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¡Pasión! Import

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Joyce Didonato sings a recital of 20th century works on Spanish themes, including works by de Falla, Granados, Montsalvatge, Obradors, Turina, and Rossini. Julius Drake is her pianist on this release.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. El Vito (Canciones clasicas espanolas - Fernado J. Obradors)
  2. La mi sola, Laureola
  3. Al amor
  4. Corazon, porque pasais ?
  5. El majo celoso
  6. Con amores, la mi madre
  7. Del cabello mas sutil
  8. Chiquitita la Novia
  9. Elegia eterna- Tonadillas (Enrique Granados)
  10. La maja dolorosa I - Tonadillas
  11. La maja dolorosa II - Tonadillas
  12. La majo dolorosa III - Tonadillas
  13. No lloreis, ojuelos - Canciones amatorias
  14. Dedicatoria (Poema en forma de canciones - Joaquin Turina)
  15. Nunca olvida
  16. Cantares
  17. Los dos miedos
  18. las locas por amor
  19. El pano moruno (Siete canciones populares espanolas- Manuel de Falla)
  20. Seguidilla murciana
  21. Asturiana
  22. Jota
  23. Nana
  24. Cancion
  25. Polo
  26. Cuba denttro de un piano (Cinco canciones negras - Xavier Montsalvate)
  27. Punto de Habanera
  28. Chevere
  29. Cancion de cuna para dormir a un negrito
  30. Canto negro
  31. Canzonetta spagnuola (Rossini)


Product Details

  • Performer: Joyce DiDonato, Julius Drake
  • Audio CD (February 13, 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Eloquentia France
  • ASIN: B000K15UAE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,450 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By M. Montenegro on April 2, 2007
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There are classics interpretations of this material: Victoria de los Angeles, Teresa Berganza, Montserrat Caballe... just to name three big spanish names. So, what can you expect from an american singer to do with this repretorie? Well, that is the surprise: Joyce Didonato has done an extremely good work and she is up the level of the three Divas I mention. Her spanish is very, very good, her interpretation is superb, her care with frases, the shadows and lights of her voice to colour each song... This is one of the best CD I have bought in the past few months, and, belive me, I buy everything.
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You can use many adjectives to describe this artist, but one that you have to use is "versatile". On this magnificent recital disk, Joyce DiDonato treads into the Spanish song genre, offering the listener 30 songs by Obradors, Granados, Turina, de Falla, and Montsalvatge. After that you get a "bonus" track of "Canzonetta spagnuola" by Rossini. For those who were impressed by pianist Julius Drake in her Wigmore Hall recital disk, he is back for this project and is as great as ever. Being a Joyce DiDonato fan has made me a Julius Drake fan.

The Obradors songs are quite short, with one ("Al amor") lasting just a minute. These songs are quite well done. The last of the songs (Chiquitita las Novia) has a beautiful cadenza on the word "Ah".

My favorite of the Granados songs was "La maja dolorosa I". As usual, Joyce sings this with great intention. I was particularly impressed with one phrase, where she went from a long phrase ending with "...mi alma esta" to "Oh Dios!" . I'll wager that 99 out of 100 singers would take a breath before "Ah Dios", but she doesn't. The effect is marvelous, with the "Ah Dios" at a gorgeous pianissimo, like a prayer. Once again, dramatic intention dictates her musical choices. She also showed off an impressive chest voice in "La maja dolorosa III".

The Turina songs kept the momentum going. One special treat in "Dedicatoria" was an extended piano solo by Julius Drake. It lasts about 3 minutes, and is fantastic. Joyce's intention was perfect on "Nunca olvida". The next cut, titled "Song" also features another cadenza on the word "Ay".

The de Falla songs are well known, and brilliantly done. The tempi choices in "Jota" blew the dust off this warhorse.
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Joyce DiDonato has a strong following among those who appreciate great singers who can move from the opera stage onto the recital platform and offer as much drama and intelligence to 'songs' or lieder (or canciones!). This album, ¡Pasión!, is transcendent in that it ably demonstrates how this very fine artist can traverse a large repertoire with consummate ease. Knowing that she will be singing Octavian in SF Opera's 'Der Rosenkavalier' (with Miah Persson's Sophie and Soile Isokoski's Marschallin) this June shows that she is already considered among the intelligentsia of singers. But here is a collection of Spanish music that allows her to flex her range from her usual mezzo-soprano into the higher stratosphere this music requires.

Few other singers have been able to bring these infectious songs to light (at least not since Victoria de los Angeles and a few others), but here DiDonato, well partnered by Julius Drake at the piano, offers an abundant assortment of some of the finest canciones. ¡Pasión! is a most appropriate title for this collection: Fernando Obradors' 'Canciones clásicas españolas, Enrique Granados' 'Elegia eterna', 'La maja dolorosa', and 'No lloréis ojuelos', Joaquín Turina's 'Poema en forma de canciones', Manuel de Falla's '7 Popular Spanish Songs', Xavier Montsalvatge's complete 'Canciones negras', and Rossini's 'Canzonetta spagnuola - En medio a mis dolores'.

DiDonato's vocal timbre and range are astonishingly fine and she sings this repertoire as if to the manner born. This is yet another excellent CD from an important artist of our time. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, April 07
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Judging by the samples on [...], these are very fine performances; this singer has a beautiful sound, the tempi are generally well judged, and there is the passion promised in her singing and in the playing of the very fine accompanist. I understood very well her spanish, and found only a few, though annoying, blemishes; for example, in "El Vito" she does the word "real" in two syllables instead of one (Marilyn Horne makes the same mistake), and there are wrong stresses here and there, in individual words or in phrases. Very occasionally she gets tripped over text or fioritura, like in "Cuba dentro de un piano" or the Seguidilla murciana, but these are difficult, even for a native speaker. In balance, the pluses are more than the minuses: i'd like to own this disc; but remember, i'm judging this only by the samples.
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