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Villazon Verdi PAL, Blu-ray

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  • Blu-ray Audio (16 Sept. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: PAL, Blu-ray
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B00C1MLHIE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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UPDATE: I originally gave this album 4 Stars however after listening to it a couple of dozen times I feel I may have been harsh as it is the equal of any recent album's from Kaufmann or Joseph Calleja. My original assessment that his voice is not quite as good as it was before his throat issues, stands. However the difference is very small and if this is your first Villazon album you probably won't even notice.

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.
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My favourite composer sung by one of my favourite tenors ( modern ones that is ).I had wondered about the condition of his voice after an operation on his vocal cords. To be truthfull I listened to the MP3 listings on Amazon before buying the cd.I must say his vocal prowess seems as good as ever , He has the Verdi style as well as any other modern tenor ( and better than some I could mention ) with unforced top notes and without bawling or unsteadiness, It is a genuine spinto tenor . Lovely to hear the arie from Oberto & I Due Foscari getting an outing. The young Carreras & Pavarotti come to mind here. 3 songs by Verdi are well sung as is the Ingemisco, but not to be compared with Jussi Bjorlings outstanding performance with Toscanini. O mio rimorso lacks the final B flat but perhaps Verdi didn't write one. Bergonzi sings it in the complete Traviata with Sutherland. The sound is excellent as heard via my B& W's, the orchestra is fine ( As a Torino one should be ) & Noseda provides excellent accompianment. C H T Webb .
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Rolando Villazon’s Verdi Album has a wide selection of Verdi’s tenor arias. This CD was a truly wonderful journey into Verdi’s unique music.

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.
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Performance: 4/5 Value for the money over CD: 3/5

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.
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