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The remarkable young Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Florez continues his triumphs over the difficulties of the bel canto repertory with this recital devoted to arias sung by Giovanni Battista Rubini (1794-1854). Rubini redefined the role of the tenor, singing heroically, with warmth, sensitivity, an amazing capacity for florid music, and an upper extension that allowed him to sing an F above high C. Florez seems to have it all (although his highest note here is a still-staggering high E-flat). The bright tone, charm, ease of production, comfort with coloratura, superb diction, and sheer love of singing is evident throughout this razzle-dazzle recital. High Ds pop out effortlessly in the heroic aria from Bellini's Il pirata and Rossini's lighter-hearted Il Turco in Italia. More introspective sections are sung with feeling and a long, seamless line. The final piece on the CD--a 12 minute tour de force from Rossini's William Tell that ends with a blazing high C--will have you cheering. Roberto Abbado's leadership is expert, sympathetic, and lively. Thrilling! --Robert Levine

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Product Details

  • Performer: Juan Diego Flórez
  • Orchestra: Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
  • Conductor: Roberto Abbado
  • Composer: Gioachino Rossini, Vincenzo Bellini, Gaetano Donizetti
  • Audio CD (January 22, 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,902 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Juan Diego Flórez was born in 1973 and studied music both in his native Lima and at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. In 1996 he made his official operatic debut in Matilde di Shabran at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, where his expressive voice and astonishing agility made him an overnight sensation and led to his debut at La Scala the same year, aged only 23. Since then, ... Read more in Amazon's Juan Diego Florez Store

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Juan Diego Florez has a beautiful "silver ping" to his voice.
Elizabeth Adams
For fans who know what Florez is all about and have enjoyed his live performances (and I certainly am one) this album will certainly confirm their high opinion.
Congratulations, Florez deserves the highest praise, I'm sure that Rubini is looking down in deepest admiration!

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By klavierspiel VINE VOICE on April 12, 2008
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After flirting with other repertoire and recording a crossover disc or two, the reigning Rossini tenor Juan Diego Florez returns to what he does best on this album: the florid, high-lying music of early nineteenth-century bel canto opera. The concept here is to evoke comparison with Giovanni Rubini, the tenor for whom this music was written, and it's hard to believe that Florez' predecessor was more facile or could negotiate the numerous coloratura runs with greater accuracy and ease. Florez doesn't actually go as high as Rubini was reputed to have done (high F)--he touches one E-flat above high C, but otherwise reaches "only" high D. On the other hand, he sings his high notes in full voice, something Rubini would not have done.

For fans who know what Florez is all about and have enjoyed his live performances (and I certainly am one) this album will certainly confirm their high opinion. The tenor's voice seems to have grown in size, and occasionally there is a hint of unsteadiness in sustained notes--perhaps fatigue due to his frantic international career? As I have noted before, with vocal gifts of such magnitude it seems almost churlish to wish occasionally for more differentiation of character or vocal color, since all of the music is so much of a piece. Did contemporary audiences demand the vocal acting abilities of a Callas from Rubini? My guess is not. Let's wish Florez a long career and continued vocal health--he's certainly become an indispensable fixture on the international operatic scene.

FOOTNOTE: As is the case so often with the bel canto composers, a listener can amuse him/herself by identifying music in the more obscure operas that was later re-used to greater fame. There's a big chunk of "Norma" in one of the tracks, for example.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Moore TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 11, 2008
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I yield to no-one in my admiration for this Peruvian tenor superstar; his singing gives unalloyed pleasure to us canary fanciers whether live or on disc. I last heard him in the famous Royal Opera "Fille du Regiment" with Dessay, and he was terrific.

But let's be objective: the title of this CD is a tad misleading; in truth several of the arias here were either not specifically written for Rubini, or he was only tangentially or belatedly associated with them, singing them perhaps only once long after the premieres. We have little idea whether Rubini sounded anything like Florez though there's no reason why he should not offer this tribute to so influential a singer and I'm certainly not moaning about the singing; it's breath-taking for us - if not for Florez, whose ease of production is a thing of wonder. Nor is it the result of recording patchwork; Florez is just as capable of tossing off those fiendish roulades and stratospheric top notes in one recorded take as he is of doing them live. I don't really understand those reviewers who complain about pinched tone; the voice occasionally sounds a little strained but how could it be otherwise when Florez is singing in his lower register at the upper limits of male human performance - and without the mixed falsetto sound which marred Kraus' top notes and made him sound whiney?

Perhaps listening to this admirable CD in one sitting is a little too much to take; better to listen to a few tracks at a time to avoid auditory fatigue.
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Stephen on September 23, 2007
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There is little wonder why people have dubbed Florez as Pavarotti's successor. In fact, more accurately he should be named as Alfredo Kraus' successor. From the first time I encountered this artist, Mozart's Mitridate on Decca, I was spell-bounded by the ringing, typically nasal, tenor voice, secure technique, and broad range: a splendid instrument of the highest quality! Now with a few releases under his belt, a wonderful recital 'Una furtiva lagrima', a Rossini arias program, as well as a simply stunning recording of Rossini's Matilde di Shabran, Florez has tackled the heart of the bel canto repertoire.

As most are aware, Rubini had a stupendous range, his notes in alt were phenomenal; the famous anecdote of interpolating a high F in Bellini's I Puritani caused a sensation at its Parisian premiere in 1835.

The program for this CD has been carefully chosen, the Rossini arias as always demonstrating vocal agility, the Donizetti/Bellini-utmost expression and those 'long, long melodies', as Verdi put it.
1.The defiance, the heroic tone in Il Pirata is the best on disc, surpassing Barnabe Marti in the famous full recording with wife Caballe.
2. One can detect the plea in the Elisabetta aria; at least equaling Bruce Ford on the Opera Rara recording (a favourite!!!! Another underrated tenor who should have taken on and recorded the role of Arturo in I Puritani, what a shame...), the Il turco in Italia aria having the right amount of 'bounce' for early Rossini, and the world premiere recording of a substitute aria for La donna del Lago simply stunning.
3. The Donizetti is a rarity, composed around 1835, is sung with the sweetest voice, perhaps Florez will revive the full opera????
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