "Passione", "Voce'e notte", "Dicitencello vuie" carried out in various dynamic shadings reach the emotional level that could break your heart. The climax in "Torna a Surriento", "Core 'ngrato", "'O sole mio" are filled with ardent, fully unleashed, passion. These are passionate Neapolitan songs sung with hot blooded passion. I don't understand why some people would nitpick something like Hvorostovsky's Neapolitan diction, when the voice and the singing alone are already powerful enough to give one a heart attack.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Italian Love Son renditions...Hoping for American ones next 16 Nov. 2015
By Janice A. Connett - Published on Amazon.com
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It is wonderful to hear Dmitri sing Italian love songs. Since his wife is Italian, his diction is quite perfected, and being so multi-lingual. He sings with all of the emotional beauty that Italians are noted for. I would only hope he would eventually sing some of the classic love American songs from some of the musicals such as South Pacific and more recent ones from the movies. No matter who has recorded them before, Dmitri has a unique tone, vibrational quality, and delivery that would make these songs renewed and beloved.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot blooded Russian Napolitana 16 Dec. 2001
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I feel his passionate expression in this CD. You've got to understand Dmitri's good effort to serenade in Italian, I bet he did this out of love for his brand new Italian wife. And he doesn't care who knew it. It's nice to know he is a hot blooded Russian. His Napolitana sounds heavy, but so were Del Monaco and Corelli. It's hard not to be in love with a sensuous voice like his. Dmitri is incredibly skillful and flexible. He can do almost anything. I look forward to more of his opera and non opera recordings.
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