The Verdi Album - Joseph Calleja (CD)

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Joseph Calleja, Vittorio Vitelli, Angela Gheorghiu, Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, Ramón Tebar

Joseph Calleja (tenor), Vittorio Vitelli (baritone), Angela Gheorghiu (soprano)
Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, Ramón Tebar

Joseph Calleja explores the light and dark in Verdi’s heroic tenors on his new Decca album, Verdi. A significant step into Verdi repertoire for Calleja, the album reflects the star tenor’s flourishing live career performing at leading opera houses the world over. Verdi features solo favorites such as “Se quell guerrier io fossi!...Celeste Aida” from Aida as well as duets with soprano Angela Gheorghiu and baritone Vittorio Vitelli from Otello, Il Trovatore and more.

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Reviews:

"...["Otello"]: the four substantial extracts here (25 minutes in all, including the Act One love duet and the duet "Si, Per Ciel") show him to be potentially a world-class tenore di forza -- a lyric tenor with enough power in his middle register to make a real dramatic impact when required. Lots of singers produce Verdi lollipop albums. This isn't one of them. The only real popular favourite is "Celeste Aida", dispatched here with glowing Italianate tone. The rest are connoisseurs' choices. The recently formed Valencia Orchestra under Ramón Tebar play really well, and Decca's sound is truly excellent. A must for any serious opera fan." - David Mellor, Daily Mail

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Tracklisting:

Verdi: Aida
1. "Se quel guerrier io fossi!..Celeste Aida"

Verdi: Il Trovatore
2. "Ah sì ben mio"
3. "Di quella pira"

Verdi: La forza del destino
4. "La vita è inferno...Oh, tu che in seno agl'angeli"
5. "Invano Alvaro"

Verdi: Don Carlo
6. "È lui! desso! L'infante!... Dio, che nell'alma infondere"

Verdi: Otello
7. "Già nella notte densa"
8. "Oh! Mostruosa colpa!... Sì, per ciel marmoreo, giuro!”
9. "Dio! mi potevi scagliar tutti i mali"
10. "Niun mi tema"