Juan Diego Flórez (tenor) Orchestra La Scintilla, Riccardo Minasi
Acclaimed across the globe for the beauty of his voice, the emotional power of his performances, and his extraordinarily dazzling high notes, the Peruvian superstar tenor Juan Diego Flórez has so far in his career focused almost exclusively on the masterpieces of the bel canto repertoire by Rossini, Donizetti and Bellini, and others. Now, in his eagerly awaited debut recording for Sony Classical, he turns his attention to a composer with whose works his talents also have an ideal relationship.
“I’ve always wanted to do it, but now is the time. I finally feel I’m ready to convey the expressiveness, the simplicity, the universality – in short, the magic – of Mozart. Mozart’s music is universal, transcendental. Everybody loves his music. You don’t have to understand why you love it, but you just do. That’s his magic."
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1. Idomeneo, K. 366, Act II Scene 3: Fuor del mar 6:06 2. Die Zauberflöte, K. 620, Act I Scene 4: Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön 3:55 3. Il re pastore, K. 208, Act I Scene 3: Si spande al sole in faccia 4:41 4. Don Giovanni, K. 527, Act II Scene 10: Il mio tesoro intanto 4:14 5. La clemenza di Tito, K. 621, Act I Scene 4: Del più sublime soglio 3:26 6. La clemenza di Tito, K. 621, Act II Scene 12: Se all'impero, amici Dei 5:01 7. Così fan tutte, K. 588, Act I Scene 12: Un'aura amorosa 4:26 8. Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K. 384, Act III Scene 3: Ich baue ganz auf deine Stärke 6:13 9. Don Giovanni, K.527, Act I Scene 14: Dalla sua pace 4:20 10. Concert Aria, K. 431 (425B): Misero! O sogno... Aura che intorno spiri 9:25
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15th October 2017 Florez can’t resist embroidering the music in the style of the Italian bel canto composers, which works better for Ottavio’s solos than for Tamino’s Portrait aria or Belmonte’s florid Ich baue ganz....Ferrando’s Un’aura amorosa — beautifully caressed — and Ottavio’s numbers recall the days when tenori di grazia specialised in this rep.
19th October 2017 4 stars Alexander the Great’s aria from Il Re Pastore sounds unassailably heroic; two arias for the titular emperor of La Clemenza di Tito find Flórez shaping smooth, firm lines, sounding imperial yet not imperious...Minasi’s orchestra is full of bounce, texture and character.