Int. Release 07 Apr. 2014
0289 480 8167 7
CD Premiere
Super Digital Transfer 24-bit/192 kHz

Track List

Otto Nicolai (1810 - 1849)
Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor

Act 2

Albert Lortzing (1801 - 1851)
Zar und Zimmermann, LoWV 38

Act 1

Act 3

Der Wildschütz

Act 2

Der Waffenschmied

Act 3

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
Fidelio, Op. 72

Act 1

Carl Maria von Weber (1786 - 1826)
Der Freischütz, J. 277

Act 1

Peter Cornelius (1824 - 1874)
Der Barbier von Baghdad

Arnold van Mill, Robert Wagner

Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (1839 - 1881)
Mephistopheles' Song of the Flea (Blokha)

The Seminarist

Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka (1804 - 1857)
Grigory Lishin (1854 - 1888)
She Laughed

Alexandre Gretchaninov (1864 - 1956)
Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov (1873 - 1943)
Raphael Arié, Wilfrid Parry

Song of the Volga Boatman

Feodor Koenemann (1873 - 1937)
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844 - 1908)
Raphael Arié, London Symphony Orchestra, Anatole Fistoulari

Total Playing Time: 1:19:20

. . . [Arnold van Mill's voice] is absolutely sumptuous in tone . . . The range is seemingly inexhaustible, with powerful deep low notes . . . The production is absolutely seamless, with no trace of any register breaks; the vibrato rich and steady; the breathing long-winded, with a legato smooth as silk; the diction immaculate; the intonation dead on target. Finally, there is a real and vivid personality behind it all, with the artistry to bring characters immediately, inimitably, and vividly to life . . . Throughout van Mill shows real comic flair and is an absolute delight, and he is equally effective in Rocco's aria from "Fidelio" . . . the recorded sound is luxuriant . . . [Raffaele Arié displays] total command over every facet of his instrument, with an especially fine legato, and his interpretations positively bristle with imagination and personality . . . A welcome surprise in addition to the expected excellence of Anatole Fistoulari is the extremely idiomatic and effective conducting in Russian repertoire of Alberto Erede . . . for lovers of great singing, Arié and van Mill are a must . . . Highly recommended . . .

. . . basse au métal noble, aux graves inouis: Arnold Van Mill. Comme Frick ou Böhme, il pouvait passer de la noirceur de Kaspar à la truculence gouailleuse mais jamais vulgaire des "Joyeuses commères" de Nicolai et de "Tsar et Charpentier" de Lortzing, où la ductilité de l'émission fait merveille. De nouveau, Arié complète avec des mélodies russes de haut vol, notamment un "Prophète" de Rimski venu de l'au-delà.