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  • Conductor: Michel Plasson
  • Audio CD (13 Feb. 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Colour
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000BU9988
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 307,285 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Il était une fois à la cour d'Eisenach (Legend of Kleinsach)
  2. Allons! courage et confiance
  3. Recondita armonia
  4. Mamma, quel vino è generoso
  5. Amor ti vieta
  6. Ach so fromm
  7. Jungfrau Maria
  8. Kuda, kuda, kuda vi udalilis
  9. Di rigori armato il seno (Ein Sänger)
  10. Ma se m'è forza perderti (Riccardo)
  11. Com' è gentil
  12. Spirto gentil
  13. La fleur que tu m'avais jetée (José)
  14. 'A celle voix quel trouble agitait tout mon être...Je crois entendre encore' (Act 1)
  15. Odi il voto...sprezzo la vita (Ernani/chor)

Disc: 2

  1. Behind the scenes at the recording (2006 Digital Remaster)

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VILLAZON / PLASSON / MUNICH R.

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This delightful CD of opera favourites is well complemented by the bonus DVD (40 mins approx) about the recording session in Munich which gives us the chance to see the fine performances behind the some of the tracks. There are snatches of rehearsal which show the fine attention to detail and interaction with the orchestra and conductor, comments by Rolando Villazon on his approach to singing opera, comments by Maestro Michel Plasson plus five splendid full aria renditions: Bizet's Carmen 'La fleur que tu m'avais jetee', Tchaikovsky's Eugen Onegin 'Kuda' Kuda', Bizet's Les Pecheurs de Perles 'A cette voix' (the dramatic opening slows to an almost hypnotic trance), Giordano's Fedora 'Amor ti vieta', R Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier 'Di rigori armato il seno'.
The CD recital 'offers a wonderfully full range of vocal and dramatic expression, ranging from the heroic to the sentimental, from the passionate to the elegiac, with tenderness, irony, and many subtle shades in between. The eyes smoulder, and the voice is of molten bronze'. So say the notes and I wholeheartedly agree. The perfect introduction to the brilliant young Mexican tenor.
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Rolando Villazon at his best prior to his throat issues. The track selection will please most who like the more popular arias and songs. What makes this special is the DVD included as a bonus. This is shot in the studio as Rolando records the CD with the orchestra, giving a close up insight into the process and how he approaches the recording. I would have bought it just for the DVD, to me the CD is the bonus.
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Our first introduction to Rolando Villazon was a gift of the DVD "L'Elisir d'Amore", the expressive acting and singing was a revalation. As a result, we have purchased more of his works (DVD and CD). The latest, Opera Recital, contains a collection of familiar and rarer items. The accompanying DVD consists of snippets from the recording session, the enthusiasm in the interaction between singer, conductor and orchestra is well worth seeing. Every track in the CD is well nigh the best and the singing bears all the hallmarks of his acting style and vocalisation. A thoroughly good buy.
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Excellent service. Great product.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8aa41018) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ab1f7ec) out of 5 stars Villazon Shows His Range 27 Mar. 2006
By Janet Bedell - Published on Amazon.com
On his third solo CD, Rolando Villazon shows again the wonderful qualities that make him stand apart from other tenors of his generation. The sheer sound of his voice - dark and virile in the lower and middle registers, bright and glowing on top - immediately seizes the listener's attention. But beyond that, Villazon impresses by his musical sensitivity and intelligence and, above all, by his remarkable focus on expressing his texts.The energy and subtle nuances of his singing all seem to come from his response to the words. And here he engages creatively with texts in four languages, rather than a single language as in his previous disks. The two arias that especially make this disk a keeper are Bizet's "Je crois entrendre encore" ("The Pearl Fishers") and Tchaikovksky's "Kuda, kuda" ("Eugene Onegin"). The Bizet is a superb example of soft singing spun out on long breaths with gorgeous high notes, some sung in an ethereal head voice. Beautifully sung and expressed, "Kuda, kuda" is full of passion and regret - mesmerizing! Here Villazón shows with his voice alone the great actor that he is live on the stage! I highly recommend the accompanying DVD made from the recording sessions. It's absolutely delightful and shows the humor, charm, and high energy that make Villazón such an appealing performer and personality. But be warned: Rolando Villazón is absolutely habit-forming! After hearing him, all other current young tenors, with the exception of Floréz, pale by comparison.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8a9d2054) out of 5 stars Another winning recital 9 Mar. 2006
By Robert Petersen - Published on Amazon.com
Wow! Villazon, in his 3rd recital for EMI/Virgin manages to deliver the goods yet again. Try and get this version as it comes with a 40 minute bonus DVD of the recording sessions. After watching this documentary, you will realise why Villazon is so highly sought-after
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8a1d37ec) out of 5 stars Versatility 21 Aug. 2006
By M. F. Toulmin-Rothe - Published on Amazon.com
This is another stunning recital by the ever more exciting Rolando Villazon and the key to its success is his amazing versatility not only in the musical styles it emcompasses but in the elegance and directness he brings to his words. The bonus DVD shows what a charming and hard-working artist he is and allows one to see why he is so thrilling in the theatre: without exaggerating he clearly throws his whole self into the character and situation of each aria. For me, perhaps the most exciting number on the disc is `Je crois entendre encore` which perfectly illustrates his mastery of the French style; I tingle with pleasure at the seeming effortlessness and sweetness of tone when, at the climactic note, he moves up into a head-voice and seamlessly descends from it.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8a2b5744) out of 5 stars 5 golden stars to Rolando 28 Aug. 2006
By PhantomOfTheOpera - Published on Amazon.com
I was beginning to fear that there wouldn't be anyone to take over the throne from my favourite tenor - José Carreras, as all up-and-coming tenors I've heard lately has failed to impress me. That is, until now. I watched the concert with Domingo, Netrebko and Villazón from this years' football world championship and I immediately fell in love with Villazón. His charm as well as his extraordinary singing capabilities won me over. His tone is golden, warm and dark and - thank God - he's much less nasal than Domingo. His breath control is also outstanding and his singing seems effortless. I bet he can hold a note longer than even Pavarotti back in his heydays could......

Anyway, I bought this album which includes a bonus dvd and I haven't been able to tear myself away from the television set ever since. It's really fun watching Villazón in the studio making the cd. He's very dedicated to his singing, but the overall tone in the recording studio is jovial and he's joking and having fun with everyone while still managing to deliver some seriously wonderful singing. And the way he interrupts himself at the beginning of "La fleur" is just charming. I couldn't help but laugh when he slaps himself in the back of his head because he was interrupted and corrected when he sang something wrong in Russian. What more can I say? I'm hooked. I love all the arias on the cd, but the ones that really stand out are the Russian "Kuda.... Kuda..." and "Je crois entendre encore". They make my spine tingle - and my knees go woobly....... Really, there's only one thing to say about this cd/dvd - BUY IT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ab1fb88) out of 5 stars Rolando Villazon 10 July 2006
By B. Goldschneider - Published on Amazon.com
As musicians ourselves, we are of the opinion than Rolando Villazon is one of the greatest, if not the greatest tenor of this time. His voice reminds of great ones of the past like Gigli and Frits Wunderlich.
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