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Arias

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Internationally acclaimed tenor Rolando Villazón presents an all-new recording of Italian arias by Handel. Though Villazón is not generally associated with this repertoire, his muscular and virile performances are a thrilling and new way to hear Handel. Paul McCreesh (a noted Handel expert) and the exciting Gabrieli Players join Villazón giving the listener both an authentic period performance as well as a new twist on familiar Handel. To suit his voice, Villazón performs not only tenor arias, but also transposed mezzo arias a practice familiar to Handel. This is a unique and wonderfully thrilling album completely unlike Villazón s previous recordings. Deluxe edition also available: Includes the complete CD as well as a DVD of aria performances, interviews and more all in an elegant hardcover booklet.

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Villazón sings them all with admirable intensity, his diction is excellent, and he can float a pianissimo when necessary, as in the opening Cielo e mar . . . Recording quality is first-rate, and the accompaniment provided by the Giuseppe Verdi Orchestra under Daniele Callegari is always sympathetic. The aria from Boccanegra is one of the best things Villazón has done so far on disc. Let s hope he gets to sing the whole part soon. --Gramophone (London), July 2008

. . . Villazón is all about: vivid drama, beautifully controlled dynam¬ics, totally spontaneous music-making. The title track is another tenor warhorse that Villazón makes fresh and vibrant. And while I can t imagine many tenors making much of Pietri s obscure Ma¬ristella, Villazón turns . . . Io conosco un giardino into a truly irresistible love song. --The Times (London), 30 May 2008

The exacting combination of control, focus, security and heart-stopping dramatic ardour it delivers . . . is impressive . . . you miss nothing. Nor will you want to. --Opera Now (London), May 2008
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  • Performer: Rebecca Bottone, Jean Gadoullet, Christopher Suckling, Robert Howarth
  • Orchestra: Gabrieli Players
  • Conductor: Paul McCreesh
  • Composer: George Frideric Handel
  • Audio CD (March 31, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B001MTLRSM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,039 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Santa Fe Listener HALL OF FAME on April 2, 2009
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You can tell from DG's product description that they are holding their breaths. Villazon sings Handel pretty close to Verid -- by turns fervent, heroic, declamatory, and laden with vibrato. Will authentic types lead a protest? I can't tell. The tenor is faced with few oustanding arias in Handel's operas, where this vocal range tended to play a secondary role. There are more important numbers available in the oratorios, but since the theme here is Italian (the oratorio being almost exclusively in English), Villazon dips only into a real rarity, La Resurrezione.

Portions of this program are transposed from mezzo roles, complete with flourishes and roulades in plenty, and by seizing upon "Ombra ma fu" and popular operas like Ariodante, Rodelinda and Serse (the latter is said to be Handel's most popular opera with modern audiences, along with Giulio Cesare) Villazon has a few hits to work with. He also has Paul McCreesh, who has enormous street cred as a Baroque conductor. Villazon is a serious musician, and one can tell that he works hard at trills and runs, the area where female voices are undoubtedly superior.

Is the result enjoyable? It was for me, but I am not steeped in authenticity, so others will have far more expert opinions. Listen to his courageous, unstinting approach to the fearsomely difficult arias from Ariodante, and you'll know if this CD is right for you. Flaws? Villazon tends to lunge at fast passages, and his timbre, always somewhat throaty and shaded, doesn't offer much tonal variety. A good deal of this recital is styled in a generically melancholy/sensitive mood. Yet there's a lot to be said for a thrilling, robust sound and fearless attack. Villazon is never prim and always musical, so this foray into foreign territory brings real pleasure.
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Villazon has canceled performances in recent seasons and rumors of his vocal decline have circulated, so it's a relief to find this marvellous singer in exuberantly healthy voice. Here he sings arias originally written for male characters with tenor voices and arias originally written for male characters with higher voices transposed into lower keys. He sings with pointed intonation, vivacious rhythm and long-breathed legato. He has wide dynamic range and surprizing agility in runs. He even trills. The tone is open, round and bright on top. Of course he's not as exquisite as the best mezzo-sopranos. But I'd love to hear him as Ariodante or Serse. This is a delicious and tantalizing recital.
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I've waited until I've had more than just a few opportunities to listen to this recital full through before writing a review.

The majority of reviews and comments I've read have not been at all favorable - some even a bit scathing. This is something I can't quite comprehend as the more I listen, the more I've grown to love what Villazon does here. Some have called it a "throwback" to the "bad old days" of full voiced singers singing Handel as though it were Mozart, or worse, Mahler. I disagree and rather strongly. While it certainly sounds as it could be a different approach to Handel singing, , I find it to be more of a a "modern romantic tenor" bringing his own style and deploying it in a decidedly bravura approach that makes most of h is choices in this repertoire exciting and true to the spirit of the baroque.

The strongest criticisms seem to take issue with Villazon's somewhat over-the-top manner in delivering this material. That may be what I enjoy the most. Listen to the second track, the recitative to Grimoaldo's aria "Pastorello dun povero armento" or Serse's aria "Crude furie degl' orridi abissi" When has a tenor gone "there" so willingly, performing baroque music with this kind of abandon, not to mention intensity? This type of excess is oft considered "thrilling" when done by a female performer - indeed, Joyce diDonato in the same aria ("Crude furie") was praised to the rafters (and justly so!) for not only her bravura way with the fiery coloratura, but for the thousand different hues she hurled into the music, sinking her teeth into the meat of the text and almost spitting it out. But a tenor heard primarily in Verdi, Tchaikovsky and Puccini seems not to be able to make those same choices.
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This is the first time that I have heard Handel where the words are as important as the music, and it was a revelation. This is vigorous, muscular, Handel, delivered with a passion and dramatic intensity that astounds me.

Gorgeous stuff, sung with great intelligence. Viva Villazon!
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... the brilliance of the music and the sincerity of the delivery do shine through. The reviews are mixed for a reason: the album offers real emotion but the singing does not dazzle with technical finesse. The concept is refreshing: to leave the English oratorios out of the game and concentrate on operatic arias. When it comes to the tenor voice, Handel operas have not yet received the lavish recital treatment they deserve. Villazon has the communicative power to deliver the pieces with the required force and lyricism. The orchestra and the musical direction are first-rate and worth hearing on their own merits. True, the singer falls short of the sparkling period technique that graces top Handel recitals these days. But ultimately you listen to music not to hear notes but to be moved by human drama. On this first principle, the collection delivers. I recommend it.
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