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Verismo [DVD AUDIO] DVD Audio

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  • DVD Audio (5 Nov. 2001)
  • Please Note: This is a DVD-Audio disc which is playable on most DVD players as well as all DVD-Audio players.
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: DVD Audio
  • Label: CLASSICAL
  • ASIN: B000056VR4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Disc: 1

  1. "Pagliacci : Prologo ""Si puo ?"""
  2. "Leoncavallo : Pagliacci : Act 1 ""Recitar!"" [Canio]"
  3. "Loreley : ""Nel verde maggio"""
  4. "Andrea Chénier : ""Improvviso"""
  5. "Giordano : Andrea Chénier : Act 4 ""Come un bel dì di maggio"" [Andrea Chénier]"
  6. "Giordano : Fédora : Act 2 ""Amor ti vieta"" [Count Loris]"
  7. "Cilea : Adriana Lecouvreur : Act 1 ""La dolcissima effigie"" [Maurizio]"
  8. "Cilea : Adriana Lecouvreur : Act 2 ""L'anima ho stanca"" [Maurizio]"
  9. "L'arlesiana : Lamento de Federico ""E la solita storia del pastore"""
  10. "Germania : ""Studenti ! Udite"""
  11. "Mascagni : Cavalleria rusticana : ""Mamma, quel vino è generoso"" [Turiddu]"
  12. "Lodoletta : ""Se Franz dicesse il vero"""
  13. "Guglielmo Ratcliff : ""Non altro che delirio"""

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Includes - Picture gallery. Video Interview. Discography.

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Format: Audio CD
A collection of gritty down-to-earth arias from well-known and lesser known composers. There is not a weak track on the CD. Some are quite surprising. Cura's voice is powerful and mature and in some places he verges on the baritone. The Mascagni and Leoncavallo arias are particularly well performed. It is good to be introduced to some of the less 'popular' material.
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This is the only José Cura recital to date that was recorded to DVD Audio. The sound quality of this DVD-A is very good. A 96/24 surround recording as stated in the booklet. The tracks are a bit less than on the CD version of this recording. Anyway it's ideal for testing your home audio system.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great verismo instincts, but has Cura declined since 1999? 15 April 2007
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On the strength of this superb CD of verismo arias, one would expect Jose Cura to have replaced Alagna as the 'fourth tenor.' He has a robust lower range, which he displays to remaarkable effect by singing the baritone aria, 'Si puo,' that raises the curtain in Pagliacci. The darkness of Cura's tone can be unsettling--I found him a strange Alfredo in La Traviata, for instance--but a lot of verismo demands powerful chest tones, and Cura has a fine tenor extension, if you think of it as that. Caruso began from a similar basis, I believe. And despite the criticisms, his conducting is quite acceptable--I doubt that anyone would have complained if the identity of the conductor hadn't been revealed on the cover.

