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Aria: Opera Without Words

Jean-Yves Thibaudet Audio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila - Arr. Thibaudet/Kerber - Medley: "Amour! Viens aider ma faiblesse" - "Mon coeur s'ouvre" 6:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier, Op.59 - Arr. Grainger - Ramble on the Love Duet 7:26Album Only
listen  3. Puccini: Gianni Schicchi - Arr. Mikhashoff - O mio babbino caro 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Korngold: Die tote Stadt - Arr. Thibaudet/Lerber - "Gluck, das mir verlieb" (Marietta's Lied) 6:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. J. Strauss II: Die Fledermaus - Arr. Grunfeld - Soirée de Vienne - Concert Paraphrase 5:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Puccini: Tosca - Arr. Y.Mikhashoff - Vissi d'arte 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Bellini: Norma - Arr. Y. Mikhashoff - Casta Diva 6:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Arranged Sgambati - Dance of the Blessed Spirits (Mélodie) 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Puccini: Madama Butterfly - Portrait of Madama Butterfly12:17Album Only
listen10. Wagner: Die Walküre - Arr. Louis Brassin - The Ride of the Valkyries 5:04$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet continues to enthrall audiences worldwide with his profound and poetic artistry, enlightened interpretations and thrilling performances. Hailed as “one of the best pianists in the world,” Thibaudet is sought-after by today’s foremost orchestras, festivals, conductors and collaborative musicians for his virtuosity and charisma.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 13, 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B000M9BTPE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,900 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet has had a lifelong devotion to vocal repertoire, and it was inevitable that he would record an "opera without words" program. He is co-arranger of several selections on this disc, which is dedicated by Thibaudet to all the singers with whom he has performed. Listened to in one sitting, the disc is perhaps too much of a good thing. Savored a couple of tracks at a time, however, it offers considerable pleasure. Among today's big-name pianists, Thibaudet is one of those most frequently praised for "singing tone." He displays it exquisitely throughout this program, beginning with the initial track, a fantasy on two arias from Samson et Dalila. Among the other tracks, a few do disappointingly little to enhance what one would find in a piano-vocal score ("Vissi d'arte" is an obvious example). On the other hand, Thibaudet's full technical arsenal is magisterially deployed in "Soirée de Vienne," a concoction of Johann Strauss waltz themes including that of Die Fledermaus; a "sonata-fantasy" based on Madama Butterfly -- at 12 minutes, the longest track on the disc; and Louis Brassin's formidable arrangement of the "Ride of the Valkyries," which Thibaudet tosses off with staggering ease. -- Roger Pines

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Liszt April 10, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Jean-Yves Thibaudet's new recording is very pleasant to listen to. As expected, his playing is flawless and endlessly romantic in style; very poetic performances. His selection of repertoire is nice; however, the transcriptions themselves cannot compare to those by Liszt, in which Thibaudt dazzled listeners with his earlier recorded disc.

Overall, the playing is superb, the music is both warmly familiar and interesting and this is an excellent edition to the music lover's collection.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thibaudet Does It Again! February 20, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Sensitive and beautifully expressive playing, Thibaudet captures the essence of the singers art with his piano. Recording quality excellent.

Can't stop listening to this superb recording. Buy it now!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jean Yves Thibaudet plays opera arias on the piano September 14, 2007
By Amy
Format:Audio CD
French piano virtuoso Jean Yves Thibaudet brings his lifelong passion for opera to his new album of irresistible operatic melodies called Aria Opera Without Words. This cd is a collection of opera's most enduring music in piano arrangements from touching simplicity to thrilling virtuosity. Jean Yves Thibaudet who is often called the Poet of the piano again brings his uniquely accessible artistry to the widest classical audience with an album that combines the intimacy of the piano recital with the drama and romance of the opera house. The album showcases the full palette of sound colors he produces when he plays composers like Debussy and Ravel for which he is internationally renowned. These performances are not just arrangements of popular classics, they are also piano works in their own right. Bellini's Casta Diva, in which the heroine of his opera Norma sings to the moon goddess, becomes a Romantic nocturne which sounds like it could have been composed by Chopin. The album also includes arrangements of many of the best loved arias of opera including Puccini's Vissi darte from Tosca and O mio babbino caro and the sparkling jewel song from Gounod's Faust. For this recording Jean Yves Thibaudet explored both established transcriptions and new arrangements. The Puccini arias are performed in versions by the American pianist Yvar Mikashoff who Jean Yves Thibaudet met before his death in 1993. As a tribute a large part of the album is devoted to Mikashoff's four part sonata fantasy which paints a portrait of Puccini's tragic heroine Madama Butterfly. Two of the most evocative tracks have been arranged by Jean Yves Thibaudet himself working with acclaimed composer Randy Kerber best known for his film score The Color Purple. Read more ›
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars music to relax March 9, 2007
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So easy to listen to. He plays so smoothly. Such a joy to hear.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely opera transcriptions June 3, 2010
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For all those who love OPERA and its everlasting great ARIAS, this special CD will be a lovely surprise and a very precious collection item. The great keyboard virtuoso Jean-Yves Thibaudet - who confesses in the accompanying booklet his passion for operatic genre and for all those wonderful voices living in it - pays his affectionate tribute to its grand masters, by recording this second disc devoted to piano transcriptions. This time, take the stage transcriptions from operas by Puccini, Wagner, Bellini, Saint Saens, Richard Strauss, Gluck, Korngold or Johann Strauss son.

Thibaudet's passion for opera and his stunning virtuosity seem to supply an undiminished inspiration in expressing the whole gamut of feelings and moods considered for long time the exclusive realm of the human voice. Thibaudet preeminently proves here that the piano can stand on an equal footing with human voice, that it can shine in its own right and not be regarded as a mere second-rank partner in the singing equation. If I were urged to argue my above statement by presenting a short list of highlights from this recording, I would definitely face a great difficulty, as all these lovely transcriptions and their magisterial interpretation are simply glowing. Notwithstanding, I would mention in the first place the magic transcription of Bellini's `Casta Diva' by Yvan Mikhashoff. Truly, a marvel!

I invite you to witness Jean-Yves Thiaudet's joy of playing the piano and making it sing with unmatched pathos and sensitivity. The effect is simply a mind-blowing experience not to be missed!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Opera lover March 27, 2007
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I enjoy listening to this CD mainly because I try to play these on the piano and this nonorchestral version emphasizes the melody better. The arrangements approach lounge music, but overall very nicely done. Not really for the avid opera lover, although I am--just have a different purpose for buying this.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Big dissapoiment November 6, 2013
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Sorry but he did not do it for me this time. His first transcription on opera was electifeing, this one put me to sleep.
The are all sorts of copies of these songs, done by others , that would keep a child listing, not this one.
So sorry I was tempted and got it. DISSAPOINTED
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