JUAN DIEGO FLÓREZ / L'AMOUR

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JUAN DIEGO FLÓREZ
L'AMOUR

Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Comunale di Bologna
Roberto Abbado
Int. Release 03 Mar. 2014
1 CD / Download
0289 478 5948 2 CD DDD DH


Track List

François-Adrien Boiëldieu (1775 - 1834)
La Dame blanche

1.
4:45

Georges Bizet (1838 - 1875)
La jolie fille de Perth

Adapted Chris Hazell

Act 2

Juan Diego Flórez, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Roberto Abbado

Gaetano Donizetti (1797 - 1848)
La Favorita

Critical Edition Rebecca Harris-Warrick

Act 1

Juan Diego Flórez, Sergey Artamonov, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Roberto Abbado

Hector Berlioz (1803 - 1869)
Les Troyens

Act 4

Juan Diego Flórez, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Roberto Abbado

Adolphe Adam
Le Postillon de Lonjumeau

Act 1

Juan Diego Flórez, Coro del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Roberto Abbado

Léo Delibes (1836 - 1891)
Lakmé

Act 1

Jules Massenet (1842 - 1912)
Werther

Act 1

Act 3

Ambroise Charles Louis Thomas (1811 - 1896)
Mignon

Act 1

François-Adrien Boiëldieu (1775 - 1834)
La Dame blanche

Jacques Offenbach (1819 - 1880)
La belle Hélène

Revised Edition Jean-Christophe Keck

Act 1

Charles Gounod (1818 - 1893)
Roméo et Juliette

Act 2

Juan Diego Flórez, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Roberto Abbado

Total Playing Time: 1:03:54

. . . brilliant tone and breath control . . . everything is beguiling, dressed in succulent accompaniments from Roberto Abbado and the Teatro Comunale di Bologna orchestra.

This is a captivating survey of French arias . . . Florez is a bel canto [specialist] . . . so some of the later arias here should be outside his comfort zone, but aren't . . . a thrilling voyage of discovery. And at 70 minutes, excellent value, with all texts and translations included.

. . . the great virtuoso tenor Juan Diego Flórez branches out in this superb recital disc, as if giving notice of an intention to focus the next phase of his meteoric career on exploring the treasure trove of French 19th-century opera. The programme is fresh and interesting . . . Throughout, Flórez is in glowing voice, his clarity and precision of technique as impeccable as ever . . . evidence of a true artist as well as a star performer.

. . . [Arias from Gounod's "Roméo et Juliette" and Massenet's "Werther"]: the results are exciting here . . . [his French] is always clear . . . He sings forgotten gems galore . . . His "Blonde Cérès" is exquisite. The scenes from Donizetti's "La Favorite", Delibes's "Lakmé" and Thomas's "Mignon" are perfect fits for Florez, and he is all wit and roguish charm in Paris's "Mount Ida" song, from Offenbach's "La Belle Hélène". The real show stopper is Chapelau's solo from Adam's "Le Postillon de Lonjumeau".

. . . in elegant form . . . he sings with grace and sensitivity . . . For many fans the album's highlight will be an irresistibly jaunty rendition of "Mes amis, écoutez l'histoire" from Adolph Adam's "Le Postillon de Lonjumeau." This aria is notable for ascending to a climactic high D, which Florez hits beautifully. He is ably accompanied by the "Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Comunale di Bologna", conducted by Roberto Abbado.

D'un bout à l'autre du récital, la diction est exemplaire . . . Au-delà de la justesse des phonèmes, la recherche de sens est permanente. Les qualités d'expression de Juan-Diego Florez restent, elles aussi, une constante . . . Donizetti avec ce Fernand de "La Favorite" conforme à notre souvenir: sensible, éloquent, fervent, électrisant . . . le chant de Juan-Diego Flórez n'a rien perdu de son émail.

L'aigu et le suraigu sont rayonnants, et le timbre a acquis avec les années une rondeur et une couleur barytonales qui enrichissent une des plus belles voix de notre génération. A-t-on jamais entendu un Iopas des "Troyens" -- "O blonde Cérès" à la voix aussi charnue, ou un postillon aussi vitaminé à Longjumeau ? Gérald de "La Dame blanche" confirme les affinités de Flórez pour ces rôles de demi-caractère . . . Dans les dix minutes extraites de "La Favorite", Flórez confirme son expertise et ses affinités avec le répertoire du bel canto, dans lequel il reste aujourd'hui sans égal.