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Sumi Jo - La Promessa: Italian Songs (with Vincenzo Scalera) Import

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Caro mio ben
  2. Lungi dal caro ben
  3. Malinconia, ninfa gentile - Bellini
  4. Qual farfalletta amante - D. Scarlatti
  5. Ad una stella - Verdi
  6. Lascia ch'io pianga - Handel_
  7. Per pieta, bell'idol mio - Bellini
  8. O del mio dolce ardor - Gluck
  9. Star vicino
  10. Se Florindo e fedele
  11. Non t'amo piu
  12. Intorno all'idol mio
  13. La promesa - Rossini
  14. La Capinera
  15. O del mio amato ben
  16. V'adoro pupille - Handel_
  17. Vaghissima sembianza
  18. Ridente la calma - Mozart
  19. Alma del core
  20. Nel cor piu non mi sento


Product Details

  • Composer: Vincenzo Bellini, George Frideric Handel, Alessandro Scarlatti, Domenico Scarlatti, Giuseppe Verdi, et al.
  • Audio CD (September 15, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B00000AEKD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,074 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Sumi Jo has fast become one of my favorite sopranos. She has great control throughout her range, smooth legato, precise coloratura... technique just abounds. And the voice... the voice is gorgeous in my opinion. Pure, sweet yet not girlish, and all of this is carried throughout her extensive range. And is there nothing she can do? As her CD releases suggest, she can do virtuosic coloratura, traditional bel canto opera, songs from musicals, and here, beautiful art songs(this is to correct some of the reviewers before me... these songs aren't from opera except the "Lascia ch'io pianga" from Handel's Rinaldo). So these are called art songs, and Sumi performs them artfully. I'm not surprised that the aforementioned reviewers are so won over by this CD... it's excellently done. What I find great about this recording is that some of these songs can be found in what many budding young singers know as the "24 Italian" book. It's considered standard repertoire. But the other side to the coin is that this CD doesn't have to be used as a teaching tool. It is perfect also just for a peaceful evening at home. A CD that has multiple uses, is good for different audiences, and is just plain "beautiful singing"... What more could one ask for?
Well, in hopes that Sumi Jo has whet your appetite for more, she has many other recordings out there. If you like what you hear, and aren't quite ready for opera, try "Only Love." A recording devoted to some songs from musicals. This has become quite a popular CD, and her English is quite good. However, if you're ready for an introduction to opera try Sumi Jo's "Live at Carnegie Hall" where she sings some opera arias and some surprisingly European-sounding Korean songs that are exquisite.
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Sumi Jo's artistry really shines through on this CD. Each phrase of each song is delicately shaped. My Italian grandmother, who can be very critcal, commented on how precise her command of the Italian language is. "She seems to be fluent in every language. How does she do it?" she replied after I played her a selection from the CD. Although I have to mention that she thought the paino and voice setting was a bit "dull", I believe it provides for a more "intimate" setting. If you are not particularly fond of opera and opera arias in general, this is the CD for you. While this is not my all time favorite album Sumi has done, it does in fact rank high on the list of CDs she has released. If you would like to hear more of Sumi Jo, I would recommend the "Sumi Jo Sings Live at Carnegie Hall" CD, it is my favorite by the way.
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Sumi Jo's soprano voice can only be described as a treasure - sweet and expressive, she excells in these classical Italian songs. They range from the achingly beautiful ("Caro Mio Ben" and "V'adoro pupille") to the spirited and joyous ("La Promessa"). If you are already a fan of classical music, this will easily become one of your favorite CD's, if you are not, then this is a fantastic introduction. You won't regret having purchased this CD.
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I discovered the wonder that is Sumi Jo after I kept remarking to myself "Wow", every-time I played an operatic compilation and this one track came around - same track each time - hers! So, I sought to hear more and bought this CD, for no other reason than it was the only one Tower stocked. Sadly it seems that Sumi Jo is a little slow in receiving her rightful invitation to stand on the main podium. In my opinion, she is about as good as it gets, and certainly has a rightful place alongside the greats of Callas, Horne, Hendricks et al.

Well, what can I say, I love this CD, her voice is fluid and elegant, sharp but not cutting, well formed and with a force that can be projected or held, it's a wonderful CD on so many levels and one I have never grown tired of listening to each morning, what a great way to start the day! As an introduction to operatic arias I would certainly recommend this as I am sure it would surprise and enchant even the most hardened of sceptics who think that "Opera is not for me", or that there was no life after Callas.

This afternoon I was very fortunate to have 5th row seats at her spring recital, here in Japan, and what a truly awe-inspiring performance. A genuine world-class soprano Sumi Jo certainly is. Today's repertoire ran from Handel, Vivaldi, Benedict, Strauss, Bellini to Verdi. Singing comfortably in FOUR languages she delivered a performance that the CD in now way prepared me for. A performance that brought her four encores, numerous standing ovations and thunderous applause from a usually reserved (Japanese) audience. Besides her obvious musical talents I have to say that I found her to be such a marvellously warm and appreciative human being who was genuinely appreciative of her audience and I can't wait to get out there and listen to more of the joy that is Sumi Jo.
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I won't pretend I know a lot about opera. I don't. I do know that when I heard Sumi Jo sing on this CD, I heard the voice of an angel. She reached me on several levels with the beauty of her voice and the clarity of her expression. This CD is one that I can listen to at times of great stress and it brings me a sense of serenity, of well-being and of joy. Thank you to Sumi Jo for hours of great listening pleasure.
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