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Once my favourite tenor, Villazon had some serious throat problems which I was concerned would be permanent. However unlike his release of Massenet: Werther which was so disappointing, this recording shows to me that he is well on the way to re-establishing himself as one of the foremost tenors singing today. Gone is the grittiness and back is a beautifully smooth and tonefull voice.
The repertoire selected for this album is a good mix of the very well known and the less popular but all seem to have been selected to show that Villazon is back! It is never possible to please everyone but I think these 15 tracks not only showcase Villazons recovery but are a good snapshot of Verdi's work. There are no tracks I would hit 'Skip' on.
Recorded in Turin, with the Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Torino, and under the sympathetic direction of Gianandrea Noseda, this completes a very good recording. The conducting is very good and doesn't overpower Villazon while still bringing out the essence of Verdi.
The recording quality is technically very good and sounds fine on my HiFi and lossless format on my iPod. The enclosed booklet is of good quality and contains the usual multi-language synopsis, track information and a couple of nice photos.Read more ›
What I particularly liked in this CD was the selection of the arias. There are arias from Verdi’s earlier operas (e.g. Ciel che feci from Oberto), significant masterworks (e.g. La Donna e mobile), songs (e.g.L’esule), Requiem and mature works (e.g. Falstaff). What is amazing with these tracks is that they are carefully selected and are the best from each period.
And the icing on the cake is Rolando Villazon’s performance. His voice is so melodic and matches perfectly to these arias. Rolando is expressive and his performance is vivid and proves that he is one of the best Verdi tenors out there.
In overall, this CD is a delightful way to listen to many of Verdi’s arias and songs. Recommended to Verdi fans and new opera fans.
The label "High Fidelity Pure Audio" on the top of the case comes from High Fidelity Pure Audio Group which is led by Universal Music Group. This is a Blu-ray audio disc (not DVD-Audio as listed on Amazon) with no footage of the performance and has exactly the same programme as the CD. You'll see the CD reviews all pasted on this listing for BD by Amazon. Here I'll focus on the technical side so you can make an informed decision whether the extra cost is worth it.
AUDIO: There are three audio tracks: PCM 4.60Mbps (the default), DTS-HD MA and Dolby TrueHD, all 2.0 only, 24-bit 96kHz. They are all identical as the last two are lossless compression and bit-for-bit identical to the PCM. They are therefore redundant unless they are mixed differently by intention (it doesn't say so here).
Note that players will not output 96kHz from optical or coaxial if the BD is copy-protected (they can otherwise) but instead downsample to 48kHz (like they used to do with DVD-A). To output 96kHz you have to use either HDMI or the stereo analogue outputs (which some players no longer have). Then some processors and receivers may downsample incoming 96kHz when room EQ is applied or apply a digital filter cut-off around 20kHz.
The Audio Engineering Society recommends screen-less navigation of audio tracks (the intention is for choosing between stereo and say 5.1): if you have never seen the menu you wouldn't know how to choose the DTS or Dolby stereo tracks instead of PCM (but as pointed out there's no reason to pick anything other than PCM).
VIDEO: The menu is a running video (AVC, 1080p24, 16:9) of a static image of the cover artwork and audio options.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of our greatest tenors much beloved by my wife & I & now transferred to the ipod in our bedroom Bose system. Goodnight!!Published 3 months ago by Michael Hurst
I liked this a lot, my only crib was the selection of songs chosen. I wish when choosing a CD on Amazon that one could see a list of the contents.Published on 27 Jan. 2014 by antoniaerika
I appreciate these are recorded after some health issues, for me earlier recording were more appealing! Read morePublished on 24 Jun. 2013 by Gyuri1949
Slightly disappointed to diccover he was only singing two or three arias that i knew well, the remainder not so well knownPublished on 16 Feb. 2013 by Carole
Villazon has a wonderful talent his voice is fluent, powerful, romantic and passionate and I have never heard a truer voice. Read morePublished on 6 Feb. 2013 by Spook.
Given as a gift and they were over the moon. I may even get one for myself for mothers dayPublished on 28 Dec. 2012 by maxine george
If you like the best - by Villazon singing Verdi. It'll make you happy.
Nice to have him back on stage again.
He sings songs from Verdi and conveys emotion, passion from the depths to the heights, in a truly unique and personal way.Published on 15 Dec. 2012 by pom