- 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)
Sumi Jo - La Promessa: Italian Songs (with Vincenzo Scalera) Import
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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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The songs selected for this album are somewhat obscure. None of the famous Italian arias or other compositions that are instantly recognizable. Read morePublished on November 20, 2013 by Batman
This is my first encounter with this very fine coloratura. She has a big rich voice which flows with ease. You never get the impression that it is forced. Read morePublished on April 20, 2008 by Peter Chordas
This, that horrible collection of pop tunes, her prayers and her xmas carols are the Sumi Jo recitals I deliberately did NOT buy. Read morePublished on July 13, 2007 by Joseph Hart
Coloratura soprano Sumi Jo delivers another delightful album, focusing on arias and pieces from the Italian chamber music composers (Giordani, Bellini, Rosa, Caldara, Cesti, etc.). Read morePublished on November 3, 2006 by Byron Kolln
This collection of famous Italian arias is in my opinion one of the greatest recordings of the decade. Read morePublished on October 27, 2004 by Ramona
I noticed her voice a couple of years ago on TBS TV station live concert in Korean. The applause for her was like thouder storm, and since then I remembered her forever. Read morePublished on April 3, 2003
This has quickly become my favorite album. Sumi Jo's voice is wonderful. Here she sings accompanied by the piano alone, this highlights her excellent talent. Read morePublished on January 16, 2002 by Mark Puterbaugh
As a Korean fan, I am extremely proud of Sumi Jo.
This CD indeed, like the other reviewers have said, will be a
great introduction to classical music if you are not... Read more