With nothing but praise for this gorgeous recital, I'm sorry to report that Cura's promise seems unfulfilled eight years later. He hasn't made outstanding opera sets to date, although he has certainly made some glamorous DVDs. The voice has darkened further and the top notes aren't as secure. He doessn't express joy with his voice, which can make his portrayals rather somber. His dramatic flair seems subdued also. I don't keep up with every detail of Cura's career, but presently he seems overshadowed by Villazon, a much less powerful but equally artistic tenor. Let's hope the lull is only temporary.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 6 Dec. 2016
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The best tenor in the world.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! How many tenors sang on this recording? 23 Sept. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Once again, Mr. Cura does not in ANY way disappoint his listener! No hackneyed "greatest hits" compilation here -- the material comprises the (often too) familiar and the truly obscure. That Mr. Cura presents such telling characterizations in roles he has not yet performed (and, let's face it, may never perform -- when was the last time "Germania" was staged?) is a tribute to his intelligence and acting ability.
What struck me most, however, were the vocal changes he rang with each aria. What a tired old man his Canio was, and what an exciting contrast to the stunningly youthful and exuberant Marcello! His Chenier made me wish that I had caught it onstage earlier this year (of course, there'll be plenty of time for that). This is an artist who can make me "see" his entire performance just from hearing it. There are not many singers capable of doing that for me.
I, too, have to take exception with Mr. Levine's characterization of Mr. Cura as ill-prepared. I have seen him a number of times and found him to be so utterly prepared that he is completely free on stage. And that's the best kind of Night at the Opera! As for the remarks about the top of his range in the recording of "Samson" -- excuse me -- were we listening to the same recording?
Thank goodness, though, there was no cavilling at this fine CD. Mr. Cura is assuredly THE artist to be reckoned with in the next century!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting, if sometimes overbearing, release 27 Sept. 1999
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Format: Audio CD
Jose Cura has, undeniably, a fine, healthy voice and will, no doubt, have more than a successful career as an opera singer. Notwithstanding, he, in my opinion, needs to work considerably on his vocal shading and phrasing. He is a passionate and powerful singer, two very necessary qualities when singing verisimo, but he has the tendency to approach almost every aria on the CD in the same fashion: Head on, bluntly and forceful. It's all a matter of opinion, I know. I, however, prefer my tenors to sound a little less like they're marching off to war unless, of course, that's what they're singing about. This is a good effort, if only for the rare and sadly neglected arias that are all worth more than they have been given credit for. It is in these little gems that Mr. Cura shines beautifully. His conducting is more than serviceable; only occasionally does one hear a glimmer of his potential in this field. Though he is a genuine talent, I feel it would be in his best interest if he utilizes his vocal prowess in a more intelligent, lyrical and subtle fashion. Incidentally, if anyone is interested in hearing "Addio alla Madre" sung with gut-wrenching ardor and pathos, listen to Bergonzi; I guarantee they'll be a lump in your throat the size of a golf ball.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely worth listening 3 Nov. 1999
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Format: Audio CD
The first indication that Jose Cura is worth listening to is this: it is only mediocre artists that don't stir up any controversy. His voice and acting require time and effort to understand and appreciate. The marketing lately really appears to be shoving him down people's throats a bit, but that's not a sign that he has no abilities to back this hype up.
By no means would I call him the best, particularly in the past 30 years. That would be a gross mistake of discrediting many great artists who will forever hold their place in our hearts (e.g. chronologically, Wunderlich, Kraus, Bergonzi, Pavarotti, Domingo, Carreras). Not that he wants to be compared to the greats yet, modestly saying that he would need to have 30 years of singing to stake his claim. On stage he is exciting and convincing actor, even though he struts around a little too much which is generally expected from Hollywood pretty boys and not from opera singers who are supposed to show more class than that. Only ugly men would feel so bitter that they would critisize his good looks though. A singer should be pleasant to look at as much as to hear him or her sing. Granted, Happner or Margison have good voices, but by being, ahem, large, they are somewhat difficult to imagine as Calaf or Chenier. The case of "looks=stardom" is more applicable to Marcello Alvarez or, ironically, to Andrea Bocelli. Despite all the hype, you absolutely can't accuse Jose Cura of lack of musicality: he obviously gives serious effort to understand and interpret the works in his own unique way. He is not vulgar: unlike the celebrated golden age "screamers" he is able to sing in sotto voice and project nice pianissimos, although his instrument by its very nature would never allow for exquisite tender romantic moments that the Big Three, for example, are able to deliver.
Luckily, Jose Cura knows to stay clear of Donizetti or Bellini for now and focus on what he does best - verismo, the subject of this album. Yes, like many, I feel that he should have gotten an esteemed conductor for this album, thankfully there are still a few who would love to work on this rare under-explored material. On several selections the slow tempi proved difficult even for him to manage. The sobs and sighs have to go, in most cases the composer did not really intend them; often they are appropriate on the stage, but not on studio disc (the laughter in Vesti La Giubba excepted). Generally the program here consists of selections nearly impossible to find elsewhere. Thus, it is hard to compare the character study that Cura offers to others. Overall, this album is a welcome addition to a music library and must be appreciated.
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